World Series of Fighting Inks 3-Year Deal with NBC Sports Network

Damon Martin@@DamonMartinContributor IFebruary 4, 2013

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30:  Mixed martial artist Ray Sefo arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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World Series of Fighting has a home on television for the next three years.

The fledgling promotion has signed a multi-year agreement to air on the NBC Sports Network starting with their next show scheduled for March 23 from the Revel Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The promotion first aired on the NBC Sports Network late last year, but it was only a one-fight deal at the time.

Now World Series of Fighting has inked a contract that will showcase the organization a minimum of six times per year with their new deal, while NBCSports.com will also air live events.

“We are thrilled to call NBC Sports Network the home of World Series of Fighting,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo via press release.  “This partnership will allow us to build the World Series of Fighting brand of world-class MMA competition before a dedicated national audience of passionate sports fans and place our athletes on the big stage that they deserve.”

NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) is available in over 80 million homes currently and has showcased MMA on their network previously when they aired both UFC and WEC events at one time.

Following the conclusion of those deals, NBC was rumored to still be interested in staying in the mixed martial arts business, and now they have their promotion.

World Series of Fighting will kick off their new deal on March 23 with several high profile fights starting at 10 p.m. ET, including a bantamweight showdown between Tyson Nam and Marlon Moraes, who are the first confirmed fighters to face off on the show.

More bouts are expected to be announced in the coming days.


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