Looking to showcase the best fighters MMA has to offer, Combate Americas is set to make its return. With a new “fight series”, the promotion has plans for the next few months.
In a release, Combate announced that they will be heading to Miami to produce events from a closed set. Univision and AXS TV will broadcast shows taking place on August 28, September 11, and September 25.
Main eventing the August 28 card will be Juan Puerta v. David Duran for the inaugural Combate Americas Flyweight Title.
“As live sports return to television, Combate Americas is going to utilize this closed set studio series to deliver something that fans have never seen before and that will bring them closer than ever to the action from their screens,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
Back in March, Combate became one of several combat sports promotions to postpone events. Fight nights on March 13 in Arizona, March 20 in Mexico, and March 27 in Texas were all rescheduled to another time, and eventually, the entire schedule went dark. Combate will look to make the most of its time away. The live broadcasts will feature on-camera interactions with celebrities, while fan polling and voting, as well as an on-screen social media ticker, will be utilized. The UFC currently uses the latter.
In regards to the health and safety of others, all athletes and those in their corner will undergo COVID-19 and antibody testing. Following the Florida State Boxing Commission requirements, it is unsure if Combate will go through the same system the UFC went through. Combate personnel in Los Angeles will undergo tests before preparing for Miami.
Puerta (18-6) is on a seven-fight win streak, having fought twice in 2019. Competing for Titan FC and LFC, “Leadfeather” has ten wins via submission. His last fight was an armbar submission win against Reynaldo Adolfo in October.
Duran (8-6) is coming off of a loss against James Barnes at Bellator 228 in September. It ended a two-fight win streak, and the “Farmer of Destruction” is 2-2 in his last four fights. The 35-year-old is 3-0 with Combate after making his debut for the promotion in 2017.