Mun2 orders MMA reality series “Combate Americas”

The U.S. Hispanic cable network has greenlit the Spanish-language Mixed Martial Arts competition series Combate Americas, a coproduction between Bunim/Murray Productions' BMP Latin and sports franchise Combate Americas.
December 18, 2013

U.S. Hispanic cable network Mun2 has ordered the Spanish-language Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition series Combate Americas (10 x one-hour).

Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions’ Hispanic division, BMP Latin, and sports franchise Combate Americas, the series is in production in Miami and will begin airing next year.

The show follows 10 professional Hispanic MMA fighters as they compete for a spot in Combate Americas’ new franchise. Latin music duo Chino and Nacho and MMA host Andrea Calle will host, urban music star Daddy Yankee will serve as commissioner and SiriusXM radio host Piolin is the color commentator.

“No one has followed the world of Hispanic fighters through the process of making it into an MMA franchise, and we’re proud to be the first with this series from BMP Latin and Combate Americas,” said Diana Mogollon, Mun2′s executive VP and general manager, in a statement. “It’s an exciting series, with amazing stories of the challenges, struggle and victories that each fighter has endured to make it into la Jaula [the cage].”

Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Gabriela Cocco-Sanchez, Julio Caro and Melissa Bidwell are serving as executive producers for BMP Latin. Campbell McLaren is exec producing for Combate Americas and Mun2 programming execs Luisa Varona  and Margie Moreno are exec producing for the network.

It was created by McLaren, a co-founder of the UFC and the CEO of Combate Americas, and BMP Latin.

Launched last January, BMP Latin is also developing shows with Daddy Yankee and Mexican-American family the Leonardo Lopez family.

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