Sunday, July 13, 2008

Henry Matamoros returns to action versus Tyler Combs at Waukesha Wrecking 2

Henry “The Don” Matamoros of Matamoros Jiu-Jitsu in Milwaukee, Wisconsin will return to action after an eight-month layoff from fighting. Matamoros was supposed to fight at the first Waukesha Wrecking show in April but missed the fight due to injury. Matamoros is now scheduled to fight up and comer, Tyler “Superman” Combs at Waukesha Wrecking 2 on September 27th in a lightweight showdown.

Henry Matamoros last fought against Ted Worthington at Gladiators 47: Caged Colosseum in October of 2007 where he lost via TKO at 1:11 in the first round. Prior to that he lost four straight fights, albeit against the best 155ers in the sport including American Top Team’s Rafel Dias in BodogFight in August of 2006, Miletich Fighting System’s Spencer “The King” Fischer and American Top Team’s Gesias “JZ” Calavante in April of 2005, and lastly, Rich “No Love” Clementi in October of 2004. Included in his (19-13-1) record are wins over notable fighters such as Jeff Curran and Nick Agallar.

Matamoros had been absent from Milwaukee for almost two months as he was in Costa Rica to coach and film a reality television series called El Gran Peleador, which means The Great Fighter. The show featured 16 fighters and is the Latin American version of the Ultimate Fighter. It was rumored that Matamoros was to face off against the opposing coach, Sydney Machado, but the fight did not take place, probably due to the fact that Machado fights at 185lbs versus 155lbs for Matamoros.

Tyler “Superman” Combs is a 22 year old, up and coming fighter, based out of Miamisburg, Ohio. He trains out of the Sacan Martial Arts Gym in West Chester, Ohio. Combs began his MMA career in August of 2006 and sports an MMA record of (8-2-1) according to Sherdog. He hasn’t lost a fight in over a year, winning four of his last five bouts. Combs has fought in many organizations including King of the Cage, Xtreme Fighting Organization (XFO), Extreme Challenge, and Waukesha Wrecking. At the previous Waukesha Wrecking show in April of this year, Combs defeated Jake Ohman with a rear naked choke in the first round.


Tyler Combs is a scrappy brawler who’s not afraid to stand in the pocket and swing. He can also wrestle and likes to ground and pound. Matamoros on the other hand is a pure ground fighter who relies entirely on his ground game. His Jiu-Jitsu is as good as it gets and he’s one of only four BJJ black belts in Wisconsin. Ninety percent of his wins have come via submission and he’ll be looking to take the fight to the ground. Combs will look to use his wrestling skills to sprawl and keep the fight on the feet where he can get into a brawl with a ground fighter and search for a knock out.

This will be Matamoros’ chance to prove that the game hasn’t passed him by and he still has what it takes to compete in a sport that is constantly evolving. At thirty-five years old, the veteran fighter will need to train seriously and try to avoid injuries that have plagued him in recent years if he wants to win against a young gunslinger like Tyler Combs.

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