Wednesday September 2, 2015– September 17th, INVICTA FC Standout and former top ten ranked pro atomweight NicDali Rivera-Calanoc, (8-8) is scheduled to face former #2 Ranked Amateur Katy RED DRAGON Collins, (2-1) in a Featured Fight at COMBATE Americas at the D Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Thirty-eight million homes will be watching on NBC Universo as Rivera-Calanoc, a respected veteran of Women’s MMA, faces one of WMMA’s Rising New Stars in Katy Collins. The build up to this fight has been incredible with rumors that the winner is likely to be invited to compete at the world’s top Women’s Organization INVICTA FC.
Internet polls show Underdog Collins as a %60 favorite to upset Rivera-Calanoc during the inaugural COMBATE Americas telecast, but many are naming this fight as “too close to call,” and most likely a candidate for Fight of the year in WMMA.
Suddenly, after a six week training camp and within 2 weeks of the event, Collins’ management received word from COMBATE that the fight was not going to be approved by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “We had been told the fight was approved many weeks ago and had planned accordingly, but something seemed to have happened and we were told 2 weeks out that the NSAC would not allow the fight to happen because of the difference in experience level between the competitors,” said Collins’ manager JT Tilley when asked for comment.
According to COMBATE, Collins’ MMA Record of 2-1 did not garner her enough experience to step up in competition to face Rivera-Calanoc, who is currently 8-8 versus many of the World’s Top Ranked WMMA fighters, this is puzzling however when looking at the experience level of each fighter; Rivera-Calanoc has stepped into the cage a total of 16 times as a professional, but never competed as an amateur fighter. Collins on the other hand fought 14 times as an amateur against some of the toughest women in the midwest. Combined with her Professional record of 2-1, Collins has a total of 17 visits to the cage. Compared to Rivera-Calanoc’s 16 fights experience, it seems the difference isn’t as dramatic as it seems from first glance.
WMMA fans are up in arms about the loss of such an exciting matchup, with some fans even crying foul, with accusations that the promotion is “protecting Rivera-Calanoc,” who is currently signed to a Multi-Fight Agreement with COMBATE Americas, the first MMA Promotion geared toward a Latin American Audience.
COMBATE Americas will broadcast on NBC Universo on Thursday, September 17th LIVE from the D Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. A replacement opponent for NicDali Rivera-Calanoc will be announced shortly. Collins, however, has been dropped from the card.
Story by: Garrett Matthews, Fight Press Unlimited