Douglas Lima To Defend Bellator Welterweight World Championship
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 2018--
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 three SuckerPunch
Entertainment (“SuckerPunch”) athletes will compete on live national
television Saturday night, January 20th.
Douglas “The Phenom” Lima will be defending his Bellator
Welterweight World Championship title against #3 ranked Rory MacDonald
at Bellator 192 live on the Paramount
Network. Bellator is owned by entertainment giant Viacom
(NASDAQ: VIAB), one of the world's premier entertainment brands that
connect with audiences through compelling content across television,
motion picture, online and mobile platforms.
On the same night a pair of Sucker Punch athletes will compete on the Ultimate
Fighting Championship (“UFC”) 220 preliminary card which will air on
Sports 1 (“FS1”) network. Dan “Danimal” Ige will be making his UFC
debut after a victorious submission victory on the “Dana White Tuesday
Night Contender Series.” Also competing on the FS1 portion of the UFC
fight card is welterweight Sabah “The Problem” Homasi.
Top Fighter Prospects Added to SuckerPunch Roster
SuckerPunch Entertainment continues its quest to add top prospects to
their already impressive stable of more than 150 top athletes under
management. Bebit Nazarov, a lightweight fighter featuring an impressive
15-2 record, was recently added to the SuckerPunch roster. With
bloodlines to current UFC superstars, a pair of promising bantamweights,
Keith Lee and Elias Garcia, were also recently signed to management
contracts by SuckerPunch. Lee is the younger brother of #7 ranked UFC
lightweight Kevin Lee, while Garcia is cousins with both former UFC
Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, as well as his brother Sergio
Pettis who is currently the #5 ranked UFC Flyweight.
“Adding these three promising fighters to our rapidly expanding roster,
under multi-year management contracts, is representative of the
aggressive expansion strategy SuckerPunch intends to execute throughout
2018,” said Bryan Hamper, President of SuckerPunch Entertainment. “The
close enterprise connection between SuckerPunch and Alliance MMA is the
key to our ability to identify quality prospects early on, and then work
diligently going forward to ensure they have the opportunity to compete
at the highest level, including the UFC and Bellator.“
Alliance Continues to Establish a Nationwide Presence
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.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the federal securities laws. These statements relate to
anticipated future events, future results of operations or future
financial performance. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking
statements by terminology such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,”
“intends,” “expects,” “plans,” “goals,” “projects,” “anticipates,”
“believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” or “continue” or the
negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Actual results
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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James Byrne, 212-805-3005