Photo courtesy: Combate Americas
Combate Americas is set to stage their most high-profile fight later this year involving a former UFC champion against a former WWE champion.
In speaking to the Generacion MMA program, Combate CEO Campbell McLaren announced that Tito Ortiz will be fighting the former Alberto Del Rio (Alberto Rodriguez, who now wrestles as Alberto El Patron).
Combate’s VP of Operations of Communications Mike Afromowitz confirmed to MMA Junkie that the fight is set to take place at a catchweight of 210 pounds.
Ortiz is 44-years old and last fought in November of last year for Golden Boy MMA. In that fight, he defeated rival Chuck Liddell in one of the saddest fights you’ll ever see with Liddell having no business fighting at that stage. Ortiz knocked out Liddell in the opening round. Earlier this year, it was announced that he had signed with Combate.
Rodriguez has not fought since 2010, prior to working for World Wrestling Entertainment. He was an amateur wrestler before getting into MMA and competed for Deep and would headline the first PRIDE Bushido card. In the October 2003 fight, he famously wore his mask in his fight against Mirko Cro Cop and was knocked out in 46 seconds. He continued to fight for several more years and had a record of 9-5.
Rodriguez is now 42-years old and will be an enormous underdog against Ortiz.
There has been no date or location announced for the fight.