One-night, winner-take-all tournaments have become a calling card for Combate Global. On Sunday, night the promotion will stage a massive bantamweight event with a $100,000 top prize. There will be eight fighters from eight countries fighting in the fourth annual Copa Combate tournament, and the fighter who wins three times in one night will score a six-figure payday. Quarterfinal and semifinal matchups will feature one round of five minutes, while the championship bout will be three rounds of five minutes. You can stream the action live on Paramount+.
Kevin Cordero is a 22-year-old Spanish fighter and a rising star from that country. He'll fight in one of the quarterfinals against Diaz Brothers-trained Argentinian fighter Luciano Ramos. In another 2021 Copa Combate tournament matchup, Frans "The Zulu Irishman" Mlambo will take on Peruvian veteran Jose Zaurauz in a battle between two fighters with a penchant for finishing fights. The Copa Combate tournament coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET and you can catch all the action live on Paramount+.
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How to watch Copa Combate in Miami
- Date: Sunday, Dec. 12
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
- Streaming: Paramount+
Combate Global picks for Dec. 12 bantamweight tournament
Before tuning in to Sunday's tournament, you need to see the picks from SportsLine's MMA insider Andrew Gombas. With more than 1,200 selections tracked by the third-party monitoring service Bet MMA, Gombas has shown a 10 percent return on investment for his followers. In 2020, $100 bettors who tailed his picks were up $9,200.
For Sunday's Copa Combate 2021 tournament, Gombas is picking Leo Muniz to beat Pierre Daguzan in a quarterfinal matchup. After a six-year layoff, Muniz got a second chance at an MMA career with Combate Global and defeated Hector Fajardo twice to earn a bid into the Copa Combate tournament.
The 31-year-old American won both fights by decision and is now 6-1 in his career. He's gone the distance in five of his seven career fights.
Daguzan is a former semi-professional rugby player from France and could be outmatched on the ground against Muniz, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Muniz tends to prefer standing and striking despite his background, so Daguzan's wariness to test his purple belt in jiu-jitsu could play into Muniz's strategy.
How to watch Copa Combate tournament
Now that you know who to pick, get ready to watch Combate Global. Visit Paramount+ now to see the Combate Global, your live local CBS sporting events, some of the world's top soccer matchups and much more.
Copa Combate quarterfinal matchups
- Frans Mlambo (10-5) vs. Jose Zarauz (22-8-1)
- Carlos Briseno (13-2) vs. Cristian Barraza (7-3)
- Pierre Daguzan (6-5) vs. Leo Muniz (6-1)
- Luciano Ramos (8-6) vs. Kevin Cordero (12-2)
Copa Combate semifinal matchups
- Mlambo/Zarauz vs. Daguzan/Muniz
- Briseno/Barraza vs. Ramos/Cordero