COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES
TELEVISION BROADCAST TEAMS FOR “COPA COMBATE”
LIVE ON TELEMUNDO AND NBCSN ON SATURDAY, NOV. 11
ALBERTO DEL RIO, GILBERT “EL NINO” MELENDEZ, JULIANNA PENA,
EDGAR LOPEZ AND IVETTE HERNANDEZ
SLATED TO CALL THE ACTION
WORLD-CLASS FIGHTERS FROM THE U.S., LATIN AMERICA AND SPAIN
AGAINST EACH OTHER
CANCUN, MX – November 9, 2017 – Combate Américas today announced a pair of star-studded broadcast commentary teams for the highly-anticipated “COPA COMBATE” Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) extravaganza that will be headlined by a one-night, eight-man bantamweight (135 pounds) tournament, live on both Telemundo and NBCSN from Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, November 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT.
The event, which takes place at Grand Oasis Cancun, marks the first-ever Telemundo broadcast of MMA programming.
“We have assembled an incredible team of on-air talent from the world of sports and entertainment to call the fights on what will truly be a memorable and groundbreaking night for our great sport,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
On the live Telemundo broadcast, multiple-time WWE heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio will team up with Telemundo’s famed NFL and Olympics announcer Edgar Lopez, as well as blow-by-blow man Andres Bermudez. Popular Mexican TV personality Ivette Hernandez will serve as a roving reporter on the Telemundo program.
On the live NBCSN telecast, UFC superstars Gilbert "El Niño" Melendez and Julianna "The Venezuelan Vixen" Peña will provide color commentary alongside MMA and boxing play-by-play announcer Beto Duran.
“COPA COMBATE” represents the first time that world-class fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain will represent their respective countries in an epic, one-night tournament in which the winner will have persevered through three consecutive bouts.
The live Telemundo and NBCSN coverage of “COPA COMBATE” will include the entire semifinal stage of the eight-man tournament, as well as the championship stage showdown and a previously announced women’s strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event between undefeated knockout artist Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (2-0) of Mexico City, Mexico, and submission expert and Miesha Tate pupil Gloria “Gloriosa” Bravo (4-2) of Santiago, Chile.
The entire quarterfinal stage of the tournament, as well as the two tournament alternate bouts and the previously announced women’s atomweight (105 pounds) preliminary matchup between world top 10-ranked Sheila Padilla (3-1) of Visalia, Calif. and hard-hitting Lisbeth “Bunny” Lopez Silva (4-3) of Mexico City, Mexico, will stream live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT
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ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS
Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport, after soccer, for Spanish speaking sports fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). New York Magazine described McLaren as "the marketing genius behind the UFC" and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.
About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo Internacional, Telemundo International Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as Buzzfeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; Telemundo International Studios, a production unit focused on creating high-end short form, scripted formats for international markets; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.