What a week it’s been for Jose Alberto Rodríguez aka. “El Presidente” or “Alberto El Patrón” as he’s known in Global Force Wrestling (GFW).
Having been suspended by GFW earlier this week following allegations of being involved in domestic dispute with his fiancé “Paige” at the Orlando International Airport last week, it would appear that Rodríguez will now be stepping down from his official duties at Hispanic MMA promotion, Combate Americas.
Speaking exclusively to MMAUNO.com earlier today, CEO of Combate Americas, Campbell McLaren, revealed the news that Rodríguez has asked to step back from his duties.
“Alberto is a really good friend of mine and his girlfriend Saraya who is ‘Paige’ I’m sure you know, they become very close friends of mine and when they are in New York they come out to dinner with my wife and I,” McLaren said. “They are good pals, but what Alberto is telling me, is that his first love is wrestling. You know, his father was ‘Dos Caras’ a very famous wrestler and Saraya’s family is third generation English wrestlers, you know about her right? And so what Alberto has said to me, and we haven’t unveiled this yet, but we can talk about it, he’s probably stepping back his official roles from Combate and he’s going to focus on more on wrestling for the next year or two.”
McLaren later expanded further on why Rodríguez asked to step down. It appears that the Mexican wishes to focus all his energy on making one last run in professional wrestling and that for time being at least, he felt unable to juggle both commitments.
“I think he’s reaching a point in his career when he knows that the physical demands of wrestling are not what he wants to continue doing, but I think he knows he’s got a couple of years still left to keep maintaining his level of performance,” McLaren said. “It’s a very challenging enterprise and I think it’s very, very hard on the body and difficult to do. Very physical, very athletic, so I he’s kind of asked me if he can step away and with Saraya, focus on wrestling.”
While Rodriguez will be stepping away from his Combate Americas duties for the minute, McLaren was adamant that there were no ill feelings and that the two would continue to have a good relationship. He also didn’t rule out a return to his duties once Rodríguez had finished with his wrestling career.
“We will remain as friends and he will always be at Combate events, but in an official sense, he’s going to step down.”