Above: Combate Americas announced its first world featherweight championship bout in history today that will see “COPA COMBATE” tournament champion Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (left) square off with Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti (right) in a much-anticipated rematch from Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, N.M., on Friday, June 28.
COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER, WORLD FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
LIVE ON UNIVISION, UDN AND DAZN FROM RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO ON FRIDAY, JUNE 28
World Championship Main Event:
Andres “The Bullet” Quintana vs. Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti
Tickets on sale soon
In the world championship main event and a highly-anticipated rematch, 2018 “COPA COMBATE” tournament winner Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (18-2) will square off with Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti (8-6).
Tickets for the Combate Americas world championship event go on sale soon.
“Andres Quintana’s victory of last year’s ‘COPA COMBATE’ was nothing short of brilliant, but his fight with Bruno Cannetti during the tournament left some unfinished business on the table,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren. “There isn’t a better way to settle this rivalry than a rematch with the Combate Americas world title at stake.”
Fighting out of Albuquerque and originally from Roswell, N.M., the 27-year-old Quintana notched three consecutive victories in one night, including his first round (2:05) TKO (punches) of Cannetti in the semifinal stage of the tournament, to earn the coveted “COPA COMBATE” championship and accompanying, $100,000 grand prize last December 7.
The win over Buenos Aires, Argentina’s 29-year-old Cannetti, the younger brother of MMA superstar Guido “Ninja” Cannetti, came in remarkable fashion after Cannetti floored Quintana with a right hand in the first minute of the fight.
Above: After suffering an early knockdown at the hands of Cannetti in their “COPA COMBATE” tournament bout last December, Quintana (left) staged a remarkable comeback with an offensive that finished Cannetti (right) in the first round of battle.
Despite being hurt, Quintana weathered the storm and made it back to his feet and, with just under a minute remaining in the opening round, unleashed a right uppercut-left hook combination that put Cannetti down and prompted Quintana to follow up with a barrage of punches to the downed Cannetti.
The referee jumped in and stopped the contest at the 2:49 mark of the first round, giving Quintana the victory by way of TKO. Cannetti disputed the stoppage to no avail.
Quintana’s victory advanced him to the championship stage of the tournament where he scored another devastating, first round (2:49) knockout on Mexico’s Alejandro “Gallito” Flores with a vicious spinning elbow strike.
Since making his promotional debut with Combate Americas in 2017, Quintana has yet to be defeated. He will look to extend his win streak to nine consecutive bouts in the championship rematch with Cannetti.
Cannetti reached the semifinal stage of the “COPA COMBATE” tournament with a thunderous TKO (ground and pound) of Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet at the 1:32 mark of their one-round, quarterfinal stage tournament bout earlier that night.
Prior to the tournament, Cannetti was riding a three-fight win streak.
Additional bouts for the Combate Americas world championship event will be announced soon.
# # #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.
About Univision Deportes
Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes 16 teams in Liga MX, Mexico’s Men’s & Women’s National Teams, 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, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga MX Femenil, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, 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, 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.
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