Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD to broadcast Mike Tyson - led Kumite 1 League

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Network (SPN) India has acquired the rights of homegrown MMA league- Kumite-1 league. Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will broadcast the league live. The deal was inked at a closed-door meeting held between Sony ESPN and Mohammedali Budhwani, Promoter Kumite 1 league and CMD, Toyam Industries on Saturday.

Talking about 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 popularising MMA and making the sport one to reckon with as we cut across nations and languages.”

Talks have been on with Sony ESPN for over two months before the fruition of this deal. Through both the leading sports channels Kumite 1 league will reach eight countries where Sony ESPN has a presence – Indian Sub Continent- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Maldives. The clincher, however, came in the form of Mike Tyson who is also the mentor of the league.

Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will run a live telecast of the fight night which is to be held in NSCI Dome, Mumbai on 29 September 2018. 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 NSCI dome and engage in tooth and nail fights with none other than Tyson in the audience.

Alongside Sony ESPN, Kumite 1 league strikes various international deals to mark its 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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