COMBATE AMERICAS AND UNIVISION DEPORTES ANNOUNCE
MUCHA MÁS ACCIÓN!
HISTORIC MMA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT AIRS LIVE FROM PHOENIX, ARIZ. ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
“COPA COMBATE” 2017 champion Levy Marroquin squares off
with fellow sensation Jose Alday in first-ever, three-round title fight
Women’s flyweight co-main event:
Phoenix rising star Tracy Cortez faces off with Brandi Narvaez
Tickets on sale now
NEW YORK – August 7, 2018 – Combate Americas and Univision Deportes today announced a blazing start to the second half of their 2018 live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) series with a world championship event on Friday, Sept. 14. Live from the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., the action will be simulcast on Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and Univision Deportes Network (UDN) (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT).
In the main event, Levy Saul Marroquin (11-2), the inaugural “COPA COMBATE” one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize tournament champion, will look to also become the premier Hispanic MMA sports franchise’s first-ever bantamweight (135 pounds) world champion, when he squares off with rival, prolific Mexican star Jose “Pochito” Alday (11-3-1).
The much-anticipated showdown will mark the first time in history that a major, worldwide recognized MMA sports franchise will utilize three rounds, rather than the traditional, five-round format, for a world championship bout.
“MMA now stands for ‘Mucha Más Acción,’ and this is exactly what the world is going to see with a three-round title fight – more action in a shorter, faster and superior format that serves Combate Americas’ younger, millennial audience perfectly,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.
“This championship fight,” continued McLaren, “is a remarkable showdown between two ferocious warriors whose recent, respective performances in La Jaula have earned them the right to face off with each other for a coveted world title.
“We are thrilled to deliver another season of Combate Americas to our viewers and broadcast its first-ever world championship match,” said Juan Carlos Rodríguez, president, Univision Deportes. “We look forward to treating MMA fans to all the action of one of the most popular sports today with Univision Deportes’ best-in-class sports production.”
Also featured on the live simulcast will be a women’s flyweight (125) contest between top prospect Tracy Cortez (3-1) of Phoenix and Brandi Narvaez (0-2) of Corpus Christi, Texas.
LEVY MARROQUIN VS. JOSE ALDAY
The 22-year-old Marroquin of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon became an overnight Cinderella story last November 17 in Cancun, Mexico, defeating three consecutive, stand-out opponents – Carlos “Lobo” Rivera of Mexico, Marcelo “Pitbull” Rojo of Argentina and John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda of the U.S. – in one night to become the first, annual “COPA COMBATE” tournament champion.
Alday, a 26-year-old native of Hermosillo, Sonora and resident of Tucson, Ariz., is coming off his career-best victory to date, a split decision win over Castaneda in the main event of the historic, first, live Univision and UDN simulcast of MMA action with “Combate Estrellas I” in Los Angeles, Calif.
TRACY CORTEZ VS BRANDI NARVAEZ
Cortez is an explosive, 24-year-old fighter who will look to extend a three-fight winning streak in what will mark her promotional debut with Combate Americas and first-ever live television appearance.
In her last fight, she pulled off a first round (4:27) victory by way of submission (rear-naked choke) against Monica Medina.
Narvaez, hailing from Corpus Christi, Texas, is looking for her first victory as a professional mixed martial artist, after compiling a perfect, 4-0 record under amateur status. The 33-year-old is a seasoned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor schooled by husband and former MMA star Roger Narvaez.
An additional matchup for the live, televised, main card of the Combate Americas world championship event will be announced soon, as will a complete, preliminary bout card.
Doors at Celebrity Theatre open at 6 p.m. PT, with the first preliminary bout will beginning 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 sports fans worldwide. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. The company’s CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). New York Magazine described McLaren as “the marketing genius behind the UFC” and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he “knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today.” With an unprecedented 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.
About Univision Deportes
Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes all 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the U.S. Men’s & Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Nations League and UEFA National Team Competitions, Copa MX, Copa Centroamericana, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, FC Barcelona TV and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeón de Campeones, SúperCopa MX, Formula 1 and Combate Americas. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such as Premios Univision Deportes, Balón de Oro de la Liga MX, Zona NBA, República Deportiva and Contacto Deportivo – the highest rated Spanish-language sports studio show in the U.S. – and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.