COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES LIVE UNIVISION AND UDN SIMULCAST OF “MEXICO VS. USA” MMA SHOWDOWN

COMBATE AMERICAS ANNOUNCES

LIVE UNIVISION AND UDN SIMULCAST

OF “MEXICO VS. USA” MMA SHOWDOWN

FROM FRESNO, CALIF. ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22

 

LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE COMPLEMENTS

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED LIVE DAZN STREAM 

 

PLUS: THREE NEW PRELIMINARY BOUTS ANNOUNCED TODAY

 

MAIN EVENT:

PABLO SABORI (MEXICO) VS. ANTHONY AVILA (USA) 

LOS ANGELES – February 12, 2019 – Combate Americas today announced that its much-anticipated “Mexico vs. USA” live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event headlined by a 150-pound showdown between Pablo “El Gallo Negro” Sabori (9-5) and Anthony “The Shark” Avila (17-5) will air live on television in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m.PT) from Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. on Friday, Feb. 22.

The Univision and UDN airings complement the previously announced English airing of the event live on DAZN (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT) in the U.S. and Canada.

The 26-year-old Sabori of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mex. is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Michael Irizarry of San Juan, Puerto Rico in a “COPA COMBATE” tournament alternate bout at Save Mart Center on December 7.

Prior to the win, Sabori, a known pressure fighter, had notched all of his career victories by way of (T)KO, with five of them coming inside of one round.

Originally from Lemoore, Calif., the 30-year-old Avila, fighting out of retired MMA superstar Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male camp in Sacramento, Calif., will seek his fifth consecutive victory following a second round TKO of Marcello Cassero last November 9.

In addition to the live Univision and UDN television coverage announced today, Combate Americas confirmed three new preliminary bouts for the event.

A newly announced lightweight (155 pounds) contest will see undefeated, 24-year-old rising star Adrian Guzman (3-0) of Parlier, Calif. square off with Ryan Reneau (4-5-1) of Bakersfield, Calif.

In bantamweight (135 pounds) action between a pair of unbeaten upstarts, Mark Climaco (2-0) of Fremont, Calif. will go to war with Ricardo Vasquez (1-0) of Hanford, Calif.

Jimmy “Funky Cold” Molina (0-0) of Spokane, Wash. will make his professional debut against Albert “Big Al” Gonzales (0-1) of Fresno.

In the previously announced women’s flyweight (125 pounds) co-main event, former world champion Zoila “The Warrior Princess” Frausto (13-5) of Madera, Calif. will face off with fellow battle-tested veteran Jaimee “Queenie” Nievera (7-4) of San Francisco, Calif.

Priced from $25, tickets for “Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA” are on sale online at CombateAmericas.com/Fresno and Ticketmaster.com, as well as at the Save Mart Center box office.

Doors at Save Mart Center will open for “Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA” at 6 p.m. local time, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 7 p.m.

Combate Americas’ return to Fresno takes place just over two months after the premier media and sports franchise brought its biggest event of the year – the one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize “COPA COMBATE” featherweight (145 pounds) tournament – to Save Mart Center.

Despite its midnight ET start time, the 2018 “COPA COMBATE” event garnered over 4.3 million live television viewers across the U.S. (Univision and UDN) and Mexico (Azteca 7).  An additional 1.5 million viewers tuned into the live Facebook Watch stream of the “COPA COMBATE” preliminary bout card.

 

COMBATE AMERICAS “MEXICO VS. USA” FIGHT CARD

 

CATCHWEIGHT (150 POUNDS) MAIN EVENT:

Pablo Sabori vs. Anthony Avila

 

FLYWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT:

Zoila Frausto vs. Jaimee Nievera

 

FEATURED SUPER LIGHTWEIGHT MAIN CARD BOUT:

Daniel Rodriguez vs. Evan Solorio

 

PRELIMINARY BOUT CARD:

Strawweight: Sheila Padilla vs. Charisa Sigala

Bantamweight: Hector Fajardo vs. Jose Avalos

Featherweight: Emilio Horta vs. Steven Bollinger

Lightweight: Adrian Guzman vs. Ryan Reneau

Bantamweight: Mark Climaco vs. Ricardo Vasquez

Welterweight: Jimmy Molina vs. Albert Gonzales

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ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS

Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport after soccer, for Spanish speaking fans worldwide.  The Combate Americas franchise includes live event and original shoulder programming on some of the biggest television, OTT and digital platforms in Spanish and English, including Univision and Univision Deportes Network (UDN), DAZN, ESPN, GOL and Facebook Watch worldwide.  The company also owns and operates a multi-platform media studio, La Jaula Studios.

Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, also the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has been described by New York Magazine as “the marketing genius behind the UFC,” while Yahoo Sports has said he “knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today.” With an unprecedented and cutting edge product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.

About Univision Deportes

Univision Deportes is the multimedia sports division of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and includes UDN, the No. 1 Spanish-language sports network in the U.S. Univision Deportes’ portfolio of rights includes all 18 teams in Liga MX, the Mexican National Team, the U.S. Men’s & Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, Copa MX, Copa Centroamericana, Copa América, CONCACAF Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, international friendlies, select matches from Liga de Ascenso in Mexico, Portuguese First Division, Dutch First Division, FC Barcelona TV and Bayern Munich TV, Mexico’s Campeón de Campeones and SúperCopa, and Formula 1. Univision Deportes is also the exclusive home to shows such as Premios Univision Deportes, Solo Boxeo, Zona NBA, Republica Deportiva and Contacto Deportivo, the highest-rated Spanish-language sports studio show in the U.S., and delivers comprehensive coverage across platforms on all the latest from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and world of boxing.

About DAZN:

Globally, DAZN is a live and on-demand sports streaming service created by fans, for fans, that is leading the charge to provide access to sports anytime, anywhere. DAZN guarantees no long-term contract, no bundles, just one affordable price for access to all the service’s sports on connected devices including Smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, games consoles and PCs. DAZN is currently available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, Italy and now the U.S. at just $9.99 per month after a one-month free trial – where it is set to become a must-have service for fight fans, with 100+ fight nights already lined up from Matchroom Boxing, Bellator MMA, the World Boxing Super Series, Combate Americas and the newly announced Golden Boy Promotions.

About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 243 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 19 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.

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