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ESPN 'MMA Live' graduates to television on ESPN2

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ESPN's wildly successful Web show "MMA Live" is finally getting the recognition it deserves.

MMAmania.com has learned that host Jon Anik, along with analysts Franklin McNeil and Kenny Florian, will soon bring their mixed martial arts news, highlights and analysis to the world's biggest sports network on ESPN2.

No precise details are known at this time, but the half-hour show is expected to air on Thursday afternoons -- new episodes are typically made available online on a weekly basis at this time.

An official announcement is expected to come from the network shortly.

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nice!

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Post #2   3/25/10 2:11:52AM   

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maybe this is why sherdog got their creds pulled...

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Post #3   3/25/10 6:56:57AM   

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Nice I always miss it online but my girl "DVR" will take care of that issue now!

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Nice!
I like this show a lot.

Post #5   3/25/10 8:02:59AM   

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I watch this show just about every week.

Post #6   3/25/10 9:06:55AM   

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Have to say we get it in the UK on ESPN and I never miss it, it really is a great show and I'm really glad its getting TV time in the US.

Maybe this is a step toward you guys getting the UFC on ESPN as a network deal... either way this is good news

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This is only the beginning. I've always maintained that I think the UFC and ESPN will strike a broadcasting deal eventually. This could (and should, I hope) lead to great things for Zuffa.

Ratings are obviously good enough online so let's hope that translates to TV. Good ratings would, I believe, open the door for MMA programming (fights) on ESPN...and I think the UFC will be the first to sign up.

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This is only the beginning. I've always maintained that I think the UFC and ESPN will strike a broadcasting deal eventually. This could (and should, I hope) lead to great things for Zuffa.

Ratings are obviously good enough online so let's hope that translates to TV. Good ratings would, I believe, open the door for MMA programming (fights) on ESPN...and I think the UFC will be the first to sign up.



I guess it depends on what the future holds for Bellator.

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I guess it depends on what the future holds for Bellator.



I thought Bellator had an exclusive agreement with FoxSportsNet?

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Posted by grappler0000

I guess it depends on what the future holds for Bellator.



I thought Bellator had an exclusive agreement with FoxSportsNet?



ESPN Deportes...in fact, MMA Live and Bellator share Jon Anik.

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Posted by grappler0000

ESPN Deportes...in fact, MMA Live and Bellator share Jon Anik.



I personally think the ESPN/ABC would drop Bellator like a bad habit if the UFC came on board. They'd be stupid not to.

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This is great news!!!

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Posted by grappler0000

ESPN Deportes...in fact, MMA Live and Bellator share Jon Anik.



I personally think the ESPN/ABC would drop Bellator like a bad habit if the UFC came on board. They'd be stupid not to.



Oh, I agree...I just don't know what type of relationship they have with Bellator or what their long term plans/agreements are.

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bellators deal for this season is with foxsports, last season they were with espn deportes.

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