In a press release issued today, Combate Americas announced the signing of Spain’s Daniel Barez (10-4). Barez, 30, was the BAMMA flyweight champion.
Combate announced that Barez was signed to an exclusive, multi-fight deal.
The Valencia, Spain, native is set to make his promotional debut in April, facing Mexico’s Ivan Flores Hernandez (10-2-1) at the Combate Estrellas event in Monterrey, Mexico, on April 12.
Hernandez is one of the most highly regarded regional flyweights in Mexico and Latin America. A thirteen-fight veteran, he has fought three times in the Combate cage.
Hernandez is riding a two-fight winning streak, recently besting Alessandro Costa by split-decision at Combate 28 in November of 2018.
Barez, one of Europe’s top flyweights, is on a four-fight winning streak. In November of 2017, he captured BAMMA’s vacant flyweight title with a majority decision win over Andy Young.
Most recently, Barez scored a submission win over Adamson Torbiso at January’s Abu Dhabi Warriors 5.
Barez is a tried and true finisher, having scored eight of his ten professional victories by way of (technical) knockout or submission.
In a statement, Combate Americas CEO Campbell McClaren said, “The addition of Daniel Barez, one of the best and most exciting flyweights in the world, yet again reinforces Combate Americas’ commitment to Spain, and to furthering our position as a market leader in the country based on our dominant television ratings there.”
Michael Fiedel is The Body Lock's deputy editor, a staff writer for FloCombat, and a Russell-Rice scholarship recipient at Vanderbilt University.