FOUR-TIME WWE CHAMPION ALBERTO DEL RIO JOINS COMBATE AMERICAS AS COLOR COMMENTATOR LIVE ON NBC UNIVERSO
Pro wrestling icon and former MMA star to call the action for live event series beginning Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Combate Americas (www.CombateAmericas.com), the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, announced today that it has brought former, four-time WWE champion and MMA star Alberto El Patron a.k.a. Alberto Del Rio on board to serve as a color commentator for its highly-anticipated “Road To The Championship” live event series, sponsored by Yaveo, that kicks off on NBC Universo on Thursday, September 17 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
El Patron, whose real name is Jose Alberto Rodriguez, will call the action inside the Combate Americas cage, or “La Jaula,” on each Thursday night, two-hour, live NBC Universo telecast produced by Combate Americas, as part of its new, multi-year agreement with the NBC sports and entertainment cable television network for Latinos in the U.S.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Combate Americas and bring MMA to a new group of fans – Hispanics,” said El Patron, who remains the only wrestler to win the WWE’s coveted Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank contests in the same year (2011).
“We are excited to have Alberto El Patron, one of the premier athletes and most charismatic personalities in the sport of professional wrestling, as well as a proven MMA competitor, with us on television for this historic live fight series,” said Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren.
“As a premier Mexican figure in the world of sports entertainment,” continued McLaren, “Alberto is the consummate voice for Combate Americas, which was created to serve fans with an authentic Hispanic MMA product, on television and other media platforms around the world.”
The son of famed Luchador “Dos Caras,” El Patron, a native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico who resides in San Antonio, Texas, is a former member of the Mexican national Greco-Roman wrestling team and a medalist at the Pan American Games.
During his four-year tenure with the WWE, El Patron tussled with a host of rival name competitors and champions include CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, Big Show, The Miz, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Matt Hardy.
As an MMA fighter, El Patron holds a career record of 9-5, with all of his victories having come by way of (T)KO or submission.
Priced from just $14.99, tickets for the Combate Americas “Road To The Championship” kick-off event, which will take place during Mexican Independence Day celebration week, are available for purchase by phone: 800-745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com.
In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event, fast-rising star Ozzie Alvarez (6-2) of Huntington Beach, Calif. will square-off with undefeated, finisher Justin “The Tactician” Patterson (5-0) of Dallas, Texas.
In a 140 pound catchweight co-main event featuring two ferocious talents, John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (7-2) of Mankato, Minn. will battle former U.S. Marine Justin “The Therapist” Governale (5-2) of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Also on the fight card that night will be Combate Americas reality series star and unbeaten professional boxer Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (3-1) of Mission, Texas, who will face Benji “The Brawler” Gomez (4-4) of Ventura, Calif. in a bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup.
Urijah Faber-protégé Erick Sanchez (4-2) of Sacramento, Calif. will collide with Guatemala native “Ruthless” Rudy Morales (3-2) of Las Vegas at featherweight.
In a featured women’s strawweight (115 pounds) bout, Invicta FC veteran Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc (8-8) of Tulsa, Okla. will collide with power puncher Kyra Batara (2-3) of Las Vegas.
Unbeaten prospect Irvin Veloz (3-0) of Boca Raton, Fla. will meet fellow rising star Jay Pressley (4-1) of Milwaukee, Wis. in a 128 pound catchweight contest.
A three-bout preliminary card featuring several Las Vegas and Southern Calif. prospects will precede the live, five-bout NBC Universo telecast, and will stream live on Yaveo, the Spanish-language over-the-top streaming entertainment service from DIRECTV, now part of the AT&T family, that is also the title sponsor of the Combate Americas “Road To The Championship” live event series.
Consumers located anywhere in the U.S. can subscribe to the OTT service for a monthly charge of $7.99. The Yaveo platform is accessible on Yaveo.com, as well as via the Yaveo app for iPhone and iPad, Android devices, Xbox 360 and Roku.
Doors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will open at 6 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.