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To a Michael probably it's from strike force director of communications their big year for strike force you guys just finishing acquisition.
Of lead exceeding get a big cart coming up in April.
Frank shamrock versus nick Diaz personal a couple of bit about the acquisition of lead -- and getting on showtime how big is that for strike force.
While it's huge and it's a major step forward this is something that we've worked for.
For the last three years and really a strike force has been in the business since 1990 -- kick boxing series so we launched anime series in 2006.
You know we we've worked for some time before we done two shows with them.
That they will co promotion with a lead actually so we we've had a relationship was so time for some time now to.
This is something that you know what I said we've been working for.
Towards trying to for a long time nonstop finally happened zealots it's an exciting time to me just a phone for us so that failure lead Dixie is really you guys benefit from that.
So to speak.
-- I mean you know I think they -- they did some good things a lot of in the business and from what I understand they're going to continue -- I'm not -- on the the elite -- sound off on a different name.
What it is more of something we did.
You know with our business rather than someone else's value because -- hadn't worked with -- time before and we felt stable.
You know really strong fighters and and now we've add to that stable at a talking distribution.
For this we had you know.
We had via first up 52 week series on one of the four major television networks that's the NBC series that it's going to continue through April.
Pat live distribution on teaching that as well showtime and some international team distribution as well so I think that.
This is this issue is is our biggest step following.
Since we started the company.
Being on showtime during a prime time series as opposed to being on NBC universal at 2 o'clock in morning.
Is that is that a better deal overall even though it's on pay cable.
The show I mean it's you know the time -- about and you know it it's better and it's.
It's better but you know and and she was very supportive while we've -- now I'm in the ratings were very strong despite the late on time slot.
And done so it it's you know NBC's overall reaches are basically more but showtime has been a tremendous partner in the past.
And so it is ways to look at you know is different ways to look at I mean the showtime distribution is tremendous in the sense that.
You know it's a great premium network it's got a loyal subscriber base and their subscriber base has increased dramatically since they entered the enemy business.
So we're really looking to capitalize on that and really work with them to builds on showtime -- program.
Will the showtime.
Relationship opened up bigger venues for you guys -- mean I noticed on NBC news a lot of a lot of fights at the Playboy mansion for instance.
This what is at the HP pavilion have been there before but I'm talking about in April you've got Frank Diaz verse is frank -- -- -- nick Diaz versus frank shamrock big fight.
Is that an open a bigger venues overall -- -- I mean that's something that the showtime deal and the acquisition of some of the lead actually athletes this is going to do is allow us to expand its.
You know into new markets on we've done -- in the past unlike last year we went to Denver.
As well as the Seattle market we're going to continue to move expand outward from the west coast so to speak.
You know you can expect to see strike force this year in the midwest on the east coast maybe down south.
Depending on what opportunities present at times sound you know which we which whatever opportunities would feel the best fit for our rock.
For a company to some.
Scott Smith is one of fighters on the CBS for the Dixie Khartoum who really did very very well and I see he's going to be fighting venture erratic.
On the eleventh as well.
Are there any fighters that you didn't get -- it safe for exits Kimbo Slice what are you guys gonna do with kimbo well.
It's something that can vote is.
You know it's a possibility will be working with him we've opened discussions with -- management and in time we'll have to see when they go up.
Com you can -- an enigma.
Someone that we we'd like to work with but you know we have to see what's right for us sentinel what they wanted to -- well you know.
We have to see which direction and on had -- mountaintop but we're looking forward to the fight is that we will the fact is working with like he said.
Scott Smith will be fighting on April 11 -- -- in the fighting an erratic Scott just had a huge win in November card with one punch knockout of Terry Martin.
Yes that's really the finer.
So let's talk with a bit about -- versus frank any bad blood -- -- you don't know that frank knocked out Cesar Gracie.
Who is -- instructors so these are sort of like a little revenge there.
Oh it's you know it's like sort of continuation not even the knicks less famous Gracie its continuation of the old Gracie shamrock robbery because nick -- a student -- She's as crazy and -- -- started I spoke with neck.
Last weekend you know lies he he's.
You know he's charged up about the fight and frank you know.
If there's not -- bought the stock is bound to be glad I had wanted to go -- thanks a great guy nobody knows really how to get guys had.
Yet and that's his game you know he's he's a master at the head game as well as you know a master -- fighting -- On it it's amiga is on is nick go monopoly classify different.
Nick is he's not going up weightlessness it for this fight from the last fight maybe by.
It's that he's always fought between I think a 11680.
Pounds so really this is like at a high end of his -- -- of the range they fought in five you know some fighters can do that like frank said you know he's always been.
It's capable of fighting and a 185 pounds he said it said the other day doesn't know how fighters do that what they do where they go.
From on these lowest these big swings -- weight by nick nick is one of those guys I can do it.
And he's got a lot of power.
Yeah we solved.
BJ Penn go away classified GSP that it worked out too well for him.
And nick also has to avenge his brother's recent -- they Diaz and versus played -- which was a good fight you have -- 94.
What do what other big fight you that you have on -- -- -- if -- the first court you guys this year.
That's right it's the first card arm we couldn't really doing and yet all we could have done one but you know we were really working towards wrapping up -- you this deal that we just announced.
So we visited me the first fight it's -- coming out party so speed.
It's our biggest fight card yet.
The first to -- confirmed the ones we spoke about shamrock versus Diaz and Roddick versus Smith.
We're working towards confirming opponent for skill of Allen hasn't Josh Thompson as well Josh is a lightweight champion he beat Gilbert and.
Big Five round fight last June 1000 tremendous fight so he's looking forward to defending his title for the first time this year.
We were trying to get KG used to fight them KJ was not only that -- jamming but it looks like KJ is going to -- focusing on his boxing career for now please.
-- a lot of people say when you look at the enemy landscape obviously you have seized -- 800 pound gorilla but strike force has always been in this sort of consistent.
Up and coming league and now with the distribution you have.
How much close are you today at 800 pound gorilla.
Well I mean you know it's still a long way off you know we've always respected the FC's position as the number one guy in the game.
You know and really where it in sort of we're in the same space but weren't different businesses and if you look at it closely you know there there in the reality show.
Well not ever very successful reality show which is what.
One of the things that really helped launch that then sent DOC Brandon it's you know.
And so it took to new heights and really brought it to the -- mainstream America on.
And then they're also in the paper view business which went on and so -- more in any out alive and business for broadcasting and cable TV.
And that's you know that's really our core business right now so you know what you have seen with their assets there really number one and -- strike forces.
Is now looking to you know continue to build this brand and be successful in the enemy's base so.
-- what changes are fans of strike force gonna see this next production.
Well you know being -- to -- for showtime so.
You know within really ramp up the card on this is going to be -- biggest card yet on -- where we've basically doubled our roster of fighters.
Are you changing your your crew your commentators things like that.
We will be for showtime showtime -- McCain's commute creative control over that and they've done a great job supply think they've really got.
But to get assembled a great team you know we've worked with pitching in the past and you know their production team as well as that era.
They have their entire infrastructures really strong -- You know what we're very confident and then capabilities and done our job is to.
You know to promote the fights and time.
To put on the on the best -- possible so now parents just.
Negative showtime it's going to be April 11 10 PM.
On showtime strike force nick Diaz versus frank shamrock should be a great card -- from which thanks a lot for joining us today thanks really appreciate it.
This has been fox like game until next time I'm Mike Straka.
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