Combate Americas announces their return to Los Angeles

Combate Americas has announced two qualifier bouts for the second Copa Combate one-night tournament.

Combate Americas will stage two featherweight fights with the winners going on to represent the United States and Mexico in the tournament that features a $100,000 grand prize.

Levy Saul Marroquin, a last-minute replacement, won the inaugural tournament held last November in Cancun, Mexico.

The U.S. qualifying bout will be between Erick "The Ghost Pepper" Gonzalez (8-2) who fights out of Redondo Beach, and Andres "The Bullet" Quintana (14-2).

The predominately Hispanic MMA promotion has gained some momentum with combat sports enthusiasts with their action-packed bouts and out of the box style promotions.

This event will be held live from The Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California and will be telecast live on Univision Deportes Network on Sept. 28.

Combate has added an alluring twist to this card by making these fights single-five minute round bouts, which should make for a blistering tempo.

"These one-round qualifier fights are symbolic of what Combate Americas represents- 'Mucha Mas Accion,' or 'Much More Action," said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren in statement release.

"Faster-paced fights in a shorter time frame create the most electrifying platform in the sport and, with the opportunity to represent your country in the 'COPA COMBATE," $100,000 grand prize tournament on the line, the intensity will be at an all-time high," said McLaren.

Pablo "El Gallo Negro" Sabori (8-4) vs. Alejandro (El Gallito) Flores (12-1) will be the bout to determine who will represent Mexico in the tournament.

Tickets for "Combate Americas: Camino a Copa Combate" are on sale now and are priced from $30.00 and are available at

Check out future episodes of The Fighter's Planet podcast which will feature interviews with Erick Gonzalez and other Combate fighters coming soon.



Alex Solano