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HDNet to Air 'HDNet Fights Presents: HEIWA DREAM 10 Welterweight Grand Prix 2009, Final Round'

A new champion will be crowned on HDNet, LIVE beginning early morning Monday, July 20 at 12:00 a.m. PT

DALLAS, July 16 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT: HDNet to broadcast "HDNet Fights Presents HEIWA DREAM 10 Welterweight Grand Prix 2009, Final Round," Monday, July 20, 12:00 a.m. PT. The event airs LIVE from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet will also air an encore presentation on Friday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080324/HDNETLOGO )

The event features the conclusion of the Dream Welterweight Grand Prix as the legendary Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (35-8-2) meets Marius Zaromskis (9-2) and Andre Galvao (3-0) meets Jason High (7-1) in semi-final action with the winners advancing to face each other in the final later in the evening.

And, in what Sergio Non of USA Today calls "from a stylistic point of view, the most interesting fight of the summer," Shinya Aoki, widely regarded as the number one lightweight in the world, faces Vitor "Shaolin" Riberio. And, the always exciting Melvin Manhoef (23-5-1) meets former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho (16-1).

WHEN: Monday, July 20, at 12:00 a.m. PT (early morning Monday) with an encore presentation on Friday, July 24 at 10:00 p.m. ET

About HDNet

HDNet (www.hd.net, twitter.com/hdnet) is a network that is original, thinks independently and delivers unique content and provocative, authentic programming that appeals to men of all ages, delivered in true high definition.

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.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts through HDNet Fights (www.hdnetfights.com, twitter.com/hdnetfights). HDNet Fights partners with leading MMA promoters including Affliction, DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M-1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live Mixed Martial Arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest Mixed Martial Arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

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, and Emily Blunt.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "The Answer Man" starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham.

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.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. To receive HDNet information via email simply go to www.hd.net/listpage.

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