Combate Americas Announces New Headliner for June 7 Arizona Card

By Natalie Zamudio May 13, 2019
A new bantamweight main event has been announced today for Combate Americas' June 7 card that takes place in Tucson, Arizona. Previously scheduled between Jose "Pochito" Alday and Irwin "The Beast" Rivera, Alday will now face Argentina's Juan Pablo "El Molo" Gonzalez (7-2-2). Alday (12-4-1) is a Tucson native and former world champion.

Announced for the co-main event slot is a lightweight bout between the 9-0 Rafa Garcia and the veteran Estevan Payan (17-12, 1 NC). Garcia, identified by Combate Americas as a "protege of MMA superstar Cub Swanson," has been on a tear since entering "La Jaula" in 2016.

Garcia has finished eight of his nine fights by either submission or KO/TKO. His opponent Payan, a Tempe, Arizona native, will make his Combate Americas debut when he faces off against Garcia in the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol.

Also reported today, a strawweight match between two young upstarts who have yet to taste defeat in professional mixed martial arts. Yasmin Jauregui (1-0) will face 2-0 Codie Wareham.

Jauregui, 21, hails from Tijuana, Mexico and holds the record for the second fastest Combate Americas finish with her knockout stoppage of Daniela Espinosa at "Combate Reinas" on April 26.

"Cricket Wireless Presents Combate Americas: Tucson Unbreakable" will air live from Tucson, Arizona, on Univision and DAZN on Friday, June 7.
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