Shooto Brazil inks deal with GFL Combat Sports Network for iPPV
Brazil’s top MMA promotion to broadcast Shooto 28 live from Rio de Janeiro on March 10th to a worldwide audience
NEW YORK – Following the success of Fight for B.O.P.E. last year, Shooto Brazil will return to the international stage with Shooto 28 on March 10th. Brazil’s top MMA promotion will air live on the GFL Combat Sports Network (http://www.gfl.tv ) at 6:00 pm EST. The show will be available to viewers worldwide (except or Brazil) via the Internet as well as via their IPTV devices (Roku, Boxee, Popcorn Box) and via mobile devices (iPhone/iPad, Droid and others)
Shooto Brazil, in association with pay-per-view partner G-Funk Sports & Entertainment will stream Shooto 28 live on a worldwide basis via GoFightLive. The show will be headlined by top Brazilian fighter Carlos Eduardo taking on Argentine champion Angel Orellana. Eduardo fought current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones in 2008. The card will be rounded out with seven additonal bouts pitting some of the best up-and-coming fighters in Brazil today.
“I’m really excited to showcase so many top Brazilian athletes to the U.S., and to the world”, said Andre Pederneiras, President of Shooto South America and head of Rio’s Nova Uniao camp, the most respected team of fighters in Brazil and one of the best in the world.
“Shooto Brazil has always been the proving ground for future champions in MMA. Now fight fans get to see the next crop of future champions live, from the birthplace of MMA.” Among the fighters to come from Pederneiras’ training are UFC athletes Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Ronny Markes and Luis Eduardo Beição. Many more top fighters like Marlon Sandro and Eduardo Dantas currently fight for Bellator and others still for Dream and international events.
The August 25 “B.O.P.E.” show was a private event for Rio de Janeiro’s Special Police Operations Battalion and had the attendance of famous MMA names such as Urijah Faber, Clay Guida, Joseph Benavidez and Scott Jorgensen. Now with the broadcast of Shooto 28, an international audience will have a ringside seat just as Faber, Guida and friends did in August.
“We at GFL are honored to have a storied fighting tradition such as Shooto on the GFL Combat Sports Network. Brazil being the home of many forms of the martial arts, has produced many world Champion fighters. GFL focuses on giving young up and coming fighters an opportunity to showcase their talents on a global stage. The fights are always exciting when fighters have nothing to lose and everything to gain”, stated David Klarman, CEO GFL.tv.
Shooto 28 Fight Card:
Under 93kg/205 lbs. – Carlos Eduardo (Nova Uniao) vs Angel Orellana (Argentina)
Under 66kg/145 lbs. – Henrique Melo (Nova Uniao) vs Bruno Carioca (RFT)
Under 61kg/134 lbs. – Danilo Brasília (FFT/Nova Uniao) vs Mauricio Facção (Draculino Team)
Under 57kg/125 lbs. – Daniel Araujo (RFT) vs Francisco Pezzi (Tatá FT)
Under 70kg/154 lbs. – Fernando Bruno (Nova Uniao) vs Carlston Lindsay Harris (RFT)
Under 66kg/145 lbs. – Raoni Barcellos (RVT) vs Vitor Pitanga (Relma)
Under 66kg/145lbs. – Hermerson “Tigrinho” Hubaldo (Nova Uniao) vs Rivanildo Jr (Top Life JC)
Date: March 10th, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Go Fight Live Link: http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/MMA/Shooto_28/1405
Price: US$ 14.99
*Live Viewing is not allowed in Brazil
Founded in 1985 in Japan by Satoru Sayama, Shooto is known to fight fans worldwide. In Brazil, birthplace of jiu-jitsu and vale tudo, Shooto Brazil (http://shooto.com.br/) is one of the most successful and largest producers of athletes to international competitions including Glover Teixeira (UFC), Johnny Eduardo (UFC), Eduardo Dantas (Bellator) and many more.
GFL (http://www.gfl.tv/) is a pioneer in Internet Sports Broadcasting. Over the years GFL has broadcast more than 1250 live events with over 6000 combat sports videos in 199 countries. GFL is especially proud to have served greater than 5 million public viewers over the years with more than 250 combat sports related website affiliates in its network. GFL is also available on Roku, Android, IPhone, IPad, as well as other Internet ready devices. Check the event page for details.
About G-Funk Sports & Entertainment
G-Funk Sports & Entertainment (www.g-funksports.com) is a full-service agency dedicated to brand activation, strategic integration and driving maximum return on investment for its clients, headed up by Award-winning NHL and WWE marketing and television veteran Ken Gelman. G-Funk’s strengths center on three primary areas, Marketing Services (consumer promotion, affiliate activation and events), Partnership Alliances and Content Management (including distribution drives and launch strategies). Client partners include the National Football League, ESPN and Shooto Brazil.