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Fight Network is Destination for Live UFC Fight Week Action & Coverage, Including  UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant Main Card

TORONTO (December 9, 2015) — Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, is the destination for live UFC fight week pre and post-fight coverage, including the live main card for UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant and the live prelims for The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, both airing exclusively in Canada. Fight Network is currently available in free preview on most carriers across Canada for the month of December.
It all kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. ET with a live presentation of the UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor pre-fight press conference from Las Vegas.
On Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. ET, Fight Network presents the live weigh-ins for The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, as headliners Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes tip the scales ahead of their pivotal featherweight showdown.
Later at 9 p.m. ET, Fight Network presents a live pre-show for UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. VanZant, leading into the live main card at 10 p.m. ET exclusively in Canada. In the main event, No. 3-ranked women’s strawweight contender Rose Namajunas (4-2) battles surging superstar and No. 7-ranked Paige VanZant. (6-1). In the co-feature, No. 14-ranked lightweight veteran Jim Miller(25-6, 1NC) looks to continue his ascent up the rankings against The Ultimate Fighter Live winnerMichael Chiesa (12-2). Rounding out the card, highly touted lightweight youngster Sage Northcutt(6-0) tries to keep his perfect record intact against Cody Pfister (12-4-1), while Canada’s undefeatedUltimate Fighter Nations middleweight winner Elias Theodorou (11-0) faces his toughest test to date against Brazilian Thiago “Marreta” Santos (11-3). Fight Network will also televise the live post-fight press conference, which begins shortly after the event concludes.
On Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. ET, the UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor weigh-ins will be televised live from Las Vegas with Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor going face-to-face one final time ahead ofSaturday’s blockbuster clash for the undisputed UFC featherweight championship.
Immediately following the live weigh-ins, Fight Network presents a live pre-show for The Ultimate Fighter Finale: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber at 7 p.m. ET, which serves as a lead-in to thelive prelims at 8 p.m. ET exclusively in Canada. The main card will air at 10 p.m. ET on TSN1 and TSN5. Featured prelims include heavyweights Gabriel Gonzaga (16-10) vs. Konstantin Erokhin (9-2), featherweights Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2) vs. Jason Knight (16-1) and flyweights Joby Sanchez(7-1) vs. Geane Herrera (8-1). Fight Network will also televise the live post-fight press conference, which begins shortly after the event concludes.
The action-packed fight week comes to a climax on Saturday, Dec. 12. At 2 p.m. ET, Fight Network presents an encore of UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor from July 2015, which featured Conor McGregor‘s memorable performance against Chad Mendes to capture the interim UFC featherweight title, plus a top candidate for “Fight of the Year” between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald for the UFC welterweight title. The event is widely regarded as one of the best in promotional history.
At 7 p.m. ET, Fight Network presents a live pre-show for UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor, which features previews, predictions and analysis for the event, as well as on-the-scene reports from Las Vegas. Immediately following the pay-per-view broadcast, Fight Network presents a live post-showat approximately 1 a.m. ET, including highlights, reactions and the live post-fight press conference from Las Vegas.
All pre and post-fight shows will include exclusive interviews from Fight Network analysts JohnRamdeen and Robin Black on-site in Las Vegas, plus reports and analysis from Fight Network studios in Toronto. Canadian mixed martial arts pioneer and longtime UFC veteran Sam Stout will be in-studio for the live UFC 194 pre and post-fight shows.
Airing throughout the week, catch the one-hour UFC Embedded: Aldo vs. McGregor special, an all-access, behind-the-scenes look at the lives and training camps of four elite fighters leading up to the massive UFC 194 event in Las Vegas. Additional reports and features air daily in Fight News Now. All airings are listed at www.fightnetwork.com.
In addition to all the live events, Fight Network is the destination for UFC library content, specials and series, including UFC Unleashed, UFC Now, UFC Ultimate Insider and classic UFC PPV events.
This Sunday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET, catch a full encore presentation of UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfortfrom February 2011 in Las Vegas, which featured a highly anticipated middleweight title showdown between then-torchbearer Anderson Silva and No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort, plus Forrest Griffinvs. Rich Franklin and Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader.
For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit www.fightnetwork.com, follow us on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

Record participation numbers in 2015 World MMA Championship Testimony to WMMAA’s rapid growth

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (December 9, 2015)- The rapid growth of the World Mixed Martial Arts Association (WMMAA) in four relatively short years of existence was best demonstrated in last month’s 2015 World MMA Championship (WMMAA) in Prague, Czech Republic.
Nearly 200 athletes, representing 49 countries (see list below), participated in the record-setting 2015 World MMA Championship, which was dominated by team champion Russian Federation.  Heavyweight Zaur Gadzhibabaev, who became the first two-time WMMAA champion, gave Azerbaijan the only gold medal not captured by the Russian Federation, which had the individual winners in six of seven weight classes.
“This year’s World Championship was the best event we have had so far,” WMMAA Director of Communications Mikhail Mazur said. “The highest number of countries, as well as participants, competed this year. WMMAA is still in its infancy but we keep evolving. You can clearly see that with each year. We have added new weight categories and accepted new countries as members of our non-profit organization. This is a difficult job but it’s extremely satisfying to see athletes fly in from all over the world to compete against the best amateur fighters who each went through a hard selection process in their home country.
“Prague was a great host and the WMMAA is extremely happy to have held the championship in this beautiful European capital.  A lot more needs to be done next year. We expect more Asian and Pan-Am countries to enter the WMMAA family as our continental presidents put a lot of effort looking for the best National Federations to work as hard and as diligent as our current members do. We are only gearing up. I’m thrilled to see what the next year will bring us and the sports of amateur MMA in general.”
Afganistan                Argentina      Armenia                   Azerbaijan
Belarus                     Brazil            Bulgaria                   China
Chinese Taipei         Columbia      Croatia                     Cuba
Czech Republic        France          FYR of Macedonia   Georgia
Germany                  Greece          Hungary                   India
Iran                           Italy               Kazakhstan              Republic of Korea
Kyrgyzstan               Latvia            Mexico                      Moldova
Monaco                    Morocco        Netherlands              Netherland Antilles
Nicaragua                 Nigeria          Paraguay                  Romania
Russian Federation  Serbia           Singapore                 Slovakia
Spain                        Suriname      Tajikistan                  Turkey
Turkmenistan            Ukraine         United States           Uzbekistan
Venezuela
  
 (L-R) Tajikistan MMA President Pulod Nazarov, WMMAA Honorary President Fedor Emellianenko, WMMAA President Vadim Finkelchtein and Anatoly Kim, President of the Kazakhstan MMA Federation
 
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FIGHT NETWORK MMA, KICKBOXING, WRESTLING & JUDO PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2015)

(U.S. only schedules unless otherwise indicated. For full Canadian schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com from your region.)
 
Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
Below find highlights of this week’s programming:

 

Monday, Nov. 30
6:00 p.m. ET — Global Wrestling Weekly – Host Scott Casber gives weekly news and analysis centering around the global wrestling scene, including interviews, features, the latest news and results, plus a look back at the past.
6:30 p.m. ETJudo Zagreb Grand Prix Highlights – Highlights from the Judo Zagreb Grand Prix from May 1-3, 2015 in Croatia.
7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ET – GFL Greatest Knockouts – Compilation show of boxing, MMA and kickboxing knockouts.
11:00 ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 1
12:00 p.m. ETGFL Greatest Knockouts – Compilation show of boxing, MMA and kickboxing knockouts.
2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramadeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
5:00 & 5:30 p.m. ET – Xtreme Fighting Championship – Florida-based pro MMA featuring top American prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.
6:00 p.m. ET5 Rounds Today – Video podcast with John Ramdeen and Robin Black breaking down a wide variety of topics in the MMA world, including previews of upcoming events and all the latest rumors and headlines.
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETFighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend, FFC, M-1 and others.
10:00 p.m. ET – Ring of Combat 50 – Featuring George Sheppard vs. Jeff Lentz, Phillipe Nover vs. Dan Cion, Julio Arce vs. Thomas Vasquez and Chris Piriz vs. Leo Muniz from Jan. 23, 2015 in Atlantic City,
NJ.
 
Wednesday, Dec. 2
5:00 p.m. ETTexas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.
6:00 p.m. ETBest of Cage Rage – Featuring classic fights from the OK-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
7:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETCage Warriors Fighting Championships 63 – Featuring Stevie Ray vs. Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight title, plus Jim Alers vs. Graham Turner for the featherweight title from Dec. 31, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
10:30 p.m. ETCage Contender FanZone – A trip into the archives of the UK-based Cage Contender to relive the promotion’s best fights and highlights.
11:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
11:30 p.m. ETWorld Combat Games Day 1 Highlights – Highlights from Day 1 of the 2013 SportAccord World Combat Games from Oct. 19, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia,
 
Thursday, Dec. 3
1:30 a.m., 4:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. ETTakeDown Wrestling – Extensive coverage of amateur wrestling events, including the latest news, behind-the-scenes coverage from events and exclusive interviews.
2:00 a.m. ETUltimate Challenge MMA 36: Kinslow vs. Chapman – Featuring Carl Kinslow vs. Nick Chapman from Oct. 5, 2013 in London.
6:00 p.m. ETChampionship Fighting Alliance – Pro MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkie, Luis Palomino and others.
8:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETKSW 33: Khalidov vs. Materia – Featuring Mamed Khalidov vs. Michal Materia for the KSW middleweight title and Michael Kita vs. Karol Bedorf for the KSW heavyweight title from Nov. 28, 2015 in Krakow, Poland.
 
Friday, Dec. 4
12:00 a.m. ETIt’s Showtime Special – The world’s premier kickboxing organization featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.
12:30 p.m. ET – M-1 Challenge 63: Puetz vs. Nemkov 2 – LIVE MMA from St. Petersburg, Russia, featuring Stephan Puetz defending his M-1 light heavyweight title vs. Viktor Nemkov.
5:00 p.m. ETFighting Rookies – Aspiring kickboxers climb the ladder of success in the sport as rookies compete for a chance to become professionals and get experience needed to succeed at a higher level.
6:00 p.m. ETM-1 Challenge – Pro MMA from Europe featuring top rising prospects and international stars.
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETToe 2 Toe with Luke Rockhold – Sitdown interview with current UFC star and former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.
8:30 p.m. ETHip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team MMA inside a 12m vy 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.
9:00 p.m. ETKSW 28: Fighters’ Den – Featuring Karol Bedorf vs. Rolles Gracie for the KSW heavyweight title from Oct. 4, 2014 in Szcecin, Poland.
 
Saturday, Dec. 5
6:00 a.m. ETBest of TKO – Featuring Shonie Carter vs. Jason MacDonald from TKO 21.
7:00 a.m. ETBest of Gladiator Challenge – Featuring Joe Stevenson vs. Kai Kamaka from Gladiator Challenge 2.
8:00 a.m. ETBest of SportFight – Top quality MMA from the Pacific Northwest.  Hosted by UFC veterans Matt LIndland and Chael Sonnen.  This episode features Brian Caraway and Ian Loveland in action.
5:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
6:00 p.m. ETEnfusion Live #34: Holland – Featuring Artur Kyshenko vs. Hicham El Gaoul, plus Ilias Bulaid vs. Houcine Bennoui for the Enfusion -67 kg world championship from Nov. 21, 2015.
8:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
8:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETM-1 Challenge 63: Puetz vs. Nemkov 2 – Featuring Stephan Puetz defending his M-1 light heavyweight title vs. Viktor Nemkov from Dec. 4, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
 
Sunday, Dec. 6
11:00 a.m. ETBest of ADCC– Features compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, featuring Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronaldo Souza and Royler Gracie.
12:00 p.m. ETElite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thailand National Team.
1:00 p.m. ETLegend 3: Pour Homme – Featuring hybrid MMNA/kickboxing action from Milan, Italy, including Armen Petrosyan, Andy Souwer and Pavel Zhuravlev and Paul Daley from Apr. 5, 2014.
5:00 p.m. ETGlobal Wrestling Weekly – Host Scott Casper gives weekly news and analysis centering around the global wrestling scene, including interviews, features, the latest news and results, plus a look back at the past.
5:30 p.m. ETJudo Baku Grand Slam Highlights from the Judo Baku Grand Slam from May 8-10, 2015 in Azerbaijan
6:00 p.m. ET – Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend FFC, M-1 and more.
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FIGHT NETWORK MMA, KICKBOXING, WRESTLING & JUDO PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (Nov. 16-22, 2015)

(U.S. only schedules unless otherwise indicated. For full Canadian schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com from your region.)
 
Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
Below find highlights of this week’s programming:

 

Monday, Nov. 16
6:00 p.m. ET – Global Wrestling Weekly – Host Scott Casper gives weekly news and analysis centering around the global wrestling scene, including interviews, features, the latest news and results, plus a look back at the past.
6:30 p.m. ETJudo Samsun Grand Prix Highlights – Highlights from the Judo Samsun Grand Prix from Mar. 27-29, 2015 in Turkey.
7:00 p.m. & 11:00 ET5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
 
Tuesday, Nov. 17
1:30 a.m. ET – XPTV – Coverage of regional U.S. professional and amateur MMA events.
5:00 & 5:30 p.m. ET – Xtreme Fighting Championship – Florida-based pro MMA featuring top American prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.
6:00 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds Today – Video podcast with John Ramdeen and Robin Black breaking down a wide variety of topics in the MMA world, including previews of upcoming events and all the latest rumors and headlines.
8:00 p.m. ET5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramadeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
8:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETFighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend, FFC, M-1 and others.
10:00 p.m. ETHard Knocks Fighting 47 – Featuring Professional MMA from Nov. 13, 2015 in Calgary, Canada.
 
Wednesday, Nov. 18
5:00 p.m. ET – Texas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.
6:00 p.m. ETBest of Cage Rage – Featuring classic fights from the OK-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Vitor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
7:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETCage Warriors Fighting Championships 61 – Featuring Bruno Carvalho vs. Mat Inman from Nov. 15, 2013 in Amman, Jordan.
11:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
 
Thursday, Nov. 19
2:00 a.m. & 1 p.m. ET – Ultimate Challenge MMA 34 – Featuring Makunga Bunduku vs, Ricky Campbell and Nathan Jones vs. Julian Kerr from June 1, 2013 in London.
4:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. ETTakeDown Wrestling – Extensive coverage of amateur wrestling events, including the latest news, behind-the-scenes coverage from events and exclusive interviews.
3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. ETChampionship Fighting Alliance – Pro MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkie, Luis Palomino and others.
7:00 p.m. ET – Fighting Rookies – Aspiring kickboxers climb the ladder of success in the sport as rookies compete for a chance to become professionals and get experience needed to succeed at5 a higher level.
8:00 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETEnfusion Live #33: Switzerland – Featuring Diogo Calado vs. Rafael Ilodra for the Enfusion -75kg world championship from Nov. 7, 2015 in Matigny, Switzerland.
 
Friday, Nov. 20
12:00 a.m. & 11 a.m. ET – It’s Showtime Special – The world’s premier kickboxing organization featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.
2:00 a.m. ET – Pancrase Classics – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Nate Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.
4:00 a.m. ET – Best of DEEP – Featuring classic fights from the historic Japanese DEEP promotion including Shinua Aoki, Hayatpo Sakurai and Gegard Moisasi.
5:00 a.m. ETBest of Jewels – Classic fights from the all-female Japanese MMA league Jewels.
12:30 p.m. ET – M-1 Challenge 62 – Featuring Ivan Buchinger vs. Mansour Barnaoui for the Mi-1 Challenge featherweight title from Oct. 10, 2015 in Sochi, Russia.
4:30 p.m. ETFighting Rookies – Aspiring kickboxing climb  the ladder of success in the sport as rookies compete for a chance to become professionals and get experience needed to succeed at a higher level.
5:00 p.m. ET

UFC Fight Night Monterrey Weigh-Ins 

– LIVE coverage of the official weigh-ins for UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Gastelum from Monterrey, Mexico.

7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
7:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETToe 2 Toe with Greg Jackson – Sit-down interview with renowned MMA coach Greg Jackson.
8:30 p.m. ETHip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team MMA inside a 12m by 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.
9:00 p.m. ETKSW 26: Materia vs. Silva – Featuring Michal Materia vs. Jay Silva and Marcin Rozalski vs. Nick Rossborough from Mar. 22, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland.
11:00 p.m. ET — CANADA ONLY — WSOF 25: Lightweight Tournament – LIVE coverage featuring Islam Mamedov, Mike Ricci, Joao Xerferino, Rich Patishnock, Jorge Patino, Brian Cobb, Brian Foster and Luis Palomino fro, Phoenix, AZ.
Saturday, Nov. 21
4:30 a.m. ETBookie Beatdown – Preview of the betting lines and top picks for major UFC events.
6:00 a.m. ETBest of TKO – Featuring George St-Pierre vs. Travis Galbraith from UCC 11.
7:00 a.m. ETBest of Gladiator Challenge – Featuring Jake Shields vs. Randy Velarde from Gladiator Challenge 2.
8:00 a.m. ETBest of SportFight – Top quality MMA from the Pacific Northwest.  Hosted by UFC veterans Matt LIndland and Chael Sonnen.  This episode features Brian Caraway and Ian Loveland in action.
3:00 p.m. ETEnfusion #34 Holland – LIVE professional kickboxing from Groningen, Holland, featuring Ilias Bulaid vs. Houcine Bennoui for the -67kg world championship, plus Artur Kyshenko vs. Hicham El Gaoui.
5:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
7:00 p.m. ET — UFC Fight Night Monterrey Pre-Show – LIVE pre-fight coverage and analysis for UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Gastelum from Monterrey, Mexico.
8:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
8:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETSuper Fight League 3 – Featuring James Thompson vs. Bobby Lashley and Trevor Prangley vs. Baga Agaev from May 6, 2012 in New Delhi, India.
 
