TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - If Tucson MMA figher Jose Alday has anything, it’s stamina. Seven of his 13 professional wins have gone to the judges’ cards.
Alday started back down the road to reclaiming the Combate Americas bantamweight championship with a unanimous decision win over Juan Pablo Gonzalez Friday night at Casino del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater.
The Sonora, Mexico-born 27-year old won the fight on all three judges’ cards (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) despite getting into some early trouble in the 1st round. He rebounded though to floor Gonzalez briefly in the third round.
Alday, who was raised in Tucson and graduated from Ironwood Ridge High School, was deported from the United States in 2011 after being detained by police for underage drinking.
It was living in Mexico that he discovered MMA. After turning pro he was able to get a Visa to return to his family here in Southern Arizona.
Alday won the Combate Americas bantamweigh title last September with a decision victory over Gustavo Lopez, but Lopez took the title from Alday in a rematch this past March.
In other bouts Friday night:
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LIGHTWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT:
- Rafa García d. Estevan Payán via Submission (Rd. 1)
FEATURED STRAWWEIGHT BOUT:
- Yazmin Jauregui d. McKenna Mitchell via TKO (Rd. 2)
PRELIMINARY BOUT CARD:
- Catchweight (190 pounds): Javier Torres d. Joel Champion via Submission (Rd. 2)
- Bantamweight: Eduardo Alvarado d. José Calvo via Split Decision
- Flyweight: Justin Rascon d. Jesús Rivas via TKO (Rd. 2)
- Flyweight: David Durán d. Andy Pérez via Split Decision
- Featherweight: Iván Tena d. Dominick Tim via TKO (Rd. 1)