Before we begin today, one note concerning the upcoming ONE Championship show in Singapore, to be viewed on BR Live inside the United States:
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that the card will still proceed as scheduled on Feb. 28 in Singapore, albeit to an empty arena.
ONE: King of the Jungle will be closed to fans due to the coronavirus.
Fans that purchased tickets to the show will receive full refunds.
After a bit of a lull in the mixed martial arts calendar last weekend, the action picks back up in earnest this Friday with three shows on the docket alone.
Combate Americas, Bellator MMA, and Legacy Fighting Alliance will all be in action on Friday night to kick off your busy combat sports weekend.
We start with Combate Americas as it presents Combate 55 Mexicali from Mexicali, Mexico.
In total, this event features nine MMA fights on AXS TV inside the United States, airing at 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST from Auditorio del Estado.
Remember, AXS TV is on different channels in different areas. Check your program guides to see what channel this network is on in your area.
Highlighting the show is a Lightweight championship fight between Rafa Garcia (11-0) and Humberto Bandenay (18-7) at a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
Heading into Friday night’s championship, Humberto Bandenay is the taller fighter at 6-foot-1, four inches taller than Rafa Garcia’s 5-foot-7 frame.
How they got here:
Garcia has yet to lose professionally, and most recently scored a unanimous decision vs. Erick Gonzalez back in September during Combate 44 Mexicali.
In the other corner, Bandenay has posted a record of 4-1 in his last five fights and enters Friday’s main event on a four-fight winning streak.
Last time out, he defeated Hugo Hernando Prada (unanimous decision), Jose Luis Verdugo (second-round knockout- punches), and Gonzalez (unanimous decision) on the same evening to claim the title in the Dec. 20 Copa Combate tournament.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Bandenay owns a 3.5-inch reach advantage (71.5 inches to 68 inches) over Rafa Garcia heading into this fight.
Prediction: Rafa Garcia by first-round knockout.
Other fights on Friday’s main card include:
Karen Cedillo (4-1) vs. Yasmine Jauregui (4-0) [Strawweight co-main event]
David Macias Ruiz (4-1) vs. Edgar Chavez (5-2) [catchweight- 130 lbs.]
Combate 55 Mexicali at a Glance (all times Friday):
Card: 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, AXS TV [check listings for channel number in your area]
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