The dust has settled in Hidalgo Texas where this is weekend Combates Americas held its first PPV event, which featured the legend Tito Ortiz vs the 1st Mexican WWE champ Alberto Del Rio.
First to step into the cage was Elias Urbina vs. Mikey Tovar.
This was a great way to start off the night. With a flash head kick KO that could be heard up in the rafters the night was guaranteed to live up to the hype.
Elias Urbina defeats Mikey Tovar via KO (Head Kick) at 3:14 of R1
Up next was Luke Flores vs Clarence Brown. With the hometown advantage Luke Flores was looking for a highlight reel finish. The fight started with some clean striking but ended up on the ground. I honestly thought it would have stayed standing seeing as how Luke recently came back from a trip to Thailand where he honed in on his Muay Thai skills. He must have seen a hole in Brown’s game as it didn’t take long for him to take him down and maintain control eventually ending in a submission victory.
Luke Flores defeats Clarence Brown via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:16 of R1
Next to enter the cage was Raymond Banda vs Edmilson Freitas.
Freitas got the better of the exchanges and took Banda down. Freitas hit Banda in the back of the head with elbows in the 3rd which resulted in the ref separating the two. Freitas got the takedown again and landed a few more blows to the back of the head which resulted in a point deduction. This was a great back and forth fight especially considering Banda had only 3 days to prepare. Banda vs Freitas ends in a Majority Draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28).
Rounding out the top of the undercard was Víctor Martínez vs Luis Luna would be the last fight before the start of the main PPV event.
Martinez made quick work of his opponent and defeated Luna via TKO (Punches) at 1:30 of R1.
1st fight of the PPV Gaston Reyno vs Rey Trujillo. Trujillo looked frustrated through the first 2 rds. Gaston seems content just laying and praying. It was a classic case of striker vs grappler. Gaston Reyno defeats Rey Trujillo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Second fight of our PPV event seemed to be a fan favorite. We had Dulce Garcia vs McAllen’s Anali Lopez. The fight started off fast with these 2 women throwing hands. Lopez seemed to have been stunned and cut over her right eyebrow. Dulce rained down punches and was able to sink in the submission. Garcia wins via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:47 of R1.
This next fight was a very anticipated matchup between Daniel Barez vs Joao Camilo. This was a great back and forth fight. Both were able to showcase their skills but it was Barez who shined. His ground game was pretty dominating in rds 2 and 3. I was really hoping to see them stand and bang more but the majority of the fight was on the ground. Daniel Barez defeats Joao Camilo via Split Decision (30-27 29-28, 28-29)
Next fight featured Levy Marroquin vs Enrique Gonzalez. This was a fast paced fight. Both engaged from the start of the bell. Gonzales was winning the exchanges and made one mistake. He had to control and Marroquin regained position which led to his win. Levy Marroquin defeats Enrique Gonzalez via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:53 of R1.
Our next event was the co-main event which featured 2 of the best female fighters in MMA and would be the inaugural Combates America strawweight champion.
Melissa Martinez vs Desiree Yanez was a great fight from start to finish. 1st round was dead even in my opinion and could have gone to anyone. 2nd round I have to Yanez based on control time. 3rd Rd was also a tough round to score. I honestly had Yanez willing this Rd as well based on control but I don’t think that’s what the judges wanted to see. I think they based they scoring off effective striking. The fight ended in controversy with Melissa Martinez defeating Desiree Yanez via Split Decision (29-28, 29-29, 27-29). Needless to say, the crowd was not happy.
Our main event featured The legend Tito Ortiz vs The 1st WWE Mexican Champion Alberto Del Rio. These guys came out to fight. Opening bell other ran straight to the center of the cage and engaged. They locked up and Alberto went for what seemed to be a belly to belly suplex. He slammed Tito but couldn’t escape the wizzer Ortiz had. Ended up losing his position and gave up side control to the king of ground and pound. At this point it was pretty clear Tito would have an advantage. Alberto managed to find his way back up to his feet but was quickly met with a few punches from Tito which had him back peddling. Tito closed the distance and took Alberto down eventually taking his back , flattening Alberto out and sinking in the rear naked choke for the win.
Combate Americas first pay-per-view was a huge success. The event was extremely professional, the production was amazing and I can honestly say people got their money’s worth out of this event whether in person at the arena or online via pay-per-view.
Did Tito Ortiz vs Alberto Del Rio really have to happen? Probably not but I’m sure glad as hell it did!