Cooper Gibson Submits Ricky Palacios in Combate 40 Main Event

on Friday debuted in Hidalgo, Texas, and delivered an
exciting night of fights.

The main event of
Combate 40
saw featherweights Cooper
and Ricky
battle at a 150-pound catchweight. Gibson managed to
take “El Gallero” to the ground early in the first round and
quickly moved to side control. He locked in an arm-triangle and
forced Palacios to tap at 4:02.

made a successful promotional debut in the co-main
event. Despite some early scares against Alejandro
(4-4), “Baby Bull” managed to use his superior cardio
to win the later rounds on two of the judges’ scorecards. Gonzalez
won a split decision — 30-27, 27-30, 29-28 — to improve his
record to 7-3.

The lone female fight on the card featured strawweights Paulina
and Desiree
. Yanez managed to tarnish the formerly undefeated record
of Vargas by using her grappling in the second and third rounds.
The Mexican tapped after breaking her ankle and taking several
shots to the head.

A featured bantamweight bout saw D.J. Fuentes
and C.J.
go at it. Hamilton (14-7) proved he had a striking
advantage in the first round, as he was the much busier fighter.
The second stanza looked like more of the same until Fuentes
(13-12) rocked Hamilton and landed a huge uppercut right before the
bell. Both fighters came out swinging to start the third, and it
was “The Autobot” who landed the more damaging blows. After three
hard-fought rounds, Hamilton walked away with the split decision:
28-29, 30-27 and 30-27.

and Elias
had identical 6-1 records going into their
catchweight bout, but Gonzalez solidified himself as the fighter to
watch. Rodriguez had the advantage early in the first round, as he
immediately took down Gonzalez and took his back. However, Gonzalez
managed to get back to his feet and began landing heavy punches. He
kept the momentum in the next round, where he continued to outland
Rodriguez. The end came at 3:01 of the second frame after a flurry
of elbows on the ground from Gonzalez.

made short work of Eduardo
. Flores (8-1) latched on a standing guillotine choke
and immediately prompted the tap from Bustillos (5-5), who
dislocated his elbow earlier in the exchange. The lightweight bout
came to an end after just 40 seconds of fighting.

Middleweight prospect Elias
improved his record to 4-1 by defeating Carlos
. Urbina wasted no time, as he landed a spinning
reverse kick that knocked down Martinez (4-5). He knocked down his
opponent later with a vicious knee to the head. After a series of
punches from mount, Martinez gave up his back and Urbina won via
rear-naked choke in the second minute of the first round.

Two 24-year-old featherweight fighters clashed, as Roy Sarabia
looked to pick up his first professional win over Isaac
. He did just that as he took down his opponent early
in the first round, moved into mount and constantly applied elbows
and punches. Matamoros (1-3) gave up his back to get out of the
position. However, that wound up being the end for him, as Sarabia
(1-1) sunk a rear-naked choke at 2:20 of Round 1.

The event kicked off with a bout between two training partners in
and David
. Freitas wound up improving his record to 8-3 with a
quick rear-naked choke submission after just 44 seconds. Meanwhile,
Salazar fell to 3-11.

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