KING OF KOMBAT 7 “Judgement Day” Post Fight Review

kingofkombat logoI attended the KING OF KOMBAT 7 “Judgement Day” this past Saturday.  Although Ron Hernandez (CEO) put on a decent event and got me in, I only stayed for three fights due to horrible seating (standing actually) in general admissions area.

While at the event I met a couple B3Sport members, Texas Powerhouse, Duece King and a few other fighters.  I also shot some video footage so keep an eye out for it, as it will be up shortly.

FIGHT RESULTS

#1 Jacob Austin 2-1 (Elite MMA) winner by guillotine 56 sec in R2 over Randy Gray 0-2 (Solidarity MMA)

#2 Edwin Figueroa 3-0 (Janjira Muay Thai) winner tko ref stopage 24 sec R1 over Christian Sanches 15-8 (Citadel C4 Fight Team)

#3 Garrett Bennett 3-1 (Grapplers Domain) winner by tapout 2:17 R1 kimura from guard over Ryan carranza 1-5(Solidarity MMA)

#4 Eric Gerber 4-0 (Grapplers Domaian) winner by Ko 21 sec R1 over Michael Barreras 3-1 (Albuquerque Kickboxing)

#5 Steven Carl 7-2 (Grapplers Lair / Team Hard Drive) winner by tapout due to guillotine 59 sec into R1 over Conan Cano 5-1 (Team Xtreme).

#6 Johnny Bedford 16-1-1 (L.A. Boxing/Mohlers BJJ) winner by split dec. over Rocky Long 17-20 (Revolution Dojo)

#7 Mike Jackson 9-2 ( High plans JJ / Extreme Fitness & Nutrition) winner by tapout due to guillotine 4:38 R1 over Ryan Larson 4-1 (Relson Gracie Austin)

#8 Chris Trammell 8-2 (Capitol Punishment/Boxing Brothers) winner by split dec. over Sean Ward 5-1 (Grapplers Lair)

#9 Lightweight Championship Bout
Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez 14-7 (Guy Mezger / Lion’s Den) winner unanimous decision over Deuce King 8-5 (Grapplers Domain)

Results provided by King of Kombat

Interview with Texas MMA Fighter Gilbert “The Pitbull” Jimenez

On Tuesday I met up with Gilbert “The Pitbull” Jimenez to do this interview.  What I see in Gilbert is the same thing I see in all of the fighters that are recognized on TexasFighting.com and that’s a burning desire to be the best and a determination to win!  Enjoy the interview!

~Interview Start~

Texas Fighting:  First off, are you a family man?Gilbert Jimenez

Gilbert Jimenez: Yes, I’m married with 3 boys.

Texas Fighting:  How old are the boys?

Gilbert Jimenez: 14, 12 and 8.

Texas Fighting:  If they ever wanted to train in mma would you be okay with that?

Gilbert Jimenez: Absolutely, my 14 year old trains with me. He’s really good at Jujitsu. He’s still a white belt but I show him a few things here and there. He’s tapped out quite a few people. He’ll be getting into wrestling in highschool to prepare him for mma.

Texas Fighting:  What interests you about fighting and when did you start fighting?

Gilbert Jimenez: I’ve always been a rough house type of guy and have been around crazy sh!@ all my life. I’m from “the street” and don’t come from a real nice neighborhood so, I’ve always gotten into tons of sh!@.  This is not what everyone wants to hear but this is how I grew up. Living in the south side of San Antonio often had me getting my a@@ kicked or kicking some a@@ every day. It’s rough out there but mixed martial arts has allowed me to channel it in a way where I can benefit from it.  It’s kept me out of trouble and, oddly enough, out of jail – most of the time. (chuckling under his breath)

Texas Fighting:  Is Mixed Martial Arts your full time gig?

Gilbert Jimenez: Yes, I’ve sacrificed a lot the past year and a half and committed Gilbert Jimenezmyself 100% to training. Ever since I did that I’ve been on a pretty good streak. I’ve got two titles so I’m pretty proud of that.

Texas Fighting:  How long ago did you start training in Mixed Martial Arts?

Gilbert Jimenez: Let’s see… Brazilian Jujitsu, MMA and Muay Thai… about two and a half years.

Texas Fighting:  Earlier you mentioned that you had a rougher start growing up, how old were you when you got into your first fist fight?

