Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and JungoTV announced today a partnership to launch COMBAT GO™, a first-of-its-kind 24/7 mixed martial arts free streaming channel on Twitch which will bring together top global mixed martial arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Muay Thai, and traditional Asian martial arts promotions. The new channel (twitch.tv/COMBATGO) is launching on Wednesday, April 18th at 7 a.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and will feature HD Quality English language-based programming.
COMBAT GO is the brainchild of media executive and former Crunchyroll Chief Content Officer George Chung, who is a five-time former World Karate Champion and Inductee in the Black Belt Hall of Fame. As JungoTV CEO, Chung combines his impressive martial arts background with his extensive knowledge of and passion for international media. The new network will provide over 600 hours of content—including over 100 hours of live fights—specially curated by martial arts experts, catering to both casual fans and passionate enthusiasts alike. COMBAT GO will highlight martial arts promotions across the globe from the United States, Europe, and Latin America, to East Asia, India, and the Middle East.
COMBAT GO’s immersive lineup caters to the underserved global martial arts combat market with premium programming, fight commentary and analysis, original docuseries, martial arts movies and live World Championship coverage for an even broader content reach. The roster is bolstered by hard-hitting international MMA and Kick Boxing competitions featuring matchups between internationally ranked fighters from promotions such as CageSport, Canadian Fight Night, Bangkok Fight Night and China’s leading combat league Kunlun Fight.
In the International martial arts arena, championships featuring the Abu Dhabi Jiu-Jitsu World Tour, PKA Professional Karate and Kick Boxing Association, and Filipino stick fighting from i-Kali will be a part of the schedule. COMBAT GO will also feature a variety of alternative combat sports geared toward millennial audiences.
JungoTV is a global distribution company dedicated to providing the over 100 million foreign language speakers around the world with in-language content to help them feel more connected to their homelands.
“When correctly taught and executed, the martial arts develop respect, discipline and honor,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz, JungoTV co-founder. “These admirable character traits will be on full display in COMBAT GO’s carefully curated programming, as the world’s top athletes execute the dynamics, unique styles, and practices that help achieve peak performance in their sports.”
“The martial arts are truly an art form, transcending sports,” said Chung, JungoTV CEO. “COMBAT GO is a passionate celebration of that, showcasing top fighters, gifted up-and-comers, and the legendary masters who have helped shape the martial arts as we know them today. JungoTV is excited to join with Cinedigm in this unparalleled new venture, as we work to extend the reach of this incredible art form to viewers all across the globe.”
“There is a real lack of global combat sports among digital-first networks,” said Erick Opeka, EVP of Cinedigm Networks. “We look forward to bringing a diverse, high-quality array of top tier events to the widely-popular and growing Twitch channel as well as other platforms where fans can not only watch the content, they can engage with it and their friends. We’ve seen great success so far with the performance of our fandom-focused CONtv channel on Twitch and expect similar results with COMBAT GO.”
COMBAT GO is the fifth channel from Cinedigm’s rapidly growing Digital Networks Group, which plans, launches and operates owned-and-operated as well as partner networks. Currently the company operates factual network Docurama, fandom lifestyle network CONtv, gaming lifestyle network WHAM, and the family-focused Dove Channel. The company plans to continue to pursue additional network partnerships in the coming months.