Former WWE Champion and former MMA fighter Alberto El Patron (known in the WWE as Alberto Del Rio) has been named the president of Combate Americas.
“A storied fighter, with a following throughout Mexico and the U.S., Alberto brings a tremendous amount of knowledge of what it means to be in competition, coupled with an ability to communicate his passion for the sport, to his new role,” said Campbell McLaren, Combate Americas founder and CEO. “From working with Alberto in the past, we have gotten to know him very well, and are thrilled to have him on our team in an executive capacity.”
“I am excited to enter a new chapter in my career in combat sports, and to have the opportunity to spearhead the Combate Americas mission of delivering to fight fans everywhere, an authentic and first-rate Hispanic MMA product,” said El Patron in a statement.
El Patron earned a record of 9-5-0 as a professional MMA fighter, but is best known for being on the receiving end of a head kick knockout loss to the legendary Mirko Cro Cop at PRIDE Bushido I. El Patron’s last bout as a professional MMA fighter came at Cage Of Combat IV in 2010, where he was finished by second round TKO by Yamamoto Hanshi.
El Patron will be appearing at this Friday Night’s Combate Americas event, which will feature UFC veteran Matt Hamill and a bantamweight title fight will be headlining the event.