Erik Apple Handles FUEL TV Shark Fight Telecasts in 2011

Texas-based mixed martial arts fight promotion company, Shark Fight Promotions, announces Erik Apple, former fighter and prominent MMA and action sports TV host, as the new commentator for the FUEL TV Shark Fights shows. Apple begins with the telecast of Shark Fights 15 on Friday, June 17 and Friday, June 24, at 10:00PM ET/PT. Shark Fights airs in FUEL TV’s Friday Night Fights programming block.

Apple has risen to prominence in the world of action sports, providing commentary on the national television broadcasts of X Games and motocross since 1999. He has also called MMA fights for three different promotions since 2003.

According to Shark Fights executive Wes Nolen, “We are thrilled to have Erik Apple calling the action for the FUEL TV Shark Fights telecasts. His contemporary style and MMA experience will fit perfectly with our events and our brand.”

Bud Brutsman, CEO of BCII and executive producer of the FUEL TV Shark Fights shows, was instrumental in bringing Apple to the promotion. “I have known Erik personally and professionally for years. His on-air style and connection to MMA and action sports is the perfect fit for Shark Fights on FUEL TV. He is going to help make Shark Fights an instant success. I can’t think of a better lead commentator for these shows.”

Apple’s first duties will be the call of Shark Fights 15, at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Shark Fights 15 represents the first time that the promotion has expanded its reach outside of Texas, and it also represents the first FUEL TV Friday Night Fights telecast of the 2011 Shark Fights schedule. UFC veteran Chris Camozzi and Strikeforce veteran Joey Villasenor headline the event, with the co-main event featuring a compelling middleweight match-up between UFC veteran Dave Branch and TUF 7 alum Jeremy May. The high octane fight card features a total of 12 action-packed bouts.

MMA is currently the fastest growing sport in the world and continues to explode exponentially in popularity. Every year Shark Fight Promotions continues to grow and evolve along with the sport. As a result of the organization’s out-of-the box tactics and strategic alliances with companies such as BCII, they are on the fast track to becoming one of the top MMA promotions in the country. With 14 successfully produced live events, and nine events scheduled for 2011, Shark Fights is poised to become the third largest MMA promoter in America.

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