Gilbert Jimenez: I was probably about 9 years old at the time. I would get my a@@ kicked every day. This bully use to always Gilbert Jimenezpick on me, he’d always just fu*# with me. I really hated it, this is so weird because nobody knows this about me, but that actually brought out the pitbull in me – so to speak. One day I had about all I could take and the next day I planned it out and ended up beating his a@@ with a 2×4. I was a young elementary kid and he was some high school drop out. I got such a rush beating up this giant fu*# that I decided that I’d never take sh!@ from anyone again. From there I got into any sh!* I could and just loved it!

Texas Fighting:  Now Gilbert, you’re a great street fighter but have you ever lost a street fight?

Gilbert Jimenez: Oh hell yeah! Being that I’m the kinda person that doesn’t back down from sh!@ I’ve had my fair share of beat Gilbert “The Pitbull” Jimenezdowns as well as giving them. Whether it’s one guy or ten guys I still look at it the exact same way. I look at it this way, if I have a problem I don’t care how many of you there are, somebody’s gonna get knocked the fu*# out. Now sometimes if it was more than five it was often me that was getting beat down but I didn’t care. I made sure to at least hurt one of the guys, usually the biggest, bad enough to where they’d remember they’re not dealing with just some regular dude. If they fu*# with me someones going to get hurt!

Texas Fighting:  (chuckling) Nice!

Texas Fighting:  So you started two and a half years ago training in MMA, when did you have your first amateur mma fight?

Gilbert Jimenez: My first fight was in September of 2007 and my opponent was Phil Detrizack from the Grapplers Domain and I ended up taking that win by decision with only four months of training under my belt.

Texas Fighting:  What is your amateur record right now?

Gilbert Jimenez: 7-2

Texas Fighting:  Were the losses in the beginning of your career?

Gilbert Jimenez: No, actually, one of the losses was from a kid by the name of Luis Luna from Odessa Texas – big name in the Texas circuit so look out for him. The guy is an awesome fighter.

Gilbert Jimenez: He came out to bang, I came out to bang. The problem was that I underestimated the kid and he ended up catching me in an arm bar – literally beating me at my own game. I definitely learned a lot from that fight. Another thing is that I had five other fighters that I was corner man for so I wasn’t able to give 100% focus emotionally as I needed to. That was the first time and the last time I’ll ever do that again.

Texas Fighting:  Would you fight Luna again?

Gilbert Jimenez: Absolutely. I’d love to fight him again.

Texas Fighting:  What is your fighting background mainly based in?

Gilbert Jimenez: Well, Brazilian Jujitsu is what I love, but I’ve been fighting on the streets as mentioned before since I was a kid. I’ve always stayed physically fit and kept mentally clear headed as well.

Texas Fighting:  Two and a half  years isn’t really that long to be involved in MMA, but if we add in your street credibility, I guess we could say that your experience is a lot broader than just the experience you have in the gym. Would that be fair to say?

Gilbert Jimenez: I don’t think I’d be where I am today if I hadn’t experienced what I have out on the street. Also, it’s been about a year and a half since I stepped in the gym and received my blue belt. That’s one of my greater accomplishments.

Gilbert Jimenez: Coming from the street and going into the gym for the first time I had a hot head and thought, “I’m ready to fight, I’ll kick anyone’s a@@.” My instructor was like, “Okay, why don’t you go ahead and wrestle this guy.” five seconds later, I was like,”okay, okay, tap, tap tap.” I figured it was bullsh!* but again five seconds later I’m tapping out. I’ve definitely grown since then.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any MMA goals – where do you see yourself in the future in this sport?

Gilbert Jimenez: It’s a funny thing you mention this. Being that I’m 34 years old, I’m not thinking about how far I’m going to take this, all I’m thinking about is where I’m going to go and how I’m going to get there. My mind is focused on getting on the WEC or UFC. Whichever comes first. I’m looking at making it big. Right now I’m also just training for this fight but I’d also like to eventually open up my own MMA/Jujitsu school.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any favorite professional fighters?
Wanderlei Silva. The man is bad a@@ and he’s still bangin’. That’s me right there, that’s the guy I look up to.

Texas Fighting:  How did the nickname “The Pitbull” come about?

Gilbert Jimenez: It’s a name I’ve had for over fifteen years now. I’ve had several nicknames like “psycho Gilbert,” “crazy Gilbert,” even “naked Gilbert” but pitbull just stuck. Out in the street that’s what people know me by. To be honest, I don’t remember where the name originated but people would see me fight and be like, “Man you’re just like a little Pitbull, you don’t stop.” And the name stuck, even up to my fighting career my trainer was like, “dude, you’re relentless, you don’t stop till you get what you want.” You can’t teach that in a gym, I believe that’s just something you’re born with.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any sponsors?

