Canada’s Brad Katona to fight for EMC bantamweight title in October

Canadian bantamweight Brad (Superman) Katona, winner of Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” has signed with Europe’s Elite MMA Championship (EMC) and will fight for its 135-pound title next month.

The 28-year-old from Winnipeg, who fights out of Ireland’s Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, will make his debut in the promotion Oct. 31 in Duesseldorf, Germany, against 27-year-old champion Stipe Brcic of Croatia.

“Happy Halloween,” Katona tweeted.

Katona (8-2-0) opened his UFC account by earning a decision over Jay (The Mellow Fellow) Cucciniello in July 2018 to win TUF 27. He then decisioned Matthew Lopez before losing decisions to Merab (The Machine) Dvalishvili and Hunter Azure.

The back-to-back losses led to his release by the UFC.

Brcic (8-1-0) has won all three of his EMC fights.

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Broadway hit comes to Amazon Prime Video

‘What the Constitution Means to Me’ by American playwright Heidi Schreck will soon be available in the Amazon Prime Video catalogue. Image: Shutterstock/Andrew H. Walker via AFP Relaxnews.

News that the multi-award-winning play “What the Constitution Means to Me” is coming to Amazon Prime Video is proof that it is only a short step from Broadway to the small screen.

The Heidi Schreck drama is due to drop on the streaming platform on Oct. 16, a development that has notably been inspired by the recent success of the musical “Hamilton” on Amazon’s competitor Disney Plus.

“What the Constitution Means to Me” was filmed in its entirety by American director Marielle Heller at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York, where the autobiographical play premiered in March 2019.

In “What the Constitution Means to Me”, Schreck recreates on stage debating contests in which she participated when she was 15 in an attempt to earn money for her university studies.

The drama, which was nominated for several Tony Awards both for the quality of Schreck’s writing and her performance, gave the American actress and playwright an opportunity to touch on themes like immigration as well as sexual and domestic abuse.

“I’m delighted with how beautifully Mari Heller has translated ‘Constitution’ to the screen and I’m thankful to Big Beach and Amazon Studios for making it possible to share the show with more people — especially right now when we can’t gather together in theaters,” Schreck said in a press release.

The playwright has also signed an exclusive partnership with Amazon Studios to create content for the Prime Video streaming platform.

Theater increasingly features in streaming giants’ catalogs

“What the Constitution Means to Me” will be available in 240 countries and territories around the world when it drops on Oct. 16.

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Inquiry opened into Luis Suárez’s Italian language test

Barcelona’s Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish League football match between Villarreal and Barcelona at the Madrigal stadium in Villarreal on July 5, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

ROME— Authorities are investigating whether Barcelona striker Luis Suárez was illegally helped to pass an Italian language exam last week in order to receive a European passport that could help him transfer to a new club.

While Suárez is not under investigation, the director and general director of the Perugia university where the Uruguay forward took the exam are being investigated for allegedly helping him pass the test, Italian reports said Tuesday.

Suárez had been linked with a possible move to Italian champion Juventus.

Suárez’s test grade was allegedly fixed before he took the test.

Suarez is from Uruguay but has Italian ancestors. If he can obtain Italian citizenship, he wouldn’t have to occupy a non-EU spot with a new club.


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