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Combate 12 fight card and line up finalized for Azteca America event on March 30 in Tijuana

NEW YORK – March 17, 2017 – Combate Americas today announced the completion of a stellar, 11-bout card for its debut in Tijuana, Mexico on Thursday, March 30, live on Azteca America in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m from the Auditorio Municipal.

TV Azteca will broadcast “Combate12″ in Mexico on Friday at 11:00 p.m., and UFC Fight Pass will distribute an English-language version of the event as a video on demand (VOD).

“Combate12″ will be headlined by a bantamweight (135 pound) showdown between Argentinean Marcelo “Pitbull” Rojo (10-4) and Monterrey, Mexico native Iván “El Brasil” Flores (8-1-1).

Rojo, a veteran of season three of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, will look to make a statement in his first start in La Jaula, the Combate Americas cage, when he faces Flores, who will be on a mission to defend the honor of his house.

Rojo will fight for the first time in Mexico after an extensive career in South American arenas where he has become one of the most popular fighters in the region.

Flores, meanwhile, will look to rebound from a second round (3:11) submission (arm-triangle choke) defeat at the hands of Mark “The Bumblebee” Delarosa at “Combate10″ in Mexico City, Mexico in January.

Another contestant from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, Costa Rican Walter Zamora (9-2), will face Monterrey native Alex “Gallito” Flores (8-1) in the “Combate12″ co-main event; the Mexican fighter has one goal only, and that is to defend the honor of his country in the featherweight (145 pounds) bout.

In one of the most anticipated Combate Americas battles of 2017, Erick “The Ghost Pepper” González (5-2) of Los Angeles, California returns to action less than two months after his “Fight of the Night” performance against Danny “The Realist” Ramírez in the main event of “Combate11.”

Gonzalez will collide with Marco Antonio “La Roca” Elpidio (7-1) of Mexico City. Elpidio was victorious by way of split decision over Rodrigo “Kazula” Vargas at “Combate10.”

After sustaining a broken nose in training, Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet of Las Vegas, Nev. has been replaced by Jose “El Pochito” Alday (9-2) of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.

Alday, whose last start on October 15 against Mahatma Chit-Bala Garcia Avalos resulted in a draw, will square off with Irving “Moreno” Hernandez (4-2) of Tijuana. Hernandez is a winner of his last three bouts, two by (T)KO.

In addition, two of UFC star Nate Diaz’s Stockton, Calif.-based, undefeated protégés, José Aguayo (2-0) and Christian Giovannie (1-0), will make their respective promotional debuts.

Aguayo will face Gilbert Santos (1-2) Ensenada, Mexico in a featherweight matchup, while Giovannie will fight Angel Gonzalez (0-0), also of Ensenada, in a bantamweight tilt.

COMBATE 12 FIGHT CARD

Main Event

135 lbs.: Marcelo Rojo (10-4) vs. Iván Hernández Flores (8-1-1)

Co-Main Event

145 lbs.: Walter Zamora (9-2) vs. Alex “Gallito” Flores (8-1)

Fight Card

155 lbs.: Marco Antonio Elpidio (7-1) vs. Erick González (5-2)
170 lbs.: Christopher Ramírez (5-1) vs. Alex Velasco (6-1)
145 lbs.: Pablo Sabori (6-3) vs. Levy Saúl Marroquín (7-1)
145 lbs.: José Aguayo (2-0) vs. Gilbert Santos (1-2)
155 lbs.: Ramón Lopez (1-2) vs. Marcos Bonilla (4-3)
145 lbs.: José Alday (9-2) vs. Irving Hernández (4-2)
135 lbs.: Pablo Olea (5-5) vs. Eduardo Varela Soto (2-1)
135 lbs.: Christian Giovannie (1-0) vs. Ángel González (0-0)
125 lbs.: Oscar Quintero (2-1) vs. Oscar Chairez (1-0)

For much more on Combate 12 click here.

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Anthony Birchak vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri, more added to Rizin FF event in April

Rizin FF has announced several new bouts for its upcoming card in April, including many former UFC fighters. The promotion announced the news through its website.

Rizin FF booked former UFC fighters Anthony Birchak and Tatsuya Kawajiri to a featherweight contest. Birchak, a bantamweight fighter, will be moving up to the 145-pound weight class to face the Japanese fighter.

The fight with Kawajiri marks Birchak’s promotional debut and first fight since leaving the UFC back in 2016. Birchak is coming off a win over Dileno Lopes at UFC Fight Night 90 in August, and has a professional record of 11-3. Meanhile, Kawajiri, who also fought for the UFC in 2016, is coming off a loss to Kron Gracie at Rizin FF’s New Year event. With the loss to Gracie, the 38-year-old Kawajiri now has a professional record of 35-10-2.

