Combate Americas Returns to Tucson on October 11

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José "El Pochito" Alday landing a right hand to the body against Juan Gonzalez. Photo: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas

Combate Americas will be returning to Tucson, Arizona for the third time this year as former champion José Alday takes on newcomer Andre Barquero on October 11.

Former champion José “El Pochito” Alday (13-4-1) will be headlining a card in his home of Tucson, Arizona for the third time this year as he takes on promotional newcomer Andre Barquero.  Pochito had a break-out year in 2018, toppling long-time contender John Castaneda and winning the first championship in promotional history.  While he lost the belt to Gustavo Lopez in March, he bounced back in great form with a first round finish against Juan Pablo Gonzalez.  With Lopez defending the title last month, a win for Alday continues to build his case for a trilogy with the title on the line once again.

Andre Barquero (6-2) enters the promotion after putting together a six fight win-streak that was snapped in his last outing.  Fighting out of Athletic Advance in his native Costa Rica, Barquero has recorded a finish in five of his six victories.

In the co-main event, UFC and RIZIN veteran Anthony Birchak (15-6) will return to the promotion as he takes on Jose Calvo.  Birchak made his debut last October where he scored a first round finish in front of his hometown crowd in Tucson.  He also made an appearance in LFA in July where he posted another first round finish, this time by submission.

Jose “Puppy” Calvo, similar to Barquero, is from Costa Rica and goes into the fight coming off a loss that a snapped a six fight win-streak.  Calvo has several victories in the LUX Fight League promotion which is a major promotion in Mexico.  This is his second time fighting in Tucson, having fought at the last card Combate held in the area in June.

One preliminary fight has been announced in the bantamweight division with Guillermo “Memo” Torres (3-0) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico taking Orlando Jimenez (2-0) of Phoenix.

More fights will be announced for the card in the coming weeks.