March 16, 2023
IVAN TENA (USA) VS. PABLO BURGOS (CHILE)
JOSE MATUZ (MEXICO) VS. “JIMBO SLICE” (USA)
CATCHWEIGHT (120 LBS.):
VALENTINA MORIEL (CHILE) VS. AITANA ALVAREZ (SPAIN)
MIAMI – March 15, 2023 – Combate Global today announced a complete, five-fight Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight lineup, streaming live on Paramount+ from Miami, Fla. on Saturday, March 18.
The live Paramount+ stream will begin at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT with a pre-fight show hosted by Combate Global announcers Jimmy Smith and Rodolfo Roman, and continue with the first preliminary card bout at 10:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. CT.
The card will be highlighted by three featured bouts, including a featherweight (145 pounds) clash between two young trailblazers in Ivan “The Titan” Tena (4-1) and Pablo “Predator” Burgos (4-1).
The 23-year-old Tena, who hails from Phoenix, Ariz. is one of Combate Global’s most promising new stars whose resume includes a 10-second knockout and, who prior to his last appearance, had defeated all of his opponents inside of two rounds.
Tena’s last fight, a matchup with Mexican knockout artist Roberto “El Charro Negro” Romero on August 19, 2022, was a thrilling see-saw battle and a “Fight of the Year” candidate that went the distance before Romero was awarded a split decision.
Burgos is a 26-year-old Combate Global newcomer who hails from Santiago, Chile, and enters La Jaula, the Combate Global competition cage, for the first time, in the midst of a four-fight win streak.
In a featured welterweight (170 pounds) battle, unbeaten Jimmie “Jimbo Slice” Pace, Jr. (1-0) will represent the U.S. and take on Mexico’s heavy-handed Jose Matuz (2-2).
The 26-year-old Pace, Jr., also known as “Big Bucks,” hails from Miami, and is a former professional football player turned aspiring MMA champion who trains out of Goat Shed Academy.
A former undefeated amateur, Pace, Jr. made his professional debut last November 4, scoring a TKO (punches) on Albert “Big Al” Gonzales, a veteran of seven professional fights, in just one minute into the first round of action.
Matuz is a 25-year-old native of Guadalajara, J.L., and a two-time Combate Global competitor who holds an even 1-1 record in La Jaula.
In his Combate Global promotional debut last April 22, Matuz made quick work of Chris Renteria, scoring a first round (3:51) TKO (punches) on the American.
In featured women’s action, undefeated Valentina Moriel (3-0) will collide with Aitana Alvarez (2-4) at a catchweight of 120 pounds.
At 24 years of age, Moriel of Santiago put herself on the map in 2022, winning each of her first three professional starts.
Her last start on December 10, 2022 saw Moriel score a first round TKO (punches) on Lucero Valkiria.
Alvarez is a 23-year-old native of San Sebastian, Spain. She will look to rebound from a split decision loss to Gillian Noll in a Combate Global fight on October 7, 2022.
Leading off the Combate Global preliminary bout card will be a flyweight (125 pounds) contest between “Malicious” Michael Reyes (8-5) of Oxnard, Calif. and Enrique “La Pesadilla” Pacheco (6-1) of Santiago.
Also in undercard action will be Combate Global’s 2021 “Comeback of the Year” award winner, Max “Steel” Gonzalez (4-2) of Mexico City, Mexico. Gonzalez will take on Eduardo Anaya (3-2) of Houston, Texas at bantamweight (135 pounds).