Combate Americas inaugural 135 title fight on 9/14 will be M.M.A. 3 rounder
Combate Americas and Univision Deportes announced a blazing start to the second half of their 2018 live series with a world championship event on Friday, Sept. 14. Live from the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., the action will be simulcast on Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and Univision Deportes Network (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).
In the main event, Levy Saul Marroquin, the inaugural "COPA COMBATE" one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize tournament champion, will look to become the premier Hispanic MMA sports franchise's first-ever bantamweight world champion, when he squares off with rival, prolific Mexican star Jose "Pochito" Alday.
The much-anticipated showdown will mark the first time in history that a major, worldwide recognized MMA sports franchise will utilize three rounds, rather than the traditional, five-round format, for a world championship bout.
"MMA now stands for 'Mucha Más Acción,' and this is exactly what the world is going to see with a three-round title fight - more action in a shorter, faster and superior format that serves Combate Americas' younger, millennial audience perfectly," said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren. "This championship fight is a remarkable showdown between two ferocious warriors whose recent, respective performances in La Jaula have earned them the right to face off with each other for a coveted world title.
"We are thrilled to deliver another season of Combate Americas to our viewers and broadcast its first-ever world championship match," said Juan Carlos Rodríguez, president, Univision Deportes. "We look forward to treating MMA fans to all the action of one of the most popular sports today with Univision Deportes' best-in-class sports production."
Also featured on the live simulcast will be a women's flyweight (125) contest between top prospect Tracy Cortez (3-1) of Phoenix and Brandi Narvaez (0-2) of Corpus Christi, Texas.
An additional matchup for the live, televised, main card of the Combate Americas world championship event will be announced soon, as will a complete, preliminary bout card.
Doors at Celebrity Theatre open at 6 p.m. PT, with the first preliminary bout will beginning at 7 p.m. Priced from $30, tickets for the Combate Americas world championship MMA extravaganza are on sale at CelebrityTheatre.com and Ticketon.com.