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Combate Global announces U.S. vs. Mexico showdown for Friday in Miami

Five-bout fight card airs live on Univision and TUDN USA.
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NEW YORK – Combate Global today announced a five-bout fight card, including three matchups pitting competitors from the U.S. against opponents from Mexico, for Friday, live on television in the U.S. on Univision and TUDN USA (12 a.m. ET) from Miami.

In the featherweight main event and one of the anticipated U.S. vs. Mexico showdowns between two young fighters that have gone unbeaten in Combate Global action to date, Ivan "The Titan" Tena (4-0) will take on Roberto "Charro Negro" Romero (4-2-1).

The 23-year-old Tena of Tucson, Ariz. is one of the brightest new stars to burst onto the MMA scene, collecting each of his first four victories via knockout or submission inside of two rounds. 

Tena recorded his fastest stoppage – a 10-second TKO of Ricardo Canales – on March 13, 2021, and will look for his second win of the year after scoring a second-round TKO on Geraldo Almonte in Combate Global action on April 15.

Romero is a 22-year-old native of Chihuhua, Mexico and a winner of the Combate Global 2021 "Fight of the Year" award as a result of his epic battle against American Zed Montanez that resulted in a draw last October 22.

A black belt in the Polynesian martial art of LimaLima, Romero turned in a banner year in 2021, racking up three straight wins, including a first-round knockout of Carlos Tenorio with a single, brutal punch to the body, prior to the award-winning fight with Montanez.

In a women's 120-pound catchweight contest, Yazmin Najera (1-0) of Mexico City, Mexico will square off with fellow unbeaten upstart, Valentina Escobar (1-0) of Santiago, Chile.

A featured featherweight matchup and second U.S. vs. Mexico contest will see Carlos "Lobo" Rivera (14-6) of Mexico City do battle with Landry "The Lonestar Kid" Ward (5-1) of Fort Worth, Texas via Miami.

The preliminary fight card will be highlighted by the third U.S. vs. Mexico matchup, a flyweight attraction pitting unbeaten Jaret Betancourt (3-0) of Miami against Rodrigo "Roh" Garcia (3-2) of Monterrey, Mexico.

Kicking off the show will be an atomweight bout between undefeated Andrea Meneses (3-0) of Barcelona, Spain and Katie Perez (3-2) of Cullowhee, N.C.