Expectations in women’s MMA are higher than ever and the Latinas of Combate Global are taking those expectations and smashing them. The sheer hunger these athletes show and the ferocity in which they execute their game-plans is unrivalled in any promotion, which is why today, well be looking at some of Combate’s killer Latinas and their feats inside the cage!
Combate Global CEO & UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren is always glowing with praise for his Latinas: ”Combate’s most exciting division is the women’s 115 pound division — they are all killers”. A statement that proves true with fans after the success of Combate’s historic all female event ”Combate: Latinas” which pulled the most viewers for an all female MMA event in history.
Ranging from World Muay Thai Champions, boxers and even professional wrestlers these are the Latinas of Combate Global.
Claudia Diaz is a former WMC World Champion back in 2019 and trains at the world renowned Tiger Muay Thai facility in Phuket, Thailand. The Argentinian-Spanish fighter competed in ONE Championship’s Warrior Series before taking a two year break and joining the Combate Global family. Diaz made her promotional debut at the end of April and to say she impressed would be an understatement!
Facing Dulce ‘Sexy Star’ Garcia, Diaz was able use Muay Thai expertise to control the distance and land the heavier shots. Garcia’s constant pressure caused problems throughout for the Muay Thai World Champion, but a failed takedown gave Diaz the advantage to rain down strikes from top position causing the referee to wave off the contest. One explosive performance in and Combate fans are craving for more action, luckily they won’t be disappointed as Claudia Diaz returns to the Combate Global cage June 25th, with an opponent set to be announced soon.
Unbeaten in her professional career so far, 22 year old Yasmine Jauregui is one of the hottest talents at 115lbs in women’s MMA. Excelling on the feet and on the ground, Jauregui caused waves through the MMA community when she made light work of opponent Benni Fuentes in her professional MMA debut. Jauregui quickly caught the attention of Combate Global and signed with the promotion to fight Daniela Espinosa at Combate 36. As promotional debuts go, Yasmine Jauregui could not have wished for a better one. Defeating her opponent in just 13 seconds of the first round by knockout!
She impressed again only two months later as she faced off against McKenna Mitchell and put on a striking clinic causing the ringside doctor to stop the fight in between rounds two and three. Only three months later, Yasmine Jauregui was back in action at Combate 44 against her toughest opponent to date Yaijara Romo. After a back and forth war Jauregui would eventually end up having her hand raised in victory! Her most previous bout was in Mexican promotion UWC where she dismantled her opponent in the very first round causing the fight to be stopped by the doctor at the end of round one. Luckily fans will get to see Yasmine Jauregui June 18th, so mark the date down in your calendars for guaranteed fireworks!
Lucero “La Loba” Acosta
Training under Team United MMA, Lucero Acosta wowed audiences at Combate 36 when she got a surprising TKO finish in her Amateur debut. ”La Loba” would go on to make her pro-MMA debut only six months later defeating Valerie Quintero via unanimous decision at Combate 46.
Acosta would get caught out with a rear-naked choke in her second bout with the promotion only to return in 2021 and put the world on notice with a brutal victory over Allysen Breeden! Despite starting off strong, keeping Acosta on the back foot and throwing heavy strikes in volume, ”La Loba” lands a nice jab-cross combination before unloading on her opponent with fierce tenacity!
The roar of victory echoed throughout the Univision studios and come July 2nd, ”La Loba” will roar again as she steps back in the Combate Global cage. Who would you like to see Lucero Acosta face in her return?
Ranked at #19 in the United States women’s pound-for-pound rankings, New Jersey’s Criszaida Adames should be on every MMA fans watch list. Going 4-0 as an amateur Adames was hailed as one to watch as she started her professional MMA career and watch they did as she cruised to a second round KO. Only a month later from her successful debut, she was in the Combate cage showcasing her talents in a fantastic unanimous decision victory over Alma Cespedes.
Unfortunately her next fight on Combate against Desiree Yanez was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Adames however was given the opportunity to fight on UFC Fight Pass with the promotion CFFC and yet again, put on a show submitting Claudia Baril by rear-naked choke! With hype rapidly building around Adamaes, Combate gave her the well deserved headlining spot on their history making all-female card back in April and as expected, she did not disappoint.
