With Combate Americas’ recent deal with NBC Universo that will bring the promotion into the homes of millions on a weekly basis, many of the young fighters on the company’s roster are going to get a level of exposure like never before.
One of the up-and-coming talents that has been with the company from the start and will be a part of the promotion’s growth is bantamweight Ricky “El Gallero” Palacios.
“It’s awesome we’re able to showcase our talent to the world,” Palacios told MMAWeekly.com. “(Combate) has given Latinos exposure that we need. There’s only a certain amount of fighters another company can keep, and Combate Americas is giving Latinos a better opportunity so more doors can open for us.”
Palacios first came to Combate through their Imagen award-winning reality series. For him the show was a unique experience and good way to gain initial exposure before fighting for the promotion.
“I had never been in (a reality series) and I didn’t know what to expect,” said Palacios. “The whole show was awesome. A lot of great people came out, like Royce Gracie, and it motivated me. It was a great experience.
“It actually won awards. We beat out The Voice (for best reality series), which had been out for like seven seasons, which is big. We made some history, so that was cool.”
Since joining Combate, Palacios has managed to win all three of his bouts, contributing to a 6-1 overall record.
“My last fight (against Anthony Paredes in December) I had a three-week camp and I did alright. I controlled the fight, but I didn’t get the finish. ….View full article