- Combate Americas 43 goes Friday, September 20th at 10 PM ET
- Who will become the first lightweight champion in Combate Americas history?
- Which fighter has their hand raised in the co-main event flyweight showcase?
Combate Americas 43 emanates from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. The ten fight card offers up a little something for everybody. Combate Americas will be crowning their first-ever lightweight champion in the main event of the evening.
The co-main event bout features an intriguing flyweight showcase and there are a variety of entertaining prelims. Combate usually delivers on the fun and this card looks no different. The odds for each fight on the card and bout breakdowns can be found below.
Rafa Garcia vs Erick Gonzalez Odds
*Odds taken 09/18/19
The inaugural Combate Americas lightweight title is up for grabs in this one. Rafa Garcia has a spotless professional record with a 6-0 record under the Combate Americas banner. Gonzalez has a 6-2 record in Combate and is entering this tilt on the heels of back to back wins.
This fight between the promotion’s most successful 155-pounders has been a long time coming. Both for a lightweight champion to be crowned and also for these men to be recognized by being given this magnitude of an opportunity.
Garcia Stays Unbeaten and Collects Gold
While Gonzalez has a slight experience edge and is a bit more well rounded, Rafa Garcia has the superior momentum and stronger resume bolstered by victories over names like Estevan Payan and LaRue Burley. Gonzalez has wins over solid fighters but no real notable names on the level of Garcia’s wins.
— Combate Americas (@combateamericas) September 17, 2019
Gonzalez believes this fight is going to become a game of chess after the initial bell rings. Gonzalez sees Garcia using his hyper-aggressive submission attack in this fight, as Garcia becomes rabid when he gets a hold of a limb as evidenced by the rate of submissions he’s been able to secure in prior outings.
Garcia vs Gonzalez Tale of the Tape
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Garcia will be fighting in front of his hometown crowd and I think the partisan support will strengthen his performance and lead to him securing the win.
Pick: Garcia (-1400)
Alberto Trujillo vs Edgar Chairez Odds
Trujillo vs Chairez is the aforementioned flyweight feature that’s set for the co-main event. Trujillo is looking to push beyond the .500 record that he presently has in Combate Americas.
Chairez is 4-1 in Combate and rebounded from his lone loss with a first round arm-bar win in his last fight. Trujillo conversely has suffered his only career loss and it happened the last time he walked to the cage.
Trujillo Returns to The Win Column
How will Trujillo respond from his first career stumble? Trujillo trains out of an excellent gym in Alliance MMA, giving him the guidance and regimen to have an emphatic comeback win to get back on track.
Both men are still early enough in their careers where there’s a tremendous amount of parity in this fight. That competitive closeness will lend itself well to quite the enjoyable viewer experience.
— Combate Americas (@combateamericas) September 15, 2019
It looks like Chairez will have a big reach advantage. Though the stats on his actual reach were unavailable he has a five-inch height advantage over Trujillo. This will lend itself well to both striking and grappling exchanges as those kinds of sequences generally favors the fighter with the bigger frame.
Trujillo vs Chairez Tale of the Tape
|Alliance MMA||Gym/Camp affiliation||Sick Mexican Fighters|
Chairez is of Mexican descent so I’m sure the partisan crowd will make their support for him vocal. Chairez is the #6 ranked flyweight out of Mexico after all. That being said, I see Alberto Trujillo picking up the biggest win of his career on Friday. I think Trujillo will be able to push through the pressure of the moment and showcase his fighter’s heartand mentality. I think Alberto Trujillo gets it done by submission at Combate Americas 43.
Pick: Trujillo (+160)
Combate Americas 43 Remaining Card Odds
|Carlos Ernesto Ochoa||+110|
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