Last Friday on September 14th was a monumental night for Combate Americas. The promotion crowned its first Bantamweight Champion in an epic title fight. Earlier in the week, a deal was signed with DAZN to air its fights in English commentary throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Combate Americas was founded in 2011 and its focus is on Latin fighters and the celebration of Hispanic life. The goal is to make MMA the most popular sport amongst Latinos in the world, not including Soccer. The founder and CEO of the promotion is Campbell Mclaren. He is regarded as the co-founder and co-creator of MMA and the UFC. Mclaren is a very outspoken and straight to the punch type of guy. A visionary and someone who likes to think outside the box. For instance, Combate Americas Bantamweight Championship Title match was three 5 minute rounds. Instead of the traditional five 5 minute rounds.
The broadcast team is full of big names such as MMA great Gilbert Melendez and top-ranked Women’s Bantamweight Julianna Pena. Max Bretos does their play-by-play as well. Wrestling Star Alberto Del Rio joins for commentary for a brief time and thanks to the fighters in the cage ( also referred to as the Jaula).
Jose Alday was able to become Combate Americas first Bantamweight Champion and the fight did not disappoint. Gustavo Lopez took the fight on two days notice after Levy Marroquin was forced to pull out. Both men displayed lots of heart and toughness and went back and forth throughout the fight.
The next show is on September 28th, and will feature qualifying bouts for the “Copa Combate”. This year will be an all featherweight event.