Perez topped Ayala in the Combate 26 main event

Combate 26 Results & Clips: Erik Perez retires after one final finish

Monterrey, Mexico – Following a one-sided win in the Combate 26 main event, “El Goyito” Erik Perez put on his mask one last time and called it a career. Former UFC contender Perez took out Andres Ayala in short order before announcing an end to his 25 fight pro campaign, despite the post-fight pleas of Combate Americas founder Campbell McLaren. Check out news from Perez’s final clash plus all the fights from Combate 26 broadcast on DAZN and Univision Deportes:


Combate 26 Main Card Results:


135: Erik Perez (19-6, #32 World)  Sub1  Andres Ayala (12-7, #55 L.America)

Seven-time UFC winner Erik Perez took to the cage one final time and laid waste to unheralded Columbian bantamweight Andres Ayala in the Combate 26 main event. Ayala was game for throwing hands until Perez smashed him with a flurry of precise counters 90 seconds in. That set the underdog on his back foot and allowed “Goyito” to press forward with power shots for several minutes. A takedown off caught kick with two minutes to work paved the way for Perez’s imminent victory. The veteran expertly transitioned to the back and wrapped up Ayala’s neck, forcing the tap via RNC with a little over a minute left in round 1. Stellar performance from Erik Perez – if this retirement holds up then the mask-wearing Mexican star will ends his excellent pro run with a 2-0 record in Combate Americas to go with a 7-2 record inside the UFC Octagon.



145: Levy Saul Marroquin (12-2, #63 World)  UD3  Jose “Froggy” Estrada (5-2)

The first two bouts on the Combate 26 main card saw back-to-back contentious decisions go the way of the home fighters. In the co-main event, Monterrey local Levy Saul Marroquin had his hands full with California’s Froggy Estrada but emerged with a unanimous nod. Marroquin, who ripped off three wins in one night to claim the 2017 Copa Combate crown, found himself pressed into the clinch early and often. Estrada was keen to brawl in the later rounds and seemed to win the bulk of the striking exchanges during the second half of the fight. Marroquin, to his credit, closed well late as both men really opened up in the final minute. Pretty good scrap that saw Marroquin advance to 5-1 in Combate at the expense of homegrown Combate talent Estrada.



W105: Yajaira Romo (5-3, #48 World)  UD3  Irene Cabello (8-6, #55 World)

This fight was a lot closer than the 30-27 scorecards suggest, with Spain’s Irene Cabello controlling portions of the last two rounds on the feet & in the clinch but falling short to Mexico’s Yajaira Romo. Cabello maintained the clinch for much of round 1, though Romo ended the round on top fighting off an armbar. Both fighters exchanged strikes at range in round 2, with Romo landing more kicks early but Cabello finishing strong. Cabello landed the flashiest strikes of the fight with flush spinning backfists in rounds 2 and 3. It wasn’t nearly enough in the eyes of the judges, who awarded Romo her second win in four Combate Americas bouts.



Combate 26 Prelims Results:

155: Won Sik Park (14-7-1, #40 S.Korea)  KO1  Jose Medrano (6-4)

High octane Road FC alum Won Sik Park introduced himself to Combate Americas fans by blasting Jose Medrano into unconsciousness in just under 2 minutes. After cracking Medrano with punches in the opening exchanges, Park launched a wicked flying knee that pretty much finished the show. The Mexican tried to fight back but ended up asleep facefirst on the canvas after eating a salvo of savage ground strikes. Quite a North American debut for Park, who looked great after recently setting up camp at Alliance MMA.



155: Ivan Perez (5-6)  Sub2  Daniel Rico (5-3, #99 L.America)

Texas’ Ivan Perez sprung the upset here with a thorough ground schooling of Mexico City native Daniel Rico. Perez spent much of round 1 hunting for an RNC and squeezing Rico with a body triangle. The investment paid off when the underdog cracked the fatigued Rico with multiple straight punches in round 2. Rico retaliated with a flush overhand right of his own before sprining forward into a takedown. Bad decision, as Perez swept and took the back before finally squeezing out the RNC finish. That’s five submissions for Ivan Perez in five career wins.



125: Ivan Hernandez Flores (10-2-1, #5 L.America)  SD3  Alessandro Costa (5-2, #15 L.America)

Solid jiu-jitsu exchanges in round 1 saw late replacement Alessandro Costa work the fight to the mat and put Ivan Flores in armbar trouble. But Flores nimbly flipped out of the hold and assumed top position, where he enacted payback via pummeling ground strikes. The striking action was close in the latter rounds, with Flores landing the hardest shots. Costa finished strong by threatening with armbar & triangle chokes the final minuets. It wasn’t enough for the judges, who sided with Ivan Flores by split cards. Excellent fight that showcased both fighters’ skills on the mat and at range.



155: Daniel Zellhuber (7-0, #30 L.America)  TKO2  Salvador Izar (3-2)

“Golden Boy” Zellhuber bloodied Izar with vicious standing knees before putting him out cold facefirst on the mat with ground strikes from back mount. Still just 19 years old, Daniel Zellhuber looks like a serious prospect to watch going forward in Combate Americas.

Finish – names flipped on clip:



135: Alan Cantu (8-5)  KO1  Eduardo Osuna (6-5)

After falling hard to a spinning elbow in his Combate Americas debut, Alan Cantu rebounded with a thunderous KO of his own – a beautiful left hook that put Eduardo Osuna on the wrong side of the highlight reel in just 26 seconds:



155: Ricardo Arreola (7-5)  SD3  Saul Cabrera (3-1-1)

For most of this post-lim clash, 39 year old Ricardo Arreola marched down retreating short notice foe Saul Cabrera. Arreola landed periodic right hands for 14 minutes before Cabrera finally burst forward for a takedown with 60 seconds to go. Too little too late, as the 21 year old Cabrera’s undefeated record went up in smoke in his Combate Americas debut.



155: Jair Perez (2-0)  Dec3  Tino Gilaranz (1-1)



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