Alberto El Patron is ready to face Tito Ortiz on December 7 and since El Patron has always been about representing his Mexican heritage, he invited the Mexican President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador to attend the event. The bout takes place at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas near the U.S./Mexico border.
Making the rounds in New York, El Patron spoke to TMZ about how he is feeling leading up to December 7 and said he heard about Ortiz inviting Donald Trump to the fight, so he invited Mexico’s president who will attend according to El Patron. “He invited Trump to the fight but Trump is not coming,” El Patron said. El Patron, whose real name is José Alberto Rodríguez also said he got his citizenship last year said, “I was born in Mexico, but I was made in America.” Citing his pro-wrestling career and time with the WWE.
Having been iconic in their respective sports, El Patron is putting his WWE belt on the line while Ortiz will be putting up his UFC belt. Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said, “This is a one-of-a-kind, larger than life fight– one of the greatest MMA superstars of all-time, facing off with one of professional wrestling’s most decorated champions and an accomplished MMA fighter in his own right.”
Many may not know, but El Patron competed as Alberto “Dos Caras Jr.” Rodriguez and has a record of 9-5, and faced Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic back in 2003 at Pride Fighting Championship’s Bushido event. He lost by first-round knockout but continued his fighting career until 2010 with six submission victories and three knockouts to his record. He is said to have trained under Marco Ruas, so he definitely has the experience to fight one more MMA bout.
At 42 years old, El Patron says he feels fantastic for his age and while he has not fought in the cage for a while, he seems to have kept in great shape to face the 44-year-old Ortiz.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel