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Former WWE superstar and professional mixed martial artist Alberto Rodriguez, also known as Alberto Del Rio in WWE, was announced as president of the promotion on Tuesday.


Rodriguez will make his debut with the promotion this Friday during their live event in New York at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, it will air exclusively on Fight Pass.

Rodriguez, who recently came to terms on a release with the WWE, met with co-founder of the UFC Campbell McClaren and said he was very thrilled with the opportunity. “The moment Campbell McClaren sent me the prospect I said yes immediately,” Rodriguez said to

Rodriguez will appear to be a talent scout and aid them in the promotion, “I’m going to be recruiting fighters and I’m going to be there to help them get to the place that they want to get,” Rodriguez commented. “We have a lot of talent in the company. Most of that talent is Hispanic. That makes me really happy to be able to help them.”

Rodriguez mentions the accomplishments of top MMA stars Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor, and believes Combate Americas can become the No. 2 MMA promotion around the world with guidance and the right promotional skills.