Combate Americas Reaches Deal With ESPN

Combate Americas will become the first Latino mixed martial arts promotion to have its fights broadcast on an English-language ESPN platform in the United States. The promotion’s upcoming event, “Combate Clasico,” will air July 27 from Mana Wynwood in Miami, with live-streaming on ESPN3 and the ESPN app (7:30 p.m. ET, 4:30 p.m. PT).

“We are thrilled to collaborate with ESPN for ‘Combate Clasico,’” Campbell McLaren, Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder, told Sporting News, which first reported the agreement Saturday. “’Combate Clasico’ is the MMA version of ‘El Clasico,’ with rival fighters from Barcelona and Madrid facing off against each other in our main event.” “El Clasico” is the name of the rivalry between Spanish soccer powers FC Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“Combate Clasico” will also be broadcast live on ESPN in Latin America. The main event of the 10-bout card is Tommy Aaron (4-2), representing Barcelona, vs. Javier Fuentes (9-4), representing Madrid, in a 160-pound catchweight bout.

“Combate Clasico” will be part of a nearly weeklong sports and entertainment extravaganza featuring concerts, parties and other interactive events. The , beginning with marquee European soccer clubs Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain facing off at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on July 26 and culminating with “El Clasico Miami” on July 29, a meeting between Barcelona and Real Madrid, also at Hard Rock Stadium.

The soccer matches are part of the International Champions Cup, an annual preseason tournament of top clubs.

Combate Americas was founded in 2011 and had its first event in August 2014.

Original Story: Sporting News

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