“SEXY MEXY” AND UFC® VET DANNY MARTINEZ
STEP IN FOR INJURED FIGHTERS IN
MAIN AND CO-MAIN EVENT BOUTS
AT COMBATE AMERICAS ON THURSDAY, AUG. 11,
LIVE ON UFC FIGHT PASS® FROM LOS ANGELES
New featherweight main event:
John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda replaces injured Erick Sanchez against Angel Cruz
New flyweight co-main event:
Danny Martinez in for injured Jonathan Martinez against Benjamin Vinson
NEW YORK – August 4, 2016 – Combate Americas, the first-ever U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, today announced new main event and co-main event matchups for its 10-bout fight card that will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS® from The Exchange in Los Angeles, Calif. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.
Streaking star John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (10-2) will step in for Erick Sanchez, who suffered a staph infection, and face off with Angel “Tito” Cruz (5-2) in the featherweight (145 pounds) main event at “Aspira A Mas Presents Combate Americas: CombateOCHO,” while four-time UFC® veteran Danny “The Gremlin” Martinez will replace a hurt (knee injury) Jonathan Martinez (19-7) in the flyweight (125 pounds) co-main event contest with Benjamin Vinson (8-3-1).
In addition, the planned women’s atomweight (105 pounds) matchup between Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (5-3) and Lisa Ellis (15-10) has been scrapped due to a hamstring injury sustained by Batara.
“We wish Erick, Jonathan and Kyra speedy and full recoveries, and have the utmost respect for John Castaneda and Danny Martinez, two ferocious warriors who did not hesitate to accept our offers to face super tough opponents in the top two fights on our card, on short notice,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The 24-year-old Castaneda of Mankato, Minn. is riding a five-fight win streak, the last three of which came inside the Combate Americas cage, or “La Jaula.”
To date, the fast-rising star who normally competes at bantamweight (135 pounds), but who began his career as a featherweight, has notched 7 of his 10 professional career wins by way of (T)KO or submission.
Martinez of Chula Vista, Calif. will see action for the first time since his unanimous decision win over Richie Vaculik at UFC 193 last November 14.
The 31-year-old finisher, originally hailing from Tempe, Ariz., has earned 14 of his 19 career victories by way of (T)KO or submission.
Tickets for “Aspira A Mas Presents Combate Americas: CombateOCHO,” priced from $40, are on sale at ItsMySeat.com as well as at The Exchange box office. UFC FIGHT PASS is available on: personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Sony TVs with Android TV and Roku devices.
Doors at the Exchange LA open for the event at 5:30 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 6 p.m. The live UFC FIGHT PASS stream will commence at 6:30 p.m.
COMBATE AMERICAS: CombateOCHO
Featherweight Main Event:
- John Castaneda vs. Angel Cruz
Flyweight Co-Main Event:
- Danny Ramirez vs. Benjamin Vinson
- Flyweight: Heinrich Wassmer vs. Benji Gomez
- Featherweight: Izic Fernandez vs. Marcos Bonilla
- Flyweight: Jonathan Santa Maria vs. Albert Tapia
- Featherweight: Jonathan Quiroz vs. Ryan Lilley
- Lightweight: Jose Estrada vs. Christian Cardona
- Lightweight: Erick Gonzalez vs. Yoandy Carrillo
- Welterweight: Daniel Rodriguez vs. Hector Saldana
- Welterweight: George Hernandez vs. Hakob Ter Petrosyan
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