NEW YORK – APRIL 27, 2018 – On the heels of its smash-hit, first two live Univision Deportes televised events, Combate Americas, the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, today announced that “Combate Estrellas III” will premiere on Univision Deportes Network (UDN), beginning at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT on Friday, April 27.
The 90-minute program will feature six of the best and most exciting, previously non-televised bouts from “Combate Estrellas I” and “Combate Estrellas II” that aired live from Los Angeles, Calif. and Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico on April 13 and April 20, respectively. The program will also be avaialable on the Univision Deportes app and univisiondeportes.com
“We are excited to have the opportunity to produce a trilogy with the ‘Combate Estrellas’ series, and to deliver to Univision Deportes viewers a program that features some of the most intense and competitive bouts, and most exciting moments in La Jaula that happened over the last two weeks,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
“Combate Estrellas III” will feature the previously non-televised “Combate Estrellas I” lightweight (155 pounds) rematch between bitter rivals Danny “The Realist” Ramirez (6-4) and Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez (8-2); the flyweight (125 pounds) clash between Heinrich Wassmer (6-3) and “Malicious” Mikey Reyes (4-4); and the 147-pound catchweight contest between Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet (6-1) and Keith “Danger” Carson (6-5).
The “Combate Estrellas III” program will also include the epic, lightweight barnburner affair between Ivan Perez (4-5) and Ricardo “Loco” Arreola (5-6); the bantamweight (135 pounds) scrap between Oscar Suarez(5-1) and Enrique “Locote” Gonzalez (12-11); and the bantamweight bout between undefeated David Martinez (3-0) and Enrique “Kike” Barragan (5-3).
Danny “The Realist” Ramirez vs. Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez
Ramirez of El Dorado Hills, Calif., U.S. and Gonzalez of Los Angeles, Calif., U.S. faced off for the second time after their all-out, three-round war that Ramirez walked away from the winner by way of unanimous decision, in February 2017.
Gonzalez felt he was robbed of a victory the first time around, and was granted the opportunity to settle the matter.
“Malicious” Mikey Reyes vs. Heinrich Wassmer
A three-time veteran of Combate Americas action, the 26-year-old Reyes of Oxnard, Calif. U.S. is a fast-paced, action fighter who went looking for his first victory in La Jaula.
Representing Guatemala, the 27-year-old Wassmer, who fights out of Los Angeles, made his sixth career start under the promotion Combate Americas, where he had previously notched two memorable, first round submission victories, both by way of armbar.
Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet vs. Keith Carson
Ruquet of Las Vegas, Nev. U.S. is a 25-year-old submission expert known for his gutsy efforts and willingness to compete in any fighting range, against any opponent put in front of him.
Carson of San Bernardino, Calif. U.S. accepted the matchup with Ruquet on just two days’ notice. The 26-year-old made his Combate Americas debut with all six of his career wins having come by way of (T)KO.
Ivan Perez vs. Ricardo “Loco” Arreola
Perez of Monterrey is the 33-year-old, elder brother of superstar Erik “Goyito” Perez, who headlined the “Combate Estrellas II” event.
Ivan entered La Jaula boasting submission victories in all of his previous career wins, and with a score to settle in a long-standing feud with fellow Monterrey native and arch-rival, the 27-year-old Arreola.
Oscar Suarez vs. Enrique Gonzalez
At just 19 years of age, Suarez of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain is widely regarded as one of the best, pound-for-pound prospects in the sport of MMA.
Gonzalez of Monterrey is a 31-year-old scrappy fighter who risked his perfect record against his younger opponent.
David Martinez vs. Enrique Barragan
Martinez, the Mexico City, Mexico-based, 20-year-old brother of fellow undefeated Combate Americas rising star and “Combate Estrellas II” competitor, Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez, was eager to make a powerful impression in his first Combate Americas start after two straight victories by way of one-punch knockouts.
The 23-year-old Barragan of Saltillo, Coahila, Mexico is another fearsome, potential future champion. Barragan made history on January 19, 2017 when he competed in the first-ever Combate Americas live event in Mexico, scoring a second round (:48) TKO (punches) on Kevin Garcia.
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