There was good news for the MMA Live show today as ESPN announced that the show will continue to air on ESPN 2 until at least August.
The show had began life as purely an internet broadcast via ESPN.com, but for the first time the program began airing on ESPN 2 this month on a one month trial period. It seems that the broadcasters are encouraged by the success enough to extend it by a further three months.
ESPN have shown an increased interest in the sport recently, and in addition to the MMA Live show, in the lead up to this weekend’s UFC 114 event Dana White appeared on multiple ESPN broadcasts on TV, radio and the internet, while both Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans were also interviewed on ESPN Sportscenter.
Meanwhile ESPN Deportes also recently picked up the rights to air Brazilian MMA promotion ‘Jungle Fights’ events.
You can read an excerpt from ESPN’s press release regarding the MMA Live show below.
After airing episodes for the first time this May, ESPN2 will continue to televise ESPN.com’s produced and distributed weekly MMA Live series dedicated to news, highlights and analysis from the sport of mixed martial arts through August, 2010. ESPN2 will continue to provide the first airing of the weekly MMA Live series Fridays at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday at 10 p.m. PT) with the ESPN.com version, featuring additional content, available shortly after the ESPN2 telecast.
As previously scheduled, ESPN2 will simulcast ESPN.com’s MMA Live at UFC 114 Sunday, May 30, at 1 a.m. (Saturday at 10 p.m. PT). Future simulcasts of MMA Live specials originating from event sites are to be determined. MMA Live host Jon Anik, analysts Kenny Florian and Randy Couture, ESPN.com MMA Insider Franklin McNeil, and correspondent Molly Qerim will work the telecasts. Couture is an analyst in place of Rashad Evans who will compete in the UFC 114 event.