Continuing its dedication to broadcast more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other TV network, AXS TV FIGHTS today announced it has signed a new multi-year agreement with CES MMA, the premier East Coast mixed martial arts organization. Through this extension, which includes at least six scheduled events in 2017, AXS TV FIGHTS will remain the exclusive North American broadcast home for CES MMA. Based on the recently announced deals with CES MMA, Lion Fight Muay Thai and Legacy Fighting Alliance, AXS TV FIGHTS will broadcast 45 live events in 2017, which is more than any other TV network.
Since its AXS TV FIGHTS debut in 2014, CES MMA has held 13 events on the network and launched 10 fighters to the UFC, including rising stars such as Charles Rosa (11-2), whose four-fight run in the UFC includes two “fight of the night” awards; former welterweight champ Rob Font (12-2), who earned a performance of the night bonus in his first UFC win; and Eric Spicely (9-1), who went undefeated through eight fights in CES before signing with the UFC.
The Providence, Rhode Island-based organization will finish off their 2016 calendar with CES MMA 39 on Nov. 4 headlined by a battle between former middleweight champion Chuck O’Neil (17-8) and challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (6-3). AXS TV FIGHTS broadcast team, featuring commentators UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello along with cageside reporter Ron Kruck, will call the action live starting at 9pE/6pP from the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
“The team at CES MMA is excited to be renewing our long term broadcast partnership with AXS TV FIGHTS,” said CES MMA Vice President Jimmy Burchfield Jr. “Working together over the last several years, we have showcased some of the best East Coast MMA action to an internationally televised audience. With the reach of AXS TV Fights, CES MMA has established itself as a major pathway to the UFC; and there’s a lot more talent to come. Be sure to tune in when the CES MMA cage doors lock; we predict you will hear a lot more of “Good Night Irene!”
“In a short period of time, CES MMA produced some of the most electrifying events on AXS TV FIGHTS and has become an integral part of our mission to showcase the best up and coming fighters in the world,” said AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon. “With this deal and CES’s storied history in combat sports, they are positioned to be the top promotion for emerging fighters in the region. We are looking forward to broadcasting their events as a part of our industry-leading 2017 45-fight broadcast schedule.”