If you haven’t been paying attention to Combate Americas ... what the (expletive) are you waiting for?
The world’s fastest-growing mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion landed yet another industry first with its “Combate Clásico” live television event on ESPN3 from inside the renowned Mana Wynwood in Miami, Fla. on Thurs., July 27, marking the first time an English language ESPN platform will air live MMA in the U.S.
“We are thrilled to partner with ESPN, and become the first organization in history to bring live, world-class MMA action to one of the sports media giant’s incredible platforms,” said Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren.
The “Combate Clásico” live MMA event will be part of a nearly week-long sports and entertainment extravaganza featuring concerts, parties and other interactive events, beginning with marquee soccer clubs Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain facing off at Hard Rock Stadium on July 26 and culminating with “El Clásico Miami” on July 29, a meeting between global soccer powers Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, also at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
In addition to ESPN3, “Combate Clásico” will broadcast live on ESPN LATAM throughout Latin America, as well as the following day, Friday, July 28, in the U.S. on Azteca America at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT and on TV Azteca in Mexico, reaching an unprecedented number of local and international combat sports fans.
In the main event of a 10-bout affair that kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN3, two of the top pound-for-pound fighters representing rival cities in Spain – Tommy “The Spaniard” Aaron (4-2) from Barcelona and Javier Fuentes (9-4) of Madrid – will face off at a catchweight of 160 pounds two days before “El Clásico Miami.”
Combate Americas superstars Ricky Palacios and Kyra Batara, among others, will also see action.