Sunday, Nov. 22
 
6:00 a.m. ET – CANADA ONLY – ONE: Dynasty of Champions – LIVE featuring Marat Gafurov vs. Jadamba Narantungalag for the ONE featherweight title, plus Adriano Moraes vs. Kairat Akhmetov for the One flywidht Championship, in Beijing, China.
6:00 a.m. ET – Pancrase Classics – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Name Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.
11:00 a.m. ETBest of ADCC – Features compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, featuring Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronaldo Souza and Royler Gracie.
12:00 p.m. ETElite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thailand National Team.
5:00 p.m. ETGlobal Wrestling Weekly – Host Scott Casper gives weekly news and analysis centering around the global wrestling scene, including interviews, features, the latest news and results, plus a look back at the past.
5:30 p.m. ETJudo Zagreb Grand Prix – Highlights from the Judo Zagreb Grand Prix from May 1-3, 2015 in Croatia.
6:00 p.m. ET – Fighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend FFC, M-1 and more.
8:00 p.m. ET – CANADA ONLY – UFC Fight Night PreLims– LIVE preliminary fights featuring Eric Perez vs. Taylor Lapilus, Hector Urbina vs. Bartosz Fabinski, Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez and Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili from Monterry, Mexico.
11:00 p.m. ETEnfusion Live #21: Merseburg, Germany – Pro kickboxing featuring Mohammed Jaraya vs. Mark Vogel, Andrew Tate vs. Orhan Karalioglu and Max Baumert vs. Valdet Galshi from Oct. 4, 2014 in Merseburg, Germany.
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Fight Network LIVE this Weekend – ONE: Tigers of Asia, RFA 31, M-1 Challenge 62 & Enfusion 32

Toronto | New York – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, delivers an action-packed weekend of live combat sports, beginning this Friday, October 9 at 9 a.m. ET with a live presentation of ONE Championship: Tigers of Asia from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Later that day at 10 p.m. ET, Resurrection Fighting Alliance takes over the airwaves with RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde from Las Vegas.
On Saturday, October 10, the live action continues at 12:30 p.m. ET as M-1 Global presents M-1 Challenge 62 from Sochi, Russia, immediately followed by a live broadcast of Enfusion 32 world-class kickboxing from Gent, Belgium.
Airing live exclusively in Canada on Oct. 9 at 9 a.m. ET, ONE Championship: Tigers of Asia features a ONE middleweight championship clash between world champion Igor “Lionheart” Svirid (10-1) and undefeated Russian challenger Vitaly Bigdash (7-0). In other featured tilts, Adrian Pang(21-8-2) throws down with Peter Davis (10-3) in a lightweight bout, Ev Ting (9-3) meets Honorio Banario (8-5) in featherweight action, Ann Osman (3-1) takes on newcomer Irina Mazepa (0-0) in a women’s flyweight encounter, plus fan favorite Eric Kelly (11-1) returns for a featherweight barnburner against Japan’s Hiroshige Tanaka (10-2).
Airing live exclusively in Canada and globally in over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East on Oct. 9 at 10 p.m. ET, RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde from Downtown Las Vegas is headlined by a pair of championship clashes, as RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (11-4) defends against fellow UFC veteran Bristol Marunde (16-9), while Zoila Frausto (12-4) meetsJocelyn Lybarger (5-1) for the inaugural RFA women’s strawweight title. Other matchups include a middleweight meeting between Mike Jasper (9-2) and Gabriel Checco (8-2), a bantamweight bout between Matthew Lopez (6-0) and Justin Linn (7-1), a flyweight bout between Shai Lindsey (4-0) and Joseph Peukert (7-3) and a welterweight showcase between Bojan Velickovic (11-3) andVardan Sholinian (5-1). The domestic U.S. broadcast airs on AXS TV.
Airing live across North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East on Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. ET, M-1 Challenge 62 features a showdown for the M-1 featherweight title in the main event, as kingpinIvan Buchinger (29-4) defends his crown against highly touted Mansour Barnaoui (12-2). In other action, Vyacheslav Vasilevsky (26-3) takes on Kristijan Perak (8-1-1) in a middleweight bout,Kurbanali Abdusalamov (5-2) tangles with Lee Morrison (13-5) in a featherweight contest, light heavyweight Adam Yandiev (8-0) puts his perfect mark on the line against Dmitry Voitov (11-4), plus Alexey Kunchenko (10-0) looks to extend his unblemished record against Brazilian welterweight Alexandre Ramos (9-2).
Airing live across North America immediately following M-1 Challenge 62 on Oct. 10, Enfusion Live 32 from Gent, Belgium promises an exhilarating kickboxing card, headlined by Morocco’s Nordin Ben Moh against Spaniard Sergio Sanchez in a -70 kg clash. Plus the Enfusion -61 kg women’s title is on the line as Belgium’s Anke Van Gestel meets Holland’s Aleide Lawant, DutchmanDexter Suisse battles Frenchman Brice Guidon in a heavyweight special attraction, plus Morocco’sMohammed Jaraya enters enemy territory against Belgium’s Youssef Boulahtari.
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FIGHT NETWORK MMA, KICKBOXING & JUDO PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (Sept. 21-27, 2015)

For Immediate Release
(U.S. only schedules unless otherwise indicated in blue. For full Canadian schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com from your region.)
 
Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
Below find highlights of this week’s programming:
Monday, Sept. 21
6:30 p.m. ET – Judo World Championships 2004 Highlights – Highlights from the 2014 Judo World Championships on Aug.14 Judo World Championships on Aug.5-31, in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
7:00 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramdeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
7:30 p.m. ET & 11:30 p.m. ET– Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 22
1:30 a.m. ET – XPTV – Coverage of regional U.S. professional and amateur MMA events.
6:30 a.m. ETHip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team MMA inside a 12m by 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.
5:00 & 5:30 ETXtreme Fighting Championship – Florida-based pro MMA featuring top American prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.
6:00 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET — – 5 Rounds Today – Video podcast with John Ramdeen and Robin Black breaking down a wide variety of topics in the MMA world, including previews of upcoming events and all the latest rumors and headlines.
8:00 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramadeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETFighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend, FFC, M-1 and others.
11:00 p.m. ETEnfusion Live #31: Malaga, Spain – Featuring Fran Palenzuela vs. Tayfun Ozcan in kickboxing action from the Enfusion -72.5 kg world title from, Sept. 19, 2015 in Malaga, Spain.
 
Wednesday, Sept. 23
2:00 a.m. ET & 2 p.m. ETGlobal Fighting Championship 4 – Featuring Badr Hari vs. Arnond Oborotov on a stacked MMA/kickboxing card from Oct. 16, 2014 in Dubai.
5:00 p.m. ETTexas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.
6:00 p.m. ETBest of Cage Rage – Featuring classic fights from the UK-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Victor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETCage Warriors Fighting Championship 54 – Featuring Jesse Taylor vs. John Phillips for the Cage Warriors middleweight title fromMay 4,m 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.
11:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
11:30 p.m. ETTakeDown Wrestling – Extensive coverage of amateur wrestling events, including the latest news, behind-the-scenes coverage from events and exclusive interviews.
 
Thursday, Sept. 24
1:30 a.m. ET & 1:00 p.m. ETUltimate Challenge MMA 26: The Real Deal – Featuring Linton VBssell vs. Aurelijus Kerpe and Stav Economou vs. Tomasz Czerwinski from Feb. 4, 2012 in London.
3:30 a.m. ETHard Knocks Fighting: Out of the Cage: Lindsay Garbatt– Mini-documentary on Toronto native Lindsay Garbatt’s MMA journey ahead of her clash with Valeria Mejia at Hard Knocks Fighting 45 LIVE on Fight Network.
6:00 p.m. ETChampionship Fighting Alliance – Pro MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkie, Luis Palomino and others.
8:00 p.m. ETUFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett Pre-Show – Pre-show coverage and analysis of UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett in Saltama, Japan.
8:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
9:00 p.m. ETM-1 Challenge 61: Battle of Narts 2 – Featuring heavyweight champion Marcin Tybura vs. Ante Delija from Igushetia, Russia.
 
Friday, Sept. 25
12:00 a.m. ET & 11 a.m. ETIt’s Showtime Special – The world’s premier kickboxing organization featuring Badr Hari, Melvin Manhoef and Giorgio Petrosyan.
4:00 a.m. ET & 5:00 p.m. ETUFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett Pre-Show – Pre-show coverage and analysis of UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett in Saltama, Japan.
12:00 p.m. ET – Bookie Beatdown – Preview of the betting lines and top picks for major UFC events.
6:00 p.m. ET – M-1 Challenge – Pro MMA from Europe featuring top rising prospects and international stars.
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and features.
7:30 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
8:00 p.m. ETKSW 18: Overeem vs. Rozalski  – Featuring Valentijn Overeem vs. Mar4cin Rozalski, Jan Blachowicz vs. Mario Miranda and Curt Warburton vs. Artur Sowinski from Feb. 25, 2012 in Lodz, Poland.
11:00 p.m. ETHard Knocks Fighting 45 – LIVE MMA from Calgary, Alberta, Canada featuring Jordan McKay vs. Joel Powell and Wolfgang Janssen vs. Craig Shintani.
 
Saturday, Sept. 26
6:00 a.m. ETBest of TKO – Featuring Georges St, Pierre vs. Thomas Denny from UCC 12.
7:00 a.m. ET & 12:00 p.m. ETUFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett Pre-Show – Pre-show coverage and analysis of UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Barnett in Saltama, Japan.
5:00 p.m. ETDEEP: Cage Impact 2013 Featuring Doo Ho Choi vs, Shoji Maruyama and Ryuta Sakurai vs. Yuji Sakuragi from June 15, 2013 in Tokyo.
8 p.m. ETCANADA ONLYUFC Fight Night: Barnett vs. Nelson Prelims Live preliminary bouts from Saitama, Japan, including Katsunori Kikuno vs. Diego Brandao and Naoyuki Kotani vs. Kajan Johnson.
9:00 p.m. ETHard Knocks Fighting 45 – Featuring Jordan Mackay vs. Joel Powell and Wolfgang Janssen vs. Craig Shintani from Sept. 25, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
 
 
Sunday, Sept. 27
6:00 a.m. ETPancrase Classics – Classic pioneering MMA battles featuring Ken Shamrock, Frank Shamrock, Bas Rutten, Name Marquardt, Chael Sonnen and others.
8:30 a.m. ETCANADA ONLY ONE Championship: Odyssey of Champions LIVELive MMA from Jakarta, Indonesia, featuring Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov for the ONE featherweight title, plus Herbert Burns vs. Timofey Nastyukhin, Roger Huerta vs. Koji Ando and Leandro Ataides vs. Alexey Butorin.
11:00 a.m. ETBest of ADCC– Features compilations of the greatest grappling matches ever held, featuring Tito Ortiz, Matt Hughes, Eddie Bravo, Fabricio Werdum, Marcelo Garcia, Ronaldo Souza and Royler Gracie.
12:00 p.m. ETB – Elite Muay Thai: Thailand vs. Challenger – The biggest Muay Thai series in the world featuring premium international stand-up fighters taking on the renowned Thailand National Team.
4:00 p.m. ETFighting Spirit MMA Season 4– Compilation of international fights from SFLO, Legend, FFC, M-1 and others.
5:00 p.m.USA Wrestling Weekly – Host Scott Casber gives weekly news and analysis centering around USA Wrestling, the sport’s national governing body, including interviews, features, and a look back at the past.
5:30 p.m. ETJudo Baku Grand Slam 2014 Highlights – Highlights from the Judo Baku Grand Slam from May 9-11 in Azerbaijan.
11:00 p.m. ETEnfusion Live: Groningen – Professional kickboxing featuring Rachida Bouhout vs. Laetitia Bakissy for thew Enfusion women’s -64kg Title from Nov. 16, 2013 in Groningen, Netherlands.
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FIGHT NIGHT 11 QUICK RESULTS AND ‘DEAN’S LIST’ AWARDS

