"As the destination for the best mixed martial arts on television, Spike TV is always looking for ways to give fight fans more of the incredible action and competition they crave," stated Kevin Kay, President of Spike TV.
Yet another mixed martial arts series set to premiere early next year will certainly help with the fans' "craving" Kay speaks of.
Jan. 11, 2010 will mark the premiere event of "Best of Pride Fighting Championships" on none other than Spike TV, a series featuring the most memorable bouts from the now defunct organization.
The list of fights the series will present will be quite extensive, no doubt including bouts such as Wanderlei Silva vs. Quinton Jackson, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, and Chuck Liddell vs. Quinton Jackson, only to name a few.
This series marks the eighth show on Spike TV dealing with mixed martial arts. However, it is the first show that is not dealing exclusively with the UFC, as the fans are given an opportunity to look to the past at one of the best organizations in this sport's history.
Prior to its purchase by Zuffa, LLC, Pride was a leader in mixed martial arts. Holding over 60 events, including a single event holding an audience of over 70,000 people, Pride Fighting Championships made waves in MMA, and now Spike TV looks back on the organization's glory days.
"Best of Pride Fighting Championships" will give fans an opportunity to watch some of the great fights from a formerly great organization. However, it will also allow the many new fans of mixed martial arts an opportunity to watch and learn a little bit about the sport's history.