From where it all began:
The African KnockOut Show, a reality TV show, is a combination of sports and entertainment, with 2 teams of fighters, living and interacting with each other for 9 weeks trained by top professional MMA Coaches with a final live event in December 2020, at Landmark Center the Official Fighting Venue. This African knock-out show has been consistent in featuring rigorous training sessions, fun challenges, drama, and visits from celebrities in the first season which was released back in November 2020.
The African Knockout Show soundtrack AFRICAN KNOCKOUT featured by M.I Abaga and produced by Chopstix will be released on iTunes. Okey Bakassi will be the show host for this season. The African Knock Out Show will again be broadcasted just like for the first season, on both DStv and GOtv platforms across 46 African countries on SuperSport Action, SuperSport Variety, and SuperSport Blitz, and will premiere across all TV stations in the very next month which is JULY 2022!
Well, if only the fans could ask for more! They have not disappointed their league. The African knockout Reality TV show has been poised to change sports entertainment in Nigeria as the show’s first season was released back on the 1st of November 2020 and now again in July 2022, which means the very next month!
Martial Arts; is it back again?
The reality TV show; African Knockout Show is a platform launched to discover the next Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Champion in Nigeria. The main objective behind it was to find the hidden talent and display martial arts as art again in the eyes of the world solely dependent upon fighting virtually, that Martial arts still existed. Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world as displayed in the African knock-out show too, with the biggest sports promotions like the UFC, Bellator, Rizin Fighting Federation, ONE Championship, and more, it is a full combat sport that involves techniques from a variety of different martial arts styles which includes boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, judo, Thai boxing, etc.
MMA has become popular with Nigerians and Africans generally with the emergence and dominance of two Nigeria -born World Champions, New Zealand Pro and World champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC,) Israel Adesanya with an undefeated record of 20 wins and no losses, and USA Pro, Kamoru Usman. How so ever, through the African Knock Out show, they have provided trained martial arts fighters a platform where they can be praised internationally. Usman also known as “the Nigerian Nightmare” is UFC Welterweight Champion.\
Season 2; surprises ahead?
Things might have taken a bit of a turn with the release of season two of the African Knockout TV reality show with the inclusion of new producers which are; 5Five 4Four Limited, the producers of Face OFF, Fight Night & The African KnockOut Show, have partnered with Sports247 as a media partner for the 2022 edition of the show.
In a statement by the CEO of Sports247 network, Jide Olusola Jide-Ojo, the partnership agreement was announced and the brand is happy to partner for the second time with one of the most influential grassroots shows; The African KnockOut Show, in Nigeria and Africa at large as it works well with the aim of the media outfit.
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Who exactly is Sports 247?
247Sports is an American network of websites that focus mainly on athletic recruitment in college football and basketball. It is owned and operated by Paramount. Sports247 had earlier in 2020 partnered with the event when the request first came in, putting out content to educate and inform people about the show, from fighters, to organizers and every bit of information, providing the best media coverage possible which certainly led to the company requesting for the media organization’s partnership once again.
We’re happy as an organization to receive requests like this and we’re dedicated to achieving our mission and vision statement when it comes to our local content, providing a platform and good leverage outside,” Jide said when talking about the production of The African KnockOut Show.
Further, he continued about the African KnockOut show ‘Discussing with the CEO of YD Events, Yetty Ogunnubi, we know that this relationship is going to be positive and this year we’re ready to do more. We’re going to give it the kind of publicity it deserves as is our goal, anything sports first. We’re rolling it out on all our platforms, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, radio, and tv as well because that’s what we do and this event has come to stay and we’re happy to support this course,” he concluded.
2022 calendar released!!
5Five 4Four Limited has partnered with the Nigerian Born, No. 1 Pound for Pound MMA fighter and the UFC World Champion Kamaru USMAN with a vision to create the first exclusive African MMA league.
The 2022 calendar for the African Knockout Show season 2 and Face-Off night are as follows;
- Faceoff Fight Night 2 – March 18, 2022,
- Faceoff Fight Night 3 – May 20, 2022
- Faceoff Fight Night 4 – September 04, 2022,
- Faceoff Fight Night 5 – October 21, 2022
- Faceoff Fight Night 6 – December 30, 2022
But the fans have opinions otherwise, the release has been spread over the entire year or whatsoever is left of it, these face-offs of the African KnockOut show shall test the fans to their limits for sure! And why not? It is Martial Arts; nothing is going to be easy. The season is jam-packed with action, real-time to be noted as it is a reality TV show! To think about the greatest fighters of our time in one ring and the fights!!
The show will be premiered on Netflix following in the footsteps of the first season! So, fans buckle up! There’s not much waiting to do now, July is just around the corner!