Combate Americas

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Combate Americas
Private
Industry Sports Entertainment
Professional MMA
Media and Content Company
Streaming Multi-Media
Technology
Hispanic Millennials
Founded 2011 (2011)
Founder Campbell McLaren
Headquarters New York, NY
Area served
United States
Mexico
Latin America
Brazil
Spain
Global Streaming
Key people
Campbell McLaren, CEO
Joe Plumeri, Chairman of the Board
Jacqueline Hernandez, President
Michael Pine, Chief Revenue Officer
Lawrence Kahm, Chief Financial Officer
Mike Afromowitz, EVP Fight Ops & Communication
Products Television
Docuseries
Films
Merchandise
Streaming Network Service
Home Video
Live Event
Reality Show
Website https://www.combateamericas.com/

Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise and media company. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile content,[1] and it is rapidly becoming the number two sport, after soccer, for Spanish-speaking sports fans worldwide.[2]

In the US, it can be seen on Univision and Univision Deportes; in Mexico on Azteca7; in LATAM on ESPN and on GOL in Spain and on RedeTV in Brazil.[3] The preliminary fights have had tremendous success on FacebookLive, garnering an average of over 850K video views.[4]

Combate Americas caters to a millennial audience. The average age of the viewer is 27; and its up-and-coming fighters are young and exciting.[5]

Leadership Team[edit]

Campbell McLaren is the CEO and Founder of Combate Americas. He is the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).[6] New York Magazine described McLaren as "the marketing genius behind the UFC" and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today."

Joe Plumeri is the non-Executive Chairman of the board. Plumeri has served as the CEO of Citibank North America, Chairman and CEO of Primerica, Co-Managing Partner or Shearson Lehman Brothers, and the Chairman and Ceo of Willis Group Holdings. He is the Co-owner of the New York Yankees minor league affiliate team, the Trenton Thunder.[7]

Jacqueline Hernandez is the president of Combate Americas. She has served as Chief Marketing officer of NBCUniversal Hispanic Content & Enterprises and Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Enterprises. She has also held senior positions at People en Espanol, Teen People Magazine, Turner Broadcasting, CNN international and Time Magazine.[8]

Beginnings and Reality Show[edit]

Combate Americas began as a reality show on Mun2, featuring ten fighters in two weight classes competing for a chance to win an exclusive contract with Combate Americas.[9] The series culminated in a set of fights, with Ismael Leon being crowned the featherweight champion and Danny Morales winning the welterweight bracket.[10]

Chino y Nacho hosted the series, while Daddy Yankee served as the first commissioner of Combate Americas.[11]

"Combate Americas is the most exciting addition to MMA [mixed martial arts] since the beginnings of the UFC 20 years ago,” said McLaren. “It was specifically created to present the best new Hispanic fighters and to introduce a whole new audience to this highly entertaining sport.”[12]

List of Combate Americas Events[edit]

Fighters on a Beach

Combate 3

September 17, 2015

Main Event: Gustavo Lopez vs. Mauricio Diaz

Fighters Method
Gustavo Lopez (W) vs. Mauricio Diaz Decision (Unanimous)
Jay Pressley (W) vs. Irvin Veloz Decision (Unanimous)
Ricardo Palacios (W) vs. Benji Gómez KO (Head Kick)
Kyra Batara (W) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Decision (Unanimous)
John Castaneda (W) vs. Justin Governale Decision (Unanimous)
Justin Patterson (W) vs. Ozzie Alvarez Decision (Unanimous)
Erick Sanchez (W) vs. Rudy Morales Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Carlos Garcia (W) vs. Luis Carmona Decision (Unanimous)

Combate 4

December 16, 2015

Main Event: Gustavo Lopez vs. Joey Ruquet

Fighters Method
Gustavo Lopez (W) vs. Joey Ruquet Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Ramos Cruz (W) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria Decision (Split)
Nick Piedmont (W) vs. Emilio Chavez Decision (Unanimous)
Ricardo Palacios (W) vs. Anthony Paredes Decision (Split)
Kyra Batara (W) vs. Liz McCarthy TKO (Punches)
John Castaneda (W) vs. Federico Lopez Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)
Izic Fernandez (W) vs. Israel Cruz KO (Punch)

