Combate Americas Relaunches as Combate Global, Returns on April 9

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Melissa "Super Mely" Martinez victorious after winning the inaugural Combate Americas strawweight title. Photo: Scott Hirano/Combate Americas

Combate Americas has announced that they will be rebranding as Combate Global going forward and will be holding their first event on April 9.

Combate Americas lives to fight another day.

The Latin American centered promotion announced earlier this week that they will now be branded as Combate Global going forward along with an extended television deal.  In a press release, Combate Global announced that they had signed a new five year deal with their current Spanish language broadcast partner Univision that will feature 150 live events over the next five years.  The promotion has been a part of the network since 2018.  Combate Global had signed a new English broadcast deal with AXS TV in 2019 with a plan to feature 35 events in 2020.  It is unknown what the current status of the deal is as only three events were held on AXS before the promotion was shut down due to the pandemic.  The event on April 9 is the promotion’s first since February of last year and it is unclear if the AXS TV deal remains active.

President of Univision Sports Juan Carlos Rodriguez said in the release:

We are excited to extend our relationship and look forwar to growing the Combate brand in new and innovative ways across our Univision platforms. With our audience’s passion for thrilling, live action, Combate has teamed with our portfolio of soccer rights to deliver a powerful one-two punch.  Combate is a fast-ascending property and we are committed to delivering more events from the premier Hispanic MMA franchise to fight fans than ever before.

As part of the rebrand, Combate Global also expressed interest in signing more athletes from beyond the United States and Latin America.  The promotion is known for loading the prelims with local talent that is usually just starting out their careers, with the televised portions featuring longer tenured fighters.  It is unknown what the state of the Combate Global roster is as several fighters such as former champions Rafa Garcia, Gustavo Lopez, and more became free agents in the past year.

More information on the April 9 card is expected to be released in the upcoming days.