For the past two years, I’ve been telling combat sports fans to make room in their mixed martial arts (MMA) libraries for the talented fighters at Combate Americas.
Now you know why.
Ahead of the Combate Estrellas I event, which takes place on Fri., April 13, 2018 from inside the Shrine in Los Angeles, Calif., the world’s premier hispanic MMA sports series landed a multi-year, live programming deal with Univision and Univision Deportes.
Yes, the same Univision that regularly trounces FOX, NBC, and a handful of other big-four networks in stateside ratings.
“Univision Deportes is proud to partner with Combate Americas in an effort to bring fans the best programming of one of the most popular sports today,” said Juan Carlos Rodriguez, President, Univision Deportes. “As the leading Spanish-language sports brand, our commitment to deliver high-quality sports content is reinforced through this new partnership, bringing fanáticos the top MMA events in a way that only Univision Deportes knows best.”
The 90-minute broadcast of Combate Estrellas I — headlined by the bantamweight rematch between John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda and Marc “Lufo” Gomez — will mark the first time Univision Deportes will produce and distribute live MMA programming, which includes 16 televised events in 2018.
“We’re incredibly excited that our growth last year has culminated with a new partnership with Univision Deportes, a sports media brand that is home to some of the best sports and entertainment programming,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
Prior to the Univision telecast, Combate Estrellas I preliminary bouts will air live on UnivisionDeportes.com.