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The co-founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship has launched a new Hispanic MMA reality TV show on cable network mun2, following the lives of 10 Hispanic mixed martial arts fighters chasing an exclusive contract with the new Combate Americas franchise.
Campbell McLaren, who in 1993 helped launch UFC, now a Las Vegas-based MMA juggernaut worth $2 billion and owned by Zuffa, LLC, will serve as chief executive of Combate Americas.
Mun2 has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of Combate Americas, which starts Feb. 23. Mun2 is the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, focusing on the 18-34 demographic. Mun2 is part of Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal. BMP Latin, a division of Bunim/Murray Productions, is producing the series.
The 10 professional fighters range in age from 20-year-old Oscar Valdez from Batesville, AR to Rene “Level” Martinez, a 35-year-0ld Miami resident who is a former rehabbed gangbanger who now carries the anti-gang message, McLaren said.
The TV show is stocked with Hispanic personalities and celebrities such as Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican reggaeton singer who serves as the show’s ringleader and Piolin, considered the “Spanish Howard Stern” who will serve in a Joe Rogan commentator role. Rogan is an MMA personality and TV commentator on UFC fight show events.
Latin music duo Chino & Nacho and Latin MMA journalist Andrea Calle will serve as show hosts. Making guest appearances will be the first UFC/MMA champion Royce Gracie, Mexican luchador El Blue Demon Jr., Muay Thai kickboxing champ Joseph “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini and tropical Latin music star Elvis Crespo.
Combate Americas will appeal to both hard-core MMA fans and also general fight fans who have heard of MMA events but who have not attended or watched MMA shows, McLaren said.
The theme of the Hispanic MMA TV show might sound similar to that of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter TV show, which also follows the aspirations of MMA fighters. But McLaren said Combate Americas will be different because it will be infused with Latino celebrities and personalities, who will help the 10 fighters on the show get better known.
“We want to build stars and have them stand next to celebrities. Fame is currency. You can spend fame. That’s why we’re capitalizing on a Daddy Yankee,” McLaren said.
McLaren said it will easily cost more than $1 million to launch the TV show, but network officials declined to comment on the exact investment.
Diana Mogollon, mun2 executive vice president and general manager, said McLaren approached her about the show concept about a year and half ago.
“The minute he approached us we knew yes,” Mogollon said.
McLaren said the first 10 episodes were filmed from October-December 2013 in Miami near South Beach. The show will have English-subtitles for non Spanish-speaking viewers, he said.
Daddy Yankee joined McLaren, Mogollon and others at a show announcement at the Venetian Friday afternoon. McLaren launched the first UFC fight event at McNichols Arena in Denver on Nov. 12, 1993. It was a hit with the Pay Per View audience, and to this day PPV revenue is a major money-maker for UFC.
UFC is also investing in Hispanic viewers by expanding MMA fight shows and TV programming into Mexico and South America.
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Combate Americas will follow 10 professional Hispanic MMA fighters as they compete to win a coveted spot in the exciting new Combate Americas franchise. The series will be hosted by award-winning Latin music duo Chino & Nacho and MMA host/journalist Andrea Calle, Urban music superstar Daddy Yankee will serve as Combate Americas’ first commissioner and Piolin, SiriusXM host of Piolin Radio channel 147, as the color commentator.
“mun2 is excited to continue to offer our viewers a look inside the sport of MMA,” said Diana Mogollon, Executive Vice President & General Manager, mun2. “No one has followed the world of Hispanic fighters through the process of making it into an MMA franchise, and we’re proud to be the first with this series from BMP Latin and Combate Americas. It’s an exciting series, with amazing stories of the challenges, struggle and victories that each fighter has endured to make it into la Jaula (the Cage).”
“Mixed Martial Arts is wildly popular with Latino audiences. Through our partnership with Combate Americas, we will give viewers an honest behind-the-scenes look at what it really takes to become the best. These fighters sacrifice everything for their sport, and we will be with them every step of the way,” said Gil Goldschein, President of Bunim/Murray Productions.
“Combate Americas is the most exciting addition to MMA since the beginnings of the UFC 20 years ago. It was specifically created to present the best new Hispanic fighters and to introduce a whole new audience to this highly entertaining sport,” said Campbell McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas.
Zach Sobiech is a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. Zach turned 18 years old today (May 3rd, 2013) and continues his fight against cancer with a smile that can change the world. Happy Birthday Zach! You are in all of our prayers!
Zach’s song, ‘Clouds’ is available on iTunes and other online music stores and that proceeds benefit the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children’s Cancer Research Fundhttp://www.childrenscancer.org/zach
Zach Sobiech passed away May 20, 2013. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends. We are forever touched by his story. Thank you for sharing your life and music with us, Zach. You are dearly missed and loved.
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