- Ortiz vs El Patron goes December 7th from Combate Americas at 12 AM ET
- Can Ortiz perform yet another gravedigger routine as he debuts in a new promotion?
- Will El Patron make his return to shoot fighting by scoring his biggest MMA win by far?
Tito Ortiz vs Alberto El Patron has officially been announced for December 7th. The main event attraction is presently the only bout scheduled for the Combate Americas card. I’ve had the privilege to write about MMA and Pro Wrestling for SBD but this is an instance where the two worlds directly collide.
Former WWE champion and returning MMA fighter El Patron looks to break his hiatus from shoot fighting by taking on one of the biggest name stars in MMA history. Ortiz is coming back from yet another retirement and is looking to impress during his first fight for Combate.
Check out the opening odds for this fight and who I think the best early bet is below.
Tito Ortiz vs Alberto El Patron Opening Odds
|Alberto El Patron||+525|
*Odds taken 10/14/19
As far as how odds will shift in the lead up to this fight, I feel like it will only slant more in Ortiz’s favor. El Patron will have been out of the cage for just shy of a decade by the time he returns in December. Though Ortiz has retired more than once in the last several years, he still has been much more active than El Patron.
Since EL Patron’s last fight ( A TKO loss in February 2010), Ortiz has gone 5-5. He is presently on a two-fight win streak with the aforementioned five victories against Chuck Liddell, Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, and Alexander Shlemenko.
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The origins for how this fight came about are fairly strange. El Patron has been associated with Combate since the very beginning. He has recently indicated a desire to trade the promoter hat for some 4 oz gloves though. El Patron also supposedly called out Tito Ortiz and indicated interest in taking on such a huge task.
The news of this fight only crystallizes that notion of El Patron having a huge heart. Ortiz seemed to take umbrage with the call out. He theorized El Patron perceived him as vulnerable in some sort of way. There are also some bizarre socio-political connotations to this fight. Ortiz is a pro-borders, pro-Trump individual and he has had ideological clashes with El Patron who is steadfastly proud Mexican. The MAGA style rhetoric will likely ramp up even more ahead of this tilt.
If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like to have Tito Ortiz want to remove your skull from your body…
— Sam Roberts (@notsam) October 10, 2019
El Patron doesn’t have anywhere near the same experience that Ortiz has. El Patron has fought for promotions like Pride as well as Deep, went on a six-fight win streak at the most vibrant point in his career, and has a one hundred percent finishing rate [three (T)KOs and six submissions]. His experience is nothing to scoff at, but it pales in comparison to Ortiz’s resume.
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy has multiple defenses as UFC’s light-heavyweight champion. He has finished some of the biggest names in MMA history. Ortiz has also fought in some of the highest-profile bouts the sport has ever. I think Ortiz finishes El Patron inside of two rounds. A first-round finish via ground and pound being the most likely means of victory during Ortiz vs El Patron.
Pick: Ortiz (-725)
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