The North East publishing company behind the first-ever mixed martial arts magazine is going global with the help of a seven-figure investment from a London-based investment group.

Fighters Only, part of the i2Media Group of companies, launched its first self-titled publication in 2005, and has since expanded on the back of the explosion in the sport’s popularity to publish bespoke magazines in locations including the US, the Middle East, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Germany.

i2Media Group is now planning to use the investment from Carlton James’ Diversified Alpha Fund to establish new international distribution agreements with key partners in developing markets where the MMA and fitness industries are beginning to boom, including China, India, Eastern Europe and Australia, as well as expanding its overall digital presence.

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