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Combate Estrellas results from Los Angeles: Alday upsets Castaneda, ‘Froggy’ finishes Morales

Rudy Morales (L) covers up against Jose “Froggy” Estrada (R) at Combate Estrellas on April 13 in Los Angeles.
Combate Americas

Combate Americas, the world’s premier hispanic mixed martial arts (MMA) sports series, was hoping to make a huge splash in its live debut on Univision, following last month’s multi-year programming deal.

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Combate Estrellas I blew the roof off The Shrine in Los Angeles, Calif., last Friday night (April 13, 2018) with an action-packed fight card that featured a bevy of highlight-reel finishes. That includes Jose Estrada’s violent technical knockout win over grizzled veteran Rudy Morales, the second straight stoppage for “Froggy” since dropping to featherweight.

Elsewhere on the televised main card, bantamweight headliner John Castaneda looked to get back to his winning ways after coming up short in the Copa Combate tournament last November, but it appears Jose Alday didn’t get the memo.

“Pochito” captured a split decision win after three hard-fought rounds.

In addition, boxing import Amanda Serrano made her highly-anticipated debut in “La Jaula” against Bellator veteran Corina Herrera in one of the best female fights in the history of the weight class. No doubt their three-round draw leaves the door open for a potential rematch.

Complete Combate Estrellas I results below:

Main Card:

135 lbs: Jose “Pochito” Alday def. John “Sexi Mexi” Castaneda by split decision (30-27, 29-28, 28-29)

125 lbs: Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano and Corina Herrera fight to a draw (28-28 x3)

145 lbs: Jose “Froggy” Estrada def. “Ruthless” Rudy Morales by technical knockout at 1:43 of R2


155 lbs: Rafa “Gifted” Garcia def. Chase “El Guero” Gibson by majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)

155 lbs: Erick “Ghost Pepper” Gonzalez def. Danny “The Realist” Ramirez by technical knockout at 3:15 of R1

155 lbs: Gabriel Green def. Javier “El Mariachi” Garcia by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:03 of R3

125 lbs: “Malicious” Mikey Reyes def. Heinrich “Ricky Scraps” Wassmer by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

144 lbs: Joey “El Cazador” Ruquet def. Keith “Danger” Carson by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:18 of R1

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Combate Estrellas II takes place next Friday night (April 20) on Univision from inside Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, featuring the debut of former UFC bantamweight Erik “El Goyito” Perez (details here).

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