A black fog is expected to roll into Sacramento’s McClellan Conference Center from Stockton, California on May 11, 2018 as several mixed martial artists from the Nick Diaz Academy are scheduled to enter the cage at Combate Americas: USA vs. Mexico.
In addition to the familiar flag of the Nate Diaz owned clothing line, Represent LTD., flaunted by all the members of the Nick Diaz Academy, “Rollin’” Olin Pettit Jr., Jose Aguayo, and Chris Avila will also fill Combate Americas’ cage—otherwise known as “La Jaula”—with a ‘kill or be killed’ mentality, slaps galore, as well as an impassioned swath of followers from their infamous area code: 209.
“Rollin’” Olin Pettit Jr.
Although Combate Americas: USA vs. Mexico is Olin Pettit Jr.’s professional debut, the young up-and-comer has already demonstrated an innate ability to tangle others into his deadly web of combative artistry.
Pettit Jr. spent a total of nine-minutes and thirty-two-seconds as an amateur, yet his comfort level while caged before a deafening audience highlighted the Jiu-Jitsu ace’s capacity to claim some skins in the next phase of his career. Paired against Jose Loera, another debutant who went undefeated while rising the ranks, the high-profile platform of Combate Americas presents the greatest demand on Pettit Jr.’s skillset and mindset to date.
After suffering the first setback of his career at Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) 31, Jose Aguayo has an opportunity to push his pain upon Jesse Strader (2-0) in the heart of the McClellan Conference Center.
On paper, the classic narrative of a grappler versus a striker emerges; Strader’s won both of his bouts by way of TKO/KO, whereas, Aguayo’s two finishes utilized slick submissions—one of which, a memorable triangle of Gilberto Santos, occurred at Combate 12.
The cold streak of Chris Avila (5-6) ends inside one of MMA’s hottest promotions when he meets Horacio Gutierrez (4-3) in the evening’s co-main event.
Neither Avila nor Gutierrez has been visible throughout 2018. Combate Americas: USA vs. Mexico is an ideal moment for these featherweights to turn their recent run of misfortune around; Gutierrez has endured one fight cancellation after another, and Avila watched four straight decisions fall in the favor of his adversary.
The entire lineup at Combate Americas: USA vs. Mexico consists of:
Kyra Batara vs. Lisbeth Lopez Silva
Horacio Gutierrez vs. Chris Avila
Anthony Avila vs. Jose Luis Verdugo
Jose Loera vs. Olin Pettit Jr.
Andrew Coyne vs. Roger Severson
Jose Aguayo vs. Jesse Strader
Francis Hernandez vs. Shyana Farmer
Kaleio Romero vs. Luis Vargas