HDNet, a leading provider of mixed martial arts television programming in the U.S have finally come to an agreement with the UFC in order to be granted press credentials.
The network’s billionare owner Mark Cuban revealed the news on HDNet’s flagship MMA program Inside MMA on Friday night.
“You know, over the years Dana and I have had some disagreements at the business level, and because of those, I can see his side of it as well, HDNet has not had access to UFC events,” Cuban said.
“We weren’t able to be at the weigh-ins, we didn’t have press credentials, we didn’t get video after fights. And so Dana and I have been talking for the past few months and kind of came to some agreements on how to work things out,” he continued.
“We worked those things out, so now going forward you’ll see HDNet at all the UFC events, we’ll have you guys there [Kenny & Bas], we’ll be doing interviews there, hopefully we’ll be able to go live from weigh-ins. Now they still have their deals with Spike obviously, and Versus, and they still work closely with some other folks. But we’ll have full access and that’s going to be a big change.”
This is good news for the sport as HDNet are a big supporter of mixed martial arts and a good working relationship with the UFC can only be of benefit to all parties.
HDNet already provides live events from promotions like DREAM, King Of The Cage, MFC, K-1 and Sengoku to name but a few. It also hosts the popular weekly MMA show Inside MMA, and interview related shows like ‘The Voice Vs…’ and ‘Fighting Words With Mike Straka.’