Above: Submission expert Andre Barquero (left) will square off with fellow rising MMA star Victor Madrigal (right) for the Combate Americas interim world bantamweight championship and live televised main event promoted by TS-1 Promotions at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, March 27. Photo credit: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas, LLC
INTERIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27
LIVE ON UNIVISION, TUDN USA AND AXS TV IN THE U.S.;
TELEVISA CANAL 5 IN MEXICO
Interim World Bantamweight Championship Main Event:
Andre Barquero vs. Victor Madrigal
Featured lightweight matchup:
Angel “Tito” Cruz vs. Raymond Guzman
Six preliminary bouts, including the Combate Americas debuts of
women’s prospects Rainn Guerrero and Marisa Chavez
Tickets on sale now
Priced from $18, tickets for the TS-1 Promotions-hosted Combate Americas world championship event are on sale at Ticketmaster.com.
In the main event announced today, Andre Barquero (7-2) will square off with Victor “Periquito” Madrigal (8-3) for the Combate Americas interim world bantamweight (135 pounds) championship.
Barquero of San Pedro, Costa Rica is a prolific, 24-year-old submission ace who has won seven of his last eight starts, with six of the victories coming by way of (T)KO or submission.
The matchup will mark Barquero’s second appearance in San Antonio, where he notched his last win, a third round (4:38) submission (rear-naked choke) of contender Eduardo “El Pube” Alvarado in Combate Americas live televised action last November 8.
The 29-year-old Madrigal of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico has produced several thrilling highlights in La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, beginning with his third round (2:14) submission (rear-naked choke) of Christian “El Taylon” Quiñonez that Madrigal pulled off after an epic, see-saw battle in Guadalajara on October 26, 2018.
On the heels of this career-best victory, Madrigal returned to Combate Americas action last March 8 and scored a thunderous, second round (3:50) TKO (punches) on Spain’s Zebenzui Ruiz, earning a victory for Mexico on the ‘Mexico vs. Spain’ card.
In a featured lightweight (155 pounds) matchup announced today, Angel “Tito” Cruz (6-4) will face off with Raymond Guzman (0-0).
The 32-year-old Cruz is coming off a stunning, first round (:49) submission (keylock) of Ariel Juarez at Combate Americas last November 1.
Fighting out of Austin, Texas, Guzman is a 30-year-old professional boxer with a 3-3 record in the squared circle. He will make his professional MMA debut after 18 months of crossover training.
The Combate Americas live television event will also feature the promotional debut of women’s upstart and San Antonio-based prospect, Rainn “The Bully” Guerrero (1-0), who will face an opponent to be determined, at a catchweight of 130 pounds.
In a second women’s bout, amateur MMA and boxing star Marisa “El Díne” Chavez (0-0) of Albuquerque, N.M. will make her much-anticipated professional debut against Krista Camarillo (0-0) of Altus, Okla.
Elsewhere on the card, a welterweight (170 pounds) contest will see Raymond “The Executioner” Banda (7-3) of Harlingen, Texas take on David Herrera (4-4-1) of San Antonio.
Eduardo “El Pube” Alvarado (8-6) of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico will battle Justin “The Therapist” Governale (7-7) of San Antonio at bantamweight.
San Antonio rivals Michael Martinez (1-1) and Roy Sarabia (1-2) will face off at featherweight (145 pounds).
Jose Holguin (0-0) of San Antonio will make his professional debut against Ricardo Maynez (0-1) of El Paso, Texas at bantamweight.
A flyweight (125 pounds) affair will pit David Miramontes (4-5) of San Antonio against Omar Perales (1-2) of New Braunfels, Texas.
Additional matchups for TS-1 Promotions’ Combate Americas live television 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, 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.
ABOUT TS-1 PROMOTIONS
TS-1 Promotions is a promoter of live sports entertainment events, including Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and boxing. The Miami, Florida-based company is headed by Gregory Bloom, a sports and media rights attorney and promoter with over a decade of experience in combat sports. During his career, Bloom has promoted over 35 live fights, and represented a number of high-profile athletes.
About AXS TV
AXS TV is a leading music, entertainment, sports and lifestyle U.S. cable network in 50 million homes controlled by Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc., and originally founded by entrepreneur Mark Cuban. AXS TV’s programming appeals to an impassioned fanbase, delivering eclectic content in a wide variety of areas including music performances, celebrity interviews, pop culture, combat sports, and professional wrestling. The channel is the home of IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world’s largest entertainment properties, and the English-language broadcasts of the top Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas; as well as original programming featuring legendary newsman Dan Rather; music icon Sammy Hagar; and music virtuoso Paul Shaffer, among many others. AXS TV is currently available nationally in the United States and parts of Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. For a list of providers, visit axs.tv/subscribe. For more information, see www.axs.tv. Press information is available at axstvmediacenter.com.
TUDN is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Hispanic media company in the U.S. Built around the flagship TUDN cable network, the nation’s No. 1 Spanish-language sports channel, TUDN reaches audiences across Univision’s television portfolio, as well as through the TUDN Radio Network, the TUDN mobile app and TUDN.com. TUDN possesses an industry-leading portfolio of live soccer rights through partnerships with 13 Liga MX clubs, the Mexican Football Federation, US Soccer, UEFA, Concacaf, Major League Soccer, Bundesliga and many more.