Combate Americas today announced a new bantamweight main event between former world champion Jose “Pochito” Alday (left) and Juan Pablo “El Molo” Gonzalez (right), live from Tucson, Ariz. on Friday, June 7. Photo credit: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas, LLC.
LIVE ON UNIVISION, UDN AND DAZN ON FRIDAY, JUNE 7
NEW BANTAMWEIGHT MAIN EVENT:
JOSE “POCHITO” ALDAY VS. JUAN PABLO “EL MOLO” GONZALEZ
LIGHTWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT:
RAFA “GIFTED” GARCIA VS. ESTEVAN “EL TERRIBLE” PAYAN
STRAWWEIGHT FEATURED BOUT:
YAZMIN JAUREGUI VS. CODIE WAREHAM Tickets on sale now
LOS ANGELES – May 13, 2019 – Combate Americas today announced both a new main event and a co-main event for it’s star-studded return to AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., presented by Cricket Wireless, on Friday, June 7, live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m.PT), and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
Announced today for the “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event was a new bantamweight (135 pounds) main event between former world champion Jose “Pochito” Alday (12-4-1) of Tucson and Juan Pablo “El Molo” Gonzalez (7-2-2) of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Alday was previously scheduled to square off with Irwin “The Beast” Rivera(7-4) in the main event contest, but Rivera has since been forced to withdraw.
Also announced today was a lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event featuring the return of undefeated phenom Rafa “Gifted” Garcia (9=0), who will face the most seasoned opponent of his career in Estevan “El Terrible” Payan (17-12, 1 NC).
Fighting out of Palm Springs, Calif. via Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, the 24-year-old Garcia, a protégé of MMA superstar Cub Swanson, has been an unstoppable force in La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, since the MMA sports franchise discovered him at an open tryout in 2016.
To date, Garcia has earned all but one of his victories by way of (T)KO or submission, including his last conquest, a second round (1:07) submission (rear-naked choke) of Edgar Escarrega at the Combate Americas live event on February 8.
Above: Undefeated finisher Rafa “Gifted” Garcia will return to action in the live televised, Combate Americas lightweight co-main event against Estevan “El Terrible” Payan.
A veteran of over 30 professional bouts, including matchups with a collection of world-ranked rivals, Payan of Tempe, Ariz. will make his debut under the promotion of Combate Americas.
Payan will look to notch his second consecutive victory since he defeated Dominic Clark by way of second round (3:17) TKO (punches) on April 21, 2018.
In a featured strawweight (115 pounds) bout announced today, Yazmin Jauregui (1-0) will return to action on the heels of her incredible, 13-second knockout (punch) of Daniela Espinosa, and face off with fellow unbeaten upstart Codie Wareham (2-0).
The 21-year-old Jauregui of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico recorded the second fastest finish in Combate Americas history with her stoppage of Espinosa at the ‘Combate Reinas’ event on April 26.
Wareham is an aggressive-minded, 24-year-old fighting out of Glendale, Ariz. She earned her professional debut victory over Carolyn Biskup-Roe via submission (armbar) last November 2, and her second career win by way of first round (2:29) TKO (punches) on Wendy Rodriguez on November 28.
In preliminary bout card action, Justin Rascon (2-2) of Tucson will battle Jesus “Bear” Rivas (1-2) of Tucson at flyweight (125 pounds).
The previously announced lightweight matchup between Levi Escobar (1-0) of Tucson and Austin Wourms (1-1) of Phoenix has been scrapped due to injury sustained by Escobar.
Priced from $15, tickets for “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” are on sale online at CombateAmericas.com/Tucson.
Additional preliminary bouts will be announced soon.
Doors at AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol will open for “Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable” at 6 p.m. local time on June 7, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.
“CRICKET WIRELESS PRESENTS
COMBATE AMERICAS: TUCSON UNBREAKABLE” FIGHT CARD
BANTAMWEIGHT MAIN EVENT
Jose Alday vs. Juan Pablo Gonzalez
LIGHTWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
Rafa Garcia vs. Estevan Payan
FEATURED STRAWWEIGHT BOUT:
Yazmin Jauregui vs. Codie Wareham
PRELIMINARY BOUT CARD:
Catchweight (190 pounds): Javier Torres vs. Joel Champion
Bantamweight: Eduardo Alvarado Osuna vs. Jose Luis Calvo
Flyweight: Justin Rascon vs. Jesus Rivas
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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.
DAZN is the largest global sports streaming platform in the world. Since launching in 2016, DAZN had expanded across four continents with the service available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Japan, and soon to debut in Brazil. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just affordable access to all the service’s sports on connected devices including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. In the U.S., DAZN has made its mark as an attractive alternative to pay-per-view within the combat sports industry. The platform features more than 100 fight nights per year from Matchroom Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, GGG Promotions, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series and Combate Americas. DAZN also features live MLB action each day of the season with its new daily show, ChangeUp.