NEW YORK (July 10, 2012) — Emmy® Award-winning SHOWTIME Sports® will produce a new edition of the new documentary series ALL ACCESSwith an all-encompassing look at women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) sensation Ronda Rousey. The first episode will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. The second episode will premiere on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT, just days before Rousey defends her STRIKEFORCE® Women’s Bantamweight title against No. 1 challenger and former champion Sarah Kaufman.
Throughout Rousey’s meteoric rise to MMA stardom, SHOWTIME Sports cameras have been following her to capture footage for ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey. From the gym to the cage and the makeup chair to the red carpet, Rousey is sharing her most intimate moments, granting virtually unfettered access including her historic and revealing photo shoot with ESPN The Magazine for the cover of their ‘Body Issue’ which was announced Tuesday.
“When we were creating the concept of ALL ACCESS, I felt Ronda was a perfect person to showcase for the fans. Her fiery personality and her drive, coupled with her Olympic background and dominance in women’s MMA, was deserving of this type of spotlight,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Not only is Ronda a captivating athlete in the cage, but she is attracting a great deal of attention for a relatively young sport. With ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey, viewers will not only get a glimpse into Ronda’s life but also into the world of women’s MMA.”
With Rousey as the current torch holder for women’s MMA, ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey will include a look back at the sport’s history through a series of interviews with Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, and other influential females who have helped pave the way for women like Ronda.
ALL ACCESS: Ronda Rousey will re-air multiple times on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME EXTREME and be available on SHOWTIME On Demand.
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