Update On Combat Americas’ Return To Action
Back in June, Combate Americas announced it would be making its grand return. Its “Fight Series” would be taking place on August 28, September 11, and September 25 in Miami. Now, the promotion’s future doesn’t seem as clear as it once was.
CEO Campbell McLaren ended up telling The Associated Press that Combate has postponed its return indefinitely. This is due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in Florida.
“This is not a decision we took lightly, and is based entirely on our focus to prioritize the safety of our employees, broadcast partners, fighters and the broader MMA community,” McLaren stated. “We explored many alternatives to avoid this measure, including the possibility of moving our in-studio fights to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the state of California is in a similarly precarious situation with COVID outbreaks, and it seems untenable to proceed without taking into consideration the health of those we love.”
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. The main event of the first show back, which would have had no fans, would have been Juan Puerta v. David Duran for the inaugural Combate Americas Flyweight Title.
Florida recently became one of the first states to loosen restrictions when it came to COVID-19. According to John Hopkins University, there are over 89,557 coronavirus cases in Miami-Dade alone, with the entire state having over 369,000 cases.
Combate would have joined the UFC as an MMA entity to host events in Florida. Due to it being deemed an “essential business” by the Florida Governor, the UFC hosted a series of events in May in Jacksonville, including UFC 249.
Stay tuned, as any information regarding the future of Combate should be revealed soon.