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Combat Americas: Mixed Martial Arts arrived to Latin America

Combate Américas, the first Hispanic sports franchise of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), opened a new season with an exceptional combat between Mexicans Levy Marroquín and José "El Pochito" Alday, fighters at the premiere of the championship in the bantamweight, 135 pounds. The event was held last September 14 at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, and had, in addition, different additional matches where several Latin Americans will fight to animate the event.

Leer en español: Combate Américas: las Artes Marciales Mixtas llegaron a América Latina

Two Mexicans in the stellar fight of the night

The Mexican Levy Marroquin, according to El Rocktágono, is a promise that is becoming a reality since last year when he became the first champion of the Combat Cup, which was an eight-man tournament that was held in one night and gave a prize of $ 100,000. On that occasion, Marroquín beat Carlos "Lobo" Rivera of Mexico, Marcelo "Pitbull" Rojo of Argentina and John "Sexi Mexi" Castañeada of the United States.

Marroquin is only 23 years old, a height of 1.73 meters, a range of 1.75 meters, orthodox posture and beatings with his left-handed extremities predominate. According to Combate Américas, Marroquín began practicing Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 13 thanks to his father, since he was the one who took him to the Academy for MMA. "El Negro", as Marroquín is also known, is the Monterey Gallo Weight Champion.

On the other hand, the also Mexican José Alday, according to information from El Rocktágono, is one of the best Mexican fighters in his division and comes in ascending level, because previously he had defeated the American John "Sexi Mexi" Castañeada in the star of Combate Estrellas in Los Angeles California. Alday is 26 years old, and is known as "El Pochito". He grew up in the United States and was voluntarily deported to Mexico when he was very young. "This fight for the title is a remarkable duel between two fierce warriors, whose recent performances at La Cage have given them the right to face each other with a world title at stake," said Campbell McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas on the official website. of the event, days before its celebration.

The fight had special modifications that caught the attention of the MMA worldwide. "The expected duel marked the first time in history that a well-known MMA World promotion used three rounds for a championship fight, as opposed to the traditional five rounds for a belt duel," said Mundo MMA.

"MMA now means" Much More Action, "and that is exactly what the world saw with a three-round bout for the title. More action in a more chorus, fast and superior format, which perfectly served the youth and millennial audience of Combate Americas, " explained Campbell McLaren on the official website of the franchise.

Latin Americans said "present" at the Celebrity Theater

In addition to the stellar fight between the Mexicans Marroquín and Alday, there were more combats that encouraged the night of Mixed Martial Arts. As Mundo MMA recounted, the additional fights at the Celebrity Theater were in the female flyweight (125 pounds) between the American Tracy Cortez and the Mexican Karen Cedillo. The lightweight battle (155 pounds) between the Mexican Rada "Gifted" Garcia and the American LaRue "The Cannibal" Burley and the featherweight fight (145 pounds) between the Spanish Tino Gilaranz and the American Austin Wourms.

Similarly, there was a featherweight fight (145 pounds) between the Colombian Javier "Blair" Reyes Rugeles and the American "Magic" Miker Hamel, a flyweight combat (125 pounds) between the American Richard Palencia and the Argentine Federico "The Argentinian Ninja" Olivera, a featherweight fight (145 pounds) between the Americans Yaotzin Meza and Gilbert Aguilar, and one of the preliminary disputes will be the weight agreed to 140 pounds between the American Román "El Gallito" Salazar and the Mexican Eduardo "El Pube" Alvarado.

Entire Latin America vibrated with the fight between Marroquín and Alday. Undoubtedly, the Combat Americas came to strongly strengthen the Mixed Martial Arts in all Latin American sectors.

LatinAmerican Post | Javier Aldana

Translated from: 'Combate Américas: las Artes Marciales Mixtas llegaron a América Latina'

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