It appears there could be some bad blood between the competitors of Friday’s featured atomweight fight.
Although the audio can not be heard, Shelia Padilla, appeared to taunt Alyssa Garcia as she walked off the stage during the Combate Americas 14 weigh-ins. At this time both fighters weren’t aware that they were still visible to viewers tuning in. Of course, the gesture made by Padilla may not be as it seems and with no audio being available of the interaction between the pair, it could just be some friendly banter. However, it’s worth a look. (Scroll down to see the video).
Combate’s highest ranked star, Garcia (3-2-0) saw her popularity skyrocket following a big victory on December 29th over top ten ranked atomweight, Kanna Asakura. The win put Garcia at number nine in the Women’s MMA World Rankings at atomweight. She was quickly snapped up by Combate Americas, and made her debut for the organization in February, taking out Kaiyana Rain. Her sole career losses come to the number-eight ranked Julia Jones and the much larger 115-pound strawweight competitor, Celine Haga.
Padilla (2-1-0) will be making the move down to the 105-pound division, following a stint at 115. She is coming off the first loss of her career, after being knocked out by Keri Melendez at Bellator 165 back in November. She feels she will be able to perform at a much higher level as an atomweight. Her two career victories come by way of unanimous decision over Corina Herrera and Jessica Sanchez. She will be looking to make a statement by taking out a top-ten ranked atomweight fighter in her Combate and atomweight debut.
Take a look at the staredown between Alyssa Garcia and Sheila Padilla, as well as hand gestures made by Padilla after the fight. The women come on at 8:47, with the taunting being made at around 10:53.
(Click HERE to view the 105-pound atomweight world rankings).
Combate Americas 14 takes place this Friday 5th May from the Ventura County Fairgrounds and Events Center in Ventura, California, United States. The event will be aired live on ESPN Latin America and Azteca TV.