                                                

Los Angeles, CA – With the legendary cut manJacob “Stitch” Duran wrapping the fighters’ hands at the University of MMA’s Fight Night 11, fists flew as hard and heavy as could be thrown. Both University of MMA title challengers upset the defending champions in knockout fashion. Kurt ‘The Hurt’ Eberhard (Saekson’s Muay Thai) shocked Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy) just 45 seconds into the first round to win the University of MMA featherweight championship. Similarly, Pious ‘Voodoo’ Enilolobo Jr. (BJMUTA/Flying Kick) put away Antonio Lopez (Saekson’s Muay Thai) with a big right hand to realize his dream of becoming the University of MMA lightweight champion.
All 34 fighters on the 17-match show put their hearts on the line and thrilled the crowd with exhaustive performances. In the end, the Dean’s List performance awards for Fight Night 11 are:
Fight of the Night: Damon Jacobs (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA) vs. Remington Thorne (Saekson’s Muay Thai)
Knockout of the Night: Garik Mitchell (Team Lagarto)

Submission of the Night: Christopher Llanes (Team Quest)

Blue Chip Honors: Matheus Santos (MMAFC/Knockout Boxing Club)
The Dean’s List is sponsored by OTM Fight Shops and WSS, which have contributed $100 gift cards to the winners. In addition to the traditional Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night awards, Blue Chip honors is a special category to fighters who showed great showmanship, charisma and audience awareness.
Coming into Fight Night 11, everyone knew to keep an eye on Remington Thorne. His debut match, against the very veteran Michael’Blackjack’ Jackson (Systems Training Center), at Fight Night 10, was a fight of the night performance. Far fewer fans had any previous impression of Thorne’s opponent, the debutingDamon Jacobs (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym), but he wasted no time in filling in the blanks. Jacobs landed powerful combinations on Thorne early, leaving people to wonder how he was still standing. Thorne stayed in the fight, however, nearly finishing Jacobs with a rapid-fire flurry that was derailed by an unintentional illegal knee to the head. Despite the foul, both fighters continued another two rounds of explosive striking action which ignited fans’ rabid cheers. The crowd reaction made Jacobs-Thorne an easy choice for Fight of the Night.
With four KO of the Night candidates on the show, Garik Mitchell’s second-round head kick finish stood out from the pack. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Mitchell’s match was his amateur MMA debut, which dictated both he and his opponent wear shin guards. To generate that power with guards speaks volumes to the strength and speed the young man brings to the cage.
Submission of the Night is often known to go for flashy or last second submissions butChristopher Llanes (Team Quest) showed impeccable technique and fight intelligence in securing the tapout. Llanes initiated a scramble with a great Greco Roman throw and immediately transitioned to an armbar. He quickly recognized he didn’t have it quite enough so he was able to adjust and get the tap against a very game opponent in Tim Barnard (Valhalla ETC).
One award unique to the University of MMA is their Blue Chip honors, which rewards not only a great athletic performance but also an entertaining and engaging stage presence. Not only did Matheus Santos’s (MMAFC) knockout a tough and unique opponent in Victor Pages (Systems Training Center), but he also displayed a captivating confidence in his post-fight interview, addressing his fans in both Portuguese and English. Santos’ overall showing, in the cage and on the mic, was the closest example of presenting the total package, thus earning him Blue Chip honors for Fight Night 11.
Looking forward, both Jackson and Flavian Pilgrim (CMMA) put on dominant performances that earned them championship fights at the next University of MMA event, Fight Night 12, tentatively scheduled for November 22nd. Pilgrim will take on new champion Enilolobo, Jr. for the University of MMA lightweight title, and Jackson will face recently-crowned Eberhard for the University of MMA featherweight belt.
Quick results for University of MMA: Fight Night 11:
1) 149 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – RYAN AGUILAR (CMMA) def. OREN SHABO (Hayastan MMA Academy) via TKO, R1, 0:17
2) 130 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – ERIC ARIAS (Yuma United MMA) def. STUART KOSH (Independent) via unanimous decision
3) 145 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – MASON IACOBELLIS (Team Quest) def. ARDANY OLIVA (Systems Training Center) via TKO, R1, 0:51
4) 125 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – ERICK PIERRE (Bas Rutten’s Elite Training Center) def. TIZOC FROESE (MMAFC) via unanimous decision
5) 150 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – MICHAEL ‘BLACKJACK’ JACKSON (Systems Training Center) def. ANGEL PERLA (Team Quest) via unanimous decision
6) 137 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – RICHIE MEISTER (BJMUTA/Eric Nolan’s Xtreme Training Center) def. SERGIO GONZALEZ (Yuma United MMA) via submission (triangle choke), R3, 1:12
7) 195 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – CHRISTOPHER LLANES (Team Quest) def. TIM BARNARD (Valhalla Elite Training Center) via submission (armbar), R1, 1:16
8) 175 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – CRISTIAN NAJERA (Guerilla Nation MMA) def. CHRIS ‘BABY BEAR’ RODRIGUEZ (Gracie Jiu Jitsu/Team Victory Muay Thai) via TKO, R1, 1:56
9) 145 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – GARIK MITCHELL (Team Lagarto) def. STEVEN (KYLER) SCOTT (Team Quest) via KO, R2, 0:48
10) 230 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – ANDRII VASYLENKO (BJMUTA) def. JULIUS WHITE (Independent) via submission, R1, 0:51
11) 157 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – DAMON JACOBS (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym) def. REMINGTON THORNE (Saekson’s Muay Thai) via unanimous decision
12) 125 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – MATHEUS SANTOS (MMAFC) def. VICTOR PAGES (Systems Training Center) via KO, R2, 1:58
13) 145 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – BENITO MENDEZ (King Combat Sports) def. DAVID SECAIDA (Independent) via unanimous decision
14) 160 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – FLAVIAN PILGRIM (CMMA) def. TROY HARDGROW (Independent) via split TKO, R2, 1:24
15) 205 lbs. (3 x 2 min., shins) – TRAVIS WILLIAMS (Elite Training Center) def. DAVID BOYKO (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA) unanimous decision
UNIVERSITY OF MMA FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
16) 145 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – KURT ‘THE HURT’ EBERHARD (Saekson’s Muay Thai) def. ALBERT VELOZ (Cage Combat Academy) via KO, R1, 0:45
UNIVERSITY OF MMA LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
17) 155 lbs. (3 x 3 min., no shins) – PIOUS ‘VOODOO’ ENILOLOBO JR. (BJMUTA/Flying Kick) def. ANTONIO LOPEZ (Saekson’s Muay Thai) via KO, R2, 0:34

