COMBATE GLOBAL announced today that, for the first time in history, it will bring its brand of Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action to Colombia with a world championship tripleheader event at Coliseo Medplus in the capital city of Bogotá on Friday, Nov 17, live on Paramount+.
The live Paramount+ stream of the event will begin with a 30-minute pre-show, co-hosted by Jimmy Smith and Rodolfo Roman, at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT on November 17, and continue with the first bout at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT.
The event, being produced in partnership with Colombian MMA outfit, Matchmaker, will mark COMBATE GLOBAL’s return to South America for the first time since prior to the pandemic, as well as the first COMBATE GLOBAL live event outside of a Miami-based television studio since before the onset of the pandemic in March 2020.
In 2019, COMBATE GLOBAL produced two live events in South America. Since 2021, the company has signed over two dozen of the best, new South American male and female professional MMA athletes, and has positioned itself to expand to its live event series to the continent, beginning with the November 17 event in Bogotá.
“Our commitment to South America, strategically including Colombia, Argentina and Chile, has never been greater,” said COMBATE GLOBAL CEO, Campbell McLaren.
In the world championship featherweight (145 pounds) main event on November 17, COMBATE GLOBAL superstar Javier “Blair” Reyes (16-3) will challenge Stiven “Pantro” Valencia (7-3) for Valencia’s Matchmaker title.
“We have wanted to bring COMBATE GLOBAL to Colombia because of the avid MMA fanbase and talent pool there, and Matchmaker has given us an excellent opportunity to do so for the first time with a world championship tripleheader in Bogotá,” said Mike Afromowitz, Senior VP of Operations and Communications with COMBATE GLOBAL.
A resident of Bogotá and the number one-ranked featherweight from Colombia, the 30-year-old Reyes, who boasts a 75 percent finish rate, is in the midst of a phenomenal, six-fight win streak that dates back to December 2019.
Reyes, in his last COMBATE GLOBAL start on May 28, easily dispatched of Mexico’s Jordan “Bull” Beltran, submitting Beltran with a rear-naked choke in the first round (4:24) of action.
Valencia is a 34-year-old competitor from Buenaventura, Colombia looking for his fourth straight win after scoring a record 4-second knockout on Steven Martinez on April 21.
To date, Valencia, a 10-year veteran of professional MMA, has produced a stellar finish rate of 71 percent.
In a world championship welterweight (170 pounds) co-main event between undefeated competitors, Jesus “El Cuervo” Alberto Rangel (3-0) will take on Alexis “El Juggernaut” Campos (3-0).
The matchup between Rangel of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico and Campos of Estado Falcón, Venezuela will be contested as the first-ever Matchmaker welterweight world title fight.
The 27-year-old Rangel will see action for the first time since March 4, when he earned a unanimous decision over Sergio Nava.
At 29 years of age, Campos is quickly becoming a force in MMA’s 170-pound division, racking up three straight wins by way of TKO in his first three professional starts since turning professional in 2019.
Prior to joining the professional ranks of the sport, Campos compiled a perfect 5-0 record as an amateur earning all 5 of his victories by way of (T)KO or submission.
The third world championship bout in Matchmaker’s bantamweight (135 pounds) division will pit Andres “Doble A” Leal (15-11) of Bogotá against Jeffry “The Bullet” Gil (4-6), also of Bogotá.
In a featured bantamweight contest, recent COMBATE GLOBAL signee Harry “El Cuervo” Gomez (11-1) will collide with Juan Pablo Mendoza (6-6).
Gomez is a 21-year-old prodigy who COMBATE GLOBAL scooped off of the regional MMA circuit in his native Salinas, Ecuador in June and signed to an exclusive, multi-fight, multi-year agreement.
The best, new bantamweight to come out of Ecuador, Gomez will see action for the first time in 2023.
To date, Gomez, also a national Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, has earned 72 percent of his professional MMA wins via (T)KO or submission.
Mendoza, 39, is a 9-year veteran of the sport. He holds a black belt in kickboxing, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a former national kickboxing champion.
In other action on the card, Ronald “El Lobo” Vásquez (4-3) of Medellin, Colombia will battle undefeated Nicolas “Nico” Bojacá (3-0) of Bogotá for the vacant Matchmaker national flyweight (125 pounds) championship.
Leading off the card will be a lightweight (155 pounds) affair between Dumar “Corazón de León” Roa (18-14) of Boyacá, Colombia and Jon “The Problem” Zarate (9-11) of Medellín, Colombia.
All three championship fights on the card will be contested as five-round bouts, while the non-championship fights will be contested as three-round bouts.
The co-promoted event will be regulated by Organización Colombiana de Artes Marciales Mixtas (OCAMM), the sole MMA organization recognized by The Ministry of Sport of the Republic of Colombia.
UFC Austin – Weigh-In Results
With UFC Austin just a day away, all fighters competing tomorrow night have taken to the scales.
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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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