MMA Film ‘Never Back Down: Revolt’ Heads to Digital, Disc on Nov. 16

Never Back Down: Revolt, the fourth and newest entry in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s MMA franchise, will be released through digital retailers and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 16.

The film revolves around an amateur fighter (Olivia Popica) who is recruited by a trafficking syndicate specializing in elite underground fighting, where her brutal captor (Michael Bisping) forces her to fight or face certain death.

The film was written by Audrey Arkins, directed by Kellie Madison and produced by Craig Baumgarten, David Zelon and Ben Jacques.

Aside from Popica, the cast includes former UFC champion Michael Bisping, Nitu Chandra Srivasttava, Brooke Johnston, Diana Hoyos and James Faulkner.

The original Never Back Down was released in 2008. The film was directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. The plot follows a conflicted teenager who arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club.

Canela.TV Inks MMA Content Streaming Deal With Combate Global

Canela.TV, the first female-owned ad-supported VOD streaming service for U.S. Hispanics, Sept. 2 announced it has entered into a partnership with Combate Global, a mixed martial arts franchise, to feature the company’s MMA library content. The agreement will bring live MMA events to Canela.TV’s 4 million monthly active users on a weekly basis.

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“We are thrilled to be able to bring MMA to our platform and our users who love the sport,” Isabel Rafferty, founder/CEO of Canela Media, said in a statement. “It’s our mission to bring new and exciting streaming content to Hispanics — this partnership helps us meet our goals of engaging and entertaining our audience with the content they crave.”

MMA content on Canela.TV will include a collection of new competitors in the sport; country vs. country-style competition; and one-night, single-elimination tournament action.

“Combate is very excited to be a part of Canela’s platform and to bring our brand of ‘Mucha Mas Accion’ to new fans,” added Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren.

MMA Action Thriller ‘Russian Raid’ Due on Digital and Disc March 9 From Well Go

The Russian MMA action thriller Russian Raid will come out on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, long after the murder of his father — a secret agent killed in a missile factory raid — an ex-soldier returns to Russia as a mercenary. He leads an elite team on a top-dollar heist targeting the same facility, but no one else knows his true objective is revenge.

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Inspired by Gareth Evans’ 2011 martial-arts hit The Raid, first-time director Denis Kryuchkov brought together some of the best MMA talent in Russia for the film, including Ivan Kotik (Dragonblade, Outcast, Legendary), Alexander Krasovsky (winner of the Moscow Championship and Russian Cup in hand-to-hand combat), Elias Antonenko (PsychosThe Legend of KolovratBattle), Vladimir Mineev (world heavyweight kickboxing champion), Nikita Kologrivy, Sophya Ozerova, and Kirill Sarychev (President of the World Raw Powerlifting Federation and world record holder in the raw bench press).

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Streams ‘Impact Wrestling’ in Russia

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Oct. 1 announced a partnership with Rutube.List — Russia’s largest ad-supported digital platform — to begin streaming Anthem’s combat sports platform, Fight Network, and pro wrestling promotion Impact Wrestling to the video service.

Fight Network and Impact Wrestling programming will launch in a VOD-style format, presented in both English and Russian. Rutube.List claims 10 million viewers throughout Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Kazakhstan, among others.

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Fight Network features more than 300 hours of live sports, in addition to original programs such as “Retrospective,” “Diary,” “In 60” and “After The Fight,” as well as a roster of classic fights and compilations, and series such as “Boxing World Weekly,” “Total Combat,” “International Judo Federation” and “Impact Wrestling.”

Launched in 2002 as a rival to WWE, Impact Wrestling is set to deliver its biggest event of the year next month, when “Bound For Glory” comes to Nashville, Tenn., on Oct. 24. The global pay-per-view event is available through FITE TV (order now), Box Nation UK, DISH, DirecTV, Vubiquity, Rogers, Bell, Shaw and Sasktel. Also, it is available on InDemand platforms, including Altice, Cox, Spectrum, Verizon Fios and Comcast Xfinity.

“Russia is a true powerhouse for combat sports, bringing the world some of the top fighters in the business and boasting an impressive base of passionate and knowledgeable fans,” Jaime Pollack, chief revenue officer, Fight Media Group, said in a statement.

Roman Maksimov, CEO of Rutube.List, said the Fight Network channel’s portfolio of  classic wrestling matches, main-event fights include authentic analysis.

“The best and critical moments of combat events and comments come from athletes and experts,” Maksimov said.