Pictured: John "Sexi Mexi" Castaneda weighed in at 135.9 pounds for the "COPA COMBATE" one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize bantamweight tournament, live on NBCSN and Telemundo tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT. Photo credit: Castaneda will represent the U.S., and face off with Kevin Moreyra from Peru in the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Scott Hirano/Combate Americas.
IS OFFICIAL AFTER ALL FIGHTERS WEIGH IN
FOR HISTORIC, ONE-NIGHT, EIGHT-MAN,
$100,000 GRAND PRIZE TOURNAMENT
LIVE ON TELEMUNDO AND NBCSN ON SATURDAY, NOV. 11
CANCUN, MX – November 10, 2017 – The fighters stepped on the scale and faced off today, one day before “COPA COMBATE,” the historic event that will be headlined by a one-night, eight-man, bantamweight (135 pounds) tournament in which the winner will have to persevere through three bouts in a single night to take home a $100,000 grand prize, live on Telemundo and NBCSN at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 11 from Cancun, Mexico.
Scheduled tournament entrant Andres “Doble A Leal” Ayala (12-4) from Bogota, Colombia was unable to make the contracted weight, and was thereby replaced in the tournament field with fellow Colombian Alejandro “Pitbull” Abomohor (5-4) of Barranquilla.
Abomohor will square off with Ayala’s original quarterfinal stage opponent, Marc “Lufo” Gomez (20-10) of Barcelona, Spain.
Aggressive-minded contender Levy “El Negro” Marroquin (8-2) of Monterrey, Mexico will step in for Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1), who failed to make the contracted weight.
Marroquin will battle countryman and Palacios’ original quarterfinal stage opponent, Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (10-2) from Mexico City.
The live Telemundo and NBCSN coverage of “COPA COMBATE” will include the entire semifinal stage of the eight-man tournament, as well as the championship stage showdown and the women’s strawweight (115 pounds) co-main event between undefeated knockout artist Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (2-0) of Mexico City, Mexico, and submission expert and Miesha Tate pupil Gloria “Gloriosa” Bravo (4-2) of Santiago, Chile.
The entire quarterfinal stage of the tournament, as well as the two tournament alternate bouts and the women’s atomweight (105 pounds) preliminary matchup between world top 10-ranked Sheila Padilla (3-1) of Visalia, Calif. and hard-hitting Lisbeth “Bunny” Lopez Silva (4-3) of Mexico City will stream live on the Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
COMPLETE “COPA COMBATE” WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINAL STAGE MATCHUPS:
Marcelo Rojo (135.7 lbs.) vs Mikey Erosa (135.5 lbs.)
Carlos Rivera (136 lbs.) vs Levy Saul Marroquin (136 lbs.)
John Castaneda (135.9 lbs.) vs Kevin Moreyra (135.7 lbs.)
Marc Gomez (135.5 lbs.) vs Alejandro Abomohor (135.5 lbs.)
WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
Gloria Bravo (115.8 lbs.) vs Melissa Martinez (115.7 lbs.)
“COPA COMBATE” ALTERNATE BOUT
Felipe Vargas (136.2 lbs.) vs Victor Madrigal (136 lbs.)
WOMEN’S ATOMWEIGHT PRELIMINARY BOUT
Lisbeth Lopez Silva (109.4 lbs.) vs Sheila Padilla (105.8 lbs.)
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