Combate Americas announced four new bouts, including a women’s 120-pound catchweight co-main event contest between former world championship challenger Desiree “Dirty Dez” Yanez (5-2) and unbeaten Criszaida Adames (2-0), for the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise’s first closed set studio live television event in Miami, Fla. on Friday, Aug. 28.
The event will air live on television in the U.S. in Spanish on Univision (12 a.m. ET/11 p.m. CT) and TUDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), in English on AXS TV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) and in Mexico on Televisa Canal 5 (11 p.m. local time).
In the previously announced main event and inaugural Combate Americas world flyweight (125 pounds) championship bout, world-ranked star Juan “Leadfeather” Puerta (18-6) will take on three-time Combate Americas fight winner David “The Farmer of Destruction” Duran (8-6).
Yanez Looks To Bounce Back
The 30-year-old Yanez of Waco, Texas was nearly crowned the first-ever Combate Americas female world champion in her last start on December 7, before finding herself on the losing end of a close, controversial split decision to undefeated phenom Melissa “Super Mely” Martinez.
Prior to the defeat, Yanez made a stunning Combate Americas promotional debut last June 21, stopping Paulina Vargas in the third round (1:54) by way of technical submission (ankle injury). The victory gave Yanez her fourth straight win.
Fighting out of Philadelphia, Pa., the 27-year-old Adames, who was born in the Dominican Republic, will seek her third consecutive victory in La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, following a second round (1:47) TKO (knee strike) of Marisol Ruelas on September 1, 2019, and a unanimous decision over Alma Cespedes on October 18, 2019.
Prior to making her professional debut, Adames was perfect as an amateur competitor, reeling off a 4-0 record.
More Bouts Announced
In other action announced today for the August 28 card, unbeaten Elvin Espinoza (3-0) of Miami will square off with fellow unbeaten rising star Rudisel Mora (5-0-1) of Miami in a lightweight (155 pounds) contest.
In a welterweight (170 pounds) matchup between two undefeated upstarts, Eric Alequin (3-0) of West Palm Beach, Fla. will take on Jorge Masvidal teammate Charles Decca (2-0) of Miami.
Jomal Rodriguez (3-2) of Plant City, Fla. will meet Lamar Brown (2-1) of Miami in a 160-pound catchweight attraction.
The live broadcasts of Combate Americas closed set studio events, additional dates for which include Friday, Sept. 11 and Friday, Sept. 25, will feature on-camera interactions with a host of different celebrities to be announced soon.
The broadcasts will also include fan polling and voting, as well as a social media ticker on-screen that will give viewers the opportunity to see social media conversations about the event in real time.
Plans For Testing For COVID-19
Combate Americas previously announced, for the closed set studio events, a series of safety measures that the company is putting into place, including its acquisition of a dedicated physician to administer COVID-19 testing of all athletes, officials and staff prior to the show and to supervise the health of all personnel on-site in Miami.
All Los Angeles, Calif.-based Combate Americas staff will test for COVID-19 prior to departing for Miami, utilizing the free testing recently made available to the public by Los Angeles County.
All athletes and their respective corner people as well as all Combate Americas staff and officials will undergo both COVID-19 and antibody testing in Miami, in accordance with the new Florida State Boxing Commission requirements.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Combate Americas began the year with a world championship event that, in its midnight ET time slot, garnered 511,000 live Univision viewers and 2.2 million live Televisa Canal 5 viewers.
In 2019, Combate Americas averaged over 417,000 live Univision viewers at midnight ET, and over 1.7 million live Televisa Canal 5 viewers.
About Combate Americas
Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport after soccer, for Spanish speaking fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes live event and original shoulder programming on some of the biggest television, OTT and digital platforms in Spanish and English, including Univision, Televisa, TUDN, AXS TV, GOL and Facebook Watch worldwide. The company also owns and operates a multi-platform media studio, La Jaula Studios.
Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, also the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been described by New York Magazine as “the marketing genius behind the UFC,” while Yahoo Sports has said he “knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today.” With an unprecedented and cutting edge product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.
Article by Dana Becker