Back in September, AXS TV was acquired by Canadian-based Anthem Sports and Entertainment, and as a result of the sale, a change to the cable channel’s schedule was made.
Shortly after, the announcement was made that Legacy Fighting Alliance’s events would no longer be televised on the channel.
LFA would find a new home on UFC Fight Pass beginning with LFA 78 and LFA 79 earlier in November and the pact between the promotion and Fight Pass runs through the end of the 2021 calendar year.
AXS TV wouldn’t be out of the combat sports business for long, however, as last Monday, the cable network announced a return of MMA to its programming schedule in a few weeks’ time.
The official Combate Americas website first revealed that AXS TV would carry the promotion’s events in a Nov. 6 press release.
At the time, the plan was to begin airing Combate Americas events in the 2020 calendar year.
On Dec. 13, in AXS TV Fights’ old Friday night timeslot, the network presents live fights from the Combate Americas promotion for the first time.
The press release calls for at least 35 Combate Americas shows to be aired on AXS TV in the United States and on Fight Network around the world each year.
Astute viewers of MMA will remember Combate Americas events being previously streamed on UFC Fight Pass and DAZN.
In addition, ESPN televised Combate Americas’ Combate Clasico event in July of 2017.
Before AXS TV’s coverage of Combate Americas begins in mid-December, a pay-per-view event will be aired live on Dec. 7.
That night, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (20-12-1) will meet former WWE champion Alberto del Rio (real name Jose Alberto Rodriguez) (9-5) in a catchweight fight at 210 lbs. in McAllen, TX.
As far as the Dec. 13 show on AXS TV is concerned, the card from Stockton, CA titled Combate Americas: North America vs. South America, features a main event in the Combate Americas Featherweight ranks.
Horacio Gutierrez (6-3) meets Marlon Gonzalez (15-4) in that night’s headliner.
AXS TV’s coverage of Combate Americas will be called by Max Bretos, whose broadcasting credits include SportsCenter and Major League Soccer play-by-play on ESPN and play-by-play duties for Los Angeles FC’s local broadcasts, with analysis from Julianna Pena, (9-3) who fights in the UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight division.
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