Showtime extends MMA deal

New series of bouts begins in January

Showtime will produce and televise up to eight live mixed martial arts events under a new agreement with Strikeforce.

A match between Rockhold and Keith Jardine on Jan. 7 will be the first under the new deal, which will also lead to undercard fights airing live on Showtime Extreme.

“Since its advent on Showtime in 2007, live mixed martial arts has always performed well with our subscribers, particularly in the younger demographics,” Showtime Sports exec veep and g.m. Stephen Espinoza said.

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