Paramount+ & CBS Sports Ink Deal for Combate MMA Content


Paramount+ and CBS Sports have secured a multiyear agreement with Combate Global to serve as the English-language home of Combate Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action in the U.S.

CBS Sports’ live coverage of Combate Global debuts on CBS Sports Network on June 25, with action continuing on Paramount+ exclusively from July 9 through the remainder of the 2021 Combate Global schedule. Paramount+ will feature 30 live events annually in 2022 and 2023.

CBS Sports Network will complement Combate coverage with a weekly one-hour recap show with highlights of that week’s card.

Combate 30-minute event preview shows and weekly hour-long recap shows will accompany the live-event action programming on Paramount+. CBS Sports Network also will feature re-airs of Combate events with Combate’s fight library available on-demand on Paramount+.

The fight telecasts will be produced by Combate Global and take place live from their set in Miami featuring Combate announcers Max Bretos and Julianna Peña.

CBS Sports Digital will deliver additional coverage and original programming and will feature highlights across social channels and CBS Sports HQ, the 24/7 streaming sports news network.

Jeffrey Gerttula, executive VP and general manager of CBS Sports Digital, said: “The addition of Combate Global’s exciting MMA action is a tremendous opportunity for Paramount+ to further expand its reach to a young and diverse fanbase. We believe Combate events will complement the expansive live soccer programming that is now a cornerstone of our industry-leading sports coverage on the service and deliver even more unique sports content across CBS Sports platforms.”

Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren said: “We are thrilled to partner with CBS Sports and bring Combate Global action to the Paramount+ platform. Millions of combat sports fans have heard about Combate Global’s fast and furious version of MMA and can now see for themselves. Find out why Combate is ‘Much More Action’ with our world-class announcing team calling the action.”