NEW YORK – August 16, 2016 – Combate Americas today announced that, for the first time in history, it will send one of its athletes – women’s sensation Kyra “Mogwai” Batara (5-3) – to represent the U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in competition overseas, at the star-studded, RIZIN FF extravaganza in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, September 25.
One of the sport’s fastest rising stars, the 21-year-old Batara of Las Vegas, Nev. will square off with three-time junior Olympic wrestling champion and undefeated MMA upstart Kanako Murata (3-0) of in a strawweight (115) contest.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to have Kyra Batara, one of our premier, homegrown stars, represent Combate Americas in martial arts’ birthplace, test her skills and show what kind of corazon she has against a decorated, world-class athlete,” said Combate Americas CEO and UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren.
On September 25, Batara will be featured in a lineup of MMA bouts filled with both legendary and ferocious, up-and-coming fight talent, including former PRIDE FC champion and UFC superstar Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic; undefeated, ninth degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Gabi Garcia; former K-1 world kickboxing champion Andy Souwer; and 13-time UFC veteran Daron Cruickshank.
A former cheerleader and competitive dancer turned protégé of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master Eddie Bravo, Batara is coming off a stellar, second round (4:13) TKO victory over Jenny “The Phoenix” Silverio in the co-main event of “Aspira A Mas Presents Combate Americas: CombateCINCO,” in Los Angeles, Calif. on April 25.
Batara’s victory, her third straight in the Combate Americas cage, or “La Jaula,” made headlines due to the unprecedented manner – a “ground and pound” version of Bravo’s “twister,” or neck crank submission hold – in which she stopped Silverio.
Combate Americas closed out its eighth live event, “Aspira A Mas Presents Combate Americas: CombateOCHO” on Thursday, Aug. 11, live on both beIN Sports en Español and UFC FIGHT PASS® from Exchange LA in Los Angeles.
In the main event of the 10-bout fight card, fast-rising star John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda (11-2) of Mankato, Minn. cruised to his sixth straight win, scoring a second round (2:25) TKO (punches) on Angel “Tito” Cruz of Rio Piedras, P.R.
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ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS
Combate Americas, LLC. is the first U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise in history, designed to build Latino fighting champions and serve Hispanic fans, one of the world's most avid groups of prize fighting enthusiasts. The Combate Americas franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile programming. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). New York Magazine described McLaren as "the marketing genius behind the UFC" and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.