King of the Cage, one of the true pioneers of MMA that has performed and broadcast more events than any other in the true history of the sport of mixed martial arts, announced the creation of the live international televised event, “World Amateur Championships.”
On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the first-of-its-kind event will have amateur fighters from around the globe competing for the chance at earning professional fighting contracts worth $250,000.
“Over the years, it has become increasingly difficult to start and develop a professional career in mixed martial arts. Our new concept gives fighters, who may otherwise go undiscovered, a chance to become part of, and grow with an organization,” says Terry Trebilcock, owner and CEO of King of the Cage. “With the event airing worldwide we also put the fate of the fighters in the hands of the judges and the fans, both in the audience and those watching the live broadcast, who will have the opportunity to pick the most exciting fighters of the night.”
A total of 40 amateur fighters from around the world will be chosen to compete in Las Vegas at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort. Five of the best and most popular fighters will be awarded contracts: one contract for $100,000, two contracts for $50,000 and two contracts for $25,000. Winners will be determined by the combination of the judges, live audience members and viewers via online voting/text messaging. Fighters who wish to be considered for this event can go to www.kingofthecage.com and fill out an application.
In 2014, the World Amateur Championships will expand around the country and feature multiple qualifying fights during the first seven months of the year with finals slated for October in Las Vegas. Further details will be announced at a later date.
The “World Amateur Championships” will be broadcast live on MAVTV, the American Real Network. MAVTV is a 24/7 high-definition television network that specializes in sports and action programming. It is available on the Dish Network (Channel 362), DirecTV (Channel 219) and numerous cable providers. For channel listings, check with your local provider or visit www.mavtv.com
Tickets to “World Amateur Championships” at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas go on sale Tuesday, June 11. Tickets start at $54, plus applicable fees. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit any of these locations: online at www.palms.com, The Pearl Box Office, online at www.kingofthecage.com or www.ticketmaster.com.