Throwing it back to UFC 1, Combate Americas announces 1-night $100,000 tournament

Combate Americas is going old school.

The first Hispanic-based promotion announced today that it will host a Copa Combate one-night, eight-man tournament in which the winner will take home a $100,000 prize. The event is set to take place Nov. 11 in Cancun, Mexico.

The tournament will feature bantamweights from the U.S., Latin America and Spain, though the promotion has yet to announce the field. A Combate Americas official revealed some competition rules to MMAjunkie:

  • Quarterfinal and semifinal bouts will be scheduled for three 3-minute rounds.
  • The championship final will be scheduled for three 5-minute rounds.
  • There will be two tournament alternate bouts.
  • No elbows will be permitted in the quarterfinal or semifinal bouts.
  • Elbows will be permitted during the championship final.

Copa Combate is set to happen one day before the 24-year anniversary of UFC 1, also a one-night tournament that took place Nov. 12, 1993 at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver. Royce Gracie won three fights by submission that night to claim the $50,000 grand prize.

Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren, who co-created that first UFC event, noted the significance of his new-school tournament’s timing in a prepared statement.

“When I launched the UFC 24 years ago, we changed the world, and on November 11 we are going to do so again with a dynamic tournament that assembles a collection of fighters that most deserve to represent their respective countries,” McLaren said. “These fighters will put their national pride on the line with a substantial payoff.”

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Source: MMA Junkie