Combate Extremo CEO Michael Shoffner


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Founded in 1999 by business executive Michael Shoffner and MMA journalist Hector Molina, Combate Extremo has promoted over 100 fight events in México since its inception. With television ratings that eclipse both Strikeforce and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) promotion during its heyday, C.E. is broadcasted to over 60 million homes in México via cable and satellite television. Shoffner speaks with Fight News Unlimited's "Rabble Rousin'" Rich Bergeron in this podcast. In the inaugural Combate Extremo event in 2000, Larry “The Predator” Parker defeated Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch in the final match of an 8-man elimination tournament to be crowned the first “Copa México” champion. The attendance of 6,291 spectators remains one of the largest recorded gates for a professional mixed martial arts event in México. Originally known as Vale Tudo México, the brand name was changed to Combate Extremo in 2003, and has since promoted many memorable fight events. In 2006, C.E. began promoting events in Monterrey, México, where it has established its main center of operation. Combate Extremo is México's longest running professional mixed martial arts promotion. The promotion was instrumental in the growth and regulation of MMA in México by establishing the only federally appointed commission in the country – COMEXAM (Comision Mexicana de Artes Marciales Mixtas) and making it the first promotion in México to adopt the MMA Unified Rules. To date, C.E. has promoted over 100 professional mixed martial arts events in México and internationally, running nine events in the 2010 season alone, along with another twelve scheduled for 2011. Events have featured fighters such as Aaron Riley, MMA pioneer Shannon “The Cannon” Ritch, IFL veteran Vince Lucero, and Bellator veteran Cedric Marks, and showcases the top Mexican fighters competing today. Combate Extremo Chief Executive Officer Michael Shoffner is also a former FIFA-recognized futball player agent, and a current fighter manager, representing the next generation of international talent in boxing and MMA. For more information on Combate Extremo, please visit their website at: THE BEST FIGHT NEWS ON THE NET!!!

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