HDNet And M1 Partner To Air M1 Challenge

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HDNet Fights and M-1 Announce Deal to Televise the M-1 Challenge on HDNet

WHAT: HDNet Fights will air the World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts – The M-1 Challenge on HDNet beginning Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. HDNet will then air subsequent matches in the 2008 round robin tournament every Friday at 8:00 p.m.

The Challenge will consist of ten teams representing eight different countries including, France, Holland, South Korea and two teams from Russia. Each team is made up of five MMA fighters – one from each weight class.

Each nation vs. nation match-up will be a one-hour program and HDNet will air twenty one-hour programs from the round robin competition.

WHEN: “HDNet Fights Presents: The M-1 Challenge” will air on HDNet on Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Subsequent matches in the tournament will air every Friday on HDNet at 8:00 p.m. ET.

About HDNet Fights
HDNet Fights (www.hdnetfights.com) is one of the leading Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organizations in the country. Founded by Mark Cuban, HDNet Fights promotes, produces and airs over twenty-four live MMA events annually for broadcast on HDNet. HDNet Fights is unique as a unifying force in the MMA industry partnering with leading promoters, including Affliction, DREAM, Strikeforce (TM), M1, SportFight, MFC, Adrenaline, Ring of Combat and others to offer the quality match-ups and productions that MMA fans demand.

Founded in 2007, HDNet Fights is led by CEO Andrew Simon while company operations are handled by Dallas MMA legend and former UFC champion, Guy Mezger.

HDNet (www.hd.net) is the home for HDNet Fights and is the leader in offering live MMA broadcasts and the leading news and information show for MMA fans, “Inside MMA”.

In addition, HDNet provides viewers with the best in original news, sports, music and entertainment programming. From “Dan Rather Reports”, to championship sports coverage from the NHL, NASCAR and Major League Soccer to “Guys Night In” every Thursday and the HDNet Concert Series every Sunday, HDNet offers great programming with the world's best picture quality.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager and COO Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. For more information visit www.hd.net.

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