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Taura MMA signs broadcasting deal with Fox Deportes to air shows in the United States

Up-and-coming promotion Taura MMA found a way to broadcast their cards in the United States.

UFC 193 Weigh-in Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

After signing a staggering number of former UFC fighters, rising Brazilian promotion Taura MMA now has a network to broadcast their cards in the United States as well. In an interview with MMA Fighting, the company’s president, Djonatan Leao, revealed he has closed a deal with FOX Deportes to air all of their upcoming cards.

With names such as a Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, Renan Barao, Gleison Tibau and Paulo Thiago, among others, Taura MMA is betting big on the star power of already established fighters to attract the attention of fans who do not know anything about the promotion yet.

Their next card, scheduled to take place on October 23, in Rio de Janeiro, is expected to feature three title fights and will mark the debuts of Octagon veterans Sergio Moraes, Rousimar Palhares and Wendell Oliveira.

“Many people doubted me when I said that Taura would be neck and neck with Bellator, ONE and PFL in 2021,” Leao told MMA Fighting. “We were never worried because we knew we were on the right path. The FOX deal puts us on another level internationally and shows that our work is serious, focused and disruptive. It’s the beginning of a partnership that will show the world that our goal is to be among the best MMA organizations on the planet.”

“Besides that, we also want to show a more human side of MMA so the sport becomes more attractive to families and those who aren’t used to watching combat sports. The word Taura means specialist in any subject. We’ll still be a world reference not only in fighting, but also in entertainment and fun.”

Still in October, Taura MMA is expected to hold its first ever event in American soil on October 30. Taura 11 is scheduled for Kissimmee, Florida, and will feature the debuts of Bigfoot Silva, Tibau, Daron Cruickshank and Guto Inocente. The card will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between the champion, TUF Brazil 3 vet Richardson Moreira, and Jonathan Wilson.