A rematch has been announced for next months Combate Americas card as bantamweight champion Jose Alday will once again battle Gustavo Lopez. Alday won the first bout via split decision six months ago, with the win earning Alday the bantamweight gold.
The following press release was issued by Combate Americas for the event:
COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES
BANTAMWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH:
JOSE ALDAY (CHAMPION) VS. GUSTAVO LOPEZ (CHALLENGER)
LIVE, EXCLUSIVELY ON DAZN IN THE U.S. AND CANADA
ON FRIDAY, MARCH 29 FROM TUCSON, ARIZ.
PLUS: FIVE OTHER FEATURED BOUTS ANNOUNCED
NEW YORK- February 26, 2019 - Combate Americas has announced a world bantamweight (135 pounds) championship rematch between reigning kingpin Jose “Pochito” Alday (12-3-1) and challenger Gustavo Lopez (9-4-1) live, exclusively on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) in English in the U.S. and Canada from the Event Center at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday, March 29.
Tickets for “Combate Americas: Alday vs. Lopez 2” go on sale on Monday at CombateAmericas.com/Tucson.
“This is an incredible rematch that had to happen after these two fought an all-out war for three straight rounds,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren. “If their rematch is anything like their first meeting, we will have a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate on our hands.”
In featured action also announced today, Kobe “The Stunna” Ortiz (16-7) of San Manuel, Ariz. will face off with James “Loose” Cannon (7-4) of Tucson in a middleweight (185 pounds) contest).
Oscar “Jacare” Suarez (4-2) of Tenerife, Spain will battle Joao Camilo (4-2) of Tucson via Goiania, Goias, Brazil at flyweight (125 pounds).
Andy “Golden Boy” Perez (9-7) of Tucson will square off with Eduardo “El Pube” Alvarado Osuna (6-5) of Tijuana, B.C., Mex. in a bantamweight tilt.
In one of two women’s bouts, unbeaten Codie Wareham (2-0) of Phoenix, Ariz. will collide with Gabby Romero (2-3) of Los Angeles, Calif. via Albuquerque, N.M. at strawweight (115 pounds) while, in the other, Marisol Ruelas (0-1) of Chicago, Ill. Will face off with Corrie Ward (0-3) of Tucson.
The rematch between the 27-year-old Alday of Tucson and the 30-year-old Lopez of Las Vegas, Nev. via Yakima, Wash. comes six months after the two stars collided with the vacant title at stake in a unique, three-round championship bout in Phoenix, Ariz.
The two engaged in a relentless, see-saw battle that went the distance before Alday walked away with a razor-thin, split decision that left unfinished business in La Jaula, the Combate Americas cage.
To arrive at their initial meeting, which also marked his first world title bout, Alday notched a split decision over superstar John “Sexi Mexi” Castanedabefore an audience of over 4.6 million live television viewers across the U.S. and Mexico on Univision and Azteca 7, respectively.
The championship victory represented a major milestone for Alday, a Dreamer who was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex.
The rematch will mark the third time that Lopez, a stable member of MMA legend Randy “The Natural” Couture’s Team Couture, quickly rebounded from the loss to Alday, defeating Vicente Marquez of Spain with a von flue choke just 50 seconds into the first round of their meeting at “COPA COMBATE” on December 7.
To date, Lopez owns five victories in Combate Americas action, four of which he produced with (T)KO or submission.
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 and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), DAZN, ESPN, 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.