Combate Americas President Alberto El Patron says it will be an exciting summer in Miami when his mixed martial arts company teams with El Clasico Miami soccer (Real Madrid vs. FC Barcelona).
The GFW/Impact Wrestling star was in town last month to promote the Combate Americas MMA event to occur July 27 at the Mana Wynwood Convention Center in Miami.
The soccer game between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is two days later, July 29, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
Alberto, formerly WWE’s Alberto del Rio, spoke to Rodolfo Roman of The Roman Show about the partnership.
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“Latin people love soccer, and they love people fighting,” he said. “It’s the perfect combination. Two amazing brands and organizations -- Real Madrid and Combate Americas -- in the same town. It’s something that fans will enjoy July 27 [and July 29].”
Combate Americas is an MMA company catered to the Hispanic crowd.
“We were about to go to Costa Rica, but we ended up going to Mexico City because Azteca Americas -- our partners and the owner of the company -- wanted us to have one more time in my homeland,” he said. “We have offers to go to Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile and even Korea. We need to walk before we run.”
He also gave his thoughts on the pay-per-view boxing fight between the UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and the undefeated champion boxer Floyd Mayweather in August.
“Everyone knows what’s going to happen. It’s just a joke,” he said. “It’s disrespectful to boxing, but at the end of the day its entertainment. This sport is different. You have to be an athlete that has to know how to entertain something that will draw people to the arena or buy the pay-per-view. We know what it is. Everyone knows what’s going to happen in the boxing fight, and let’s hope we don’t have anything weird with the results. We don’t want a controversial result because it would hurt boxing.”
The Mexican superstar also spoke about working with his father, the legendary wrestler Dos Caras, at GFW/Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary XV.
“We talked about this since last month,” he said. “To me it’s fantastic to have a company like Impact Wrestling to think in a better way to try to have a better product, something better for the wrestling fans. We have a problem in wrestling. There’s one company, and everyone wants to do what that company does. They don’t think outside the box…Impact Wrestling with the new owners, new talent, they are trying to do something different. They want to reach out to the Latino fans.”
Rodolfo Roman is a freelance writer and TV producer and reporter.
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