The first-ever weekly mixed-martial-arts program on major U.S. network television airs this coming Saturday, April 12, with the debut of "Strikeforce on NBC."
Newly crowned Strikeforce world middleweight champion Cung Le (6-0), who defeated former title-holder Frank Shamrock in the main event of March's 29 Strikeforce/EliteXC show, is the feature of the first half-hour episode.
The show airs at 2 a.m. on Saturday night/Sunday morning immediately following the hit late-night NBC show, "Poker After Dark."
) first broke news of the Strikeforce-NBC deal in March. The 52-week partnership will give the San Jose, Calif.-based Strikeforce organization, one of the world's top-drawing promotions, a weekly presence on network TV.
Le, a Vietnamese-born fighter and former champion San Shou kickboxer, is now 6-0 in his professional MMA career, which has been spent entirely with Strikeforce. Saturday's debut show will include his June 2006 fight with Brian Warren, as well as a legendary Strikeforce battle between Duane Ludwig and Tony Fryklund.
The show will also focus on Le's out-of-the-cage career, which include a role in the forthcoming silver-screen adaptation of the smash-hit video game franchise, "Tekken." Le will also be seen in the soon-to-be-released feature film, "Fighting," and he was featured in The History Channel's "The Human Weapon" series and MSNBC's popular MMA documentary series, "Warrior Nation."