LOS ANGELES: Combate Americas today announced the completion of a 10-bout fight card, including a new main event, for its much-anticipated debut in South America with the largest-scale Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event in Peru history, at Coliseo Manuel Bonilla in the capital city of Lima, on Friday, May 31.
‘Combate Peru’ airs live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m.PT), and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
The flagship show will mark Combate Americas’ entry into a third country and second continent with its aggressively expanding live television event series.
Priced from 88 soles, tickets for ‘Combate Peru’ are on sale at CombateAmericas.com/Peru.
In the new lightweight (155 pounds) main event, previously announced, undefeated Daniel “Golden Boy” Zellhuber (6-0) will collide with fellow unbeaten, rising star Gian Franco Cortez (4-0).
The 19-year-old Zellhuber of Mexico City, Mexico was originally slated to face Rolando Bedoya (11-1), but Bedoya has since withdrawn from the commitment.
Fighting out of Lima, the 22-year-old Cortez is coming off a spectacular, first round (1:35) TKO (punches) of Steven Muñoz on March 23.
Cortez made his professional debut on October 7, 2017, scoring a knockout on Benji Ayala just 15 seconds into the first round of action.
Also announced today was a new bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup between undefeated David “The Black Spartan” Martinez (3-0) of Mexico City and William Sanchez (0-0) of Lima.
Sanchez will make his professional debut after a nearly untarnished, 5-1 run as an amateur.
Martinez was originally slated to face 2017 “COPA COMBATE” tournament competitor Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-2) of Lima before Moreyra’s camp determined he would no longer be able to make the contracted weight of the bout.
Moreyra will move up to the next weight class, featherweight (145 pounds), and will square off with Bruno “Jacunda” Pereira (10-6-1) of Lima via Macapa, Amapa, Brazil in a ‘Combate Peru’ preliminary card bout.
In other preliminary card action announced today, fellow Lima competitors Yuri Valenzuela (12-6-1) and Vicente Vargas (10-4) will face off at bantamweight, while unbeaten upstarts Jose Alberto Ochoa (2-0) of Lima and Omar Torres(2-0) of Arequipa, Peru will battle each other in a flyweight (125 pounds) affair.
The previously announced co-main event between Marlon “Deriko Siete” Gonzales (14-4-2) Lima and Pablo Villaseca (14-5) of Santiago, Chile will be contested at a catchweight of 150 pounds.
COMBATE AMERICAS: COMBATE PERU
LIGHTWEIGHT MAIN EVENT:
Daniel Zellhuber vs. Gian Franco Cortez
CATCHWEIGHT (150 LBS.) CO-MAIN EVENT:
Marlon Gonzales vs. Pablo Villaseca
FEATURED STRAWWEIGHT BOUT:
Alitzel Mariscal vs. Maria Paola Buzaglo
PRELIMINARY BOUT CARD:
Bantamweight: Rodrigo Vera vs. Eduardo Torres
Bantamweight: Renzo Mendez vs. Andres Ayala
Featherweight: Kevin Moreyra vs. Bruno Pereira
Bantamweight: Yuri Valenzuela vs. Vicente Vargas
Catchweight (120 pounds): Jennifer Gonzalez vs. Dana Zighelboim Grau
Bantamweight: David Martinez vs. William Sanchez
Flyweight: Jose Alberto Ochoa vs. Omar Torres