“MMA’s SportsCenter” to Wrap-Up on September 30
The landscape of the sport of MMA is once again changing. Just a day after news broke that the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship would merge next year to form the Legacy, Fighting Alliance, its network–AXS TV–announced then end of Inside MMA.
The news and interview program will conclude with a total of 433 episodes according to USA Today’s MMAJunkie.com. The show, as the title of this article suggests, was MMA’s flagship source for television coverage long before names like Rousey, McGregor or really even the UFC itself had entered into the public consciousness.
AXS TV moved to end the series to make room for more live event coverage of the sport itself, including LFA events. It has been reported that the new LFA have a 30-event calendar for 2017. The network will carry 45 events in total.
“‘Inside MMA’ blazed the trail for mainstream media’s acceptance of MMA,” AXS TV Founder and CEO Mark Cuban said. “Bas, Kenny and Ron were there from the start, introducing the sport and its stars to a national television audience when other networks and newspapers were too afraid and out of touch to recognize its appeal.”
The series began in 2007 and is currently on its 10th season.
Combat has become the sole focus for the sports division of the television network known as Spike since it added Bellator MMA events to its programming in 2013. The UFC has also become a staple on Fox with its 2011 debut event between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos for the UFC Heavyweight title being the most-watched UFC event ever.
Nielson Media Research’s figures show that the event brought in 5.7 million viewers.