LOS ANGELES: Combate Americas today announced that it will head back to Monterrey, N.L., Mexico with another star-studded Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight card on Friday, Oct. 18, live on television in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT) from Domo Care.
Priced from $300MXN, tickets for the Combate Americas live MMA event go on sale soon.
In the featherweight (145 pounds) main event and a fearsome Mexico vs. USA showdown, Monterrey’s Levy “El Negro” Marroquin (12-3), the winner of the inaugural “COPA COMBATE” one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize tournament in 2017, will take on burgeoning American star Enrique “Baby Bull” Gonzalez (8-3).
In the co-main event, which will also be contested at featherweight, Alejandro “Gallito” Flores (16-2), the runner-up at last year’s “COPA COMBATE” tournament affair, will collide with battle-tested veteran Marco “La Rocca” Antonio Elpidio (9-3-1).
“Monterrey has become a home to some of the best fights in Combate Americas, and this event will continue the drumbeat there with homegrown superstars like Levy Marroquin, ‘Gallito’ Flores and others returning to La Jaula and delivering a night of Mucha Más Acción while putting their stellar records on the line against stiff competition in Enrique Gonzalez and Marco Elpidio, respectively,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
The 24-year-old Marroquin, who became an overnight sensation by defeating three consecutive opponents in one night to become the first-ever “COPA COMBATE” tournament champion, is looking to rebound from a hard fought, unanimous decision defeat at the hands of Flores on April 12 in Monterrey.
Prior to the loss, Marroquin had reeled off his fourth consecutive victory with another epic performance that led to a unanimous decision win over American rising star Jose “Froggy” Estrada last November 17.
Fighting out of Chicago, Ill., the 21-year-old Gonzalez originally hails from Laredo, Texas and will look for his third consecutive victory following a successful Combate Americas debut on June 21 when he edged out a split decision over Mexico’s Alejandro “Pato” Martinez in co-main event action.
Gonzalez is a member of the fast-growing Valle Flo Striking (VFS) camp led by head trainer Mike Valle.
Also fighting out of Valle’s camp, the 28-year-old Flores reached the championship stage of the 2018 “COPA COMBATE” featherweight tournament in Fresno, Calif. last December by notching back-to-back victories that night over Colombia’s Jhon Douglas Bedoya via first round (3:03) submission (d’arce choke) and Chile’s Pablo Villaseca via unanimous decision in semifinal stage action.
Elpidio of Mexico City, Mexico is a six-time veteran of Combate Americas action, seeking his third straight win.
In his last start, which also took place in Monterrey on April 12, Elpidio took a split decision from Ricardo “El Loco” Arreola.
In a featured welterweight (170 pounds) attraction announced today, Alvaro “Chango” Herrera (9-7) of Guadalajara, J.L., Mexico will square off with Fernando Gonzalez Treviño (4-2) of San Jose, Calif. via Monterrey.
A featured women’s atomweight (105 pounds) matchup will see unbeaten Ana “Guerrera” Palacios (3-0-1) of Mexico City, Mexico battle Lezly Hinojosa Compean (2-1) of Monterrey.
In preliminary bout action, Ivan Perez Ruvalcaba (6-6) of Monterrey will face off with Ernesto “Neto” Quiroja Rodriguez (3-2) of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico at a catchweight of 150 pounds.
Additional preliminary card bouts for the Combate Americas event in Monterrey will be announced soon.