Jose Alday became the 1st Combate Americas champ at Combate 22 (pic via @DAZN)

Combate 22 Results: Jose Alday claims 135 pound gold in a barnburner, clips of all the action in La Jaula

Phoenix, Arizona – Combate 22 witnessed the first championship coronation in Combate Americas history, as Mexico’s Jose Alday walked away with the bantamweight belt following an appropriately spirited three round war with Gustavo Lopez. The promotion’s first effort in conjunction with new broadcast partner DAZN brought plenty of solid action, and we’ve got your results and clips of the main card and preliminary fights.



Combate 22 Main Card



Bantamweight Title:

Jose Alday (12-3-1, #127 World)

Split Decision – 3 rounds

Gustavo Lopez (8-4, #25 US West)

Short notice replacement Gustavo Lopez gave everything he had in this 15 minute war, but in the end the American’s well-honed takedown game wasn’t enough in the eyes of the judges. Jose Alday certainly showed off excellent hands as he dropped Lopez in the 1st and 4th minutes of the first round. Yet it was the crazy-tough Lopez who ended round 1 charging forward and swinging for the fences. Alday kept up his fistic assault in round 2, only to find himself put on the mat and threatened with a scary-looking guillotine choke from Lopez. Lopez, who was ineligible to win the title since he weighed in 1 pound over the championship limit at 136, displayed impressive cardio as he kept the pace up and outgrappled Alday in the final round of this 3 round title match. Strong stuff from Lopez, but the judges were more impressed with Jose Alday’s striking prowess as they awarded him a split decision and the inaugural Combate Americas 135 pound belt. Great fight from both men, a real barnburner for the first two rounds that certainly lived up to the lofty expectations set in Combate Americas’ first 21 events.



W125: Tracy Cortez (4-1, #93 World)  TKO2  Karen Cedillo (1-1)

This two round fight was all one-way traffic, with Tracy Cortez putting on a grappling clinic at the expense of underdog Karen Cedillo. The two-time Invicta vet Cortez scored a takedown early and methodically progressed to side control before taking the back. The talented grappler had no problem securing Cedillo’s back, though the scrappy late notice replacement successfully survived to the end of round 1. Unfortunately for Cedillo, Cortez went straight back to work with her grappling game in round 2. This time Cortez went the ground striking route, and it was good enough to earn the TKO stoppage midway through the second frame. Cedillo wasn’t exactly out when the ref stepped in, but this was thorough domination and it didn’t look like she was close to mounting a comeback or getting out of the position.



145: Rafa Garcia (7-0, #537 World)  KO1  LaRue Burley (8-4, #265 World)

Nine-time LFA/RFA/WSOF/Bellator vet LaRue Burley entered his debut in La Jaula best known as the man who squashed the Bubba Jenkins hype train in Bellator. Unfortunately for Burley, he didn’t have a chance to show off many of his skills in this one as Rafa Garcia rushed him early and nearly finished with a guillotine try against the cage. Burley defended, only to find himself on the wrong side of a Garcia counter right when he telegraphed an uppercut. Plenty of high octane GNP earned Garcia the round 1 TKO win, as the ref let Burley have it until he was out knocked silly on the ground. Strong work from the still-undefeated Rafa Garcia, who opened the Combate 22 main card in style en route to his fourth win in four Combate Americas fights.



Combate 22 Undercard Results


145: Yaotzin Meza (22-11, was #176 World 2+ yrs inactive)  Sub1  Gilberto Aguilar (14-16-1)

Six-fight UFC vet Yaotzin Meza scored a dominant finish in his first post-big show outing, then left his gloves in the cage and walked away from the sport.



155: Richard Palencia (8-0, #349 World)  UD3  Federico Olivera (3-4)



155: Mike Hamel (6-2, #44 US Southwest)  UD3  Javier Reyes Rugeles (7-2, #29 L.America)


135: Eduardo Alvarado (6-4, #97 Mexico)  TKO1  Roman Salazar (12-8, #386 World)

UFC vet Roman Salazar fell to 0-2 in the Combate Jaula, as Brave CF alum Eduardo Osuna Alvarado slayed him with a perfectly placed round 1 punch that shut off his liver.



145: Orlando Jimenez (1-0)  TKO1  Joey Trevino (1-6)



155: Flavian Pilgrim (4-1, #181 US West)  TKO1  Austin Wourms (1-1)



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