· BAMMA Hits the UK Mainstream
· KONG vs. NINJA
· Saturday 14th April, 23:30 GMT
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(Apr 10th .2012) BAMMA, Europe’s leading Mixed Martial Arts promotion, is proudto announce that BAMMA: Kong vs. Ninja will be broadcast on Channel 5 in the UKon Saturday 14th April, at 23:30 GMT; and follows the boxing broadcast of TysonFury vs. Martin Rogan. This will be the first time that a domestic MMApromotion is broadcast on British terrestrial TV and confirms the rapid rise inpopularity of MMA in the UK.
Kong vs. Rua will give fight fans the chance to witness the exhilaratingMiddleweight World title bout recorded live at the flagship UK MMA event atLondon’s Wembley Arena. The fight sees BAMMA’s World champion, Tom ‘Kong’Watson, face Brazilian legend, Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua, over three rounds ofexplosive action.
British Tom Watson, returned from the renowned Jackson’s fight camp in theStates to make his mark at this event, having attained mainstream recognitionfor his epic victory against celebrity fighter, Alex Reid, at BAMMA 4, viewedlive by a UK TV audience of almost 1 million.
The award winning event marked an iconic moment in UK MMA history as it pittedthe cream of domestic talent against renowned international superstars in thecapital; and was well attended by celebs that included Cuba Gooding Junior,Idris Alba, Sway, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters.
BAMMA’s director, David Green, said:
"We are over the moon to see BAMMA lead the way into the UK mainstreamwith the first ever broadcast of a British MMA event on terrestrial TV. Channel5 is well known for its cutting edge and entertaining programming; and we areimmensely proud to be working with the channel which we believe provides theperfect platform for the sport. The broadcast is a true accolade to the qualityof the events BAMMA hosts, the calibre of BAMMA athletes and the hard work putin by all the BAMMA team, not only to deliver flagship events but also tomaintain a hallmark of quality. Channel 5 provides the opportunity to presentthe positive, sporting values of BAMMA to the UK mainstream and to showcase theskill and athleticism of its MMA fighters. With the London Olympics just aroundthe corner, 2012 is an important year for British sport and the steps BAMMA ismaking for UK MMA are game-changing."
The Channel 5 broadcast adds to BAMMA’s current TV reach which includes HDNetin the United States, The Fight Network in Canada, Setanta in Africa and RedMedia in Russia.
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BAMMA (The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts) is Europe’spremier MMA organization that launched in June 2009 with the aim of deliveringMixed Martial Arts events that fully capture the entertainment and sportingprowess on display in the world’s fastest growing sport. To achieve this aim,BAMMA brought together a team of skilled individuals with a wealth of combinedexperience across Television Production, Event Organisation and Mixed MartialArts and set out to push the boundaries of MMA around the World. BAMMA’s combinationof arena sized venues, stunning fight cards and exceptional production valueshas led to BAMMA’s unrivalled position as Europe’s leading MMA promotion andmost recognisable brand. With a highly experienced team each BAMMA event alwaysdelivers a highly anticipated and unique Mixed Martial Arts experience.