AXS TV Fights Celebrates Fourth of July with MMA-Themed Marathon

Jun 26, 2014
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LOS ANGELES – Sparks will fly on the Fourth of July as AXS TV FIGHTS presents over eight straight hours of combat sports programming with the “Fights and Fireworks: Celebrating Our 250th Fight” marathon starting at 3pE. The MMA-themed afternoon programming block leads into a special edition of INSIDE MMA at 8pE and culminates in the network’s historic 250th fight broadcast with AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 16 at 9pE. Both Inside MMA and AXS TV Fights will be broadcast live from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

AXS TV starts off the holiday marathon with a two-hour presentation of 2009’s AFFLICTION: DAY OF RECKONING featuring the epic showdown between heavyweight legends Fedor Emelianenko and Andrei Arlovski at 3pE. That battle is followed by a celebration of the network’s most exciting fights of 2013 with AXS TV FIGHTS’ BEST OF 2013 at 5pE which showcases fights such as Holly Holm’s head-kick KO versus Allanna Jones, Chinzo Machida’s highlight reel knockout of Brian Wood, and more. Then, AXS TV FIGHTS’ “The Voice” Michael Schiavello goes toe-to-toe with UFC President Dana White in an hour-long encore airing of his sit-down interview in “The Voice Versus: Dana White” at 7pE.

Hosting the live afternoon broadcast are Schiavello and fellow AXS TV FIGHTS commentator Pat Miletich, along with INSIDE MMA hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten. INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck will also be on site, giving viewers up to the minute news from UFC’s Fight Week.

Following the afternoon programming, AXS TV FIGHTS launches right into the night’s live coverage with a special edition of INSIDE MMA at 8pE. Joining the show are Miletich and Schiavello as the whole team welcomes AXS TV FIGHTS alumni to relive some of the most memorable moments from AXS TV FIGHTS’ unprecedented 250 broadcasts. Finishing off the night, AXS TV FIGHTS presents its 250th broadcast with AXS TV FIGHTS: LION FIGHT 16 live at 9pE from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The night’s action features headliners Kevin Ross and Michael Thompson battling for LION FIGHT’s inaugural super lightweight championship, former LION FIGHT featherweight champion Tiffany “Timebomb” Van Soest taking on Italy’s Sindy Huyer in the co-main event, and Thailand’s Rungravee Sasiprapa making his LION FIGHT debut versus Adrian Morilla. In between the action, the broadcast features special segments highlighting the network’s remarkable history, including footage from Miletich’s 2008 retirement fight and highlights from past international event coverage.

“To celebrate our 250th broadcast, we’ve put together a line-up of some of the best fights and interviews from our decade in the business,” said AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon. “With our ‘best of’ specials, ‘The Voice Versus: Dana White,’ and the live broadcasts of ‘Inside MMA’ and ‘AXS TV Fights,’ this marathon gives viewers a taste of all the fights programming that AXS TV has to offer.”

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS AXS TV Fights presents live combat sports news and event coverage with “Inside MMA” Fridays at 9pE/6pP followed by AXS TV Fights’ weekly mixed martial arts, kickboxing or Muay Thai event broadcasts at 10pE/7pP. On “Inside MMA,” the longest running and only independent weekly MMA television news show, award-winning broadcaster Kenny Rice and four-time world champion Bas Rutten interview top athletes and break down fight highlights while correspondent Ron Kruck provides on-site event coverage and in-depth reporting on the sport’s most interesting stories. Then, on AXS TV Fights, award-winning journalist and renowned broadcaster “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean.

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