SuckerPunch Entertainment Fighters Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza, Darrell Horcher and Jared Gordon to Fight in Oklahoma City this Saturday
NEW YORK, NY – June 23, 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, announced today the upcoming bouts for four SuckerPunch Entertainment athletes. Felice “Lil Bulldog” Herrig (12-6), Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (11-4), Darrell “The Saint” Horcher (12-2), and Jared “Flash” Gordon (12-1) are on the card at UFC Fight Night in Oklahoma City this Saturday, June 24 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“SuckerPunch Entertainment is riding high after the historic night at UFC 212 when Max Holloway became the undisputed UFC featherweight champion,” said Alliance MMA President Robert Haydak. “This weekend they’ve surpassed previous exceptional performance by delivering a total of four athletes who will be battling on this weekend’s card. SuckerPunch’s continued success in managing these premier MMA fighters clearly solidifies their position as one of the industry’s truly elite management firms, and their significant contribution to the Company’s overall performance is sincerely valued.”
One of the most jaw-dropping storylines heading into this Saturday is the triumphant comeback of SuckerPunch athlete, and former Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) lightweight champion, Darrell Horcher. Shortly after making his UFC debut versus number-one ranked lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov in April of 2016, Horcher suffered a serious motorcycle accident. He has been sidelined since then while he made a full recovery. This Saturday, Horcher is back and will face Devin Powell during the FoxSports2 prelims.
Fans will also see CFFC alum Jared Gordon make his long-awaited UFC debut after an unfortunate illness forced him to pull out of his bout at UFC 211 in Dallas. He fights Michel Quinones on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. The UFC’s original strawweight champion Carla Esparza is looking to get back to her winning ways by facing Maryna Moroz on the FoxSports2 prelims. Finally, Felice Herrig hopes to extend her winning streak to three against Justine Kish, which will place her as a top ten contender in the 115lb division. Her bout will air on the FoxSports1 main card.
“SuckerPunch Entertainment is ready to take over Oklahoma City this weekend as four of our athletes prepare to throw down and represent Alliance MMA,” said SuckerPunch Entertainment Managing Partner Brian Butler-Au. “First up is ‘Dana White: Lookin For A Fight’ signee Jared Gordon who is finally going to show the world who he is. Then we’ve got Darrell Horcher returning to the Octagon against all odds, with Carla Esparza back to prove she is still an elite strawweight, and Felice Herrig looking to take out yet another undefeated prospect. And that is just the beginning. We’ve got a total of 61 fighters booked and training for upcoming bouts!”
To watch all the SuckerPunch fighters on Saturday night, tune-in to the UFC Fight Pass Prelims beginning at 5:30 PM EDT, followed by the FoxSports2 Prelims at 7PM EDT. The FoxSports1 main card begins at 9PM EDT that evening.
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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