Combate 5

April 18, 2016 - The Exchange, Los Angeles, California

Main Event: Erick Sanchez vs. Mike Segura

Fighters Method
Marcos Gonzalez (W) vs. George Burton TKO (Punches)
Richard Louie Bowen Rojo Jr. (W) vs. Michael Reyes Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Jose Estrada (W) vs. Jonathan Quiroz KO (Punch)
Kyle Estrada (W) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria TKO (Elbows)
Adam Calderon (W) vs. Kevin Vazquez Decision (Unanimous)
Emilio Chavez (W) vs. Angel Luis Cruz Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Jonathan Martinez (W) vs. Jesse Cruz Submission (Armbar)
Erick Sanchez (W) vs. Mike Segura Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)

Combate 6

April 26, 2016 - The Exchange, Los Angeles, California

Main Event: John Castaneda vs. Gabriel Solorio

Fighters Method
Yoandy Carrillo (W) vs. George Hernández TKO (Punches)
Joey Ruquet (W) vs. Luke Faultersack Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Christian Gonzalez (W) vs. Hector Saldana TKO (Punches)
Heinrich Wassmer (W) vs. Ramos Cruz Submission (Armbar)
Paola Ramirez (W) vs. Amber Tackett TKO (Superman Punch)
Marcos Bonilla (W) vs. Rudy Morales Decision (Unanimous)
Kyra Batara (W) vs. Jenny Silvero TKO (Punches)
John Castaneda (W) vs. Gabriel Solorio Decision (Split)
Erick Gonzalez (W) vs. Victor Martinez Decision (Split)
Adin Duenas (W) vs. Oliver Vazquez Decision (Unanimous)
Tony Lopez (W) vs. Shannon Ritch Submission (Guillotine Choke)

Combate 7

May 9, 2016 - The Exchange, Los Angeles, California

Main Event: Ricky Palacios vs. Brandon Royval

Fighters Method
Angel Oliveras (W) vs. Benji Gomez Decision (Unanimous)
Joe Vidales (W) vs. Darrio Mobley TKO (Punches)
Mauricio Diaz (W) vs. Cristobal Chavez-Davila Decision (Unanimous)
Jacob Rosales (W) vs. Andrew Lagadaan Decision (Unanimous)
Gustavo Lopez (W) vs. Saul Elizondo TKO (Punches)
Ray Rodriguez (W) vs. Art Arciniega Decision (Split)
Paulina Granados (W) vs. Stephanie Alba Decision (Split)
Ricky Palacios (W) vs. Brandon Royval Decision (Unanimous)

Combate 8

August 11, 2016. The Exchange, Los Angeles, California.

Main Event: John Castaneda vs. Angel Cruz

Fighters Method Round Time
Hakob Ter-Petrosyan (W) vs. George Hernandez TKO (Punches) 2 0:00
Daniel Rodriguez (W) vs. Hector Saldana Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) 1 3:45
John Castaneda (W) vs. Angel Cruz TKO (Punches) 2 2:25
Danny Martinez (W) vs. Benjamin Vinson Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Benji Gomez (W) vs. Heinrich Wassmer Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Albert Tapia (W) vs. Jonathan Santa Maria Decision (Majority) 3 5:00
Marcos Bonilla (W) vs. Izic Fernandez Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Jose Estrada (W) vs. Christian Cardona KO (Punches) 1 2:34
Erick Gonzalez (W) vs. Yoandy Carrillo TKO (Punches) 2 3:13
Jonathan Quiroz (W) vs. Ryan Lilley Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00

[13]

Combate 9: Empire Rising

October 14, 2016. Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York.

Main Event: John Castaneda vs. Gustavo Lopez

Fighters Method Round Time
John Castaneda (W) vs. Gustavo Lopez TKO (Punches) 4 2:24
Julian Marquez (W) vs. Matt Hamill TKO (Punches) 1 1:22
Marc Stevens (W) vs. Victor Reyna Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Jose Ceja (W) vs. Irwin Rivera KO (Punches) 1 4:22
Paulina Granados (W) vs. Jenna Serio Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
James Rodriguez (W) vs. Alex Henry Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:03
Matt Almy (W) vs. Freddy Arteaga TKO (Kick to the Body Punches 1 2:59

[14]

Combate 10

January 19, 2017. El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico.

