MADRID – Eurosport continues to expand its contact sports portfolio and, today, announced a new deal to offer ‘Combate Global’ the world’s premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, in Spain. Combate Global kicks off its 2022 season on Thursday, March 24. After securing the audiovisual rights to events such as UFC, Cage Warriors, and the best boxing events, Eurosport reaffirms its position as The Home of Contact Sports in Spain by including ‘Combate Global’ in its sports offering this season.
”La Jaula,” the Combate Global competition cage, opens on Thursday, March 24 on the Eurosport App, which will offer a total of 30 Combate Global events this year.
Underscoring its country versus country format, Combate Global, led by CEO and UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren, has athletes, representing numerous countries around the world, facing off with each other throughout the year.
Each year culminates with “COPA COMBATE,” a one-night, eight-man tournament pitting fighters from eight different countries against each other. Considered the toughest tournament in sports and the most coveted destination for fighters to represent their respective countries, “COPA COMBATE” awards its winner of three consecutive bouts a grand prize of $100,000 USD.
In 2021, Spain’s Kevin Cordero represented his country brilliantly, reaching the championship stage of the “COPA COMBATE” bantamweight (135 pounds) tournament before losing a close, split decision to Frans Mlambo of Ireland.
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The action kicks off in the early hours of Thursday 24 to Friday 25 March from 05:00hrs on the Eurosport App with the first event headlined by a ‘Mexico vs. USA’ showdown.
COMBATE GLOBAL’ – March 24
- Daniel Sánchez vs Ángel Álvarez
- Melissa Amaya vs Yessica Ortega
- Rubén ‘El Diamante’ Lozano vs Jimmy ‘Sandstorm’ Sandlin
- Miguel ‘The Destroyer’ Villegas vs Jake Childers
- Tyler ‘Yogi’ Hinton vs David ‘Doggy’ Aguilar
- Ismael ‘Kraken’ Zamora vs ‘Slick’ Rick Zelada
- Yajaira ‘La Pantera Negra’ Cunningham vs Kayla Hracho
SPANISH FIGHTERS IN COMBATE GLOBAL
Spain is well-represented in Combate Global, with 14 athletes – 9 men and 5 women – on the franchise’s roster:
- Kevin Cordero
- Óscar ‘Jacare’ Suárez
- Claudia Díaz
- Sebastián Santana Guedes
- Andrea ‘Kai’ Meneses
- Roger Blanque
- Blanca Medina
- Silvia Juaneda
- Christian ‘El Potro’ Maroñas
- Tino ‘No Mercy’ Gilaranz
- Fernando ‘El Bicho’ Calvo
- Damari Olivares
- David Ruiz
- Sebastián del Cristo Hernández
Combate Global is continuing to aggressively sign athletes from Spain and is in dialogue with a number of camps about adding their respective Spanish fighters to the Combate Global roster.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, 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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