Combate Americas' Copa Combate to air live in English on NBC Sports Network

Combate Americas today announced that Copa Combate, the promotion’s one-night, $100,000 grand prize bantamweight tournament, will air live on NBC Sports Network in addition to its Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo.

The event, which takes place Nov. 11 in Cancun, Mexico, marks the first time that two NBCUniversal-owned platforms will simulcast live MMA.

The live simulcast of Copa Combate on Telemundo and NBCSN will feature the tournament semifinals (two bouts), as well as the championship fight. A fourth bout between Melissa Martinez (2-0) and Gloria Bravo (4-2) will also be included.

UFC veterans Gilbert Melendez and Julianna Pena are set to handle color commentary in English, while Beto Duran handles play-by-play. Alberto Del Rio and Edgar Lopez will serve as color commentators in Spanish, while Andres Bermudez delivers play-by-play.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer this incredible event to both the Telemundo and NBCSN audiences in Spanish and in English, respectively” Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said in a statement. “Copa Combate is the first event of its kind in the MMA fight world, so being able to serve the largest group of fans possible in the U.S. under the NBC umbrella is an honor.”

Copa Combate will feature fighters from the U.S., Latin America and Spain. McLaren put together the tournament as a throwback to UFC 1, also a one-night tournament that he co-created.

A lottery ball drawing to determine the quarterfinal stage matchups will take place this Thursday.

Below is a list of participating fighters and a rundown of the card as it currently stands.

TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS

  • Andres Ayala (11-4) of Bogota, Colombia
  • John Castaneda (14-2) of Mankato, Minn.
  • Mikey Erosa (12-5) of San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Marc Gomez (20-10) of Barcelona, Spain
  • Kevin Moreyra (4-1) of Lima, Peru
  • Ricky Palacios (9-1) of Mission, Texas
  • Carlos Rivera (10-2) of Mexico City, Mexico
  • Marcelo Rojo (12-4) of Cordoba, Argentina

NBCSN/TELEMUNDO LIVE SIMULCAST (11:30 p.m. ET):

  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate final
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • Gloria Bravo vs. Melissa Martinez

FULL CARD

  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate final
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate semifinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • TBD vs. TBD – Copa Combate quarterfinal
  • Levy Saul Marroquin vs. Alejandro Abomohor (alternate bout)
  • Felipe Vargas vs. Jose Calvo (alternate bout)
  • Gloria Bravo vs. Melissa Martinez
  • Sheila Padilla vs. Lisbeth Lopez Silva

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Source: MMA Junkie

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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