Combate Americas had high hopes for Cinco de Mayo in Ventura, but it was the underdogs who stole the show as several fan favorites stumbled in shocking fashion.
At the top of the card, undefeated José “Froggy” Estrada was submitted early in the first round by the more experienced Emilio “The Ferocious Aztec” Chávez in the main event. Chávez made quick work of Estrada, taking the back early before securing a rear-naked choke under two minutes in the first round. Chávez took home an extra $1000 dollar bonus that was given as an incentive to all fighters who finished their bouts within the distance.
After the fight, Chávez held up a finger to his lips in respond to the stunned crowd that had been heavily cheering “Froggy” leading up to the bout. In his post-fight interview, Chávez stated that he enjoyed hearing the silence of the crowd which prompted them to cheer louder for his opponent Estrada and drown out the rest of his interview in the arena.
Earlier in the night, rising atomweight prospect Alyssa “Tiny Tim” Garcia came up short against Sheila Padilla. Garcia had been doing well to begin the bout and took down a Padilla early on. Padilla was able to reverse the position and end up on top where she was able to secure an arm-bar shortly afterward for one of the biggest upsets of the night. A visibly devastated Garcia remained in her corner for several minutes following the fight. Padilla now looks forward to setting up match-ups against the bigger names in the atomweight division.
In one of the most exciting fights on the card, John Castaneda battled Chris Beal in a bout that went back-and-forth. Beal appeared to have control of the fight in the first round with Castaneda unable to find his range and timing. In the second round, it appeared that the fight would have more of the same before Castaneda rocked Beal with a head-kick and followed up with strikes afterward that finished the fight. The win was especially satisfying as Castaneda had been chastised before the fight by the head of Combate, Alberto Del Rio.
Controversial action came in the main event as Hakop Ter-Petrosyan faced Emilio Williams. In the first round, Ter-Petrosyan exchanged blows when a knee appeared to connect low against Williams, causing the fight to stop. On the replay, it appeared the blow landed clearly to the mid-section which led to the jeers from the crowd. After a long delay, the bout was eventually stopped and ruled a no contest.
Overall, eight of the ten bouts on the card ended by either submission or TKO. The event aired via tape-delay on Azteca in the United States.