Main Event: Gustavo Lopez vs. Steve Swanson

Fighters Method Round Time
Christofer Ramirez (W) vs. Heriberto Tovar TKO (Punches) 3 3:16
Alex Velasco (W) vs. Julio Cesar Cruz Submission (Guillotine Choke) 2 0:47
Gustavo Lopez (W) vs. Steve Swanson Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:34
Lisbeth Lopez Silva (W) vs. Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 3:07
Joey Ruquet (W) vs. Jose Ceja Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 1:47
Mark Delarosa (W) vs. Ivan Hernandez Flores Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) 2 3:11
Marco Antonio Elpidio (W) vs. Rodrigo Vargas Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Rafa Garcia (W) vs. Raul Najera Ocampo Submission (Heel Hook) 1 1:04
Enrique Barragan (W) vs. Kevin Garcia TKO (Punches) 2 0:48

[15]

Combate 11

February 16, 2017. Burbank, California, United States.

Main Event: Danny Ramirez vs. Erick Gonzalez

Fighters Method Round Time
Albert Tapia (W) vs. Benji Gomez Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Heinrich Wassmer (W) vs. Heber Castillo Submission (Armbar) 1 4:57
Alyssa Garcia (W) vs. Kaiyana Rain Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Danny Ramirez (W) vs. Erick Gonzalez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Jose Estrada (W) vs. George Hernandez Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 2:09
Andres Quintana (W) vs. Erick Sanchez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Rudy Morales (W) vs. Izic Fernandez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Javier Garcia (W) vs. Donte Stubbs Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 0:58

[16]

Combate 12

March 30, 2017. Fausto Gutierrez Moreno Municipal Auditorium, Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Main Event: Marcelo Rojo vs. Ivan Hernandez Flores

Fighters Method Round Time
Alex Velasco (W) vs. Christofer Ramirez Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Levy Saul Marroquin Salazar (W) vs. Pablo Sabori Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Irving Hernandez (W) vs. Jose Alday TKO (Doctor Stoppage) 2 5:00
Marcelo Rojo (W) vs. Ivan Hernandez Flores TKO 1 2:06
Alejandro Flores (W) vs. Walter Zamora Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Erick Gonzalez (W) vs. Marco Antonio Elpidio Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Ramon Lopez (W) vs. Marcos Bonilla Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Jose Aguayo (W) vs. Gilberto Santos Submission 1 2:23
Christian Giovannie (W) vs. Angel Gonzalez Submission 3 1:12
Edgar Chairez (W) vs. Oscar Quintero Submission 1 1:19

[17]

Combate 13

April 20, 2017. Casino Del Sol Resort, Tucson, Arizona, United States.

Main Event: Ricky Palacios vs. Roman Salazar

Fighters Method Round Time
Ricky Palacios (W) vs. Roman Salazar Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Kevin Natividad (W) vs. Chad Dietmeyer Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 4:23
Daniel Rodriguez (W) vs. Joel Champion TKO (Punches) 1 1:55
Erick Sanchez (W) vs. Randy Steinke Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Victor Reyna (W) vs. Andrew Perez TKO (Punches) 1 1:53
Jose Palencia Jr. (W) vs. Justin Rascon Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Arturo Guzman (W) vs. Robert Caspar Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Alesha Zappitella (W) vs. Stephanie Alba Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Levi Escobar (W) vs. Cedric Katambwa Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00
Francisco Rodriguez (W) vs. Jeremiah Garber Decision (Unanimous) 3 3:00

[18]

Combate 14

May 5, 2017. Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, California, United States.

Main Event: Emilio Chavez vs. Jose Estrada

Fighters Method Round Time
Michael Reyes (W) vs. Benji Gomez Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 1:09
Ralph Acosta (W) vs. Ryan Lilley Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 3:45
Joseph Henle (W) vs. Joe Vidales Submission (Shoulder Choke) 1 1:15
Hakop Ter-Petrosyan (NC) vs. Emilio Williams (NC) NC (Accidental Knee to the Groin) 1 2:58
Austin Wilson (W) vs. Bruno Machado Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Heinrich Wassmer (W) vs. Freddy Arteaga Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Emilio Chavez (W) vs. Jose Estrada Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 1:29
Jose Estrada (W) vs. Christian Cardona KO (Punches) 1 2:34
John Castaneda (W) vs. Chris Beal TKO (Punches) 2 0:42
Sheila Padilla (W) vs. Alyssa Garcia Submission (Armbar) 1 2:47
Joshua Jones (W) vs. James Pou TKO (Punches) 2 4:21

[19]

Combate 15

June 30, 2017. Sala De Armas, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Main Event: Rodrigo Vargas vs. Danny Ramirez

Fighters Method Round Time
Antonio Suarez (W) vs. Christian David Lopez Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1 3:36
Edgar Chairez (W) vs. Erick Villaluz Submission (Armbar) 1 0:18
Raul Najera Ocampo (W) vs. Mauro Dominguez Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 4:25
Rodrigo Vargas (W) vs. Danny Ramirez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Andres Quintana (W) vs. Levy Saul Marroquin Salazar Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Mark Delarosa (W) vs. Mahatma Chit-Bala Garcia Avalos Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3 2:36
Marco Antonio Elpidio (W) vs. Jose Luis Verdugo Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Melissa Martinez (W) vs. Yajaira Romo KO (Head Kick) 2 2:45
Antonio Ramirez (W) vs. Federico Betancourt Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 2 2:12
Ramon Lopez (W) vs. Miguel Angel Cabrera TKO (Knee and Punches) 1 4:59

[20]

Combate 16: Combate Clásico

July 27, 2017. Mana Wynwood Convention Center, Miami, Florida, United States.

Main Event: Ricky Palacios vs. Chris Avila

Fighters Method Round Time
Ricky Palacios (W) vs. Chris Avila Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Marcelo Rojo (W) vs. Billy Molina TKO (Punches) 1 4:50
Kyra Batara (W) vs. Vanessa Rico Fernandez Submission (Armbar) 2 3:46
Alberto Montes (W) vs. Jonathan Quiroz Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Ozzie Alvarez (W) vs. Anderson Melo Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Joey Ruquet (W) vs. Vinney Pantaleon Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Irwin Rivera (W) vs. Chino Duran Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Rafael Alves (W) vs. Rudy Morales Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Gustavo Trujillo (W) vs. Wesley Cantillo TKO (Punches) 2 4:18

[21]

Combate 17: El Grito En La Jaula

September 15, 2017 - Splash Kingdom Amphitheater, Redlands, California

Main Event: Jose Estrada vs. Izic Fernandez

Fighters Method Round Time
Jose Estrada (W) vs. Izic Fernandez TKO Punches 1 3:59
Brenda Enriquez (W) vs. Shyann Farmer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Alberto Trujillo (W) vs. Heber Castillo Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Ralph Acosta (W) vs. Gareth De La Cruz Submission (Rear Naked Choke) 1 2:28
David Duran (W) vs. Michael Reyes Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Angel Gonzalez (W) vs. Julio Aguilera Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Alex Thompson (W) vs. Santiago Diaz KO 1 4:42
Javier Garcia (W) vs. Austin Wilson Submission (Armbar) 2 3:51
Rafa Garcia (W) vs. Marcos Bonilla Submission (armbar) 2 1:07

Combate 18: Copa Combate

November 11th, 2017 - Grand Oasis Cancún, Quintana Roo, México

Copa Combate Tournament

Fighters Method
Felipe "Pipe" Vargas (W) vs. Víctor Madrigal (alternate bout) Decision (Split)
Marcelo Rojo (W) vs. Mike Erosa Submission (armbar)
Levy Saúl Marroquín (W) vs. Carlos Rivera Decision (Unanimous)
John Castaneda (W) vs. Kevin Moreyra Submission (Rear-naked choke)
Marc Gómez (W) vs. Alejandro Abomohor Decision (Unanimous)
Levy Saúl Marroquín (W) vs. Marcelo Rojo Submission (Guillotine Choke)
John Castaneda (W) vs. Marc Gómez Decision (Unanimous)
Levy Saúl Marroquín (W) vs. John Castaneda Decision (Unanimous)

Extra Fights

Fighters Method Round Time
Lisbeth Lopez Silva (W) vs. Sheila Padilla TKO (Punches and elbows) 2 0:24 
Melissa Martinez (W) vs. Gloria Bravo TKO (Kicks and Punches) 1 4:18

Combate 19: Queen Warriors

December 1st, 2017 - Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio, Texas

