Alberto El Patron will be stepping down as president of the Combate Americas MMA promotion. Combates Americas CEO Campbell McLaren made the following comments MMAUNO.com about Patron stepping down:
“Alberto is a really good friend of mine and his girlfriend Saraya who is ‘Paige’ I’m sure you know, they become very close friends of mine and when they are in New York they come out to dinner with my wife and I,” McLaren told MMAUNO.com. “They are good pals, but what Alberto is telling me, is that his first love is wrestling. You know, his father was ‘Dos Caras’ a very famous wrestler and Saraya’s family is third generation English wrestlers, you know about her right? And so what Alberto has said to me, and we haven’t unveiled this yet, but we can talk about it, he’s probably stepping back his official roles from Combate and he’s going to focus on more on wrestling for the next year or two.
I think he’s reaching a point in his career when he knows that the physical demands of wrestling are not what he wants to continue doing, but I think he knows he’s got a couple of years still left to keep maintaining his level of performance,” McLaren said. “It’s a very challenging enterprise and I think it’s very, very hard on the body and difficult to do. Very physical, very athletic, so I he’s kind of asked me if he can step away and with Saraya, focus on wrestling.
We will remain as friends and he will always be at Combate events,” McClaren said. “But in an official sense, he’s going to step down.”
Alberto El Patron is still serving an indefinite suspension from Global Force Wrestling, even though he is currently the World Heavyweight Champion. The suspension came as a result of an incident involving Patron and Paige at the Orlando International Airport earlier in July. The investigation of the incident is still ongoing and GFW is currently doing an investigation of their own while Patron is indefinitely suspended.