SINGAPORE - Media
OutReach - 25 September 2019 - REBEL Fighting Championship ("REBEL FC"), Singapore's leading Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) entertainment company, generated a viewership of 18.7
million (from online media alone) for REBEL
FC 9 -- Return of the Champion, which took place on September 7, 2019 in
Shanghai, China. The viewership figure is 29 percent higher than 2018 (average
viewership of 13 million across broadcast and online media from REBEL FC's two
events last year) and saw the fights broadcast live on Yizhibo, PP Sports, QiE
Live, iQiyi and Baidu Sports.
REBEL FC 9 -- Return of the Champion saw
Wang Sai of China being crowned the inaugural REBEL FC Middleweight (84kg)
champion after an emphatic win over America's Phil 'New York Bad Ass' Baroni.
The event also has a new Bantamweight (61kg) champion when Wang Shuo of China
beat defending REBEL FC Bantamweight champion, Shuhei Sakano of Japan.
Sai of China becomes REBEL FC's inaugural Middleweight Champion
"Wang Shuo is the top ranked China Pro
Bantamweight and Wang Sai the second ranked China Pro Middleweight and our
ability to groom budding MMA talent as well as attract top, established MMA
superstars in China is in line with REBEL FC's philosophy of developing and
promoting top Chinese MMA stars as well as bring the sport into the mainstream
in China. The terrific support at the stadium for our Chinese MMA athletes and
the significant increase in viewership compared to last year in REBEL FC 9 --
Return of the Champion is very encouraging," says a satisfied Justin Leong, CEO
of REBEL FC.
Leong is especially pleased with the
quantum leap in the viewership figures from the online media. "We had an
average of 8.3 million views from digital platforms from our two events in
2018. For REBEL FC 9 -- Return of the Champion, we garnered 18.7 million views.
That is a 125% increase in views, and this bodes well for the REBEL FC brand in
China. Also, it demonstrates the tremendous potential REBEL FC can accomplish
in the digital domain, which has largely replaced traditional broadcast TV and
satellite media in China," he adds.
These latest figures and TV deals bode well
for REBEL FC's pending IPO on the NASDAQ within the next six months and its MMA
reality show that is scheduled to be produced in 2020.
About REBEL Fighting Championship
REBEL Fighting Championship is a dynamic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
entertainment company, committed to bringing exciting and engaging MMA
entertainment to our customers in Asia and internationally. We are focused on
pursuing the highest standards of excellence in our live event production, MMA
talent development and promoting awareness of MMA.
Founded in May 2013 and headquartered in Singapore, the company
comprises a group of vibrant and creative professionals with diverse
backgrounds in production, marketing, business development, event management,
public relations and MMA matchmaking.