Combate Américas announced today the results of the lottery ball draw for ‘COPA COMBATE’, a one-night, eight-man bantamweight (135 pounds) tournament, that will be held next November 11th in Cancun, Mexico, with a grand prize of $100,000 and that, for the first time ever, will see top-ranked fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain represent their respective countries in a quest for glory.
The lottery ball draw served to define the fights for the quarter finals round and location of each fighter in the “COPA COMBATE” bracket. The eight competitors were separated into four tournament brackets, with the top four fighters given seeded positions based on their worldwide rankings.
In the first quarter finals bout, vicious striker Mikey “El Terrible” Erosa (12-5) from San Juan, Puerto Rico will take on feroricous Argentin Marcelo “The Pitbull” Rojo(12-4) from Cordoba, who is in a two-fight winning streak under the Combate America’s banner.
From Mission, Texas, knockout artist and Combate America’s superstar, Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (9-1), will clash with Mexican brawler Carlos “Lobo” Rivera (12-2). The one who emerges victorious will fight the winner between Erosa and Rojo.
In the other side of the bracket, 25-year-old trailblazer and all-time winningest fighter of Combate Americas, John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (14-2), will bring the action against Peruvian sensation Kevin “El Frio” Moreyra (4-1) from Lima.
With 30 fights as a professional mixed martial artist, 25-year-old Marc “Lufo” Gómez (20-10) from Barcelona, Spain, will fight Colombian premiere bantamweight Andres “Doble A ” Ayala (14-4) from Bogota.
The tournament will assemble a collection of the most fearsome stars in MMA’s bantamweight (135 pounds) division, hailing from the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru, and will see them battle in La Jaula, the Combate Americas competition cage, over the course of three tournament stages – quarterfinal, semifinal and championship – before the eventual winner is crowned.
“COPA COMBATE” also marks the first-ever NBCU simulcast of an MMA event, and the first Telemundo broadcast of MMA action in history.
The Telemundo broadcast in Spanish and an NBCSN telecast in English will begin at 11:30 p.m. ET/10:30 p.m. CT. ESPN LATAM will also televise “COPA COMBATE” at the same schedule and Azteca 7 will later bring the action in delayed-tape.