DAZN and Combate Americas sign landmark distribution deal
Beginning with this weekend's card headlined by Levy Marroquin vs. Jose 'Pochito' Alday, DAZN will be the exclusive home of Combate Americas' English-language broadcasts in the United States and Canada. The multi-year deal promises to deliver 13 Combate events in 2019.
“Chapter one of DAZN’s entrance into the U.S. market is focused on combat sports,” said DAZN SVP Joseph Markowski. “With 80 percent of Combate Americas’ fights ending in a stoppage, we are excited to bring that type of action to fight fans.”
DAZN has a $1 billion deal to stream boxing, and has a nine-figure deal with Bellator, which begins with Bellator 206 on September 29.
The Marroquin vs. Alday bout will stream live from Phoenix on DAZN at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on Friday, Sept. 14. The winner of the bantamweight (135 lbs.) matchup between Marroquin, who hails from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and Alday of Tucson, Ariz. by way of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, will be crowned the first Mexican MMA world champion in history as well as the first world champion in Combate Americas' history.
DAZN also has moved into boxing, reportedly signing a deal with Matchroom Boxing valued at $1 billion. The service, which costs $9.99 a month, also operates in Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Switzerland.
Fans can sign up for DAZN for only $9.99 per month by registering at DAZN.com or by downloading the DAZN app on a wide range of connected devices, including smart TVs, PCs, smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. For more information, fans can follow DAZN's U.S. social channels:
•@DAZNUSA on Facebook;
•@DAZN_USA for Twitter; and,
•DAZN_USA for Instagram.
MMA stars Gilbert "El Niño" Melendez and Julianna "The Venezuelan Vixen" Peña, alongside play-by-play announcer Max Bretos will call the action inside "La Jaula" – the Combate Americas cage.