(Casey and Cyrus spreading the word on ‘Inside MMA’ back in March. Props: AXS TV)
Some big news in the world of non-traditional MMA dropped this morning: Our friends Casey Oxendine and Cyrus Fees have acquired Hip Show Arena Combat — the wildass 2-on-2 Russian fighting league that they helped bring to North American audiences earlier this year. So first of all, score one for the US of A! Also, prepare to see this thing in a town near you, because under its new leadership, Hip Show plans to start holding American events this summer. Check out the piping hot press release that Casey just sent us, and let us know what you think…
HIP SHOW 2-ON-2 FIGHTING SOLD TO AMERICAN COMPANY, BECOMES HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL; FIRST U.S. SHOW IN SUMMER 2014
Miami, FL, May 15th 2014 – New name, new owners, same exciting competition! As of today, TV personalities Cyrus Fees and Casey Oxendine have assumed ownership of the Russian product HIP SHOW, branding it HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL.
Coupled with the ownership and name change, Fees and Oxendine are announcing plans for their first American event in the Summer of 2014. Date, venue, and card information will be available in the coming weeks. American events will be under the HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT: USA brand. Currently, negotiations are active for the company’s network deal for episodic and live events.
Fees and Oxendine are the hosts of the nationally syndicated combat sports news show, “MMA: Inside the Cage” on, and internationally acclaimed for their commentary work. Between the two, they’ve worked with top international shows such as XFC International, SuperKombat Fighting Championship, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship, Australian Fighting Championship, Contender Promotions, and Combat8.
“Arena Combat is simply the most exciting combat sport on the planet, today. Twenty years ago, a new sport entered the mainstream as mixed martial arts. Now’s the time for Arena Combat to do the same!” said Casey Oxendine, CEO of HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL.
“This was a well-thought out investment for myself and Casey. America and American fighters are ready for something innovative. That something is Arena Combat.” said Cyrus Fees, who will now act as President of HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL.
ABOUT ARENA HIP SHOW COMBAT INTERNATIONAL – Hip Show Arena Combat International is an worldwide company based in Miami, FL. Arena Combat introduces a new style of athletic competition; 2-on-2 fighting in a state-of-the-art arena. Arena Combat was featured in a two-hour “Best Of Season 1” special on AXStv on March 14th, trending #3 worldwide on Twitter during the event. The thrilling new show was also covered by over 40 websites leading up to the event, garnering front page coverage on CNN.com. A news feature on MSNBC also profiled the event on April 27th. Arena Combat International can be found online and on Facebook.