NEW YORK – Combate Americas today announced that, for the first time in history, the world’s premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise will roll out its historic, award-winning competition reality television series content on its YouTube channel, beginning on Saturday, Dec. 12 to coincide with the company’s seventh anniversary.
Beginning with the premiere episode, Combate Americas will publish a new installment from the 10-episode series, which was produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and is the first and only combat-themed reality series in history to win a major television award – “Best Variety or Reality Series” at the 29th annual Imagen Awards on August 1, 2014 – each day after December 12.
Each episode of the series will, for the first time, feature English language sub-titles.
“This series is now a classic, and we are excited to bring it to our digital audience for the first time ever in a format that both Spanish and English speaking fans can enjoy,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
Pictured above: UFC Hall of Fame legend Royce Gracie was amongst the many celebrities who made guest appearances in the Combate Americas reality television series.
Filmed in Miami, Fla., the series, which originally aired on NBCUniversal’s mun2 cable television network that has since been re-branded as Universo, featured an array of celebrity guest appearances by the likes of Latin Grammy Award-winning music superstar Daddy Yankee; series co-hosts and hit recording artists Chino y Nacho; UFC legend Royce Gracie; former Miss Puerto Rico Cynthia Olavarria; Lucha Libre legend Blue Demon, Jr.; former MMA world champion Eddie Alvarez and others.
The 10 professional welterweight (170 pounds) and featherweight (145 pounds) fighters cast on the show competed for prizes, bragging rights and the opportunity to win a Combate Americas promotional contract.
In addition to the Imagen Award, the series garnered a 2014 CableFax Award for “Best Show or Series – Reality/Competition/Game Show” and a nomination for “Best Reality Moment” by Premios Tu Mundo (Your World Awards).
The show served as the launchpad for the Combate Americas franchise, which has since produced over 50 live television events to date since 2015.
In 2019, Combate Americas solidified its position as the number two player in the sport of MMA globally, behind only longtime market leader, the UFC, by consistently delivering superior Nielsen television ratings – an average of over 410,000 live U.S. viewers in its midnight ET time slot on Univision – relative to its general market competitors airing in primetime slots.
Prior to the pandemic, the company began 2020 with a world championship event in February that garnered 511,000 live television viewers in the U.S.
In Mexico, Combate Americas programming is averaging over 1.7 million live television viewers on Televisa Canal 5.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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