Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez and Ignacio Capella took home big wins at the Combate Americas event in Guadalajara on Friday night.
In the final bout of the night for Combate, Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez returned to form back at lightweight with a first-round finish of Alejandro Martinez. Martinez scored an early takedown but Gonzalez was able to reverse position and deliver heavy shots from the mount mount. Martinez made it back to his feet but Gonzalez soon connected on a shot that knocked him back down and closed out the show with devastating elbows that left his opponent a bloody mess. In his post-fight interview, Gonzalez said that he would like to return as soon as possible and that he preferred to stay at 155 where he physically felt his best.
Ignacio Capella overpowered Alvaro Herrera to score the finish in the first round in the final bout of Mexico vs Spain action. Throughout the first round, Capella powered through Herrera’s offense to land punches that visibly affected the Mexican fighter. The final sequence came when Capella finally connected to knock down Herrera and delivered an onslaught of punches from the top position before referee Jason Herzog stepped in stop the bout.
Mexico’s Victor Madrigal kicked off the televised action with a TKO victory over Spain’s Zebenzui Ruiz after a tough first round effort that saw moments for both men. Madrigal caught Ruiz coming in and followed it up with a barrage on the ground to get the victory. Madrigal snapped a two-fight skid with the victory and picked up his first win under the Combate Americas banner.
In a feature bout, Alitzel Mariscal overwhelmed Vanessa Rico against the fence in the first round. Rico looked to try to close the distance early but Mariscal was able to get good position against the fence and land a knee that did heavy damage and Rico never recovered. Notably, Mariscal and Madrigal are a couple and both picked up victories on the night.
The card was billed as Mexico vs. Spain with another event expected to take place in Spain this fall to see which country can take home the bragging rights in the promotion. Mexico currently leads 2-1 following the event in Guadalajara.
- Erick Gonzalez def. Alejandro Martinez via TKO – Round 1 (3:45)
- Ignacio Capella def. Alvaro Herrera via TKO – Round 1 (2:59)
- Victor Madrigal def. Zebenzui Ruiz via Knockout – Round 2 (3:50)
- Alitzel Mariscal def. Vanessa Rico via Knockout – Round 1 (3:18)
- Axel Osuna def. Bosco Boyer via Submission (Armbar) – Round 1 (3:01)
- Alejandro Solorzano def. Jaime Arevalo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Paulina Vargas def. Erendira Ordonez via TKO – Round 2 (1:39)
- Guillermo Torres def. Caleb Moctezuma via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Genaro Valdez def. Hilario Portales via TKO – Round 3 (1:37)
- Eric Garibay def. Ulises Palomares via Knockout – Round 1 (2:54)