"New York, NY, August 20, 2012 – Spike TV and K-1, the world's premier kickboxing organization, have agreed to a strategic partnership that will begin this fall with live fights streamed on Spike.com beginning Saturday, September 8 at the U.S. World Grand Prix Championships in Los Angeles. There will be a total of four events that will be streamed live in 2012. In 2013, the K-1 events will move from Spike.com to Spike TV to coincide with the network’s extensive coverage of Bellator Fighting Championships.
"We are thrilled to be in business with the world’s preeminent kickboxing organization," said Jon Slusser, Senior Vice President, Sports and Multiplatform Events, Spike TV. "Spike has the most passionate and knowledgeable fans of combat sports and we are confident that they will enjoy the high-action of K-1, which serves as the perfect complement to our Bellator coverage next year."
"K-1 is excited to join forces with Spike TV, a powerful and highly experienced cable network known nationally for its combat sports programming, presenting our live K-1 events," said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1. "Spike is the perfect television home and stage to introduce our K-1 warriors and the fast-paced, aggressive style of K-1 fighting to fight fans across America."
Spike.com’s 2012 coverage will include unprecedented access to K-1 events, from live streaming of the weigh-ins the day before the bouts, to locker room interviews, to live coverage of every fight on the card, including all the prelims."
Pretty interesting that K-1's hopping on along with Bellator over to Spike TV. Bellator and Spike seem made for each other with how douche-y both are, but the challenge is in seeing how Spike will douche up K-1 to Spike's standards.
When I think of K-1, I think of prestige. Japanese auditoriums filled with 60,000+ attendants for the World GP's, fantastic production values with lights flashing, fireworks exploding, and banners waving all over the place, all interspersed by terrible bubblegum J-pop girl groups singing terrible bubblegum J-pop songs.
When I think of Spike, I think of unnecessarily long ads during the actual fights for dumb shows like Manswers. I think of cheap, shitty, watery beer, meatheads, ugly trucks, and big booty whores.
I can't wait to see the Frankenstein product Spike comes out with K-1.