UFCÂ® and HDNet to Present Punch Meter Challenge and Sweepstakes
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –The Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÃ‚® and UFC Octagon Nation Tour(TM), along with independent television network HDNet, announced today that they are offering fans the opportunity to enter the HDNet Punch Meter Challenge and Sweepstakes. One Grand Prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend a live broadcast of the network’s signature MMA news program, Inside MMA.
Visitors to the Octagon Nation Tour(TM), a multi-stop, nationwide tour offering the ultimate UFC fan experience and access to top UFC fighters, can enter the HDNet Punch Meter Challenge and Sweepstakes at each Tour stop. If fans score greater than 920 on the “Punch Meter,” they will receive a Bas Rutten Bobble Head Doll (while supplies last) and will be automatically entered for a chance to win the Grand Prize to meet Bas Rutten in person at Inside MMA. The Grand Prize includes hotel, transportation and $300 spending money for meals.
The challenge is now under way at Octagon Nation Tour stops across the country until the contest’s conclusion on Feb. 13, 2012. In addition to the HDNet Punch Meter, visitors to the Octagon Nation Tour(TM) can meet UFC fighters, visit the memorabilia exhibition featuring 18 years of UFC history and check out the UFC gaming station that features the recently released Xbox Kinect UFC Trainer experience. For more information about the Octagon Nation Tour, visit www.ufc.com/tour.
“At UFC, we always want to bring our fans as close to the action as possible and provide the ultimate experience,” UFC President Dana White said. “We are giving fans the chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of HDNet’s top shows. All they have to do is make sure to stop by the Octagon Nation Tour when it comes to their city.”
“It’s great to partner up with the UFC on the tour,” said Mark Cuban, President and Co-founder of HDNet. “There is no better way to reach UFC fans and there is no better source of news and highlights than Inside MMA on HDNet. I recommend that everyone check out the UFC Octagon Nation Tour. Not only can you win a chance to visit the Inside MMA set, but you just might run into Dana and I tearing it up!”
Inside MMA gives fans their weekly fix for everything MMA. Hosts Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten pair with top fighters and newsmakers to discuss and analyze event highlights, breaking news, and fighter stories from around the MMA industry.
The contest is open to individuals unable to attend the Octagon Nation Tour locations. Those wishing to be considered for the Grand Prize drawing can print their full name, mailing address, email address and phone number on a 3″ x 5″ card and send it in a hand-addressed envelope to: HDNet, Attn: Legal Dept., 320 S. Walton Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Mailed entries must be postmarked by February 13, 2012 and received no later than February 16, 2012. Only one entry per person is permitted. For more details on the terms and conditions of the HDNet Punch Meter Challenge and Sweepstakes, please visit www.hd.net/blogs/hdnet-punch-meter-challenge-and-sweepstakes-official-rules/.
About Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÃ‚®
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., UFCÃ‚® is the world’s premier MMA organization and produces over 12 UFC live Pay-Per-View events annually around the globe. UFC content is distributed commercially through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. Beginning in 2012, FOX will broadcast four fights annually. In spring 2012, The Ultimate FighterÃ‚®, UFC’s signature weekly reality TV show, debuts on FX. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, reaching a half a billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages.
UFCÃ‚® also boasts a powerful presence online, with UFC.com attracting over seven million unique visitors per month, while also possessing one of the most powerful social media followings in all of professional sports. To date, UFC has over six million fans on Facebook and over 400,000 followers on Twitter. In addition, UFC President Dana White is one of the most accessible and most followed executives in sports with more than 1.7 million followers on Twitter. On January 22, 2011, UFC continued to set trends in social media, becoming the first major sports league to stream live, broadcast quality action on Facebook.
Ancillary businesses include best-selling DVDs, a magazine, the best-selling UFC “Undisputed” videogame franchise distributed by THQ, UFC GYMÃ‚®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan ExpoÃ‚® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and articulated action figures.
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