SPIKE TV TO TELECAST “ROOTS OF FIGHT PRESENTS: ALI: BIRTH OF THE GREATEST”
New Original Documentary On The Fight Of The Century-Ali-Frazier I
Narrated By Ice T
Premieres Friday, September 9 At 11:15pm ET/PT
It was the biggest fight in boxing history – a star-studded, must-see live event unlike any other before or since. The first bout in the epic trilogy of fights between boxing immortals Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier took place on March 8, 1971 from Madison Square Garden in New York City with a backdrop steeped in politics, race relations, money, power, celebrity and athletic greatness. Spike TV takes a look back at this historical, unforgettable night in “Roots of Fight Presents: Ali: Birth of The Greatest.”
The original, one-hour documentary, narrated by Ice T, premieres on Spike Friday, September 9 at 11:15pm ET/PT directly following LIVE coverage of the highly-anticipated rematch between middleweights Danny Jacobs vs. Sergio Mora.
Muhammad Ali, a personality larger than life, has left behind an unparalleled legacy as a sportsman, humanitarian, and civil rights crusader. It was a legacy first built by his revolutionary actions in the 1960’s that divided an already fragmented public. Ali’s improbable transformation took him from being the most polarizing figure in the history of sports to being the most socially significant athlete of all time – a transformation that began on a pivotal night in March of 1971, with a divided world watching. “Roots of Fight Presents: Ali: Birth of The Greatest” takes a revealing look back with interviews for luminaries from the world of boxing and entertainment.
Among those featured in the film include Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, LL Cool J, Walt Frazier, Rosie Perez, Ed O’Neill, Arthur Mercante Jr, Thomas Hauser, Brett Ratner, George Kalinsky, Steve Farhood, Bob Lipsyte, Mike Greenberg, George Lois, Neal Marshall, and Dr. Todd Boyd.
“Roots Of Fights Presents: Ali: Birth of The Greatest is produced by Matador Entertainment in conjunction with Roots of Fight and Spike TV. The Executive Producers include Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Jesse Katz, Mike Greenberg, Dave Larzelere, Kevin Kay, Jon Slusser, and Jaimee Kosanke.
Spike’s coverage of the Premier Boxing Champions’ LIVE event featuring a rematch between Danny Jacobs and Sergio Mora airs on Friday, September 9:00pm ET/PT.
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The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that middleweight contender Marcin Prachnio has suffered an injury and is out of ONE: QUEST FOR POWER. The blockbuster fight card will, however, proceed as scheduled for 14 January at the Jakarta Convention Center. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash will defend his title against Prachnio’s replacement, “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar.
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Invicta FC 21 – Megan Anderson vs Charmaine Tweet
Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet streams live and exclusively via UFC FIGHT PASS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 14. The event takes place at the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Missouri.
Featherweight: Charmaine Tweet (9-5) vs. Megan Anderson (7-2) Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett (8-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-2) Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (8-1) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (5-5) Bantamweight: Sijara Eubanks (2-1) vs. Aspen Ladd (4-0) Flyweight: Andrea Lee (4-2) vs. Jenny Liou (6-4) Flyweight: Heather Hardy (0-0) vs. Brieta Carpenter (0-0) Strawweight: Amy Montenegro (7-2) vs. Celine Haga (10-13) Flyweight: Rachael Ostovich (3-2) vs. Christina Ferea (0-0)
UFC Fight Night 103 features the return of the legend B.J. Penn as he takes on Yair Rodriguez on Sunday, January 15 at Talking Stick Arena in Denver, Colorado.
Main Card Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn Joe Lauzon vs. Marcin Held Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders Jimmie Rivera vs. Bryan Caraway
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1) John Moraga vs. Sergio Pettis Frankie Saenz vs. Augusto Mendes Oleksiy Oliynyk vs. Viktor Pešta lex White vs. Tony Martin
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger vs. Nina Ansaroff Devin Powell vs. Drakkar Klose Walt Harris vs. Chase Sherman Joachim Christensen vs. Bojan Mihajlović Dmitri Smoliakov vs. Cyril Asker
Combate Americas Mexico City will include a bantamweight (135) main event between rising stars Steve Swanson (14-2) and Gustavo Lopez (6-2) – for the league’s much-anticipated, historic debut in Mexico on Thursday, Jan. 19, live on Azteca America (10 p.m. ET/PT) and UFC FIGHT PASS® (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).
Bellator 170 takes place at the Forum in Los Angeles, California and is headlined by mixed martial arts legends Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz.
Fight card Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Paul Daley vs. Brennan Ward Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Emmanuel Sanchez Derek Campos vs. Derek Anderson
Preliminary card (MyMMANews.com) Chinzo Machida vs. Jamar Ocampo Jack May vs. Dave Cryer Henry Corrales vs. Cody Bollinger Kevin Casey vs. Keith Berry Guilherme Vasconcelos vs. John Mercurio Gabriel Green vs. Jalin Turner Christian Gonzalez vs. Danial Rodriguez Jacob Rosales vs. Ian Butler Johnny Cisneros vs. Curtis Millender Mike Segura vs. Tommy Aaron Rob Gooch vs. James Ba Rebecca Ruth vs. Colleen Schneider
UFC on FOX 23 – Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
A potential UFC Women’s bantamweight championship title eliminator between multiple-time muay thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko and Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Peña headlines UFC on FOX 23.
Main Card (Fox) Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Peña Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou Alex Caceres vs. Jason Knight
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1) Nate Marquardt vs. Sam Alvey Raphael Assunção vs. Aljamain Sterling Bobby Nash vs. Li Jingliang Luis Henrique da Silva vs. Jordan Johnson Eric Spicely vs. Alessio Di Chirico Jason Gonzalez vs. J.C. Cottrell
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Jeremy Kimball Alexandre Pantoja vs. Eric Shelton