LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AXS TV FIGHTS, the home of more LIVE mixed martial arts events in 2013 than any other network, and Legacy Fighting Championship, one of the fastest growing promotions in MMA, announced today the signing of a new multi-year broadcast TV rights agreement.
The new long-term deal coincides with the Houston-based organization's rapid growth since it debuted on AXS TV in May 2012. AXS TV Fights will broadcast 12 LIVE Legacy events in 2014, a 100 percent increase from the promotion's six nationally televised events in 2012.
Additionally, Legacy will venture outside of the state of Texas for the first time with events scheduled in New Mexico, Louisiana, and Tennessee in addition to regular stops in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.
"Legacy Fighting Championship has brought us some of the most exciting fights in MMA this year," said Andrew Simon, CEO of AXS TV Fights. "This new deal represents our commitment to bringing some of the best sports entertainment in the world to AXS TV."
"Legacy Fighting Championship is excited to sign this new long-term deal with AXS TV and remain part of the network's Friday Night Fights series, one of the leading live mixed martial arts event programs in history," said Mick Maynard, president, Legacy Fighting Championship. "We look forward to working with the team at AXS TV to present a regular schedule of Legacy events throughout 2014 to the millions of MMA fans and AXS TV viewers nationwide."
Legacy boasts a solid stable of notable fighters and is dedicated to delivering new and exciting experiences to fans through live and televised events. This year, Legacy has featured the rise of the two most high profile prospects in MMA: Holly Holm, a champion boxer who garnered media attention with her two punishing knockouts at LFC 21 and 24, and Olympic Wrestling Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo, who made his MMA national television debut with a decisive victory at LFC 24.
Legacy's next live event, LFC 25, will air tonight from Houston on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT. The fight card features the championship main event Jorge Patino, who will defend his lightweight title against undefeated Carlos Ferreira."The Voice" Michael Schiavello and former UFC champion Pat Miletich will call all the action during the LIVE AXS TV Fights broadcast.
About Legacy Fighting Championship
Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions in the world and features many of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. Based in Houston, Texas, Legacy FC has eight weight divisions and abides by the Unified Rules of MMA which were established in 2001 and remain the industry standard today. The promotion is producing 10 live events in 2013 and up to 14 live events in 2014 across the United States. Legacy events are televised live in a distribution deal with AXS TV and can be seen in over 42 million homes nationwide. In 2013, Legacy was recognized as one of "Houston's Fast 100" growing businesses by the Houston Business Journal. For more information on Legacy Fighting Championship, please visit http://legacyfights.tv.
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AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
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Bringing music back to television, AXS TV, launched in July of 2012 by visionary entrepreneur Mark Cuban, has created a one-of-a-kind, live television environment for entertainment and other cutting-edge trends. AXS TV delivers relevant, unpredictable and irreverent programming offering an unparalleled experience to a nationwide audience by presenting unfiltered, uncensored and uncut access to entertainers and their performances. "AXS TV Concerts," indicative of the network's dedication to music programming, crosses genres and international waters to deliver everything from stadium tours to club acts to tribute bands to some of the most anticipated festivals on the calendar, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Stagecoach Festival in California and the British Summer Time at Hyde Park Festival. A roster of diverse and unique talent is also a hallmark of the network with shows hosted by Dan Rather, Tom Green and Art Mann; performances by artists such as Carrie Underwood, Maroon 5 and Billy Joel as well as the top comics working the circuit on the signature "Gotham Comedy Live." Sports programming is led by "AXS TV Fights" which produces over 40 live mixed martial arts broadcasts a year in addition to the longest running weekly MMA news show on television, "Inside MMA." The network is available in the United States via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other TV providers. It is also distributed in Canada and the Caribbean. The network is spearheaded by a partnership including Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and CBS. For more information, visit the website, www.axs.tv; go to the Facebook page here and follow the company on Twitter, @axstv; on Instagram; Tumblr and YouTube.
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