Combate Americas has announced a studded card in Los Angeles on April 26 featuring Super Mely and Kyra Batara back in action.
Combate Americas has announced an event for April 26 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles that will see several of the top stars in the promotion compete. In the main event, strawweight powerhouse Melissa “Super Mely” Martinez takes on Caroline “Taz” Gallardo while the co-main event will feature grappling ace Kyra “Mogwai” Batara moving up to welcome UFC veteran Angela Magana to the promotion.
Outside of the headlining bouts, the promotion also announced that former Bellator champion Zoila Frausto, José “Froggy” Estrada, Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez, and Paulina “Firefox” Granados will be in action on the card.
Melissa Martinez (5-0) has torn through the competition and is referred to by Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren as one of the fighters that the promotion is putting their support behind. A full-time student in Mexico, Martinez has recorded finishes in four of her five victories and most recently finished Francis Hernandez with a first-round TKO in September.
Caroline Gallardo (3-2) will be making her promotional debut and is riding a three-fight win streak going into the bout. She most recently defeated Alejandra Orozco via first-round armbar in August of 2018.
Kyra Batara (6-4) will be returning to action for the first time since December of 2017 as she makes her strawweight debut. Batara is undefeated under the Combate Americas’ banner and hasn’t lost since dropping a bout in RIZIN to Kanako Murata in 2016. Batara’s success at atomweight led to talks of possibly fighting for an inaugural title at 105 pounds in Combate Americas but she will be moving up to 115 pounds for the bout in Los Angeles.
Angela Magana (11-10) will be making her promotional debut after a rough skid in both the UFC and RIZIN. Magana had been a part of The Ultimate Fighter season 20 which crowned the inaugural strawweight champion in the promotion but struggled to get a victory in the Octagon. The bout with Batara is a big opportunity to jumpstart her career as Magana is on a six-fight skid. Magana made headlines last summer after being involved in an altercation with former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.
Two strawweight bouts were also announced for the undercard as undefeated Charisa Sigala will take on with Francis “Hitgirl” Hernandez while Yasmine Jauregui will fight Daniela Espinoza.
Opponents for Frausto, Estrada, Gonzalez, and Granados will be announced in the coming weeks.