Spike TV and K-1
, the world's premier kickboxing organization, have agreed to a partnership that starts this fall with live fights streamed on Spike.com beginning Saturday, September 8 at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles.
Spike.com's 2012 coverage will include unprecedented access to four K-1
events, from live streaming of the weigh-ins, to locker room interviews, to live coverage of every fight on the card, including prelims.
The four K-1 events in 2012 include:
September 8 - Los Angeles - U.S. Grand Prix Championship
October 14 - Tokyo, Japan - World Grand Prix Final 16
December 8 - Athens, Greece - MAX Final
December 26 - New York - World Grand Prix Final
In 2013, the K-1
events will move from Spike.com to Spike TV to coincide with the network's extensive coverage of Bellator Fighting Championships
is the largest kickboxing promotion in history. Since 1993, K-1 has presented professional live martial arts events in 38 countries, featuring the best and most accomplished athletes in the sport.
"We are thrilled to be in business with the world's preeminent kickboxing organization," said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV. "Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year."
"K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events," said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1. "Spike is perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America."