Seven SuckerPunch Athletes Compete in Two UFC Events
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 5, 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 five SuckerPunch
Entertainment clients battled to victory during two separate Ultimate
Fighting Championship (UFC) events – two at the UFC Ultimate Fighter
26 Finale on Friday night, December 1st, at the Park Theater
in Las Vegas, NV, and three at UFC 218, which was held Saturday night at
Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
The main event on the UFC
218 pay-per-view broadcast showcased SuckerPunch fighter Max
“Blessed” Holloway, who successfully defended his UFC World
Featherweight Title against Jose Aldo. Holloway dominated in devastating
fashion by delivering a third-round technical knockout (TKO) to Aldo,
himself a former UFC Champion. The victory marked the twelfth straight
win for Holloway.
Six-time UFC veteran and #9 ranked UFC Strawweight Division contender
Felice “Little Bulldog” Herrig was featured in the opening bout on the Fox
Sports 1 broadcast and earned a hard-fought decision victory. In the
featured preliminary bout, Lightweight Paul “The Irish Dragon” Felder
entered the octagon for his tenth UFC appearance and did not disappoint
with a second-round TKO victory that extended his current winning streak
to three straight.
On Friday night, two SuckerPunch clients prevailed in the UFC
Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale event, including undefeated sensation
Brett “The Pikey” Johns who stretched his unbeaten record to 15-0 when
only thirty seconds into the first round, he unleashed an electrifying
“calf slicer” submission, a move that has been delivered only once
before in UFC history. His dominant athleticism earned Johns a $50,000
“Performance of the Night” bonus. Earlier that evening, 26-year old UFC
Flyweight prospect Rachael Ostovich appeared in her UFC debut, and won
her bout via “armbar” submission in the first round.
“It was an incredibly successful weekend for our fighters, and we are
extremely proud of their noteworthy performances,” said Brian Butler-Au,
SuckerPunch Managing Partner. “At SuckerPunch, we constantly strive to
negotiate the best possible matches and venues for all of our athletes,
but to have seven competitors battle in two separate UFC events on the
same weekend, and walk away with five hard-fought victories, is truly
extraordinary. We were especially pleased with the expansive exposure
our clients received during the UFC 218 live broadcast which included
all three distribution platforms associated with the event – UFC Fight
Pass, the UFC’s digital streaming platform, Fox Sports 1, and
Alliance Continues to Penetrate Major Media Markets
Besides SuckerPunch Entertainment, and CageTix, the Company’s electronic
ticketing platform, Alliance MMA currently operates 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 Championship,
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 formed in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring
businesses that engage in the promotion of 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 MMA
promotion company that is publicly-traded.
For more information, visit www.alliancemma.com.
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anticipated future events, future results of operations or future
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may differ materially from historical results or those indicated by
these forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of factors
including, but not limited to, those discussed under the heading “Risk
Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December
31, 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17,
2017. Alliance MMA encourages you to review other factors that may
affect its future results in its other filings with the Securities and
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