Main Event: Kyra Batara vs. Paulina Granados

Fighters Method Round Time
Jesse Almaraz (W) vs. Fernando Rodríguez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Federico Olivera (W) vs. David Miramontes KO 1 0:10
Javier Obregon (W) vs. José Ceja Submission (Rear-naked Choke) 2 2:51
Juan Deantes (W) vs. Heinrich Wassmer Submission (Armbar) 1 1:36
DJ Fuentes (W) vs. Joel Scott Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Ray Rodríguez (W) vs. Michael Rodríguez KO 1 3:16
Vanesa Rico (W) vs. Brenda Enriquez Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Víctor Reyna (W) vs. Daniel Rodríguez Decision (Split) 3 5:00
Andrés Quintana (W) vs. Rey Trujillo Submission (Rear-naked choke) 2 1:52
Kyra Batara (W) vs. Paulina Granados Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00

Combate 20: Estrellas I

April 13, 2018 - The Shrine, Los Angeles, California

Main Event: José “Pochito” Alday vs. John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda

Fighters Method Round Time
José Alday (W) vs. John Castaneda Decision (Split Decision) 3 5:00
Amanda Serrano vs. Corina Herrera Decision (Draw) 3 5:00
Jose Estrada (W) vs. Rudy Morales TKO 2 1:43
Rafa García (W) vs. Chase Gibson Majority Decision 3 5:00
Erick Gonzalez (W) vs. Danny Ramirez TKO 1 3:15
Gabriel Green (W) vs. Javier García Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 1:03
Mikey Reyes (W) vs. Heinrich Wassmer Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Joey Ruquet (W) vs. Keith Carson Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:18

Combate 21: Estrellas II

April 20, 2018 - Gimnasio Nuevo León, Monterrey, México

Main Event: Érik "El Goyito" Pérez vs. DJ Fuentes

Fighters Method Round Time
Érik Pérez (W) vs. DJ Fuentes TKO 3 1:22
Marcelo Rojo (W) vs. Fabián Galván TKO 1 2:34
Melissa Martínez (W) vs. Ivanna Martinenghi Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Alejandro Flores (W) vs. Víctor Madrigal Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Irene Cabello (W) vs. Lezly Hinojosa TKO 2 2:16
Ricardo Arreola (W) vs. Iván Pérez Decision (Split Decision) 3 5:00
Kevin García (W) vs. Juan Pablo González Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Óscar Suárez (W) vs. Enrique González Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 3:20
David Martínez (W) vs. Kike Barragán KO 1 1:10
Daniel Zellhuber (W) vs. José Luis Medrano Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00

Combate 22: México vs. USA

May 11, 2018 - McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, Calif.ornia

Main Event: Anthony “The Shark” Avila vs. José Luis Verdugo

Fighters Method Round Time
Anthony Ávila (W) vs. Jose Luis Verdugo Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Lisbeth Silva (W) vs. Brenda Enriquez TKO 3 2:24
Horacio Gutiérrez (W) vs. Chris Avila Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Christian Giovannie (W) vs. Jose Loera Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Kaleio “K.O.” Romero (W) vs. Luis Vargas Submission (triangle choke) 2 3:59
Roger Severson (W) vs. Andrew Coyne Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Jesse Strader (W) vs. José Aguayo Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Francis Hernández (W) vs. Shyann Farmer Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:12

Combate 23: México vs. El Mundo

May 18, 2018 - Auditorio Municipal Tijuana, Baja C

Main Event: Andres “The Bullet” Quintana vs. Marco Antonio “La Roca” Elpidio

Fighters Method Round Time
Andres Quintana (W) vs. Marco Antonio Elpidio Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Eduardo Torres (W) vs. Kevin Amador Submission (Verbal Submission 3 1:26
Christian Quiñónez (W) vs. Vinicius De Oliveira TKO (doctor’s stoppage) 2 0:44
Jair “El Lupe” Pérez (W) vs. Jesús Blanco Submission (armbar) 1 4:15
Yajaira Romo (W) vs. Vanesa Rico TKO 2 2:46
Daniel Rodríguez (W) vs. Alex Velasco Submission (rear-naked choke) 3 2:41
Edgar Cháirez (W) vs. Alan Cantú TKO 1 2:58
Rodrigo Vargas (W) vs. Mike De La Torre KO 1 0:18
Georgina Almeraz (W) vs. Mireia García Decision (Draw) 3 5:00

