Combate Americas

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History of Combate Americas

Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts sports company. The franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. Combate Americas' CEO/ founder is Campbell McLaren. Its mission is to reach many martial art fans that have not been well served by the existing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports organizations.


  • Combate America was founded in 2011 by Campbell McLaren, a Co-founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and had its first event was held in August 2014.
  • It is "the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport, after soccer, for Spanish speaking sports fans worldwide."
  • It started as a reality show on cable net mun2 (now Universo). Combate America now includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming.


  • "Combate Americas’ mission is to reach out to new fans that have not been well-served by the existing MMA organizations, UFC and Bellator."


  • Some news articles involving the CEO of Combate Americas include:


  • The eight-fighter “Copa Combate” tournament held in 2018 which drew a lot of fans.

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Combate Americas Top Competitors - Part 1

Combate America's top competitors are Professional Fighters League (PFL), ONE Championship, Telemundo Boxing and Bellator, defined through viewership. The viewership numbers for these championships in the October 2019 season during their main event were: 227,000 (Professional Fighters League on ESPN channel), 264,000 (ONE Championship on TNT), 265,000 (Bellator on Paramount Network) and 234,000 (Telemundo Boxing on Telemundo channel).


  • Combate Americas' main competitors are Professional Fighters League (PFL), ONE Championship, Telemundo Boxing and Bellator.
  • The metric used to define this was the channel audience (viewership) during the broadcast of major televised fight events.
  • Competitors were determined through audiences because they had the same target audience (lovers of pay-TV fight championships) and shared similar television spaces (times and days of viewing).
  • For this purpose, the viewership data analyzed relates to the biggest event held by each competitor during the same season: October 2019.



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  • PFL is a sports season format MMA wrestling company where individual wrestlers compete in a regular season, playoffs and championship. PFL events are live during prime time on ESPN2, ESPN + and ESPN Deportes.
  • The 2019 PFL World Championship is New Year's Eve, with the winners of each title fight being PFL World Champions of their respective weight class and winning $1 million. Viewers will receive next-generation MMA statistics never seen before through PFL's proprietary SmartCage ™ platform and Cagenomics ™ technology.
  • Viewership: The best-registered brand in the season of October 2019 was 227,000 spectators on the ESPN channel.

ONE Championship

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  • The ONE Championship (ONE) is Asia's largest sports media property in history, with a broadcast range in over 145 countries. ONE Athlete Roster has over 140 World Champions in various martial arts disciplines, and the championships are broadcast primarily on TNT.
  • According to the ONE Championship Global Martial Arts Rules for Competition, athletes compete in a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of attacking and fighting techniques from various martial arts disciplines (Karate, Muay Thai, Kung Fu, Judo, Kali, Shuai Jiao, Taekwondo, Sambo, Silat or Aikido).
  • Viewership: The premiere of the October 2019 One Champions season recorded an average of 264,000 TNT viewers, according to official ShowBuzz Daily data.


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  • MMA ™ Bellator is a leading martial art and kickboxing organization under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker. Bellator, available in more than 160 countries and the United States, can be viewed on Paramount Network and DAZN, the world's first truly dedicated LIVE sports broadcasting service.
  • Bellator's MMA follows the Unified Mixed Martial Arts Rules, which were first established in April 2000: no groin blows, eye tearing, kicking or kneeing of an opponent on the floor, elbows down, blows on the back. Behind the head, head banging, biting or grabbing the fence.
  • Viewership: The Bellator MMA Live 231 attracted 265,000 viewers in October 2019 on Paramount Network, according to Nielsen, via official ShowBuzz Daily data.


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  • With over 25 years of exciting fighting, Telemundo Boxing is the most popular Spanish boxing program in the United States, serving as a platform for many fighters to demonstrate their skills and eventually become world champions.
  • Some of these figures include Erik "El Terrible" Morales, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., Alejandro "Payasito" Hernández, Saúl "Canelo" Álvarez, among many others. The Telemundo channel airs the program.
  • Viewership: Telemundo Boxing's "Holders and Mas", which shared showtimes with Combat Americas in October 2019, registered 234,000 viewers on the Telemundo channel.
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Combate Americas Top Competitors - Part 2

A competitive landscape analyzing Professional Fighters League (PFL), ONE Championship, Telemundo Boxing and Bellator is provided as below. A brief overview of the kind of events offered, notable participants over the past 2 years, operation and broadcast locations, and top C-level executives are provided for each company as requested.

Professional Fighters League (PFL)

  • PFL mainly offers an MMA in a sport-season format that involves competitions in seasons, playoffs, and championships that lasts from May to New Year’s Eve. The 2019 season covers five weight classes for men and one featherweight category for women, with each fighter having two fights from May to August. The top fighters in each weight class advance to the playoffs in October. The winners proceed to the World Championship Grand Finals on New Year’s Eve, to compete for a $1 million grand prize.
  • Notable participants over the past 2 years include Kayla Harrison (Olympic gold winner), and other UFC/ Bellator/ WSOF fighters such as Sarah Kaufman, Lance Palmer, Ramsey Nijem, Chris Wade, John Howard, Vinny Magalhaes, and Jared Rosholt.
  • PFL is based in Washington D.C. In the U.S., they air on ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes. They are also available in 150 countries globally with local broadcasters and digital platforms.
  • The company is founded by Donn Davis, Mark Leschly and Russ Ramsey. It is currently headed by CEO Peter Murray, along with Executive Producer- George Greenberg, President — Ray Sefo, Chief Digital Officer- Daniel Ghosh-Roy.

ONE Championship

  • ONE Championship offers a long list of MMA events hosted in different Asian cities, including one-off events and events that stretch across 12 weeks. They focus mainly on Asian martial arts and cover 10 weight classes.
  • Notable participants over the past 2 years include Demetrious Johnson, Eddie Alvarez, Sage Northcutt, Shinya Aoki, Christian Lee, and Angela Lee.
  • They currently have offices in Singapore, Tokyo, New York City, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Milan, Beijing, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, and Bangalore.
  • ONE Championship hosts events in different Asian cities including Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, and others. They have a global reach of 2.6 billion potential viewers across 145+ countries across live broadcasts, live events, free-to-air channels, social and digital media.
  • The company is led by Founder, Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Vice Chairman Saurabh Mittal, and Group President Hua Fung Teh.
  • Other C-level executives include Chief Commercial Officer, Hari Vijayarajan and CEO ONE Elite Agency, Victor Cui.

Telemundo Boxing

  • Telemundo Boxing or Telemundo Boxeo is a division of Telemundo Deportes that offers coverage on boxing events instead of MMA events. To date, they have aired over 350 title fights, with an emphasis on Latin American fighters. Events are seasons based and may last up to four weeks.
  • Notable participants over the past 2 years include Saul “Baby” Juarez, WBC Latino world title challenger, Ganigan “La Maravilla” Lopez former WBC world light flyweight champion, and unbeaten Wilfredo ‘El Bravo Vega’ Flores.
  • NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is based in Miami, Florida.
  • Along with other Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content from their parent company- NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, Telemundo Boxing reaches 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates, and a local station in Puerto Rico.
  • The company is led by Chairman Cesar Conde. Other C-level executives include Chief Marketing Officer, Mónica Gil and President of Telemundo Deportes Ray Warren.


Research Strategy

We've identified the competitors from the previous research. The level of detail and presentation is edited to maintain consistency with the project.
We've defined notable/popular participants as fighters/ boxers are that mentioned in relevant publications without need of introduction or elaboration of background.

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