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"EL CAZAOR" WINS BY KO | OCHOA MAKES MEXICO PROUD | WILL TANEYEV BOUNCE BACK?
Anthony "El Cazador" Ochoa (23-10-0) proves the first flight no fluke as he retains the light heavyweight championship by defeating Valentin "The Hand Grenade" Taneyev (34-17-1) by way of knockout, as the fight ended with a flurry of punches 40 seconds into the 4th round.
Ochoa entered the first fight a heavy underdog but the odds had shifted somewhat in the middle before the rematch. He'd prove that he didn't get lucky by defeating Ochoa again, this time in dominant fashion, looking too fast and too furious for the "The Hand Grenade".
Ochoa is expected to defend his crown against future Combate Hall of Famer Mohammed Kahn or ENIGMA Light Heavyweight champion Zeke Titus.
After a dominating reign as the Combate Light Heavyweight champion, Taneyev is coming off his 11th career knockout loss and 3rd knockout loss in the last 5 fights. Some fans and critics are worried that the 37 year old fighter is washed after appearing outmatched in his last pair of bouts, looking slow and sluggish compared to the younger Ochoa. This wouldn't be the first time he was counted out in his career, and the experts at the tycoon times expect him to return to form in the near future.
CORONA VIRUS NO MATCH FOR PEDRO FUENTES | IMMUNE SYSTEM KO
Pedro "Big Peter" Fuentes (32-13-0) rebounds from his last loss to Kilo Maluga by knocking out the Corona Virus, proving that his indigenous Brazilian genes are just too much for the china flu.
Fuentes made his Combate debut in style, winning by TKO in the 2nd round. Both fighters were head hunting but it was Fuentes who battered "Covid 19" up and down the cage every time he landed one of his big mallets he calls hands. It'll be interesting to see what's next for the former #2 Heavyweight in the world, but we expect he's only a win or two away from competing for the Heavyweight title.
NAKAGAWA OUT GRAPPLES ADAM | 3RD RANKED MIDDLEWEIGHT IN THE WORLD
Shinnosuke Nakagawa (20-8-0) out grapples "Il Monachus" Principo Adam (21-9-1) over the course of 5 rounds to retain the middleweight championship. The last time these two fought, Adam managing to choke out Adam with a guillotine in the 2nd round.
It was a closely contested matchup but this victory for Nakagawa marks his 2nd over Adam during his current winning streak of 7. It's his 3rd Middleweight title fight at Combate and extends his Combate record to a perfect 3-0.
Having beaten some of the best fighters the Combate middleweight division has to offer, fans are wondering if he'll be looking to score a big payday in a cross-promotion bout with another top ranked middleweight champion from another organization.
COMBATE LANDS TOP FEATHERWEIGHT | PUTS DIVISION ON NOTICE
"The Belt Collector" Juodasis Vaiduoklis (28-10-1) has officially signed a contract with Combate, joining the featherweight division with momentum. He's currently the 3rd ranked featherweight in the world and is riding a 9-fight winning streak.
The 8-time OFK Featherweight champion has bounced around several MMA camps during his career, but he's currently 9-0 since joining The Rubber Guard Emporium in Las Vegas. His camp notified social media that Vaiduoklis has been guaranteed the next title shot at 145, and fans can expect to see him competing for more gold soon.
It's been confirmed that he'll be cage-side for C196 when current featherweight champion Li Xiaodong defends his title against former champion Darren Dixon, and his signing has put the entire featherweight division on notice.