After nine years out of the sport, Alberto “El Patrón” Del Rio, the former WWE and Lucha Libre AAA wrestler, is preparing to make a return in a big way.

Since late last year, “El Patrón” announced his return to MMA, something that caught the attention of MMA fans, especially the Latin-American based fans. Now, after several months of expectation, Del Rio commented about how he is preparing for this upcoming fight, one that may happen by the end of the year.

“At the moment, we are in the first stage” said Del Rio to Combate Américas. “The fight is not gonna happen until late October or first week of November. The first stage is to recover the strength, stamina, cardio, in order to be able to execute an optimal training camp.”

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Del Rio, who holds a 9-5 record as a professional, said he has several options available in terms of where he wants to train, but he said he will try a few before choosing one.

“At the moment, we have three options,” Del Rio said. “Whether we go to Phoenix with Javier Torres and Bader or go with Gilbert Melendes in California or Dominick Cruz, there are different options. We’ll see where I feel most comfortable.”

In the meantime, he said he’s training with a childhood friend a friend who will be guiding him until he steps into “La Jaula”.

“I have my great friend and –compadre- Alejandro “El Greco” Báez, we trained together since he was 16 when we were a part of Mexico’s national Olympic wrestling team. From now until the end, he is going to be helping me. He also will be fighting in that very same card I will be making my return… and retire”.

He is preparing to face a difficult and renowned (yet unannounced) opponent who will undoubtedly put his skills to the test and give Combate Americas’ fans the show they deserve. In addition, he stated that the fight will be in the heavyweight division.

“The daily work is outlined,” said Del Rio. “Every day we box with people who came out of Jesse James Leija’s bunker; we box daily, every day. We do grappling work, all the stuff we know about Olympic wrestling. But like I said, after the upcoming Reinas event, we’ll go with Dominick Cruz, and then we’ll go up with Gilbert Melendes to determine the official camp where we will be staying.”

“The weight is already established, it will be in the 215 lbs. and we already have the opponent, which as I asked from the very beginning had to be a great rival, a great name in mixed martial arts,” said Del Rio. “I always fought great rivals when I did it in Japan and if we were going to do this, it had to be against a high level athlete. This opponent is a legend in martial arts, we never wanted that just because of my position in the company they put me against anyone.”

Del Rio hasn’t fought since February 2010, when he lost vía TKO against Yamamoto Hanshi, ending a 6-fight winning streak and three years without losing a fight.

Del Rio decided to return to his wrestling career in 2017. Now, two years later, he’s deciding to come back to MMA and give his fans one more taste of his Mexican pride.