COPA COMBATE[edit]

In the fall of 2017, Combate Americas and Telemundo Deportes announced a landmark partnership to produce COPA COMBATE, a tournament that took place on November 11th, 2017, in Cancun, Mexico.[22]

The event was a one-night, eight-man tournament, where the winner received a grand prize of $100k. [23] The eight bantamweight (135 pounds) fighters were separated into four brackets with the top four fighters given seeded positions based on their worldwide rankings, while the opponents were determined based on a lottery ball drawing.[24] The tournament's semifinal stage consisted of two bouts that pit the winners of the quarterfinal stage bouts in each tournament bracket against one another. The two winners from the semifinal faced each other, and the winner took $100k home.[25]

Mexican fighter Levy Saúl “El Negro” Marroquín was the winner of Copa Combate, after stepping in for Ricky Palacios after he failed to make weight. [26]

Original bracket
  • Mikey "El Terrible" Erosa (Puerto Rico) vs. Marcelo “Pitbull" Rojo (Argentina)
  • Carlos "Lobo" Rivera (Mexico) vs. Ricky "El Gallero" Palacios (USA)
  • John "Sexi Mexi" Castaneda (USA) vs. Kevin "El Frío" Moreyra (Peru)
  • Marc "Lufo" Gómez (Spain) vs. Andrés "Doble A" Ayala (Colombia)

Alternate bouts: 

  • Levy Saúl “El Negro” Marroquín (México) vs. Alejandro “The Pitbull” Abomohor (Colombia)
  • Felipe Vargas (Colombia) vs. Víctor Madrigal 

Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios and Andrés “Doble A Leal” Ayala were not able to make weight (the limit was 136 lbs). Therefore Levy Saúl Marroquín took Palacios' place (now facing Rivera), while Alejandro Abomohor took Ayala’s position (fighting against Gomez). [27]

Quarter finals
  • Marcelo Rojo defeated Mike Erosa via Submission (armbar) at 2:20 of round 1
  • Levy Saúl Marroquín defeated Carlos Rivera via Unanimous Decision (Score Cards: 10-9, 10-9, 10-8)
  • John Castaneda defeated Kevin Moreyra via Submission (Rear-naked choke) at 4:55 of round 1. 
  • Marc Gomez defeated Alejandro Abomohor via Unanimous Decision (Score Cards / Tarjetas: 10-9, 10-9, 10-8)

Semi-Finals Results 

  • Levy Saúl Marroquín defeated Marcelo Rojo via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:56 of round 3. 
  • John Castaneda defeated Marc Gomez via Unanimous Decision (Score Cards: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 

Final Result 

  • Levy Saúl Marroquín defeated John Castaneda via Unanimous Decision (Score Cards: 30-27, 29-28, 29-28)[28]

COPA COMBATE marked the first time in history that fighters represented their respective countries on a quest to win the inaugural "Copa." In addition, it took place during the 24th anniversary of the now legendary UFC 1, which was executive produced by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) co-founder and Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.[29]

Reception[edit]

“Combate ESTRELLAS I” and “Combate ESTRELLAS II” marked the first-ever live Univision and Univision Deportes Network (UDN) televised Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events, on Friday, April 13 and Friday, April 20, respectively.[30]

“Combate ESTRELLAS I” delivered a total of 583,000 persons 2+, including 296,000 adults in the coveted 18-49 age group, on the Univision and Univision Deportes Network simulcast. Combate Americas beat Bellator 197, which aired in primetime on the Paramount Network, making it the number 2 MMA promotion that week.[31] In Mexico, the event delivered over 4 million live broadcast television viewers on Azteca 7.[32] The Facebook LIVE stream of the “Combate ESTRELLAS I” preliminary bout card delivered over 294,000 streams.[33]

Airing exclusively on UDN in the midnight ET slot the following Friday, April 20, “Combate ESTRELLAS II” delivered another 200,000 total viewers, a 10 percent increase from the first installment of the two-part, “Combate ESTRELLAS” live event series.Of the total UDN viewers for “Combate ESTRELLAS II,” 67 percent were in the 18-49 age group. The Facebook LIVE stream of the “Combate ESTRELLAS II” preliminary bout card garnered over 630,000 streams, more than doubling the online audience from ESTRELLAS I.[34]

