The race to MMA globalization. XFC poised for International growth, with MMA Copa Series

The race to globalization is an obvious one for MMA promotions; with hundreds of fighters and fans from around the world, mixed martial arts continues to prove its universal acceptance. And now, with the XFC and UFC set to promote their events abroad, 2014 is shaping up to be a banner year for the world’s fastest growing sport.

Brazilian broadcaster RedeTV! has signed a long-term deal with combat-sport promoters XFC International to launch a new mixed martial arts championship featuring athletes from across Latin America.

The tournament, which will be called the Mixed Martial Arts Copa, will take place next year in São Paulo. It will feature events in the men and women’s divisions, with a first season spanning from February to May, and a second season from August to December. The winners from the prospective seasons will face off to fight against the U.S. XFC Champions at the MMA Copa Grand Finale.

The companies will also work together to set up other events throughout Brazil before expanding to the rest of Latin America in 2015.

“We have no doubt that the MMA Copa will showcase the next generation of undiscovered talent to the world. XFC International will enable these fighters to participate in world-class events, not only in Latin America, but also in the U.S. and other regions throughout the world,” said Edward Jung, the CEO of XFC International. “This is an exciting time for MMA athletes and fans around the world as we write a new chapter in MMA history and bring new energy to the sport.”