HIDALGO — The bad blood between Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz and Alberto El Patrón boiled over into Friday night’s weigh-ins at Payne Arena as their face-off quickly turned into a shoving match before being broken up.
Wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, a Trump flag draped across his back and his two young sons accompanying him, Ortiz walked on stage to step on the scale before coming nose-to-nose with El Patrón, the WWE’s first ever Mexican champion. Seconds later, the two shoved each other and had to be separated by multiple people.
But tonight, when Tito and Alberto meet in “la jaula” — “the cage” — as the main event of Combate Americas’ first Pay-Per-View at Payne Arena in Hidalgo, nobody will be breaking up the fight unless a referee deems one man unfit to continue or loses consciousness.
“I’m going to smash him,” Ortiz said of Patrón.
“He’s being a sacrificed lamb to the lions, and this lion hasn’t eaten, and I’m going to roar on Dec. 7 in La Jaula.”
While the back-and-forth has been building for months between Ortiz and El Patrón, the card is stacked with nine fights on Combate Americas’ Pay-Per-View event who are ready to shine at Payne Arena.
Kicking the card off will be Weslaco’s Elias Urbina against Mike Tovar. Urbina (4-1) last battled June 21 when he stopped Carlos Martinez by way of rear naked choke in the first round. Before locking on the choke, Urbina busted his opponent open with a vicious ground and pound on the way to victory.
Urbina, who trains out of New Mexico, hopes to put on another show for RGV fight fans as the first bout on Combate Americas’ first Pay-Per-View card.
“I feel very blessed just to be back here. They invited me out here again to put on another show and I’m opening it up with the first fight of the night; first Pay-Per-View fight for Combate, I’m psyched out,” Urbina said. “I got a few tricks up my sleeve just like last time. I like to put on a show, but at the same time, I like to take my opponents out.”
Six other MMA products from or based out of the RGV are also set to fight tonight.
Mission’s Luke Flores (8-1) is set to lock horns against Houston’s Clarence Brown (2-2) in a lightweight bout. Pharr’s Victor “The Brick” Martinez (11-4) will look to hold firm against Luis Luna (16-7) at lightweight. Mission’s Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios is also set to battle Jose Ceja in a featherweight fight, and Harlingen’s Raymond “The Executioner” Banda (7-3) will take on Edmilson “Amazonian Warrior” Freitas (8-4), who is based in McAllen at 155.
Serving as the card’s co-main event is Waco’s Desiree “Dirty Dez” Yanez (5-1) versus Melissa “Super Melly” Martinez (6-0), as the two clash in Combate Americas’ first women’s world title fight.
The prelims are set to begin at 6 p.m., with the main card slated to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at PayneArena.com or by visiting the Payne Arena box office. The fight can also be purchased through pay-per-view for $29.99.