Top Featherweight Prospect Signs with Ultimate Fighting Championship
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2017--
MMA, Inc. ("Alliance MMA" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:AMMA), the only
publicly-traded professional mixed martial arts (MMA) company that
unifies elite regional promotions and aspiring MMA champions, announced
today that SuckerPunch
Entertainment, the fighter management division of Alliance MMA,
signed another top prospect, Dan Ige, to the Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC) this past weekend.
The newly signed Ige is slated to compete in the UFC 145 lb. division
alongside reigning UFC World Featherweight Champion Max Holloway, a
fellow Hawaiian and long-time SuckerPunch client. This most recent
acquisition brings the total number of fighters currently fighting for
the UFC, under SuckerPunch management, to 20.
“I set a goal to fight in the UFC by 2017, but we had some major hurdles
to overcome before they were willing to recognize me as a legitimate
prospect,” said Ige. “I can’t thank the management team at SuckerPunch
enough for always believing in me, never giving up during injuries, and
making sure I gained the best possible experience on the regional
circuit. As I transition to becoming a UFC athlete, I know I’ll keep
receiving the same quality career guidance that got me here in the first
Ige who has a professional record of 8-1, most recently claimed victory
over previously undefeated Luis Gomez during Week 3 of “Dana White's
Tuesday Night Contender Series” which airs on UFC Fight Pass, the
digital streaming platform of the UFC.
SuckerPunch Entertainment Client Victorious at UFC Fight Night 120
The action-packed weekend continued for SuckerPunch Entertainment as
client Karl “Baby K” Roberson was victorious in his UFC debut at UFC
Fight Night 120 during which his opponent submitted in just 3:41 into
the first round. In addition to Roberson, UFC Fight Night 120 also
featured SuckerPunch client Angela “Overkill” Hill who competed in her
sixth UFC appearance.
UFC Champion Max Holloway Gets New Opponent
UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway will now be defending his title
against Jose Aldo as the UFC 218 Main Event on Saturday, December 2,
2017, in a live Pay-Per-View broadcast. Max is on an 11-fight winning
streak which includes stoppage victories over former UFC Champions
Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo. The upcoming UFC 218 card in Detroit also
features fellow SuckerPunch clients Felice Herrig, Paul Felder and Sabah
SuckerPunch Entertainment has played an integral role in managing the
careers of seven UFC World Champions, two Bellator World Champions, and
over 50 regional champions. “We are always striving to produce the next
world champion, and to cultivate top prospects at the early stages of
their career, said Brian Butler-Au, SuckerPunch Managing Partner.
“Identifying promising talent, then guiding and building their careers,
culminated in ten of our clients performing in season 1 of ‘Dana White's
Tuesday Night Contender Series' on UFC Fight Pass.”
Alliance MMA Growth Through Acquisition
In addition to SuckerPunch Entertainment and CageTix, the Company’s
electronic ticketing platform, Alliance MMA currently operates branded
regional MMA events in 13 of the top 30 Nielsen Designated Market Areas
(DMA), including each of the top five. With the goal of unifying elite
regional promotions and fostering the development of aspiring MMA
champions, the Company produces professional MMA events through New
Jersey-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships, Washington-based Combat
Games MMA, Indiana-based Hoosier Fight Club, Tennessee-based V3Fights,
Maryland-based Shogun Fights, Ohio-based Iron Tiger Fight Series,
Florida-based Fight Time Promotions, Georgia-based National Fighting
Championship, Southern California-based SoCa Fights, and Nebraska-based
Victory Fighting Championship.
About Alliance MMA, Inc.
Alliance MMA (NASDAQ:AMMA) is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA)
company that brings together the best regional productions. Alliance
MMA's mission is to identify and cultivate the next generation of
fighters and champions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and
other premier MMA promotions.
With some of the world’s leading MMA promotions under the Alliance MMA
umbrella, the organization aims eventually to host in excess of 125
events per year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters. Alliance MMA is
also dedicated to generating live original sports media content,
attracting an international fan base, and securing major brand
sponsorship revenue for live MMA events, digital media, and Alliance MMA
MMA is the world’s fastest-growing sport with worldwide fans of
approximately 300 million according to sports marketing research firm
Repucom. MMA is a full contact sport that allows a wide range of
fighting techniques, including striking and grappling from various
martial arts and disciplines including boxing, wrestling, Brazilian jiu
jitsu, karate, and Muay Thai. Professional MMA fights are legal and
regulated by state athletic commissions in all 50 states.
Alliance MMA, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring
businesses that engage in the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA)
events. In 2016, the company completed an initial public offering that
culminated in a listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Alliance MMA is
the only mixed martial arts promotion company that is publicly-traded.
For more information, visit www.alliancemma.com.
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