Gilbert Jimenez: I’m managed by B3Sports. I normally hang with three guys from my school that are also sponsored by B3. You’ll be seeing and hearing a lot about us within the Texas area.

Texas Fighting:  When is your next mma fight?
This Saturday, August 29th at King of Kombat. It’s going to be a pretty stacked card – come check it out!

Texas Fighting:  Who are you fighting?

Gilbert Jimenez: Another B3 fighter by the name of Jace Pitre out of Travis Tooke’s school – Team Tooke.

Texas Fighting:  Have you ever met the guy?

Gilbert Jimenez: No, and that’s the way I like it. I’ve never met him or seen him. I like to look at my opponent as my enemy and don’t want to meet him until we get in the cage. Right now my only concern is to train, drop weight and focus on demolishing my opponent.

Texas Fighting:  What weight class do you fight in?

Gilbert Jimenez: Lightweight 155

Texas Fighting:  As far as training is concerned, how much do you train?

Gilbert Jimenez: I train five to six days a week. Monday-Friday I do morning Jujitsu from 10:30-2:00 and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, on top of morning Jujitsu, I do Muay Thai and MMA classes from 6:00-9:00. And finally, Saturdays we do sparring sessions.

Texas Fighting:  Are weights a part of your training?

Gilbert Jimenez: No too much. We do a lot of plyometrics and use our teammates body weight by carying them across the gym floor.

Texas Fighting:  Do you hold any titles?

Gilbert Jimenez: Yes, two to be exact. I hold the lightweight 155 TAMMA Title and the USACA Title for my weight division of 155.

Texas Fighting:  Anyone you’d like to thank?

Gilbert Jimenez: Jaimie Miller my trainer and friend over at Texas Powerhouse, all my Team at Texas Powerhouse, Furious fightware another one of my sponsors, Chaos City, my parents for doing their best by me and last but not least, my supportive wife.

~Interview End~

KING OF KOMBAT 7 “Judgement Day” – Aug 29, 2009 Austin, TX

King of Combat - Judgement DayKING OF KOMBAT 7 “Judgment Day”

Saturday August 29, 2009
Austin Music Hall
Door at 6p, Fights at 8p

Hosted by: TODDY B

10 – 12 Pro Mix Martial Arts cage fighting bouts featuring fighters for the UFC, IFL, Strikeforce, EliteXC, PRIDE and more.

Weight Fight Card City Wins Loss

145
Josh Scales Austin TX 0-2 vs. Randy Gray Austin TX 0-2

135
Davis Sylvester Dallas TX 3-1 vs. Ryan Benoit Dallas TX 1-0

Matthew Cox Sugarland TX 1-0 vs. Aaron Suarez San Antonio TX 1-1

TAMMA Champion

155
Jacob Austin Austin TX 2-1 vs. Navied Sadeghi Dallas TX 3-3

155
Randy Vera Austin TX 2-3 vs. Jesus Rivera Dallas TX 4-0

185
Chris Trammel Austin TX 1-2 vs. Chris Byrd Dallas TX 0-0

155
Lane “the pain train” Yarborough Huntsville TX 9-6 vs. Adam Schindler San Antonio TX 3-1 UKC Light weight champion

Bantam Weight Title Fight

135
Tim Snyder Houston TX 8-2 Houston Renegade Champion vs. Johnny Bedford Dallas TX 17-5

Super Fight

185
Cedric Marks Austin TX 27-18 vs. Eric Davila Amarillo TX 15-9

Super Fight

HW Justin Howard Austin TX 4-2 Heavy Weight Champion Baby Rocks vs. Rico Rodriguez Staten Island NY 36-11 EX UFC Heavy Weight Champion, Pride, WEC, Elite XC

Feather Weight Title Fight

145 Dustin Neace Indiana 17 12 King of Kombat Current Feather Weight Champion  vs.  Nike “The Ghost” Gonzalez Austin TX 14 8 King of Kombat Current Light Weight Champion, Strike Force, Elite XC

Championship Showdown Post Fight Results


The crowd showed up early for last nights event.  Everyone present was anxious to see a good amateur mma fight.  There were quite a few fighters representing their fight clubs and avid fight fans present to watch.

