Combate Americas Ink Deal With Telemundo
Combate Americas has partnered with Telemundo, the second largest Spanish television network in America for the rights to air the semifinals, finals of their eight man Copa Combate bantamweight tournament, as well as the co-main event of Melissa Martinez and Gloria Bravo. The tournament is set to take place on November 11th in Cancun, Mexico.
Copa Combate marks the first time Telemundo will broadcast a live MMA event. The entire event will stream online the Telemundo website and app, with the four aforementioned fights on Telemundo proper.
The quarterfinal and semifinal fights will be contested over three, three-minute rounds, while the final will be a regular fight featuring three five-minute rounds. The winner of the tournament will take home $100,000. The matchups will be booked in a lottery style drawing on November 2nd.
The one-night tournament includes notable Latin American talent such as John Castaneda, who holds a win over ex-UFC fighter Chris Beal and last competed at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 4, where he picked up a decision win over Cheyden Leialoha; Ricky Palacios, who is on a six-fight win streak that includes decision wins over former UFC fighters Chris Avilaand Roman Salazar; and Marcelo Rojo, a popular Argentine fighter who owns a professional MMA record of 12-4.
Additionally, Copa Combate will host two bantamweight bouts that will serve as alternate matchups, with the winners placed on standby in case a tournament fighter suffers an injury and is unable to continue. The two alternate fights will be announced next week, and they will be part of the online broadcast.
Below are the eight bantamweights participating in the Copa Combate tournament:
John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (14-2)
Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1)
Marcelo “Pitbull” Rojo (12-4)
Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (10-2)
Mikey “El Terrible” Erosa (12-5)
Marc “Lufo” Gomez (20-10)
Andres “Doble A” Ayala (11-4)
Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-1)