Shooto Brazil gets the TV Everywhere treatment for MMA showcase
Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 08-03-2012
Shooto Brazil, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organisation, is returning to the international stage via a TV Everywhere play when Shooto 28 airs live on 10 March.
Brazilís top MMA promotion will be broadcast on the GFL Combat Sports Network, but also will be streamed to viewers worldwide via PC or laptop, set-top devices inlcuding Roku, Boxee and Popcorn Box, and via mobile devices like iPhone/iPad and Android phones.
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.
"Iím 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 Rioís Nova Uniao camp, in a statement. "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 Pederneirasí training are UFC athletes Jose Aldo, Renan Barao, Ronny Markes and Luis Eduardo BeiÁ„o.
The broadcast comes after a successful showcase of a private event for Rio de Janeiroís Special Police Operations Battalion.
"Brazil being the home of many forms of the martial arts, has produced many world champion fighters," said David Klarman, CEO GFL.tv. "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."
Founded in 1985 in Japan by Satoru Sayama, Shooto has spread worldwide, including to Brazil, birthplace of jiu-jitsu and vale tudo.