Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’ - House of Fame MMA Opens Doors for Cuban Fighters in the U.S.

Miami, FL (February 23, 2014) – On the heels of the Obama administration punching the biggest hole to date in America's half-century-old embargo, House of Fame MMA (HOF), a fast-rising  Florida-based mixed martial arts promotion, gives Cuban-based fighters the opportunity to compete in the U.S. for the first time.  The highly anticipated event, Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’, will take place at the BankUnited Center in Miami, Florida on March 13, 2015.
According to HOF MMA Founder Paris Tsitos, ‘We are very excited to host our first MMA event in Miami and what better way to do it than to give Cuban-based fighters the opportunity to fight under the HOF MMA banner.  Although tensions have eased between the U.S. and Cuba, obtaining visas for the fighters has proven to be a challenging process, but we feel that it is well worth it. Words cannot express how excited we are to give fighters in Cuba the opportunity to showcase their skills in the U.S.’
HOF MMA officials expect to receive visa approval for several Cuban-based mixed martial arts athletes in the coming days. Upon approval, the skilled Cuban fighters will be one step closer to realizing their dream of fighting on U.S. soil. In less than one month’s time they will travel from Cuba to Miami to test their skills against elite U.S. fighters under Amateur MMA rules.  
The historic Amateur MMA card is a prelude to the Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’ pro MMA card. The pro card, stacked with 11 high-octane bouts, pits skilled Cuban-American fighters against worthy U.S. opponents. Fight fans will not want to miss this event! *To view the full Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’ pro card, please visit www.mixedmartialarts.com.
Miami fans can expect a stellar night of premium entertainment that goes well beyond the cage.  The fight organization has successfully put a ‘Miami’ spin on the MMA formula by adding the element of live concert performances. In addition to an action-packed night of fights, Platinum-Selling Recording Artist ‘Fat Joe’ and American Idol XIV Fan Favorite Kelley Kime will be performing. Up-and-coming singer Samantha Camera, daughter of Telenovela star Victor Camera, will be singing the national anthem to kick off the festivities.  
HOF MMA Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’ tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the BankUnited Center box office. Student and military discounts offered. VIP packages are available. Major sponsors for Nations Collide ‘USA vs. Cuba’ include the U.S. Army, Fighter Energy and the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort.  
House of Fame MMA has also partnered with United Fight Alliance (UFA) to air this highly anticipated fight card via tape delay to over 100 million North American homes. Details to be announced soon! For more information on House of Fame MMA, please visit www.HOFMMA.com.
*Fight card subject to change
About House of Fame MMA (HOF MMA):
A member of the City of Jacksonville’s Sports Council (JAXSPORTS) and fully licensed by the Florida Boxing Commission, House of Fame Mixed Martial Arts (HOF MMA) is the first professional MMA franchise of its kind in the United States.  HOF MMA is dedicated to providing a paramount presentation of world-class MMA competition while still keeping patronage to its professional fighters. Along with providing a quality spectacle on a grand stage, HOF MMA takes pride in giving back to the community through charities such as Wounded Warrior Project and YA BASTA. For more information, please visit www.HOFMMA.com.

John Cowan