Bahrain-based Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa Sports (KHK Sports) and boxing promotion MTK Global have joined forces to bring combat sports to new heights in the Middle East.
“It’s an exciting time for combat sports globally. The partnership with MTK Global is the way forward to getting closer to making the vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalid into a reality,” said KHK Sports chief executive officer and Brave Combat Federation president Mohammed Shahid in a media statement.
“MTK has a history of great accomplishments in the combat sports. This partnership is going to establish a new era for combat sports,” he added.
The partnership will allow MTK Global to bring the biggest fights to the Middle East aired by international broadcasters ESPN, BT Sports and Sky Sports.
The union also aims to develop grassroots programs that encompass academies, amateur programs and career opportunities for aspiring athletes in the region.
MTK MMA will also work with Brave CF, the mixed martial arts promotion arm of KHK Sports, to expand its global influence and boost its international projects.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with KHK Sports. His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa and the team at KHK Sports have achieved some incredible things not just in Bahrain, but on the international stage, and we are extremely pleased to now be working together,” said MTK Global president Bob Yalen.
KHK Sports’ new special advisor Daniel Kinahan, an international boxing power broker working for Bob Arum’s Top Rank and one of the founders of MTK Global, welcomed the development.
“This is a monumental move for KHK Sports and MTK Global. Both organizations have been making substantial waves in the international combat sports landscape and combined, the sky is the limit in what they can achieve,” said Kinahan.
“The only way for the sport to truly grow and be accessible to all, is to make it a truly global sport and this partnership will ensure that boxing is accessible to all in the Middle East and open the region to international opportunities,” he said.