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Univision, UDN, DAZN To Broadcast Six Combate Bouts June 28

Marilla "Tigress" Fanta
Marilla “Tigress” Fanta

Combate Americas this week announced six new bouts for its first-ever featherweight (145 pounds) world championship event that will headline the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise’s debut in the state of New Mexico, live on television in Spanish in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and UDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), and in English in the U.S. and Canada on DAZN (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT) from Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho on Friday, June 28.

Priced from $19.75, tickets for the Combate Americas world championship event are on sale at CombateAmericas.com/NewMexico.

In the previously announced world championship main event and much-anticipated rematch, 2018 “COPA COMBATE” tournament winner Andres “The Bullet” Quintana (18-2) of Roswell, N.M. will square off with Bruno “Aquiles” Cannetti (8-6) of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Among the new matchups announced today for the show was a women’s bantamweight (135 pounds) co-main event contest between Brenda “Boom Boom” Gonzales (9-4) and Marilia “Tigress” Fanta (3-0).

The world-ranked Gonzales of Moriarty, N.M. will compete for the first time this year, and will look to earn her second consecutive victory after scoring a first round (3:55) TKO (punches) on Tamikka Brentslast October 5.

Fighting out of Miami, Fla. via Fortaleza, Brazil, Morais is a decorated, two-time Muay Thai champion who crossed over to MMA in 2017, and has since secured all three of her professional MMA victories by (T)KO or submission.

In a featured flyweight (125 pounds) bout, Jaime Alvarez (8-1) will take on Joby Sanchez (12-5).

Alvarez of Miami, Fla. is riding a four-fight win streak that he extended on January 25 with a second round (4:57) knockout of Jorge Calvo Martin.

Fighting out of Albuquerque, Sanchez is an 11-year veteran of the sport. He has earned 8 of his 12 career victories by way of (T)KO or submission.

The preliminary bout card will be highlighted by a middleweight (185 pounds) showdown betweenRoman “La Bestia” Alcantar (6-1) of Albuquerque via Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and Juan Ramon “Tyson” Grano Medina (6-4-1) of Albuquerque via Parral, Chihuahua.

Elsewhere on the preliminary bout card, unbeatenJavier Cepeda (1-0) of Roswell will face off with Jesus Villegas (0-0) of Des Plaines, Ill. at flyweight.

Two welterweight (170 pounds) upstarts – Daniel Martinez (0-0) of Rio Rancho and Patrick Ayala (0-0) of Albuquerque – will make their respective professional debuts against one another.

Shyann Farmer (0-2) of Alamogordo, N.M. will return to Combate Americas action for the third time and look for her first professional victory against Criszaida Adames (0-0) of Philadelphia, Pa. in a strawweight (115 pounds) battle.

Additional bouts for the Combate Americas world championship event will be announced soon.

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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