AXN has launched ‘Fight Night’ every Wednesday from 9 pm to 11 pm, featuring reality martial arts and boxing. AXN, a player in the action and adventure, is all set to pump up the sporting action quotient with this launch. Some of the programmes in the band include ‘The Contender’ (Season 2), aired within the same day from the US, and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ (Season 1).
Elaborating on the new shows, Sunder Aaron, Country Manager, AXN, said, “What Indian viewers will appreciate about these two new shows is that they are as real as the Zidane head butt! These are not trained actors, but real fighters and boxers competing in real combat for the ultimate prize. Watching sports with friends is the new lifestyle trend in India, and AXN will be meeting viewers’ needs with two great shows on Fight Night. All on one night, starting July 19, 2006, we are proud to bring our viewers the ‘Contender – Season 2’, followed by the premiere of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, an extreme sport reality series not for the faint-hearted.”
‘The Contender’ will feature international sports legend Sugar Ray Leonard playing mentor to 16 fresh faces. The show takes viewers into each of the boxer’s personal victories and trials, exposes their ambitions and drive while still touching hearts and making the competition about more than just boxing. This will be followed by the latest in the reality series-extreme sports genre ‘The Ultimate Fighter – Season 1’, where 16 young men have been chosen from all over America to compete for a Ultimate Fighting Championship contract.
The fighters are trained by UFC legends Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture and Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddell in a wide array of diverse martial arts.