COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES
LIVE UNIVISION DEPORTES NETWORK TELECAST OF ‘MEXICO VS EL MUNDO’ MMA SHOWDOWN
FROM TIJUANA, MEXICO ON FRIDAY, MAY 18
LIVE, 90-MINUTE TELECAST BEGINS AT 11 P.M. ET/8 P.M. PT
UNDERCARD TO STREAM LIVE ON UNIVISIONDEPORTES.COM
BEGINNING AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT
NEW YORK – May 15, 2018 - Combate Americas today announced a live Univision Deportes Network (UDN) telecast (11 p.m ET/8 p.m. PT) of, as well as one new matchup for its ‘Mexico vs. El Mundo’ Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event from Auditorio Municipal Tijuana in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico on Friday, May 18.
The nine-bout fight card will be highlighted by matchups between an assembly of top rising stars from Mexico and opponents from four other countries - the U.S., Spain, Brazil and Chile - including a previously announced, much-anticipated featherweight (145 pounds) showdown between knockout artists Marco Antonio “La Roca” Elpidio (7-2-1) of Mexico City, Mexico and Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (13-2) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
The 90-minute telecast will immediately follow the live stream of the complete preliminary bout card on www.UnivisionDeportes.com, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
“The whole world loves Mexican food, but fears Mexican fighters, and with ‘Mexico vs. El Mundo’ we have an extraordinary event that features the best of both worlds,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The live telecast will include another previously announced, bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup between 22-year-old phenom Christian “El Taylon” Quiñonez (10-2) of Tijuana, and undefeated rising star Vinicius “Lok Dog” De Oliveira (9-0) of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.
In other live televised action announced today, a women’s strawweight (115 pounds) matchup will see Georgina Almeraz (3-1) of Chihuahua, Mexico and Mireia Garcia (0-0) of Barcelona, Spain make their respective Combate Americas debuts against one another.
Garcia, an unbeaten professional kickboxer and a protégé of “COPA COMBATE” tournament semifinalist Marc “Lufo” Gomez, will also make first start under MMA rules.
The preliminary bout card will be highlighted by a lightweight (155 pounds) contest between hard-hitting Rodrigo “Kazula” Vargas (9-2) of Mexico City will collide with seasoned battler Mike “El Cucuy” De La Torre (14-8 (1)) of San Diego, Calif., U.S.
Another lightweight bout pitting Mexico against the U.S. will feature Alex “Bam” Velasco (7-1) of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, squaring off against fellow, aggressive striker Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez (5-1) of Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.
Recently signed, undefeated rising star Eduardo “Cyborg” Torres (9-0) of Santiago, Chile, will make his Combate Americas debut against Kevin “Badass” Amador (9-8) of Ensenada in a bantamweight affair.
Twelve-time national judo champion Vanesa “Chiquitina” Rico (3-3) from Alicante, Spain, will make her return to La Jaula against fellow Combate Americas veteran Yajaira “Shoko” Romo (3-3) of Monterrey, Mexico.
Jair “El Lupe” Perez (0-0) of Monterrey will make his professional debut against Jesus Blanco (0-1) of Tijuana at lightweight.
Undefeated flyweight (125 pounds) rising star Edgar “Pitbull” Chairez (3-0) of Mexicali go to war with fellow Mexican Betche Cantu (7-3) of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Doors at Auditorio Municipal Tijuana will open at 6 p.m. local time, and the first preliminary bout will start at 6:30 p.m.
Priced from 330.00$ MXN, tickets for “Combate Americas: Mexico vs. The World” are on sale at both Ticketon.com and TaquillaExpress.com.
About Combate Americas
Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport, after soccer, for Spanish speaking sports fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). 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." With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.
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