Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights has been wheeling an dealing this entire month, securing partnerships to air high-profile mixed martial arts events on its growing network.
The latest news is a deal with the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion under which the network will televise four events, beginning with "Strikeforce at the Dome" on February 23 from Tacoma, Wash. The main event of the nine-fight card features a superheavyweight clash between Bob "The Beast" Sapp and Jan "The Giant" Nortje.
Strikeforce also has the Frank Shamrock-Cung Le fight lined up in March. However, that event will more than likely air on Showtime because it is a joint effort with EliteXC.
In other news, HDNet Fights will also air the debut fight of Kim Couture -- wife of Randy "The Natural" Couture. The boxing/muay thai "smoker event" will take place at the Xtreme Couture Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 29.
The Kim Couture bout will air immediately after the live IFL event from the Orleans Arena, which is also slated to go down in "Sin City." In fact, HDNet Fights will also broadcast the first three IFL events of 2008 under a new agreement.
There's lots to watch for those fortunate enough to get the HDNet Fights network. Check local television line ups for more details.