Facing one of her toughest challenges yet in the form of Karen Cedillo, Criszaida battled to a decision victory in what was a fight of the night performance from both athletes. We’re yet to hear of a return date for Criszaida Adames with her competing so recently, leaving fans to ponder which one of the Latinas she will return to face.
Chile’s own Caroline ”Taz” Gallardo has more heart than most making her a formidable foe for anyone of the Latinas on the Combate Global roster! Despite losing her first two fights in her pro-MMA career, Gallardo bounced back emphatically, going on a three fight finishing streak which cemented her place within the promotion. However her first test in the Combate cage would not be an easy venture as she would face the undefeated Melissa Martinez.
Both fighters looked good in the opening round, making it a hard call for the judges to pick a clear winner. Early in the second however, a failed takedown attempt allowed Martinez to capitalise and win the fight via a nasty knee to the head with follow up punches. ”Taz” would not be disheartened by this, in fact she would grow because of it putting on a phenomenal display only seven months later against Corina Herrera, defeating her by Unanimous decision.
From professional wrestling to boxing and finally mixed martial arts, Dulce ‘Sexy Star’ Garcia has done it all! After a phenomenal pro-wrestling career, Garcia decided to leave her luchadora mask behind and throw herself into the world of combat sports. Firstly she tackled boxing and in just over a year went on an impressive unbeaten run of 5-0 before declaring her desire to compete in MMA.
After negotiating a deal with Combate Global back in February 2019, Garcia was quick to make her pro-MMA debut only two months later in May against Mariana Ruiz Avila, which ‘Sexy Star’ went on to win via unanimous decision. Returning to the cage on the highly anticipated Combate 51: Tito vs Alberto card, she impressed once again dominating and submitting Anali Lopez in the first round of their contest. Unfortunately, she tasted defeat when she faced Claudia Diaz with a failed takedown sealing her own fate, but her performances within the Combate Global cage speak for themselves and fans can expect to see ‘Sexy Star’ in another battle very soon!
You simply cannot deny the level of talent Combate possess in the 115lb division and after speaking with Combate’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations Mike Afromowitz, fans can feel more reassured than ever that the promotion won’t be slowing down in terms of building their 115lb division: “We are building the most exciting 115 pound division in the world and, by the end of the year, I predict we will have it.”
A strong prediction and one that is certainly not out of reach as Combate Global regularly rank the second highest viewed MMA promotion in North America, ahead of Bellator, ONE and PFL. With a difficult 2020 behind us, audiences are excited for what 2021 may bring. Another Latinas event? One night tournament? Nothing would be come as a surprise!
UFC Austin – Weigh-In Results
With UFC Austin just a day away, all fighters competing tomorrow night have taken to the scales.
Let’s see who weighed in!
Main card (12am GMT – TNT Sports)
(#4) Beneil Dariush (156lbs) vs (#8) Arman Tsarukyan (155.5lbs) – lightweight bout
(#12) Jalin Turner (156lbs) vs (#13) Bobby Green (155lbs) – lightweight bout
(#8) Rob Font (135lbs) vs (#2 – FLW) Deiveson Figueiredo (135lbs) – bantamweight bout
(#9) Sean Brady (170lbs) vs (#11 – MW) Kelvin Gastelum (170lbs) – welterweight bout
Joaquim Silva (156lbs) vs Clay Guida (156lbs) – lightweight bout
Punahele Soriano (185.5lbs) vs Dustin Stoltzfus (185.5lbs) – middleweight bout
Prelims (9pm GMT – TNT Sports/UFC Fight Pass)
(#12) Miesha Tate (135.5lbs) vs (#13) Julia Avila (135.5lbs) – bantamweight bout
Zach Reese (185lbs) vs Cody Brundage (185lbs) – middleweight bout
Drakkar Klose (155.5lbs) vs Joe Solecki (155lbs) – lightweight bout
Rodolfo Bellato (205.5lbs) vs Ihor Potieira (204lbs) – light-heavyweight bout
Wellington Turman (171lbs) vs Jared Gooden (171lbs) – welterweight bout
Veronica Hardy (125lbs) vs Jamey-Lyn Horth (125lbs) – flyweight bout
ONE Championship To Spotlight MMA In 2024 With 60 Events Scheduled
ONE Championship’s goal for 2023 saw them place a spotlight on the greatest fighters in Muay Thai fighters on its roster through its weekly ONE Friday Fights series. But 2024 will see the organization adjust its focus back to MMA.
