Alliance MMA Management Agency SuckerPunch Entertainment Signs New Prospects
ALLIANCE MMA MANAGEMENT AGENCY SIGNS
NEW MIXED MARTIAL ARTS PROSPECTS
SUCKERPUNCH ENTERTAINMENT LOOKS FORWARD
TO SOLID 2ND QUARTER OF FIGHT ACTION!
NEW YORK, NY – April 26, 2017 – Alliance MMA, Inc. (“Alliance MMA” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMMA), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) company that brings together leading regional productions to build the next generation of MMA champions, announced today signings of several fighters by the SuckerPunch Entertainment management agency.
Three of the most notable prospects to join the SuckerPunch roster are Jason Soares (10-0), Manny Vazquez (11-2), and Karl Roberson (3-0). SuckerPunch Entertainment, which was acquired by Alliance MMA this past January, is an established brand with a decade’s experience in the MMA space and is home to almost 100 athletes.
“SuckerPunch continues to build a diverse roster bolstered by some of the most exceptional prospects in all of regional MMA,” said Alliance MMA President Robert Haydak. “Jason Soares, Manny Vazquez, and Karl Roberson are all excellent talents and Alliance MMA eagerly awaits their next bouts under the SuckerPunch Entertainment brand.”
Jason “The Specimen” Soares (27) is the undisputed featherweight champion of Fight Time Promotions. Fighting out of Key Largo, Florida, by way of New York City, Soares is a submission specialist winning seven of his ten pro bouts that way. He is a representative of Freestyle Fighting Academy and is scheduled to face Rafael Alves in a non-title match at Fight Time 37 on June 16th.
Manny Vazquez (23) is a special athlete that has made the walk to the cage a total of 14 times in under four years. Fighting out of Elmwood Park, Illinois, Vazquez is a veteran of several promotions including King Of The Cage, Legacy FC, and most recently Bellator MMA. Vazquez won his national promotion debut on March 31st at Bellator 175 where he defeated a highly-experienced Nate Williams via unanimous decision.
Karl Roberson (26) is a fast-rising middleweight and member of the Killer B Combat Sports Academy in Monmouth, New Jersey. Roberson is a GLORY kickboxing veteran that has cross-competed in kickboxing and MMA since 2013. Undefeated at 3-0 in MMA, Roberson has terrific stand-up skills and a blossoming ground game. His most recent victory came at Shogun Fights 16 on April 8th, where he defeated Elijah Gbollie via TKO.
“We are elated about bringing in Jason, Manny, and Karl,” said SuckerPunch Entertainment Managing Director Bryan Hamper. “Jason has showed he is getting ready to take the next step in his career, and we hope to guide him through that process. Manny Vazquez is a terrific young fighter with tons of experience at just 23 years of age. He has worked his way up the ladder and now he’s on the big stage. Karl Roberson is an immensely talented individual whose kickboxing gets fans out of their seats, and strikes fear in his opponent’s hearts. Both Jason and Karl are in a position to put themselves on a short list of fighters that could get the call up to a larger promotion following their next wins.”
“Jason, Manny, and Karl are three great examples of what kind of athletes SuckerPunch Entertainment aims to do business with,” said SuckerPunch Managing Director Brian Butler. “They, along with the rest of our first quarter signings, have exhibited their skills inside the cage, and proven to be quality individuals with plenty of promise going forward. I know I speak for everyone at SuckerPunch Entertainment when I say we are very pleased with how the first quarter of 2017 has gone.”
The following fighters have signed with SuckerPunch Entertainment in the first quarter of this year:
Manny Vazquez (11-2)
Bobby Butler (2-0)
Skyler Frazier (4-1)
Roman Salazar (10-5)
Jason Soares (10-0)
Maik Ferrante (3-1)
Herman Terrado (14-3)
Cole Williams (9-1)
Karl Roberson (3-0)
Punahele Soriano (1-0)
Daniel James (6-2)
The current list of upcoming matchups for SuckerPunch fighters over the next three months is shown below. These fights and events and the fighters participating in them are subject to change without notice.
Date – Name – Weight – Organization – Opponent:
- 5/5/2017 Arnold Berdon – 135 – Victory – Johnnie Roades
- 5/5/2017 Daniel James – 265 – Victory – Daniel Galemore
- 5/10/2017 – Cheyden Leialoha – 135 – AlaskaFC – Josh Branham
- 5/19/2017 – Kurt Holobaugh – 155 – Titan JZ – Cavacante
- 5/19/2017 – Gleidson Dejesus – 135 – Titan – Edir Terry
- 5/19/2017 – Dan Ige – 145 – Titan – Edwin Valenzuela
- 5/20/2017 – Mike Pope – 155 – CFFC – Joe Lowry
- 5/20/2017 – Karl Roberson – 195 – CFFC – Derrick Brown
- 5/20/2017 – Chris Birchler – 265 – CFFC – TBD
- 6/3/2017 – Max Holloway – 145 – UFC – Jose Aldo
- 6/3/2017 – Oluwale Bamgbose – 185 – UFC – Paulo Borrachinha
- 6/16/2017 – Jason Soares – 145 – Fight Time – Rafael Alves
- 6/16/2017 – Andrew Whitney – 145 – Fight Time – Matt McCook
- 6/24/2017 – Douglas Lima – 170 – Bellator – Lorenz Larkin
- 6/24/2017 – Brian Foster – 170 – WSOF – John Fitch
- 6/24/2017 – Herman Terrado – 170 – WSOF – Joao Zeferino
- 6/25/2017 – Felice Herrig – 115 – UFC – Justine Kish
- 6/25/2017 – Carla Esparza – 115 – UFC – Maryna Moroz
- 7/7/2017 – Angela Hill – 115 – UFC – Ashley Yoder
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