The groundbreaking new series, which will be comprised of Thursday night live events on NBC Universo, comes one year after Combate Americas produced the first reality series in history to win a major television award – “Best Variety or Reality Series” at the 29th annual Imagen Awards – besting Mark Burnett’s The Voice for the coveted honor.
Priced from just $14.99, tickets for the Combate Americas “Road To The Championship” kick-off event, which will take place during Mexican Independence Day celebration week, are on sale now and can be purchased by phone: 800-745-3000, and online at Ticketmaster.com.
“We are excited to expand our relationship with NBC Universo, and look forward to delivering action-packed fight cards featuring some of the best Latino fighters on the planet,” said McLaren, who created Combate Americas two years ago to serve the fastest-growing U.S. demographic – Hispanic millennials.
“We are thrilled to welcome Combate Americas to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and DLVEC. “This is a testament to DLVEC’s evolution into one of the top new fight hubs in the country, as the night will present incredible bouts and an unrivaled energy.”
In the featherweight (145 pounds) main event of the six-bout, live NBC Universo telecast, two-time UFC Veteran Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez (17-6) of Muscatine, Iowa will square off with hard-hitting KO artist Max Ceniceros (7-2) of La Mirada, Calif. Ceniceros is seeking his seventh consecutive victory, after finishing four of his last six opponents by way of (T)KO or submission.
In other action on the telecast, Combate Americas reality series stars J.C. Llamas (5-5) and Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios (3-1) will make their respective, second starts in the Combate Americas cage.
The runner-up in the reality series competition, Llamas of Bakersfield, Calif. will square off with aggressive-minded finisher Ozzie “The Outlaw” Alvarez (6-2) of Brea, Calif. via Miami, Fla. in a welterweight (170 pounds) contest, and Palacios of Mission, Texas will face Benji “The Brawler” Gomez (4-4) of Ventura, Calif. in a bantamweight (135 pounds) matchup.
In a featured women’s strawweight (115 pounds) bout, Invicta FC veteran Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc (8-8) of Tulsa, Okla. will collide with power puncher Katy “Red Dragon” Collins (2-1) of Branson, Mo.
Rising star John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (6-2) of Mankato, Minn. will meet an opponent to be announced, at bantamweight.
In the opening bout on the live telecast, undefeated KO artist Jonathan Martinez (7-0) will battle an opponent to be announced, at flyweight (125 pounds).
A complete preliminary bout card will be announced soon.
Doors at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will open at 5 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.
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