HDNet has bolstered its combat sports programming with the addition of World Victory Road’s Sengoku promotion to its diverse lineup.
The announcement that the Japan-based Sengoku will be airing as a part of the high definition cable network’s “HDNet Fights” franchise was made by Kenny Rice during Friday night’s edition of “Inside MMA.”
The broadcast deal between HDNet and Sengoku will commence with March 8’s Sengoku 8 event. It was not announced whether the event will be televised on a live or tape-delay basis.
Sengoku 8 will feature the first round of the promotion’s eight-man, single elimination featherweight tournament. Announced participants include Hatsu Hioki, Marlon Sandro, Chris Manuel, Nick Denis, Ronnie Mann, Masanori Kanehara, Tetsuya Yamada, and Chang Son Jon. The event is also expected to feature a non-tournament bout between light heavyweight sensation Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Ryo Kawamura.
The acquisition of Sengoku’s U.S. television rights enhances HDNet’s current combat sports offering that already includes the broadcast rights to the FEG-owned DREAM and K-1 promotions. The network also recently announced deals with the cult favorite Ring of Honor pro wrestling promotion and the Xtreme Fighting Championships, a Tampa-based MMA promotion.