Awards[edit]

Combate Americas was the winner of the Imagen Award for “Best Reality or Variety Series,” making it the first fight TV program to win a major award.[35]

Combate America won the 2014 Cable Fax Award for Best Show or Series Reality/Competition/Game Show.[36]

Press[edit]

http://time.com/collection-post/5004237/american-voices-juliana-pena/?iid=sr-link2

http://www.latimes.com/sports/boxing/la-sp-mma-copa-combate-mclaren-20171110-story.html

https://www.telemundo52.com/entretenimiento/acceso-total/Combate-Americas_TLMD---Los-Angeles-377152721.html

https://www.telemundolasvegas.com/videos/Chilena-busca-sobresalir-como-luchadora-en-MMA_TLMD---Las-Vegas-455713063.html

https://www.univision.com/shows/despierta-america/la-competencia-de-comer-sandia-se-armo-entre-maquinaria-nortena-y-combate-americas-video

https://www.univision.com/shows/el-gordo-y-la-flaca/fidel-rueda-no-es-violento-pero-advierte-a-los-buscapleitos-que-se-sabe-defender-y-muy-bien-video

https://www.univision.com/houston/kxln/deportes/artes-marciales-mixtas/asi-se-prepara-el-peleador-jose-ceja-para-competir-en-combate-americas-en-mexico-video

http://video.foxnews.com/v/5168089087001/?playlist_id=1866721706001#sp=show-clips

http://www.espn.com.mx/artes-marciales-mixtas/nota/_/id/2937594/combate-americas-promete-espectaculo-en-su-primera-visita-a-mexico

http://www.espn.com.mx/artes-marciales-mixtas/nota/_/id/2939154/aficion-responde-al-primer-combate-americas-en-mexico

http://www.aztecadeportes.com/notas/combate-americas/2016-10-26-11-06/-combate-americas-azteca-ya-es-una-realidad-/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattconnolly/2016/11/03/new-tv-partner-and-big-name-president-have-combate-americas-positioned-to-rival-ufc-in-mexico/#70a9221875f8

http://peopleenespanol.com/gallery/miralos-octubre-18-2016/#para-el-recuerdo

http://www.aztecaamerica.com/videos/extremo/333686/huyo-de-la-violencia-de-su-padre-y-logro-el-sueno-americano

http://www.beinsports.com/us-es/the-xtra/v%C3%ADdeos/alberto-del-rio-anticipa-que-viene-para-comba/352316

https://laopinion.com/2016/08/08/gladiador-guatemalteco-de-combate-americas-ya-gano-la-pelea-mas-importante-estar-vivo/

http://www.hoylosangeles.com/deportes/artesmarcialesmixtas/hoyla-amm-mmakyrabatara-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article163111528.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/fighting/article177127111.html

http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/articulo/deportes/mas-deportes/2016/11/4/combate-americas-pro-latinos

http://www.hoylosangeles.com/deportes/artesmarcialesmixtas/hoyla-mma-el-mma-ha-sido-un-aliciente--story.html

https://eldiariony.com/2016/08/08/gladiador-guatemalteco-de-combate-americas-ya-gano-la-pelea-mas-importante-estar-vivo/

http://www.milenio.com/deportes/melissa-martinez-buscara-enaltecer-mexico-copa-combate

https://superluchas.com/combate-americas-presenta-torneo-pesos-gallo/

https://as.com/masdeporte/2017/11/10/polideportivo/1510270065_337185.html

https://www.elconfidencial.com/deportes/boxeo-y-artes-marciales/2017-11-10/mma-ufc-marc-gomez-combate-americas_1475302/

https://elcomercio.pe/deporte-total/mma-combate-americas-busca-peruano-grand-prix-noviembre-noticia-460056

https://www.elheraldo.co/deportes/un-barranquillero-en-la-copa-de-combate-americas-422240

http://www.abc.es/deportes/abci-marc-gomez-lufo-ante-reto-hacer-americas-201711060831_noticia.html

https://www.ole.com.ar/artes-marciales/marcelo-rojo-copa-combate_0_1903009733.html

http://elcalce.com/pr/contexto/mike-el-terrible-erosa-quiere-plantar-bandera-en-cancun/

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