HIDALGO — When Combate Americas makes its return to Hidalgo’s Payne Arena on Dec. 7, not only will UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz and former WWE superstar Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez lock horns in “La Jaula,” the Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts organization will also crown its first women’s world champion.
Waco native Desiree “Dirty Dez” Yanez (5-1) is set to square off against Mexico City’s Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (6-0) with inaugural Combate Americas World Strawweight Championship on the line. The first women’s world title fight will serve as the co-main event with Ortiz and Rodriguez headlining the card titled “Tito vs. Alberto — What Side Are You On?”
“This is going to be an epic showdown — ‘Super Mely’ vs. ‘Dirty Dez,’ Mexico vs. Texas — in the first Combate Americas women’s world title fight in history, right smack on the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen,” Combate Americas CEO Campbell McLaren said in a news release.
Yanez made her promotional debut in Hidalgo back in June as the Texan picked up a third-round submission victory on the Combate 40- TS-1 Promotions Presents: Combate Americas card. Yanez, the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound woman in Texas according to Tapology, has now won four straight fights by way of two decisions, one knockout and one submission.
When the fight was announced, Yanez took to social media to share her excitement.
“Super honored to be fighting for the strawweight title against a very game opponent. We are Combate Americas first ever female title fight,” she wrote in an Instagram post.
Standing opposite Yanez will be 21-year-old “Super Melly” Martinez, who enters this fight with a perfect MMA record at 6-0. Five of her six victories have ended with knockouts with each one recorded in the first or second rounds. Martinez is also the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound female fighter in Mexico.
The winner between “Super Melly” and “Dirty Dez” will have their hand raised and the first ever Combate Americas women’s championship belt placed around their waist once the night is over.
In the main event, Ortiz and Rodriguez will fight in an unprecedented “Winner Take All” bout that will be fought at a catchweight of 210-pounds. If Ortiz emerges victorious, “El Patrón” will have to hand over his WWE title belt. If “El Patrón” wins, however, Ortiz will have to give his UFC title belt to his opponent.
Also fighting on the card will be former Lucha Underground Champion “Sexy” Dulce Garcia (1-0) against Marisol Ruelas (1-2).
Additional bouts for Combate Americas “Tito vs. Alberto — What Side Are You On?” at Payne Arena will be announced soon, according to the news release.
Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by phone by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. The fight can also be purchased through Pay-Per-View for $39.99.