EXCLUSIVE: Combate Global brings in former Bellator star Alejandra Lara to co-headline May 11 card in Miami

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Former Bellator flyweight star Alejandra Lara has reportedly signed with Combate Global and will make her debut with the promotion in a main event slot on May 11.

After a rough start to her Combate Global career — splitting her first four fights inside La Jaula — flyweight star Lucero Acosta has caught fire. Winning her last three bouts and scoring finishes in her last two. With the company looking to capitalize on her growing popularity they are now set to place her in a high-profile matchup against a former Bellator star MMA fans will be familiar with.

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On Monday, Combate Global announced that nine-fight Bellator veteran and former 125-pound title challenger Alejandra Lara will compete on their May 11 card in a main event clash against Acosta. Sources with the promotion revealed to Sportsnaut that Lara’s deal is just for one fight.

“This fight between ‘La Loba’ and ‘Azul’ Lara is between two of the most celebrated women’s mixed martial artists in the Americas, and we look forward to it being the most watched women’s fight in MMA history,” Combate Global CEO Campbell McLaren said in a statement.

Following a 5-1 start to her career, Lara landed a title bout with Bellator great Ilima-Lei Macfarlane after just one win in the company. After falling to Macfarlane by submission in 2018, the Colombian star when 2-4 inside the Bellator cage.

  • Alejandra Lara record: 9-7 (4 KOs, 3 submissions)

Lara was one of the talented fighters who ended up being a casualty of last year’s merger between Bellator and PFL MMA.

Why Alejandra Lara is a notable addition to the Combate Global roster

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While Lara’s 9-7 record inside the cage doesn’t jump off the page, she is a well-known brand in the MMA game due to her entertaining fight style and alluring ring walk. Unlike other MMA promotions and leagues, Combate’s strategy has long been to promote MMA to diehard fight fans in Spanish-speaking nations.

The promotion has seen major growth in Latin America in recent years, and from a business perspective, Lara is a good addition since she is one of the few fighters from Columbia who has competed for a major promotion and has a solid fanbase in the industry. Lara should be a big help in pushing the brand in her country of origin.

Vice President Mike Afromowitz told Sportsnaut “Our door is open for a long-term deal. I want to see how she performs on May 11.” Lara will now have a lot more to fight for in May beyond just ending her losing streak in MMA.

Combate Global’s May 11 card will take place in Miami, FL, and air on FUSE (English-language broadcast) and Univision.

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