HDnet announced via its official website (hdnet.com) that the all high-definition cable channel will televise the upcoming M-1 Global Challenge. The event dubbed the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts”, will begin Friday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. After the initial broadcast, HDnet has said it will run subsequent matches every Friday night at the same time, until the round-robin tournament is complete.
M-1’s “Challenge” event includes ten teams made up of eight countries. Fighters from South Korea, France, Russia, and Holland will compete. Five contestants make up each team, with all five weight classes represented.
HDnet was founded by sports business mogul Mark Cuban and is led by CEO Andrew Simon alongside former UFC champ Guy Mezger who heads up operations. The channel has grown in popularity with MMA fans due to its broadcasting of fight under the Strikeforce, M-1, DREAM, Affliction banners, and more.