Combate Americas announces live UDN telecast of ‘Mexico vs El Mundo’
Combate Americas today announced a live Univision Deportes Network (UDN) telecast (11 p.m ET/8 p.m. PT) of, as well as one new matchup for its ‘Mexico vs. El Mundo’Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event from Auditorio Municipal Tijuana in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico on Friday, May 18.
The nine-bout fight card will be highlighted by matchups between an assembly of top rising stars from Mexico and opponents from four other countries – the U.S., Spain, Brazil and Chile -including a previously announced, much-anticipated featherweight (145 pounds) showdown between knockout artists Marco Antonio “La Roca” Elpidio (7-2-1) of Mexico City, Mexico and Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (13-2) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.
The 90-minute telecast will immediately follow the live stream of the complete preliminary bout card on www.UnivisionDeportes.com, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
“The whole world loves Mexican food, but fears Mexican fighters, and with ‘Mexico vs. El Mundo’ we have an extraordinary event that features the best of both worlds,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The live telecast will include another previously announced, bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup between22-year-old phenom Christian “El Taylon” Quiñonez (10-2) of Tijuana, andundefeated rising star Vinicius “Lok Dog” De Oliveira(9-0) of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.
In other live televised action announced today, a women’s strawweight (115 pounds) matchup will see Georgina Almeraz (3-1) of Chihuahua, Mexico and Mireia Garcia (0-0) of Barcelona, Spain make their respective Combate Americas debuts against one another.
Garcia, an unbeaten professional kickboxer and a protégé of “COPA COMBATE” tournament semifinalistMarc “Lufo” Gomez, will also make first start under MMA rules.
The preliminary bout card will be highlighted by a lightweight (155 pounds) contest between hard-hitting Rodrigo “Kazula” Vargas (9-2) of Mexico Citywill collide with seasoned battler Mike “El Cucuy” De La Torre (14-8 (1)) of San Diego, Calif., U.S.
Another lightweight bout pitting Mexico against the U.S. will feature Alex “Bam” Velasco (7-1) of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, squaring off against fellow, aggressive striker Daniel “D-Rod” Rodriguez (5-1) of Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.
Recently signed, undefeated rising star Eduardo “Cyborg” Torres (9-0) of Santiago, Chile, will make his Combate Americas debut against Kevin “Badass” Amador (9-8) of Ensenada in a bantamweight affair.
Twelve-time national judo champion Vanesa “Chiquitina” Rico (3-3) from Alicante, Spain, will make her return to La Jaula against fellow Combate Americas veteran Yajaira “Shoko” Romo (3-3) of Monterrey, Mexico.
Jair “El Lupe” Perez (0-0) of Monterreywill make his professional debut against Jesus Blanco (0-1) of Tijuana at lightweight.
Undefeated flyweight (125 pounds) rising starEdgar “Pitbull” Chairez (3-0) of Mexicali go to war with fellow MexicanBetche Cantu(7-3) of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.
Doors at Auditorio Municipal Tijuana will open at 6 p.m. local time, and the first preliminary bout will start at 6:30 p.m.
Priced from 330.00$ MXN, tickets for “Combate Americas: Mexico vs. The World” are on sale at both Ticketon.com and TaquillaExpress.com.