John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda steps up for Combate Americas

John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda steps up for Combate Americas

By Edward Carbajal

  Photo: Combate Americas

Photo: Combate Americas

The injury bug does not discriminate amongst MMA promotions. Combate Americas: CombateOCHO has had to make some last minute changes to the August 11 card. As reported earlier, Kyra Batara had to be removed due to injury and now Erick Sanchez has suffered a staph infection and was also removed.

However, in MMA when this happens it is usually an opportunity for other fighters to step up and get back in the action. John “Sexy Mexy” Castaneda an overall record of 10-2 (3-0 in Combate Americas), and was already under the impression he would be fighting on this card so he is happy to step and take the main event slot against Angel Cruz (5-2).

Frontproof Media had an opportunity to chat with Castaneda this week where he was generous enough to discuss his game plan for not only his upcoming fight, but his future in MMA. He tells us what he thinks of Cruz, his prediction, and what it means to fight for Combate Americas. Full interview below:


Tickets for “Aspira A Mas Presents Combate Americas: CombateOCHO,” priced from $40, are on sale at as well as at The Exchange box office. UFC FIGHT PASS is available on: personal computers, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Sony TVs with Android TV and Roku devices.
Doors at the Exchange LA open for the event at 5:30 p.m. PT, and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 6 p.m.  The live UFC FIGHT PASS stream will commence at 6:30 p.m.

See the updated card below:


Featherweight Main Event:

John Castaneda vs. Angel Cruz

Flyweight Co-Main Event:

Danny Ramirez vs. Benjamin Vinson

Flyweight:  Heinrich Wassmer vs. Benji Gomez

Featherweight:  Izic Fernandez vs. Marcos Bonilla

Flyweight:  Jonathan Santa Maria vs. Albert Tapia

Featherweight:  Jonathan Quiroz vs. Ryan Lilley

Lightweight:  Jose Estrada vs. Christian Cardona

Lightweight:  Erick Gonzalez vs. Yoandy Carrillo

Welterweight:  Daniel Rodriguez vs. Hector Saldana

Welterweight:  George Hernandez vs. Hakob Ter Petrosyan


Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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