AXS TV adds Combate Americas to its lineup

November 6, 2019

AXS TV and Fight Network are partnering with Combate Americas in becoming the exclusive English-language broadcaster of Combate Americas MMA events in the United States and Canada.  The announcement coincided with a press event which also included promoting the upcoming December 7th PPV MMA event featuring Tito Ortiz and Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez.

Financial details of the partnership were not disclosed.  The announcement is one of the first big MMA announcements since Anthem Sports & Entertainment purchased HD Net which includes AXS TV.

“We believe that Combate Americas is an outstanding promotion to carry AXS TV’s rich legacy in mixed martial arts. This landmark agreement marks a continuation of our commitment to showcasing the best athletes from all across the world, and is the perfect complement to our sports content,” said Anthem’s Chief Corporate Officer Ed Nordholm.

Via AXS TV press release:

Along with the live events, AXS TV and Fight Network will air specially curated “Best of Combate Americas” programs, and will develop and co-produce episodes of FN Studios’ popular, “Diary,” “Retrospective” and “After The Fight” series based on the talented Combate Americas roster.

The addition of Combate Americas to AXS TV’s lineup gives English-language audiences a rare opportunity to witness their stars in action, as they put their skills on full display and fight to make their mark on the highly competitive MMA scene. The partnership further bolsters AXS TV’s roster of sports offerings, which also includes a new fantasy football show as well as the popular international professional wrestling promotions IMPACT Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling and WOW-Women Of Wrestling.

Changes within AXS TV have been quick and the company now has realigned itself with a robust pro wrestling lineup in addition to an anchor MMA promotion.

AXS TV ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM AGREEMENT WITH LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE AS PART OF EXPANDED MMA LINEUP

September 20, 2016

Los Angeles – Monday, Sept. 19, 2016 – AXS TV FIGHTS and the LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE (LFA) today announced an exclusive, long-term broadcasting agreement. The multi-year pact will see AXS TV FIGHTS broadcast 30 live LFA events in 2017.

The newly formed LFA is the result of a merger between Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance, both of which rose to national prominence on AXS TV FIGHTS. The merger and new broadcast agreement now set the stage for the LFA and AXS TV FIGHTS to expand on their reputations as the proving ground for the next generation of MMA stars, as evidenced by their heralded pasts where the promotions have combined to place over 100 fighters in the UFC and Bellator.

Based on the strength of talent within the combined organization and LFA’s 30 fight schedule, AXS TV FIGHTS will expand its 2017 lineup to 45 live events—its largest ever, extend its live broadcast window to three hours, and kick off its Friday night broadcasts an hour earlier at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich will be joined by veteran reporter Ron Kruck to form combat sports’ best broadcast team.

“AXS TV is proud to broadcast the LFA to help create MMA’s premier developmental league,” said Mark Cuban, founder and CEO of AXS TV. “AXS TV FIGHTS’ expanded 2017 lineup builds on AXS TV’s 13-year, 336-fight legacy as ‘Your Home for MMA’ with more live mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other TV network.”

To accommodate its increased commitment to live MMA events, AXS TV concurrently announced that INSIDE MMA will conclude its historic run on Sept. 30, 2016 when it broadcasts its 433rd and final episode. On the finale, Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck will be joined by original host Kenny Rice to celebrate and take a look back at the show’s achievements and memorable moments as television’s longest running and only independent MMA news series.

The pioneering program, INSIDE MMA, debuted on Sept. 14, 2007 as the first and only television series devoted to the burgeoning sport of MMA. In the 10 seasons that followed, INSIDE MMA documented the meteoric rise of MMA from a fringe sport fighting for mainstream acceptance to becoming the fastest growing sport in the world.

“INSIDE MMA blazed the trail for mainstream media’s acceptance of MMA,” said Cuban. “Bas, Kenny and Ron were there from the start, introducing the sport and its stars to a national television audience when other networks and newspapers were too afraid and out of touch to recognize its appeal.”axs-tv