Sony ESPN to broadcast Kumite-1 MMA league in India

MUMBAI: Sony ESPN has come on-board as the broadcast partner of newborn homegrown MMA league Kumite-1. The broadcast deal covers India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Maldives.

Former American professional boxer Mike Tyson, who is the mentor for the league, will tour India to promote the league and be present at the fight night.

Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will run a live telecast of the fight night which is to be held in NSIC Dome, Mumbai on 29 September.

Mike Tyson will fly into the country ahead of time to meet and encourage the fighters. On the fight night, he will officially launch Kumite 1 league and kick-start the fight. 24 celebrated MMA fighters from the world over will gather at the NSIC dome and engage in tooth and nail fights with none other than Tyson in the audience.

Talking of the Sony ESPN broadcast deal, Toyam Industries CMD Mohammedali Budhwani said, “It gives us immense pleasure to be telecast live on Sony ESPN. As broadcast partners, they have shown immense support and have an inherent understanding of MMA. I am confident with Mike Tyson as our Mentor and Sony ESPN as our broadcast partners we will take giant strides in popularizing MMA and making the sport one to reckon with as we cut across nations and languages.”

Alongside Sony ESPN, Kumite 1 league has inked various international deals to mark their entry into the global arena. Through OTT, IPTV, Satellite, Cable and Terrestrial platforms Kumite 1 league’s launch and fight night will be available now in over 80 countries and 85,57,000 households.

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