In an interview with South China Morning Post this week, ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong discussed the outcomes of the martial arts giant’s commitment to Muay Thai over the last 12 months, and he spoke of the exciting plans ONE has for 2024 & for MMA.
“You’re going to see MMA back in full force. We have our US stadium shows, we have Qatar, Japan. In the Philippines, we have one or two shows,” Sityodtong announced to the South China Morning Post.
“ONE Friday Fights and the Muay Thai product are very much on a firm footing now. We’ve laid the groundwork and feel very comfortable it’s running on autopilot, and now we’re able to scale up. We’ve firmly established we have the No. 1 striking property on the planet. The focus will be sharply back onto mixed martial arts.”
Arguably, the most-anticipated date on ONE’s calendar next year is its debut event in the Middle East.
The organization was scheduled to put on an event in Qatar in December 2023, but plans were rearranged when conflict broke out nearby.
But with 2024 looming, Sityodtong has confirmed that the show will go on in mid-spring.
“First and foremost, it is the right decision, given the sensitive circumstances in the region. Also, the war broke out right in the middle of our execution,” the ONE co-founder said.
“The good news for fans and athletes is that March 1st is 100 percent happening in Doha. Thank you to all of the stakeholders in Qatar for making it possible.”
Along with confirming the news of ONE’s first-ever show in the Middle East, Sityodtong also hinted at an event in Europe in the coming 12 months.
While the location is still under wraps, it would make sense for the promotion to bring its exciting live show to a European country, given the amount of talent from the continent that ONE has on its roster.
“Yeah, knock on wood, I think in the next couple of weeks I will be making a major announcement for Europe, our biggest for Europe in our history,” Sityodtong teased.
“It’s very exciting.”
Roberto Soldic, Stephen Irvine, and Nico Carrillo have all been introduced to the global fanbase this past year. And with Jonathan Haggerty’s rise to two-sport stardom in the bantamweight division, there is a seemingly endless amount of firepower from the region that could feature on ONE’s debut card there.
Can Abdisalam Kubanychbek end the curse of BRAVE CF’s Lightweight world title?
One of the most devastating fighters to ever grace the BRAVE CF arena, Abdisalam Kubanychbek has finally earned the world title he worked hard for: he`s the undisputed BRAVE CF Lightweight champion of the world. But ahead of his first defense against Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ Martins at BRAVE CF 77, on December 5, a curse rears its ugly head once again. In total, BRAVE CF has had seven titleholders, and none of them have been able to defend their belt.
The Lightweight world title has traveled the world, being contested in Bahrain (3 times), Brazil (2 times), Jordan, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Serbia. Each time, the champion failed to defend, losing the fight – and the belt- immediately after winning it.
The belt has been in possession of Ottman Azaitar (Morocco), Lucas Martins (Brazil), Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady (Jordan), Luan Santiago (Brazil), Cleiton Silva (Brazil), Amin Ayoub (France), Ahmed Amir (Egypt), and is now with Kubanychbek, widely regarded as the number one fighter from Kyrgyzstan.
On December 5, he will have a golden opportunity to break one of the biggest curses in MMA today. In front of him, lies a former victim of the curse, who’s now eager to keep it alive – Lucas ‘’Mineiro’’ is more determined than ever to regain the belt, and make history as the first-ever BRAVE CF two-time Lightweight champion of the world, and only one of two men to hold the same belt twice, after Jarrah Al-Silawi at Super Welterweight.
For Abdisalam Kubanychbek, this is a chance to stake his claim as the most feared man on the roster and keep his undefeated BRAVE CF record alive. A chance Omok is eager to take and has prepared his whole life to achieve – from the boogeyman of the Lightweight division to its king and destroyer of curses. On December 5, it’s all to play – and fight – for.
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