Sixth Annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards

In the coming months, MMA and UFC legend Royce Gracie will have a hand in trying to discover the next great MMA talent out of South America.

“Combate Americas,” an MMA reality show that will focus on 10 Hispanic fighters from multiple countries, is set to debut later this month, and Gracie is optimistic about what kind of fighters the show will produce.

Headed by UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren, “Combate Americas” will force the 10 welterweight and featherweight athletes to compete, coexist and face the daily challenges set before them to win an exclusive contract with the new “Comate Americas” MMA organization.

While MMA reality shows have become more frequent since the boom of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC’s groundbreaking series that launched in 2005, Gracie said this one is different. The intention isn’t to create drama or cast wild characters; it’s meant to present a rare opportunity for fighters who would otherwise go unnoticed.

“Those guys have been training for a long time, and they just never had the opportunity,” Gracie told MMAjunkie Radio. “There’s so much talent now in South America, and they’ve been doing martial arts for years. But they’re never going to have the chance to be discovered because they’re in a small town in South America. They’re not in the big cities.

“This will give them a chance. Brazil has so much talent. In the north of Brazil in the small towns, there is so much.

The “Combate Americas” season premier is scheduled for this coming Sunday, Feb. 23, at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on mum2. An English-subtitled version airs the following Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m. ET.

With hopes of discovering the next great fighter who could potentially rise through the ranks and one day make it to the world’s biggest stage, Gracie is confident what the final product of the show will bring.

That confidence comes in part from working with McLaren, who roughly 20 years ago played a role in giving Gracie the opportunity to win UFC 1’s tournament. Now he’s presenting the next generation with a similar chance.

“Campbell is my brother,” Gracie said. “He knows what he’s talking about. He knows what he’s doing. He’s been around a long time, and now he’s coming back around and recreating – starting all over again.”

Gracie will be one of several special guests to appear on the new series.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Jason Gonzalez Building Off of Time on TUF Heading into RFA 38

  • 26 days ago
  • 6 views

Jason Gonzalez got a taste of the UFC as part of a season of The Ultimate Fighter. Building off of that heading into RFA 38, he wants to get back to the UFC. read news >>

Former Bellator Champ Will Brooks Signs with UFC, Faces Ross Pearson at TUF 23 Finale

  • 14 days ago
  • 29 views

Former Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks has inked a deal with the UFC. read news >>

Chatri Sityodtong: ‘ONE Championship On Track to Cross the US$1 Billion Valuation Mark in 12-18 Months’

  • 10 days ago
  • 14 views

Since launching in 2011 ONE Championship has put on 42 events in ten different countries. The organization has signed up some of the best fighters in the world. read news >>

Dana White Explains that ‘Stockton Slap’ Video He Made with Nate Diaz

  • 7 days ago
  • 88 views

Dana White explains how that "Stockton Slap" video with Nate Diaz became a thing. read news >>

TUF 23 Performance Replay: Andrew Sanchez Secures His Place in the Finals with Quick Finish

  • 6 days ago
  • 205 views

Andrew Sanchez made short work of Eric Spicely winning by a vicious first round finish to move onto the tournament finals and the TUF 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas. read news >>

Defeated TUF 23 Contestant Gets New Life After Cory Hendricks Withdraws Due to Injury

  • 6 days ago
  • 104 views

Team Claudia's Cory Hendricks finally decided to withdraw from his The Ultimate Fighter 23 semi-finals due to a neck injury that didn't get any better. read news >>

TUF Winner Barzola Faces Bochniak on Aug. 27

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

On Saturday, August 27, Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada will be the site for an intriguing featherweight bout, as Peru's Enrique Barzola makes his first start since winning The read news >>

BJ Penn Suspended 6 Months by USADA for Anti-Doping Policy Violation

  • 2 days ago
  • 7 views

BJ Penn has received a six-month ban from the United States Anti-Doping Agency after he admitted to using a prohibited "intravenous infusion." In a statement released on Monday, the USADA revealed th read news >>

VIDEO: Jon Jones Would Prefer Any Other Ref to Big John McCarthy at UFC 200

  • a day ago
  • 350 views

Jon Jones explains why he doesn't want Big John McCarthy refereeing his rematch with Daniel Cormier or any of his fights. read news >>