Rizin 2017 in Yokohama: Sakura event is scheduled to take place on April 16 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Former UFC title challenger Kyoji Horiguchi is set to make his Rizin FF debut against Yuki Motoya in the main event of the card, which MMA Fighting reported in February.

The additional bouts announced for the card go as follow:

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Vitaly Minakov vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Announced for Fight Nights Global Event on June 2

One of the top heavyweights outside not currently signed to a major mixed martial arts promotion will be in action on June 2.
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Vitaly Minakov vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Announced for Fight Nights Global Event on June 2

One of the top heavyweights outside not currently signed to a major mixed martial arts promotion will be in action on June 2.
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Vitaly Minakov vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Announced for Fight Nights Global Event on June 2

One of the top heavyweights outside not currently signed to a major mixed martial arts promotion will be in action on June 2.
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Vitaly Minakov vs. ‘Bigfoot’ Silva Announced for Fight Nights Global Event on June 2

One of the top heavyweights outside not currently signed to a major mixed martial arts promotion will be in action on June 2.
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Eduardo Dantas will now face Leandro Higo in new Bellator 177 main event

Bellator has a new main event for its upcoming trip to Budapest, Hungary, on April 14.

Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas, who was initially scheduled to defend his title against Darrion Caldwell, will now take on fellow Brazilian Leandro Higo after Caldwell suffered an undisclosed injury. Bellator officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.

Rising featherweight John Teixeira is also set to return to action at the Budapest Sports Arena, as he faces Daniel Weichel in the main card.

Dantas (19-4) re-captured the 135-pound belt in June 2016, defeating former teammate Marcos Galvao for the second time. “Dudu” went on to defend the gold six months later, avenging his only Bellator loss with a decision over Joe Warren.

Higo (17-2), one of the best bantamweight prospects out of Brazil, makes his promotional debut after winning eight straight, including winning and defending the RFA and LFA belts.

Teixeira (21-1-2), Dantas’ teammate at Nova Uniao, is unbeaten in almost five years. At 4-0 under the Bellator banner, “Macapa” faces the biggest challenge of his career in Weichel (38-9), a former Bellator tournament winner and title contender who brings a a three-fight winning streak to the cage.

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UFC 210 promo video preview for ‘Cormier vs Johnson 2′ PPV event on April 8 in Buffalo

Now that UFC Fight Night 106 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage its next pay-per-view (PPV) event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC 210 is all set to pop off from KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York and will feature a much-anticipated rematch between current Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier taking on Anthony Johnson.

Cormier initially defeated “Rumble” at UFC 187 back in 2015 to claim the vacant 205-pound title, and he hasn’t looked back since. But after reeling off three straight knockout victories, Johnson will have the chance to get some revenge.

In the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi will square off against Chris Weidman, who looks to erase the memory of back-to-back knockout losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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UFC 210 promo video preview for ‘Cormier vs Johnson 2′ PPV event on April 8 in Buffalo

Now that UFC Fight Night 106 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage its next pay-per-view (PPV) event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC 210 is all set to pop off from KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York and will feature a much-anticipated rematch between current Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier taking on Anthony Johnson.

Cormier initially defeated “Rumble” at UFC 187 back in 2015 to claim the vacant 205-pound title, and he hasn’t looked back since. But after reeling off three straight knockout victories, Johnson will have the chance to get some revenge.

In the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi will square off against Chris Weidman, who looks to erase the memory of back-to-back knockout losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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UFC 210 promo video preview for ‘Cormier vs Johnson 2′ PPV event on April 8 in Buffalo

Now that UFC 209 is in the books — full results here — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is all set to stage its next pay-per-view (PPV) event, and it’s going to be a good one!

UFC 210 is all set to pop off from KeyBank Center on April 8, 2017 in Buffalo, New York and will feature a much-anticipated rematch between current Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier taking on Anthony Johnson.

Cormier initially defeated “Rumble” at UFC 187 back in 2015 to claim the vacant 205-pound title, and he hasn’t looked back since. But after reeling off three straight knockout victories, Johnson will have the chance to get some revenge.

In the co-main event, Gegard Mousasi will square off against Chris Weidman, who looks to erase the memory of back-to-back knockout losses to Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero.

Expect more promo video such as this one to be released as fight night draws closer, until then take a look at the most up-to-date fight card by clicking here.

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