KIMBO SLICE TO FIGHT IN NEXT EPISODE OF “THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER” ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 AT 10:00PM

September 24th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Nelson In The Most-Anticipated Episode In
“The Ultimate Fighter” Franchise History

September 24, 2009, New York, NY – Kimbo Slice, the former YouTube sensation, and currently aspiring UFC fighter, makes his first trip into the famed UFC Octagon® against former IFL champ Roy Nelson on the upcoming episode of “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” on Wednesday, September 30 at 10:00pm ET/PT.  The third episode of the new season, the highest rated ever thus far, was taped in early June.

Slice, a member of Team Rampage, will be taking on Nelson from Team Rashad, a fighter with arguably the most impressive resume among this season’s cast.  The winner of the bout advances and will need two more victories to qualify for the live finale on Saturday, December 5 from Las Vegas and a chance to win a six-figure contract with the UFC. 

Tale of the Tape:

Kimbo Slice:
Age: 35
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 235 lbs
Hometown: Nassau, Bahamas
Trains: Miami, FL – Team Kimbo
MMA record: 3-1

One of the most intriguing figures in the history of mixed martial arts, Kimbo Slice was born in the Bahamas and moved to Miami with his mother and two brothers.  A natural athlete, Slice was a star linebacker at Miami Palmetto High School and was later awarded an athletic scholarship to the University of Miami, although he did not play a down there and left after just a year and a half.  After college, Slice struggled to make ends meet, and lived out in his car when employment was impossible to find.

Slice eventually found work as a bodyguard and used his natural fighting skills to protect his clients.  In Miami, word spread about Slice’s explosive punching power and soon he was a part of an unsanctioned street fighting circuit:  all striking, no grappling and the crowd that showed up would decide a winner if both men were still standing at the end of the battle.  More often than not, Slice was the one standing, and he became a YouTube sensation as his exploits were videotaped and posted at the speed of broadband for all to see.  

Millions of YouTube views later, Slice transitioned into mixed martial arts in order to provide for his fiancée and six children.  He fought for the now-defunct EliteXC, headlining the first ever mixed martial arts card on broadcast television.  He compiled a 3-0 record before losing to Seth Petruzelli in front of millions of viewers.

Roy Nelson:
Age: 33
Height: 6’1”
Weight: 265 lbs
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Trains: Las Vegas, NV – Team Big Country
MMA record: 14-4-0

Roy “Big Country” Nelson wants viewers to take one look at him and underestimate him because of his physique.  It makes it all the more sweet for him when the referee raises Nelson’s arm at the end of the bout. 

Born and raised in Las Vegas, Nelson has always been a gifted athlete.  He wrestled and played football and baseball at Cimarron Memorial High School before graduating in 1994.  He became a martial arts fan after seeing “The Karate Kid” at a young age and began training in karate and kung fu.  He began watching the UFC® in 1994 and, in 2000, began training in jiu-jitsu with one of the sport’s top coaches, John Lewis in Las Vegas.  Nelson also served as a training partner to many of the top mixed martial arts fighters in Las Vegas.

Four years later, he made the transition from trainer to fighter and made his pro debut.  With a devastating mixture of striking, ground and pound, and submission skills, he has compiled a 14-4 record and held the now-defunct IFL’s Heavyweight title.  “Big Country” sustained two recent losses to notable mixed martial arts heavyweights including a KO to former UFC® champ Andrei Arlovski last October and lost a three-round decision to Jeff Monson in March.   

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts: 

David Schwarz     Spike TV                212-767-8639
Jennifer Wenk    UFC/Las Vegas        702-221-4790
Salil Gulati         Spike TV                 212-767-8705     
Rachel Trontel    UFC/Las Vegas        702-588-5516

Spike Presents New Original Online Show “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath”

September 23rd, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE PRESENTS NEW ORIGINAL ONLINE SHOW
“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: THE AFTERMATH”

Spike.com Greenlights Digital Series Hosted By Amir Sadollah As
Companion To The Most Successful Franchise In Network History
“The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath” Premieres Tuesday, September 22 On Spike.com

New York, New York, September 22, 2009 – Spike TV’s hit series “The Ultimate Fighter” has propelled mixed martial arts into the American mainstream while becoming the most successful franchise in the network’s history. With its tenth iteration having premiered to record ratings, Spike.com will launch the original series “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath.” Hosted by Amir Sadollah, the new show will be a video roundtable discussion about the on-air episode that precedes it, with the fighters that competed in an elimination bout on hand to talk about what went on, both inside and outside of the Octagon™, during “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.”

