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HDNet to Air ‘HDNet Fights Presents: M-1 Global Breakthrough’ – LIVE, Friday, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET

August 25, 2009

DALLAS, Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ — HDNet will feature exclusive coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: M-1 Global Breakthrough,” LIVE from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, Friday, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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In a special feature attraction, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko – the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet – makes his live U.S. television debut in a grappling exhibition against newly crowned Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi.

In the main event of the evening, the former NCAA wrestling champion and undefeated MMA star Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal makes his U.S. debut against another former NCAA Champion Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr. The fight is an unparalleled opportunity for Kerr, a former star in both the UFC and PRIDE, to launch a major comeback on national television.

“It is indeed special to have two of the top fighters in the world in Fedor and Gegard – with a combined record of 56 wins and 3 losses – put on a grappling exhibition for HDNet’s MMA fans,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “There has also been a lot of buzz internationally about King Mo and Karl Amoussou and I’m pumped that fans will get to see them LIVE on HDNet!”

The rest of the card features some of the most promising international prospects in MMA.

In other action, Lucio “Spartan” Linhares (12-4, Finland) meets Mikhail Zayats (8-3, Russia), Jessie Gibbs (8-2, Holland) squares off with Rob Broughton (10-4-1, England), Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (10-2-1, France) faces “The Iron Bull” John Doyle (9-8, Philadelphia, PA), Lloyd “Kadillac” Marshbanks (17-8, San Diego, CA) collides with Michael Kita (5-3, Poland), plus Daisuke Nakamura (19-10, Tokyo, Japan) tangles with Ferrid “The Hurricane” Kheder (14-3, Los Angeles, CA)

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HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television’s only HD news feature programs “HDNet World Report,” and the Emmy Award winning “Dan Rather Reports,” featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant – telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

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HDNet also delivers the world’s largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring “Art Mann Presents,” “Vegas Confessions,” “Deadline” and “Get Out!” HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. “NASA on HDNet” presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies (www.hdnetmovies.com, twitter.com/hdnetmovies) delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Robin Williams.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include “The Burning Plain” starring Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five “HD Premieres” each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

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