These were the fighters on the card (winners shown in yellow):

Featherweight (145 lbs)
Lindsey White (Austin), 28 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Rigoberto Serrano (New Braunfels), 28 yrs, 0 – 0

Lightweight (155 lbs)
Jared Reeves (Austin), 22 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Paul Silva (Kyle), 29 yrs, 0 -0

Middleweight (185 lbs)
John Aguirre (San Marcos), 23 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Jeramiah Quintanilla (New Braunfels), 24 yrs, 0 – 0

Heavyweight (290 lbs)
Michael Rosenberg (McAllen), 25 yrs, 0 – 2 vs. Tim Davila (Kyle), 23 yrs, 0 – 0

Welterweight (175 lbs)
Lester Clark (Austin), 29 yrs, 1 – 1 vs. Bobby Hernandez (Kyle), 24 yrs, 0 – 0

Welterweight (175 lbs)
Aaron LanFranco (Austin), 23 yrs, 3 – 0 vs. Nael Chavez (Austin), 30 yrs, 2 – 0

Flyweight (125 lbs)
Amadro Estrada (Lockhart), 30 yrs, vs. Brandon Powers (New Braunfels) 20 yrs

Lightweight (155 lbs)
Timothy Griesheimer (Austin), 26 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez (New Braunfels), 22 yrs, 0 – 2

Main Event: Bantamweight Championship (135 lbs)
Billy Buch (New Braunfels) 28 yrs, 3 – 0 vs. Todd Gentry (New Braunfels) 32 yrs, 4 -4

While there were a lot of great amateur fighters on the card, there were a few that TexasFighting.com recognized as individuals who fit the bill of future professional Mixed Martial Artists.  Each of the individuals that stood out to me were focused, driven, in tip top condition, and displayed good sportsmanship.  Those fighters were: Jared Reeves of CTC in Austin, Texas, Aaron LanFranco of Puros Chingasos out of Lockhart, Texas and Billy Buch out of New Braunfels, Texas, representing Gladiators Academy.

First off, Jared Reeves.  For his debut, he came off as a very calm, very easy going guy. But, the thing that got me the most, was that he appeared to be more of a pretty boy than a fighter.  Boy was I wrong!  If my misjudgment is a common one, then any fighter who misjudges him in the ring will surely be in for a rude awakening.  Reeves, who’s only 22 years old, definitely got my attention the moment the fight started by maintaining his composure and controlling the fight.  And when the fight was over, he looked like he was ready for more.  I’m definitely looking forward to his next fight.

Jared Reeves won the fight by tap out in the 1st round!

Now on to Aaron LanFranco.  LanFranco displays a fighter’s spirit through and through.  He’s confident almost to the point of being cocky.  He can brawl, yet still show great technique.  After this fight he now has a 4-0 amateur record.  Bottom-line, at 23 years old, I have no doubt about this kid making a name for himself in this industry.  He’s a great fighter!

Aaron Lanfranco ended up taking the win on a TKO.

Billy Buch is definitely a star in the making.  Those who know Buch (Boo) either love him or hate him.  Out of all the fighters, Billy Buch represents himself and his sponsors with a level of maturity that you seldom find in an amateur fighter.  Billy shows a drive and love for the sport as if he’s already a pro.  If you’re interested in learning more about Billy check out his interview by visiting: Billy Buch ‘s Interview with TexasFighting.com.

Billy Buch went the full five rounds with Todd Gentry and won the fight by decision.

During the MMA event I also met and talked to some great folks like UFC fighter Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt from San Antonio, Gary Cunningham with King of Kombat/Zero Overhead Productions, and Mark Bader of PureFight.org.  Also, the event wouldn’t be as crazy and loud without the HOOLIGAN section.  You know who you are – true lovers of the fight!  You’re recognized by your chant “Ole, Ole, Ole.”  Great meeting and seeing you all.  Also, be on the lookout for more 1 on 1 interviews of some of the fighters mentioned…

Till the next round,

Chris Lopez, Jr.
Owner, TexasFighting.com

Video credit to Mark at Purefight.org

Interview with Texas Amateur MMA Fighter Billy Buch

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The other day I had the privilege of interviewing Billy Buch of the Gladiators Academy.  Billy is an up and coming fighter who has a growing fan base in his home town of New Braunfels, Texas.  Enjoy the interview!

~Interview Start~

Texas Fighting:  Where are you from?Billy Buch - Texas Amateaur MMA Fighter

Billy Buch:  New Braunfels, Texas – born and raised.

Texas Fighting:  What do you do for a living?

Billy Buch:  I’m a Ninja… seriously.

Texas Fighting:  How long have you been involved in Martial Arts and what is your martial arts background based in?

Billy Buch:  I started out doing Karate when I was 6 and have always done some sort of combat sport.  Later on I joined Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing. I’ve been involved in martial arts most of my life.