“‘The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights’ promises to be the show’s biggest season yet, and Spike.com has enjoyed great success with its ‘Aftermath’ franchise,” said Jon Slusser, SVP, Spike digital entertainment. “In combining the two, this new show will deliver exclusive content to our audience, and allow Spike viewers and members of our online community to interact with our signature franchise in new ways.”

Premiering Tuesday, September 22 on Spike.com, “The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath” will allow fans, for the first time in the show’s history, to pose their questions about “The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” directly to the fighters involved. UFC® president Dana White will be on hand for the premiere episode, and, over the course of the season, coaches Rashad Evans and Rampage Jackson, as well as the show’s entire cast, including Kimbo Slice, Wes Sims, Marcus Jones, and Roy Nelson, will stop by to take part in “The Aftermath.”

“Ten seasons in, and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ still packs as much of a punch as ever,” said Brian J. Diamond, SVP, sports and specials, Spike TV. “We’re excited to build on the show’s continued on air success and venture into a new platform with “‘The Ultimate Fighter: The Aftermath.’”

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at www.spike.com/press.

 

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Press Contacts:

Salil Gulati 212.767.8705 salil.gulati@mtvtsaff.com
Aileen Budow 212.767.3952 aileen.budow@spiketv.com

UFC HEAVYWEIGHTS ARE A RATINGS KNOCKOUT ON SPIKE TV!

September 18th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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UFC HEAVYWEIGHTS ARE A RATINGS KNOCKOUT ON SPIKE TV!

 

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RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR PREMIERE OF

“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: HEAVYWEIGHTS”

 

Draws More Young Men Than Anything On Television On

Wednesday, September 16 Including “The Jay Leno Show”

And “America’s Got TalentSeason Finale

 

September 17, 2009, New York, NY While the ratings for most television series erode over time, “The Ultimate Fighter” on Spike TV continues to defy the norm.  Illustrating the ever-growing popularity of the UFC and its stable of stars, the premiere of the tenth season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday, September 16 (10:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT) was not only the most watched episode in the series history, but also in network history for an original.* 

 

The series, featuring the best up-and-coming mixed martial arts heavyweights, including YouTube sensation Kimbo Slice, garnered 4.1 million viewers, besting the previous “The Ultimate Fighter” high of 2.8 million viewers for the finale of season three in 2006. 

 

The show debut also garnered 3.2 million Persons 18-49, demonstrating a substantial amount of co-viewing between men and women.

 

“The intriguing cast of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights’ has true mass appeal, and the numbers show that this sport is not just for a niche audience anymore,” said Kevin Kay, Spike TV President. 

  

The Spike TV telecast bested all competition on television in the advertiser-coveted demographics of Men 18-34, M18-49, M18-24, M25-34 including the highly-promoted network originals “The Jay Leno Show,” “America’s Got Talent” season finale, “Glee,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and the premiere of “Beautiful Life.” 

 

Overall, the record-breaking Spike TV telecast drew a 5.3 rating (1.5 million) in Men 18-34, a 4.3 in M18-49 (2.4 million), a 2.9 household rating and 4.1 million total viewers.

 

“The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights” features former UFC light heavyweight champions “Suga” Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as coaches and is the only installment in the show’s history to include only the heavyweight weight class (206+ lbs).  The cast includes a list of notable athletes with impressive and diverse pedigrees including four former NFL players, UFC veterans, a former IFL heavyweight champ, and a highly-publicized former EliteXC fighter, Kimbo Slice, who gained prominence through his non-sanctioned bouts on YouTube.

 

*previous record for a Spike TV original episode is 3.4 million for “The Joe Schmo Show” season finale in 2003.

 

Spike TV is available in 98.6 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

 

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Press Contacts:   David Schwarz          Spike TV                                  212-767-8639

                           Jennifer Wenk           UFC/Las Vegas                       702-221-4790

                           Salil Gulati                 Spike TV                                 212-767-8705  

                           Rachel Trontel           UFC/Las Vegas                       702-588-5516

 

 

Spike TV Celebrates Patrick Swayze With Special Movie Presentation and Tribute This Saturday

September 15th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV CELEBRATES PATRICK SWAYZE WITH
SPECIAL MOVIE PRESENTATION AND TRIBUTETHIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19


New York, NY, September 15, 2009  – Spike TV will celebrate the work of the late Hollywood actor Patrick Swayze in one of his  cult-classic roles in the film “Road House” this Saturday, September 19  (10:00 PM – 12:30 AM, ET/PT). This special movie telecast will also include a special tribute to the Golden Globe®-nominated actor who died yesterday at age 57 due to pancreatic cancer.

