On December 7 in Hidalgo, Texas, Combate Americas will host the most anticipated fight of the year, between legendary combat sports icons Tito Ortiz and Alberto El Patrón.

Although Alberto has been inactive in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) for nine years, the Mexican fighter is a highly competitive athlete across multiple disciplines, which has given him the status of Aztec sports legend.

At the age of 20, Alberto Rodríguez, better known as “El Patrón,” participated in the Junior World Wrestling Championship, held in the Czech Republic, where he won a bronze medal.

Subsequently, he won three gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games. He also won a medal at the Pan American Games.

His success in wrestling led him to be selected to compete in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, one of the greatest honors for any wrestler. Unfortunately, Alberto could not attend, as the Mexican delegation did not send his wrestling team to the event.

At 24, Del Rio decided to start in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), traveling to compete in Japan, which at the time was the most important venue in the sport.

His first professional bout was in Yokohama, Japan, against experienced fighter Kengo Watanabe, who already had 11 fights as a pro. Alberto took the win spectacularly, giving a ‘suplex’ to his opponent to win by KO at 0:50.

In mixed martial arts, Alberto held a record of 9-5, with all his victories coming via (T)KO or submission.  He competed in Asia, Europe and Central America.

The battle against the legendary Tito Ortiz will be the official return of Alberto “El Patrón” to the sport, under the rules of mixed martial arts, so the Mexican will be doing an unprecedented preparation, working with stars like Javier “Chunty Boy” Torres, champion Ryan Bader who already faced Ortiz, and the NCAA Division I All-American CB Dollaway, among others.