8-TIME CAGE FURY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITOR AND SUCKERPUNCH ENTERTAINMENT ATHLETE MAKES IT TO THE BIG SHOW
NEW YORK, NY – May 16, 2017 – Alliance MMA, Inc. ("Alliance MMA" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: AMMA), a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) company that brings together the best regional productions building the next generation of MMA champions, shared today the signing of Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) and SuckerPunch Entertainment athlete Brian Kelleher (16-7) to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
A Former Ring of Combat (ROC) bantamweight champion and 8-time CFFC competitor, Brian Kelleher has been competing on the East Coast regional scene for six years fighting a who’s who of elite prospects. He has achieved victories over current ROC champion Julio Arce and Andre Soukhamthath. Fighting out of Bohemia, New York where he trains with Maxum BJJ, Kelleher is known for his unorthodox skill set and killer instinct, both of which resulted in him finishing opponents a total of thirteen times via submission or knockout.
“Brian Kelleher has taken the long road to the UFC, and now all of his hard work has paid off,” said Robert Haydak, President of Alliance MMA. “Brian exhibited his many talents for CFFC and other East Coast promotions on several occasions, and he truly deserves this opportunity. I’m confident Brian will excel at the next level.”
Kelleher will make his debut against Luri Alcantara at UFC 212 on June 3rd at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
“It’s been a long journey for me,” said Kelleher. “I’ve had my ups and downs, and it’s taken a lot longer for me to make it to the UFC than perhaps others, but I never once doubted myself. I stayed focused and persistent. I want to thank CFFC and ROC for preparing me for this next step. I also want to thank my management team, SuckerPunch Entertainment, for securing this fight for me. I am also grateful for my team Maxum BJJ, and all of my friends and family.”
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About Alliance MMA, Inc.
Alliance MMA (NASDAQ:AMMA) is a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) company that brings together the best regional productions. Alliance MMA's mission is to identify and cultivate the next generation of fighters and champions for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and other premier MMA promotions.
With some of the world’s leading MMA promotions under the Alliance MMA umbrella, the organization aims eventually to host in excess of 125 events per year, showcasing more than 1,000 fighters. Alliance MMA is also dedicated to generating live original sports media content, attracting an international fan base, and securing major brand sponsorship revenue for live MMA events, digital media, and Alliance MMA fighters.
MMA is the world’s fastest growing sport with worldwide fans of approximately 300 million according to sports marketing research firm Repucom. MMA is a full contact sport that allows a wide range of fighting techniques, including striking and grappling from various martial arts and disciplines including Boxing, Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Karate and Muay Thai. Professional MMA fights are legal and regulated by state athletic commissions in all 50 states.
Alliance MMA, Inc. was incorporated in 2015 for the purpose of acquiring businesses that engage in the promotion of mixed martial arts (MMA) events. In 2016, the company completed an initial public offering that culminated in a listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange. Alliance MMA is the only mixed martial arts promotion company that is publicly-traded.
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