Levy Saul Marroquin and Jose Alday will square off for the Combate Americas bantamweight title on Friday, September 14 from the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.
Recently, Combate Americas announced that the event will be simulcast on Univision and Univision Deportes Network beginning at midnight ET.
Marroquin (11-2) captured the one-night, eight-man $100,000 tournament. Alday sports a record of 11-3-1 in his career. The much-anticipated showdown will mark the first time in history that a major, worldwide recognized MMA sports franchise will utilize three rounds, rather than the traditional, five-round format, for a world championship bout.
“MMA now stands for ‘Mucha Más Acción,’ and this is exactly what the world is going to see with a three-round title fight – more action in a shorter, faster and superior format that serves Combate Americas’ younger, millennial audience perfectly,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren. “This championship fight is a remarkable showdown between two ferocious warriors whose recent, respective performances in La Jaula have earned them the right to face off with each other for a coveted world title.”
Also featured on the live simulcast will be a women’s flyweight (125) contest between top prospect Tracy Cortez (3-1) of Phoenix and Brandi Narvaez (0-2) of Corpus Christi, Texas.
“We are thrilled to deliver another season of Combate Americas to our viewers and broadcast its first-ever world championship match,” said Juan Carlos Rodríguez, president, Univision Deportes. “We look forward to treating MMA fans to all the action of one of the most popular sports today with Univision Deportes’ best-in-class sports production.”
The 22-year-old Marroquin of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon became an overnight Cinderella story last November 17 in Cancun, Mexico, defeating three consecutive, stand-out opponents – Carlos “Lobo” Rivera of Mexico, Marcelo “Pitbull” Rojo of Argentina and John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda of the U.S. – in one night to become the first, annual “COPA COMBATE” tournament champion.
Alday, a 26-year-old native of Hermosillo, Sonora and resident of Tucson, Ariz., is coming off his career-best victory to date, a split decision win over Castaneda in the main event of the historic, first, live Univision and UDN simulcast of MMA action with “Combate Estrellas I” in Los Angeles, Calif.