LAS VEGAS – UFC, the world's premier mixed martial arts organization, and The Kinetic Group, a talent management firm supporting the most passionate content creators online, today announced "The MFAM Gauntlet: NICKMERCS vs. TimtheTatman" live eSports competition featuring fan favorite members of the gaming community and UFC athletes. The event begins at 2 p.m. ET as part of the UFC X fan experience at the Las Vegas Convention Center and also streams live on UFC's official Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/ufc.
Headlining the tournament will be NICKMERCS, co-owner of FaZe Clan and one of the most popular gamers on Twitch, taking on TimTheTatman, a YouTube live streaming sensation and co-owner of Complexity Gaming. The two will face off in the virtual octagon in EA Sports UFC 4 and will be coached in real-time by UFC athletes Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson and Adrian Yanez.
"UFC is always looking for authentic ways to provide our fans with a unique experience," UFC senior vice president of international and content David Shaw said. "Live streaming has exploded in recent years, and we're thrilled to provide our fans with opportunities to connect with their favorite athletes and streamers. UFC is committed to the gaming space and is excited to have major talent present from the streaming community."
The event will also feature a hotly contested Apex Legends matchup between some of the most talented players in the world. NICKMERCS and TimTheTatman will provide live commentary while their respective teams battle it out. FaZe Clan will be represented by FaZe Kalei, FaZe Nio, and Stable Ronaldo, while DiazBiffle, ClaraAtWork, and LuckyChamu will play for team Complexity Gaming.
"The Gauntlet is a competition series we began two years ago to provide NICKMERCS' community with a unique opportunity to showcase their skills in gaming," said Justin Miclat, CEO of the Kinetic Group. "Our ability to now bring together the biggest and most entertaining personalities in gaming to compete in Las Vegas at UFC X is a testament to the community and excitement around NICKMERCS and the Gauntlet series."
"The MFAM Gauntlet: NICKMERCS vs. TimTheTatman" will be featured within UFC X, UFC's premier two-day, immersive, and fully interactive fan experience that offers brand and partner activations, live stage programming, autograph sessions, and athlete participation—all of which will provide fans with unparalleled access to UFC champions and Hall of Famers, top-ranked contenders, and other UFC personalities.
Tickets for UFC X will grant attendees access to "The MFAM Gauntlet: NICKMERCS vs. TimTheTatman" tournament and are available for purchase via Ticketmaster. Tickets start at $20 for one-day access and at $40 for two-day access. All children ages 12 and under will receive free entry.
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