The 1989 action film “Road House” stars Patrick Swayze as “Dalton,” a bouncer with a philosophical side, who takes on the chore of cleaning up a rowdy Missouri honky-tonk and runs into trouble with a local corrupt businessman. The film also stars Ben Gazzara, Sam Elliott and Kelly Lynch.

Spike’s telecast of “Road House” will include a short tribute to the actor. Spike.com will feature its own tribute where fans can post their own messages or favorite Swayze movie moments at Spike.com.

Spike TV is available in 98 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators  of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike
TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and  for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike  TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:

Debra Fazio        Spike TV-NY        212/767-8649            debra.fazio@spiketv.com

Spike Presents Encore Of “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” In Honor Of Emmy Nomation

September 8th, 2009 by SPIKE Press

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SPIKE TV TO PRESENT ENCORE PRESENTATION OF
“AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION” ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
IN HONOR OF THE NETWORK’S FIRST
PRIMETIME EMMY®-NOMINATED PROGRAM

Program Nominated For Outstanding Animated Program, Winner To Be Announced During 2009 Emmy Creative Arts Awards Ceremony On September 12

Winner Of Juried Emmy Award For Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation

New York, NY, September 8, 2009  – Spike TV will present a special encore presentation of the critically-acclaimed, funktastic anime series “Afro Samurai: Resurrection,” in honor of its Primetime Emmy®-nomination for Outstanding Animated Program (for programming one hour or more) this Friday, September 11 (1:00 – 3:00 AM, ET/PT).  This is Spike’s first-ever Primetime Emmy®-Nomination from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  The winner of this animation category will be revealed during the 2009 Creative Arts Awards on Saturday, September 12 at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.  “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” has already been honored with a 2009 juried Primetime Emmy® Award for Art Director Shigemi Ikeda, Art Director for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.

“Afro Samurai: Resurrection” is the sequel to the network’s 2007 premiere of “Afro Samurai” and is based on the original art and story telling of manga artist Takashi Okazaki about a black samurai’s quest for revenge and justice for his murdered father.  Academy-Award®-nominated actor Samuel L. Jackson, who also serves as an executive producer, stars in a dual role, as the uncompromising hero, Afro, as well as his motor-mouthed sidekick Ninja Ninja.  When his father’s body is stolen from its grave, Afro is forced to pick up his sword again and wreak bloody vengeance against an army of deadly foes led by a sadistic mastermind.

“Afro Samurai: Resurrection” also featured the voices of Emmy Award®-nominated actress Lucy Liu, Mark Hamill and Yuri Lowenthal. The original score for “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” was provided by award-winning artist The RZA.

“Afro Samurai: Resurrection” was produced for Spike TV by Japanese studio GONZO in association/partnership with GONZO K.K. and FUNimation Entertainment.

About FUNimation Entertainment
FUNimation® Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Navarre Corporation, is the leading company for home video sales of Japanese animation in the United States.  FUNimation has a proven formula for launching and advancing brands, and manages a full spectrum of rights for most of its brands including broadcasting, licensing, production, internet, and home video sales and distribution. For more information about FUNimation Entertainment and its brands, visit www.funimation.com.

About GONZO K.K.
GONZO KK is a globally-focused Japanese media company founded in February 2000.  The group produces cutting edge entertainment for teens and young adults through the famous GONZO animation brand and for kids and family under the Gonzo Films and Gonzino brands.  Gonzo KK is a world leader in content development that targets both domestic and international audiences with Japan’s trend-setting animation culture and, usually, GONZO controls licensing management and international distribution for the content it produces. GONZO group companies include Future Vision Music K.K., GONZINO K.K., and GK Entertainment K.K.

About SPIKE
Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.

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Press Contacts:

Debra Fazio        Spike TV-NY        212/767-8649            debra.fazio@mtvstaff.com
Jackie Smith        FUNimation         972/355-7300      Jackie.smith@funimation.com