Combate Americas returns on Friday, February 28 with Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA and in the main event, it is going to be Pablo Sabori versus Adrian Guzman in a lightweight division attraction. Other notables in action on February 28 include former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto, Karla Benitez and Ivan Castillo.
The following press release was issued by Combate Americas:
COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES RETURN TO FRESNO, CALIF.
WITH SERIES OF ‘MEXICO VS. USA’ MATCHUPS ON FEBRUARY 28
LIVE ON UNIVISION, TUDN AND AXS TV IN THE U.S.,
TELEVISA CANAL 5 IN MEXICO
PABLO “EL GALLO NEGRO” SABORI (MEXICO) VS. ADRIAN GUZMAN (USA)
FEATURED MEXICO VS. USA BOUTS:
IVAN “CHOKO” CASTILLO (MEXICO) VS. DANNY “THE REALIST” RAMIREZ (USA)
CARLOS REYES (MEXICO) VS. PAUL ELIZONDO (USA)
FORMER WORLD CHAMPION ZOILA FRAUSTO FACES
FELLOW KNOCKOUT ARTIST KARLA BENITEZ
TICKETS ON SALE ON FRIDAY
NEW YORK – January 23, 2019 – Combate Americas today announced its return to Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. with a new installment of its popular ‘Mexico vs. USA’ themed Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) series on Friday, Feb. 28, live on television in the U.S. in Spanish on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN USA (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), and 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 lightweight (155 pounds) main event, Adrian Guzman (6-1), representing the U.S., will face off with Mexican rival and fellow explosive striker, Pablo “El Gallo Negro” Sabori (9-6).
Priced from $22, tickets for the ‘Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA’ event at Save Mart Center go on sale tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. PT at Ticketmaster.com.
“We are back in Fresno, one of our favorite cities, with the ongoing and epic rivalry between young rising stars from Mexico and the U.S.,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
Fighting out of Parlier, Calif., the 25-year-old Guzman’s return to La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, comes three months after his last performance - a barnburner main event against Ramirez that saw Guzman earn a unanimous decision after three thrilling rounds.
A winner of four of his six career victories by way of (T)KO or submission, Guzman will hunt for his third straight win.
The 27-year-old Sabori of Tijuana, B.C. will re-enter La Jaula just over one year after his memorable, all-out slugfest at the same arena, and split decision defeat at the hands of Urijah Faber campmate Anthony “The Shark” Avila.
Prior to the war with Avila, Sabori, a four-time veteran of Combate Americas action, earned a unanimous decision over Puerto Rico’s Michael Irizarry, a bout that also took place at Save Mart Center.
In one of two featured ‘Mexico vs. USA’ bouts announced today, Ivan “Choko” Castillo (17-13) of Ensenada, B.C. will battle Danny “The Realist” Ramirez (6-6) of Dorado Hills, Calif. at lightweight.
In the second fight announced today, unbeaten Carlos Reyes (1-0) of Tijuana will face rising star Paul Elizondo (3-1) of Fresno in a flyweight (125 pounds) attraction.
A featured women’s flyweight contest will see former world champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto (14-6) of Madera, Calif. square off with fellow knockout artist Karla Benitez (17-15-1, 1 NC) of Barcelona, Spain via San Fernando De Apure, Venezuela.
Additional bouts for the Combate Americas event will be announced soon.
Doors at Save Mart Center will open at 6 p.m. local time for the Combate Americas event, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.
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.
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