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Combate Americas Debuts On AXS TV December 13

As an early preview of what fight fans can come to expect in 2020, AXS TV will air a special presenation of Combate Americas in December.

AXS TV and Fight Network will present Combate Americas for the first time together on Friday, December 13.

The event is a preview of the new relationship between the sides that will feature 35 live events televised in 2020.

In the main event from Stockton, California, Horacio Gutierrez meets Marlon Gonzales.

Combate Americas: North America vs. South America will be broadcast in its entirety, over 3.5 hours, live on AXS TV acrossthe U.S. and FN in Canada and internationally in Europe and Africa. The fully-loaded fight card shines the spotlight on a roster of established talent and rising superstars, including main and co-main event bouts between prolific athletes from North America and South America.

“Combate Americas is so thrilled about our partnership with the all-new AXS TV and Fight Network that we couldn’t wait for 2020 to begin, so we are going to start airing our live shows in English with them on December 13, with an explosive event filled with hard-hitting Spanish flavor and main and co-main event fights between some of the best talent from North and South America,” said Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren.

“Due to the positive response we received from our initial Combate Americas announcement, we spoke with Campbell McLaren and we both decided to launch our partnership now rather than wait for 2020,” said Ed Nordholm, Chief Corporate Officer of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of AXS TV and FN. “We’re thrilled to be able to broadcast ‘Combate Americas: North America vs. South America and we look forward to sharing this action-packed evening with our audiences in the U.S., Canada and across the globe.”

Hailing from Guadalajara, J..L., Mexico, the 29-year-old Gutierrez fights out of Chicago, Ill., and is a former semifinalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America competition reality television series. He is coming off a devastating, first round (2:41) TKO (punches) of Chase Gibson at Combate Americas’ event in Guadalajara on September 27.

The 27-year-old Gonzales of Lima, Peru will look to earn his second straight win after edging out a split decision over Chile’s Pablo Villaseca at Combate Americas’ inaugural event in Peru and South America on May 31.

In the co-main event that will also be contested at featherweight, Javier “Blair” Reyes (8-3) of Bogota, Colombia will face off with Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez protégé Joe “Nine Lives” Neal (6-4) of Hayward, Calif.

In a featured, women’s bantamweight (135 pounds) bout announced today, undefeated Tina Pettigrew (5-0) of San Diego, Calif. will battle Maritza Sanchez (5-6) of El Dorado, Calif.

Leading up to the Network’s official Combate Americas telecasts in 2020, AXS TV and FN will air a trio of Best Of Combate Americas specials kicking off on December 6 at 10 p.m. ET with a 60-minute preview of “Tito Vs. Alberto-What Side Are You On”—an inside look at the much-anticipated showdown between MMA trailblazer Tito Ortiz and multiple-time WWE Heavyweight Champion Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez (formerly “Alberto Del Rio” of the WWE) on December 7.

The following two specials will air on Friday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m. ET (90-minute program), and on Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 p.m. ET and will cover the 2018 “Copa Combate” one-night, eight-man, $100,000 grand prize tournament and the most exciting Combate Americas fights from 2019, respectively.

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