The first-ever pay-per-view for Hard Knocks Fighting Championship will air tonight at 11 p.m. ET with a headline bout between Ryan Dickson and Jason Fischer.
HK 42 will feature two ours of live fighting action, including Dickson and Fischer meeting for the lightweight belt. iN DEMAND will offer the PPV to cable subscribers.
Hard Knocks Fighting launched in 2009 and has helped showcase fighters such as Ronda Rousey and those from Jackson’s MMA, Team Tompkins, Wand Fight Gym and Tristar Gym.
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Hard Knocks Fighting Championship TV, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) TV network launched by Olympian Ari Taub, will premiere its first-ever Pay-Per-View (PPV) event LIVE on U.S. cable on Friday, March 20, 2015. The event is delivered to most major cable households by U.S. distributor iN DEMAND in both HD and SD. The live broadcast of HK42 starts at 11 PM EST / 8 PM PST and will be available in more than 50 million homes.
Hard Knocks delivers high quality professional and amateur MMA cards with over 40 live events to date. The PPV premiere will feature two hours of live fight action from HK42 for only $14.99. In addition to the cable PPV, the full evening’s fight card for HK42 will be streamed exclusively from HKFC.TV
HK42 Lightweight Title Fight
The headlining title bout features Canada’s top-ranked lightweight mixed martial artist, Ryan Dickson (@rydmma), against Bellator Fighting Championship veteran, Jason “The Finisher” Fischer (@FinisherMMA).
Ryan Dickson, born in Burlington Ontario, is the current Hard Knocks Lightweight title holder. Ryan has knocked out or submitted every fighter he’s beaten. Formerly a hockey player, he battled and successfully overcame testicular cancer in 2013.
Jason Fischer, born in Redford Michigan, is known to MMA fans as “The Finisher” because of his submission and choke holds. Formerly a wrestler, Jason began in his pro career in 2011, and signed with Bellator in 2012.
After the live Pay-Per-View event, it will be available on PPV channels and also on Video On Demand (VOD) on many cable systems.** The partnership with iN DEMAND includes complete content processing and delivery of the live event, plus PPV and VOD replays to U.S. cable households.
“MMA is one of the most popular sports for people under 35 years old,” says Ari Taub, 2008 Olympian and CEO of Hard Knocks Fighting. “Hard Knocks knows that these young fans are not only more likely to purchase expensive trucks and cars, but also VOD services from our new partner – iN DEMAND.”