Combate Global and Univision Communications, Inc. today announced the complete lineup for a ‘Mexico vs. USA’ Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event for Friday, April 16, live on television in the U.S. on Univision (12:30 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN USA (12:30 a.m. ET/9:30 p.m. PT) and in Mexico on Televisa Canal 9 and TUDN MX (11:30 p.m. local time) from Univision’s studios in Miami, Fla.
“Combate Global’s North American championship has ignited a sports rivalry that will be hotter than any other,” said Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren.
In the lightweight (155 pounds) main event, Pablo “El Gallo Negro” Sabori (10-6) will face off with fellow hard-hitting, rising star Salvador Becerra (8-3).
The 29-year-old Sabori of Hermosillo, Son., Mexico has produced some of the most epic battles in La Jaula, the Combate Global competition cage, with his aggressive and relentless offense.
To date, Sabori has earned 8 of his 10 career wins by way of (T)KO or submission.
Representing the U.S. opposite Sabori, the 25-year-old Becerra of Modesto, Calif. is a seasoned competitor who is looking to return to form after sustaining a broken arm in his last Combate start at the annual “COPA COMBATE” extravaganza in Lima, Peru on December 20, 2019.
Becerra earned his best career victory to date with a unanimous decision over Ignacio Bahamondes in Combate action on November 22, 2019.
In the bantamweight co-main event, undefeated Guillermo “Memo” Torres (4-0) of Guadalajara, J.A., Mexico will square off with Edir “Belico” Terry (6-4) of Miami.
A featured women’s flyweight (125 pounds) contest will pit Lucero “La Loba” Acosta (1-1) of El Centro, Calif. via Tijuana, B.C., Mexico against American upstart Allysen Breeden (0-1) of Las Vegas, Nev.
Topping the undercard will be a 140-pound catchweight bout between Eduardo Alvarado “El Pube” Osuna (8-6) of Tijuana and Raymond “Godson” Ramos (5-4) of Hollywood, Fla.
In a flyweight matchup, unbeaten kickboxing star German Orpineda (0-0 MMA, 5-0 kickboxing) of Chihuahua City, Chih., Mexico will make his professional MMA debut against Jonathan Calderon (0-1) of Miami.
The preliminary bout card will kick off with a non-Mexico vs. USA matchup between a pair of undefeated welterweight (170 pounds) prospects Charlie Decca (3-0) of Miami and Eric Alequin (3-0) of West Palm Beach Fla.