FOUR-TIME WWE CHAMPION ALBERTO DEL RIO JOINS COMBATE AMERICAS AS COLOR COMMENTATOR LIVE ON NBC UNIVERSO

Pro wrestling icon and former MMA star to call the action for live event series beginning Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT
at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center  

NEW YORK (September 14, 2015) – Combate Americas (www.CombateAmericas.com), the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, announced today that it has brought former, four-time WWE champion and MMA star Alberto El Patron a.k.a. Alberto Del Rio on board to serve as a color commentator for its highly-anticipated “Road To The Championship” live event series, sponsored by Yaveo, that kicks off on NBC Universo on Thursday, September 17 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.

El Patron, whose real name is Jose Alberto Rodriguez, will call the action inside the Combate Americas cage, or “La Jaula,” on each Thursday night, two-hour, live NBC Universo telecast produced by Combate Americas, as part of its new, multi-year agreement with the NBC sports and entertainment cable television network for Latinos in the U.S.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Combate Americas and bring MMA to a new group of fans – Hispanics,” said El Patron, who remains the only wrestler to win the WWE’s coveted Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank contests in the same year (2011).

“We are excited to have Alberto El Patron, one of the premier athletes and most charismatic personalities in the sport of professional wrestling, as well as a proven MMA competitor, with us on television for this historic live fight series,” said Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren.

“As a premier Mexican figure in the world of sports entertainment,” continued McLaren, “Alberto is the consummate voice for Combate Americas, which was created to serve fans with an authentic Hispanic MMA product, on television and other media platforms around the world.”

The son of famed Luchador “Dos Caras,” El Patron, a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico who resides in San Antonio, Texas, is a former member of the Mexican national Greco-Roman wrestling team and a medalist at the Pan American Games.

During his four-year tenure with the WWE, El Patron tussled with a host of rival name competitors and champions include CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Big Show, The Miz,Sheamus, Dolph ZigglerJack Swagger and Matt Hardy.

As an MMA fighter, El Patron holds a career record of 9-5, with all of his victories having come by way of (T)KO or submission.

Priced from just $14.99, tickets for the Combate Americas “Road To The Championship” kick-off event, which will take place during Mexican Independence Day celebration week, are available for purchase by phone: 800-745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com.

In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event, fast-rising star Ozzie Alvarez (6-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will square-off with undefeated, finisher Justin “The Tactician” Patterson (5-0) of Dallas, Texas.

In a 140 pound catchweight co-main event featuring two ferocious talents, John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (7-2) of Mankato, Minn. will battle former U.S. Marine Justin “The Therapist” Governale (5-2) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

Also on the fight card that night will be Combate Americas reality series star and unbeaten professional boxer Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (3-1) of Mission, Texas, who will face Benji “The Brawler” Gomez (4-4) of Ventura, Calif. in a bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup.
Urijah Faber-protégé Erick Sanchez (4-2) of Sacramento, Calif. will collide with Guatemala native “Ruthless” Rudy Morales (3-2) of Las Vegas at featherweight.

In a featured women’s strawweight (115 pounds) bout, Invicta FC veteran Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc (8-8) of Tulsa, Okla. will collide with power puncherKyra Batara (2-3) of Las Vegas.

Unbeaten prospect Irvin Veloz (3-0) of Boca Raton, Fla. will meet fellow rising star Jay Pressley (4-1) of Milwaukee, Wis. in a 128 pound catchweight contest.

A three-bout preliminary card featuring several Las Vegas and Southern Calif. prospects will precede the live, five-bout NBC Universo telecast, and will stream live onYaveo, the Spanish-language over-the-top streaming entertainment service from DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family, that is also the title sponsor of the Combate Americas “Road To The Championship” live event series.

Consumers located anywhere in the U.S. can subscribe to the OTT service for a monthly charge of $7.99.  The Yaveo platform is accessible on Yaveo.com, as well as via the Yaveo app for iPhone and iPad, Android devices, Xbox 360 and Roku.

Doors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will open at 6 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.

ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS
Combate Americas, LLC. (www.CombateAmericas.com) is the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, designed to build Latino fighting champions and serve Hispanic fans, one of the world’s most avid groups of prize fighting enthusiasts.  The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming.  The company’s CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).  New York Magazine described McLaren as “the marketing genius behind the UFC” and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he “knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today.”  With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.

About NBC UNIVERSO:
NBC UNIVERSO (www.nbcuniverso.com) is a modern sports and entertainment cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world’s top sports franchises and edgy programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, Liga MX, Premier League, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL and The 2016 Rio Olympics – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a division of NBCUniversal (www.nbcuniversal.com), one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation (www.comcastcorporation.com). To find the NBC UNIVERSO channel number in your area, please visit www.nbcuniverso.com/encuentralo.

About Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Located at the corner of Third St. and Carson Ave. across from the D Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center can accommodate up to 11,000 guests and features state-of-the-art stage, sound and lighting. The open-air design is inviting to both tourists and locals and offers the perfect spot for concerts, conventions and other large-scale events. Embracing the uninhibited spirit of Downtown Las Vegas, the new venue plays host to a line-up of curated events including premier concerts, food festivals and more. The venue is also the first entertainment arena in Las Vegas to accept Bitcoin as currency. For more information, visit www.dlvec.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @DLVEC.

FIGHT NETWORK MMA, JUDO & KICKBOXING PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE (Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2015)

 (U.S. only schedule..  For full Canadian schedule, please visit tv.fightnetwork.com from your region.)

Fight Network is a 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including live fights and up-to-the-minute news and analysis for mixed martial arts, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, boxing, fight news, as well as fight-themed drama series, documentaries and feature films.
Below find highlights of this week’s programming:
Monday, Aug. 31
 
6:30 p.m. ET – Judo Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix 2014 Highlights – Highlights from the Judo Ulaanbaatar Grand Prix from July 4-6, 2014 in Mongolia.
 
7:00 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramadeen and Robin Black invite special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
 
7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
 
Tuesday, Sept. 1
 
1:30 a.m. ETXPTV – Coverage of regional U.S. professional and amateur MMA events.
 
6:00 a.m. ETToe 2 Toe with Javier Mendez – In-depth sit-down interview with American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez.
 
6:30 a.m. ETHip Show: Arena Combat – Tag-team MMA inside a 12m by 12m arena with three-level obstacle structures.
 
4:00 p.m. & 10 p.m. ET — – 5 Rounds Today – Video podcast with John Ramdeen and Robin Black breaking down a wide variety of topics in the MMA world, including previews of upcoming events and all the latest rumors and headlines.
 
5:00 & 5:30 ETXtreme Fighting Championship – Florida-based pro MMA featuring top American prospects, international stars and UFC veterans.
 
8:00 p.m. ET – 5 Rounds – Fight Network’s John Ramadeen and Robin Black invice special guests to breakdown the weekend of MMA action.
 
8:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
 
9:00 p.m. ETFighting Spirit MMA Season 4 – Compilation of international fights from SFL, Legend, FFC, M-1 and others.
 
11:00 p.m. ETHard Knocks Fighting 43 – Featuring Jason Zentgraf vs. Nick Ring, Misha Cirkunov vs. Shaun Asher and Sergej Juskevic vs. LT Nelson from May 22, 2015 in Calgary, Canada.
 
Wednesday, Sept. 2

2:00 a.m. ETDEEP: 61 Impact
– Featuring Kazunori Yokota vs. Shoji Maruyama and Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Young Choi from Feb. 16, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
 
5:00 p.m. ETTexas Fight Night – MMA action from Texas featuring the Lone Star State’s top prospects in the cage.
 
6:00 p.m. ETBest of Cage Rage – Featuring classic fights from the UK-based Cage Rage organization with Anderson Silva, Antonio Silva, Victor Belfort, Paul Daley and others.
 
7:00 p.m. ETFight News Now Extra: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and feature.
 
7:30 p.m. ET – Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.
 
8:00 p.m. ETCage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 – Featuring Conor McGregor vs7:30 p.m. ET — Fight News Now Extra – The latest news, recaps, features and inside analysis of the fight game.from Dec. 31, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.
 
11:00 p.m. ETMMA Meltdown with Gabriel Morency – Gabriel Morency breaks down all the happenings in MMA, discussing odds, predictions, plus special weekly guests and exclusive interviews.
 
11:30 p.m. ETTakeDown Wrestling – Extensive coverage of amateur wrestling events, including the latest news, behind-the-scenes coverage from events and exclusive interviews.
 
Thursday, Sept. 3
 
1:30 a.m. ET & 1:00 p.m. ETUltimate Challenge MMA 23: Go 4 It – Featuring John Maguire vs. Peter Irving from Sept. 17, 2011 in London.
 
6:00 p.m. ETChampionship Fighting Alliance – Pro MMA from Florida featuring the likes of Josh Sampo, Mike Kyle, John Howard, Sean McCorkie, Luis Palomino and others.
 
7:00 p.m. ETFighting Rookies – Aspiring kickboxers climb the ladder of success in the sport as rookies compete for a chance to become professionals and get experience needed to succeed at a higher level.
 
8:00 p.m. ETFight News Now: MMA Edition – Covering all the happenings in the MMA world with exclusive analysis and features.
 
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M-1 Challenge 61 pushed back to Sept. 19 and moved to Russia Sultanakhmedov returns vs. Brito

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The Champ is back! Magomed Sultanakhmedov
 
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (August 20, 2015) – M-1 Challenge 61 has been pushed back two weeks to September 19 and moved from Beijing, China to Ingushetia, Russia, promoter M-1 Global has announced.
 
Originally scheduled for Sept.5, the second annual M-1 Challenge show in Beijing was postponed until a date to be determined due to the 70th celebration of China’s victory over Japan at the end of World War II. Authorities prohibited major events in China from Aug. 20 through Sept. 10.
 
Former M-1 Global middleweight champion Magomed “The White Wolf” Sultanakhmedov will return to action after a 4 1/2-year hiatus to headline M-1 Challenge 61 in Ingushetia against Brazilian veteran Marcelo Brito.
 
The 31-year-old Sultanakhmedov (18-5-0, 12 KO/TKO, 0 SUB), fighting out of Tula, Russia, captured the vacant M-1 Global middleweight title March 25, 2011, stopping his American challenger Tyson Jeffries in the second round at M-1 Challenge 24.
 
A former World Kickboxing and Universal Karate champion, Sultanakhmedov is a feared striker who hasn’t fought in an MMA event since he captured the M-1 Global crown more than four years ago.
 
Brito (13-7-0, 2 KO/TKO. 5 SUB), 37, last fought this past June in a non-stop fight with Murad Abdulaev, losing a five-round decision for the vacant M-1 Challenge welterweight title at M-1 Challenge 58: Battle of the Mountains 4.
(L-R) – Murad Abdulaev and Marcelo Brito            
 
M-1 Challenge 61 will be streamed live from Ingushetia, Russia in high definition onwww.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all of the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smart phones and tablets.
 
Fights and fighters are subject to challenge.  Additional bouts will soon be announced.
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