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For the first time ever, Combate Global will feature a four-man European lightweight tournament this Sunday, August 1, 2021.
Known for hosting various tournaments, the Global Combat cage will welcome fresh faces from Italy, France, Ireland and Spain.
The event will air in a two-hour window on Univision (11 pm ET / 8 pm PT) and TUDN USA (11 pm ET / 8 pm PT) in the United States and on TUDN MX (10 pm local time) in Mexico from the Univision studios in Miami, Florida.
A 75-minute version of the program will air the same night on Televisa Nueve (10:45 pm local time) in Mexico.
The tournament will begin with the semifinals scheduled for a five-minute round. The finals will be scheduled for three five-minute rounds.
The tournament winner will win an entry for their country in the annual one-night, eight-man, $ 100,000 “COMBATE CUP” grand prize tournament in December.
Earlier this year, Combate Global held a four-man tournament and an eight-man tournament. On August 13, an eight-woman tournament will take place.
The following contestants have the opportunity to come out of the cage with their hands raised with the flag of their respective country.
The semifinals will include Irish Patrick “The Leech” Lehane (he will make his professional debut but has 19 amateur fights) against Spain’s Sebastián Santana Guedes (8-2-1) and Italian Gianluca “Django” Rocca (6-0) vs. French Maxime L’Animaux Giacalone (5-5-1).
Irishman Lehane stepped up to represent his country despite having no prior professional experience. The three-time amateur champion went viral after his penultimate win by knocking out his opponent at 1:19 in the second round via an uppercut in 2019. He has 19 amateur fights and his last two fights were in a span of two. weeks winning one by technical knockout and the other by submission. Train with Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Cork City under Liam Griffin. The gym is part of SBG Ireland, which is the gym John Kavanah, mixed martial arts coach, and former world champion Conor McGregor train.
Although professionally he comes with the least experience, fans may be impressed with his hands and combinations. Look for flashy hands and unorthodox footwork, which could lead the loser to win the tournament. However, in the semifinals, he faces a tough opponent, as he fights against the expert Spanish fighter Guedes, who has eleven professional fights.
Born in Spain, Guedes, whose parents are Cuban, is looking to bounce back after a submission loss in June 2019. This will be his first time fighting in the United States. Four of his victories come via submission. Knowing that Lehane is a standing fighter, Guedes, a black belt in Jiu Jitsu, might want to take the fight to the ground where he feels comfortable and it could spell trouble for the Irishman. He also has a 2-0 record in professional kickboxing and a 2-0 record in boxing. The Spaniard loved to play soccer, but decided to train in martial arts after being bullied. When he is not training, he is working as a security guard. Although he’s looking forward to raising the Spanish flag in victory, Guedes has a goal of one day becoming a gym owner.
Rocca from Italy was motivated to start mixed martial arts after watching the back-and-forth war between Diego Sánchez and Gilbert Meléndez in 2013. The undefeated fighter began his martial arts training by learning the art of eight limbs, Muay Thai and boxing. Expect him to display tons of ammo standing up against his French opponent. He credits the sport with getting him out of trouble. After his parents’ divorce, he got into street fights and made wrong decisions. But MMA allowed him to put his head in order. His last fight was in September 2019 where he won by technical knockout. When the featured Palestra Pride gym is not training, you can find it enjoying pizza or watching soccer. Your perfect fighting record is up for grabs,
Three of Giacalone’s five wins have come via submission, but he’s confident that he has the perfect hands to knock out his opponents and win the tournament. However, one of those submission victories was a Candidate of the Year presentation in which he locked himself in a Peruvian tie in 2017. The French fighter trains out of the Marseille Fight Club team. Winning the tournament will allow fans to set their sights on France, as the country did not legalize MMA until January 2020. There are many fighters representing the country, but a victory in the tournament will put Giacalone in the same category.
Spaniard Tommy Aaron (8-5) and Jean Marc “Kokito” Howell (13-5) will fight in the reserve fight.
In the event that any of the semi-final stage fight winners are physically unable to advance to the championship stage of the tournament due to injury sustained en route to victory, the winner of the match between Aaron and Howell will replace the winner. injured in the championship fight.
In addition to the tournament, the undercard will feature three individual matches that will pit competitors from the United States against opponents from Mexico.
In a strawweight contest (115 pounds), undefeated Maraya Miller (1-0) will face 18-year-old upstart Ireland Galindo (0-0) from Mexico City, Mexico.
Roberto Romero Hernández (2-2) of Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico via Irvine, California will collide with Michael Martinez (1-1) of San Antonio, Texas at featherweight (145 pounds).
Jimmy “Sandstorm” Sandlin (4-2) of Carlisle, Ohio will face Carlos “Goku” Arana (2-1) of Guadalajara, JL, Mexico at lightweight.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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