Combate Americas put on one of their biggest cards last night and it did not disappoint. On a ten fight card, only one match saw the judges scorecards.
In the feature bout, Mexican star “Super Mely” Melissa Martinez got a solid win over Chilean Caroline Gallardo, improving her unbeaten record to 6-0. A tentative first round was followed by a quick second round finish.
Gallardo, ever the opportunist, took Martinez down off of a kick but that was swiftly met with a rapid getup off the canvas into a clinch knee that dropped Gallardo on impact. A few quick punches on the mat and the referee saw enough to call it for the Mexican prospect.
It was said prior to the event that the winners of Martinez vs. Gallardo and Hernandez vs. Batara would meet each other later this year. If that’s the case then “Super Mely” can look forward to facing “Mogwai” in 2019.
Kyra Batara keeps climbing up the ranks. A 16 month layoff and a late notice opponent replacement seemed to not phase the 12 fight veteran. Francis Hernandez accepted to take on Batara after Angela Magaña dropped out. The Puerto Rican fighter seemed up for the challenge, landing a few good strikes in the first round and warding off a few takedowns but Batara was persistent with her wrestling.
A takedown in the latter half of the first round saw her dominate and nearly get a rear naked choke. It was followed up by a more aggressive second stanza that saw Batara do more of the same but securing an armbar in the process. The angle was awkward and the arm snatch was quick but it was locked in and left Hernandez with no choice but to tap.
Batara vs. Martinez for the inaugural strawweight title might be the most intriguing fight Combate can put on right now. Martinez is undefeated, exciting and seems destined for big things. Batara has a respectable following, especially in Southern California, is the more experienced fighter and has gone 6-1 in her last 7 fights. The fact that Batara is undefeated inside the Combate Americas Jaula gives Alberto Del Rio and company little extra promotional juice to work with.
On the female fighting side, an acknowledgement must be given to Sidney Trillo, an amateur fighter who got a highlight reel head kick knockout over Destiny Sarran and to Yasmine Jauregui, the only other Mexican native on the card, got a lightning fast 13 second KO over Daniela Espinosa in a postlim fight. Neither fight was aired on the DAZN stream but these women’s name deserve some attention.
Other highlights on the main card included Michael Reyes finishing Oscar Suarez, Chilean Gloria Bravo getting a decision win over Alliance MMA’s Paulina Granados, Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez getting a TKO win in his donnybrook with South Korea’s Won Sik Park, and Combate promotional darling Jose “Froggy” Estrada getting a submission win over Adrian Guzman.
The official results are posted down below and the replay can be caught on the DAZN streaming service.
Yasmine Jauregui defeats Daniela Espinosa at 0:13 of round 1 via KO
Erick Gonzalez defeats Won Sik Park at 2:25 of round 2 via TKO
Kyra Batara defeats Francis Hernandez at 2:55 of round 2 via submission
Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios defeats Paulina Granados via unanimous decision
Melissa Martinez defeats Caroline Gallardo at 0:50 of round 2 via TKO
Jose Estrada defeats Adrian Guzman at 1:30 of round 2 via submission
Michael Reyes defeats Oscar Suarez at 1:23 of round 2 via TKO
Jesse Strader defeats Michael Jackson at 4:41 of round 2 via TKO
Sidney Trillo defeats Destiny Sarran at 0:28 of round 2 via KO
Lucero Acosta defeats Nancy Nava at 0:51 of round 2 via TKO.