Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Combate Americas, the world’s premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts MMA sports and media franchise, today announced the completion of the live, pay-per-view televised portion of the ‘Tito vs. Alberto – What Side Are You On?’ extravaganza at Payne Arena in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, Dec. 7, with the addition of a featured, featherweight (145 pounds) showdown between ferocious, young rivals from Mexico and the U.S., respectively, in Levy “El Negro” Marroquin (12-3) and Enrique “Baby Bull” Gonzalez (8-3).

The 24-year-old Marroquin of Monterrey, N.L., Mexico became an overnight sensation on November 11, 2017 when he defeated three opponents in one night to emerge the first “COPA COMBATE” eight-man tournament champion in history and collect the $100,000 grand prize.

Fighting out of Chicago, Ill., the 21-year-old Gonzalez originally hails from Laredo, Texas and will look for his third straight win after he edged out a split decision over Mexico’s Alejandro “Pato” Martinez at the Combate Americas live television event at Payne Arena on June 21.

Gonzalez relocated from Laredo to Chicago to train with Valle Flo Striking (VFS), the all-star fight squad led by head trainer Mike Valle.The event will be headlined by the previously announced and highly-anticipated, 210-pound catchweight showdown between UFC Hall of Famer and former World Light Heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (20-12-1) of Huntington Beach, Calif., and multiple-time WWE Heavyweight Champion and former PRIDE and DEEP MMA star Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez (9-5) (formerly “Alberto Del Rio” of the WWE) of San Antonio, Texas by way of San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico.

At stake in the matchup between Ortiz and “El Patrón” is the winner-take-all title belt challenge that will see the victor walk away with the loser’s coveted, championship belt.

COMBATE AMERICAS ‘TITO VS. ALBERTO - WHAT SIDE ARE YOU ON?’ UPDATED FIGHT CARD

CATCHWEIGHT (210 LBS.) MAIN EVENT:
Tito Ortiz (20-12-1) vs. Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez (9-5)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STRAWWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT:
Melissa “Super Mely” Martinez (6-0) vs. Desiree “Dirty Dez” Yanez (5-1)

FEATURED FLYWEIGHT BOUT:
Dani Barez (11-4) vs. Joby Sanchez (13-5)

FEATURED FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT:
Levy “El Negro” Marroquin (12-3) vs. Enrique “Baby Bull” Gonzalez (8-3)

FEATURED CATCHWEIGHT (150 LBS.) BOUT:
Gaston “Tonga” Reyno (8-2, 2 NC) vs. Angel “Tito” Cruz (6-4)

FEATURED CATCHWEIGHT (118 LBS.) BOUT:
“Sexy” Dulce Garcia (1-0) vs. Marisol Ruelas (1-2)

PRELIMINARY BOUT CARD

LIGHTWEIGHT:
Jose “Luke” Flores (8-1) vs. Ismael “Marreta” Bonfim (13-3)

FEATHERWEIGHT:
Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (11-2) vs. Jose “The Ghost” Ceja (4-5)