Texas Fighting:  Where do you train?

Billy Buch:  The Gladiators Academy in New Braunfels Texas with Kyle Cress and Jeff Bonugli. Come on by and check it out!

Texas Fighting:  What weight class are you in?

Billy Buch:  I’m a bantamweight fighter at 135

Texas Fighting:  What’s your fight record?

Billy Buch:  3-0 MMA.

Texas Fighting:  Have you fought in any other fights?

Billy Buch:  Some Kickboxing matches and Jujitsu tournaments.

Texas Fighting:  Did you get promoted to a new belt recently?

Billy Buch:  In Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing I’m a black belt. Just because you get a black belt in something doesn’t mean you stop. Belts to me, basically mean nothing. I mean it’s nice to be recognized and all but just because you have a certain rank in any discipline doesn’t mean you ever stop being a student. You should always be learning. Anyone can wear a belt but can you compete and win. That’s what really matters.

Texas Fighting:  Did you have to do a lot of forms in Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing?

Billy Buch:  We strayed away from the katas and forms and focused more on Muay Thai style kickboxing. Eventually I trained in a Muay Thai academy then ran into Kyle Cress and trained on the ground. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has evolved so much that you can’t just be trained in one thing. You can’t just be a stand up guy or just a ground guy or even a wrestler.  You have to be trained in all three. It’s a basic triangle of martial arts that you have to have. MMA is a mix of everything. Even if you don’t like submitting people you have to know it. To be great you have to learn all three aspects of the game. As a fighter you can’t be great at one thing anymore, you have to be great at everything – well rounded.

Texas Fighting:  Do you consider yourself a well rounded fighter?

Billy Buch:  Yes, I think I’m pretty well rounded. My stand up is there, my ground game is there. We train in everything and we train hard.

Texas Fighting:  As an amateur you’re obviously not paid so what motivates you to want to fight?

Billy Buch:  I like to compete – bottom-line. This is basically the most competitive sport out there, you don’t rely on anyone else but yourself. It’s one human being vs another human being to see who’s the best fighter that day. I believe that’s the best competition you can get.

Texas Fighting:  What does your workout consist of and how many days and hours do you work out?

Billy Buch:  I usually work out Monday-Saturday for 3 hours a day. Come close to fight time, I’ll usually do two 3 hour classes and head out to the football field to run sprints. I do a lot of cardio and sparring.

Texas Fighting:  Who do you train with?

Billy Buch:  Mostly I train with Kyle Cress of the Gladiators Academy.  I also train at Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Pete Spratt at his place. Mike Rangel of kNOw Pain Mixed Martial Arts. It’s also fun to do drop ins at other schools. Great way to pick up some new techniques.

Texas Fighting:  What are your thoughts on the future of MMA?

Billy Buch:  It’s definitely growing fast. I’m pretty sure it’s overtaken boxing. Most people that train in some sort of a combat sport don’t just train in one style, they train for Mixed Martial Arts, which has become a style of it’s own.

Texas Fighting:  What are your goals in MMA?

Billy Buch:  I’d like to take it as far as I can take it. I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon. I’m 28 now so I’ll go as long as I can compete.

Texas Fighting:  Do you think you’ll ever become a full-time trainer?

Billy Buch:  Eventually yes. I already do a little now here and there. I would love to be able to make a life out of this but I will always be a student. There is never a top spot. You can be a black belt at whatever but there is always something to learn from someone else. When it’s my time to give back full-time to the sport then it’s my time to give back.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any advice for young kids wanting to be Mixed Martial Artist?

Billy Buch:  I would have to say, start as early as you can. 6-7 years old is a good time to start in Collegiate  Wrestling or a Jujitsu class. Maybe around 12 is a good age to start for stand up. Get a good base in Jujitsu or wrestling. Anything is definitely possible.

Texas Fighting:  What do you think of women in Mixed Martial Arts?

Billy Buch:  There are some good girls who are top athletes competing now, so good for them.  I don’t mind women fighting, some may say they are against it but if they want it and put in the effort, why not?

Texas Fighting:  What are your thoughts on drinking and smoking?

Billy Buch:  Close to fight time I wouldn’t recommend any drinking or partying. In Mixed Martial Arts, cardio is everything. Smoking is definitely out of the question.

Texas Fighting:  How much does weight lifting play a part in your training routine?

Billy Buch:  Personally I don’t do a whole lot of weight lifting. I’ll do a few weight exercises with kettlebells and dumbbells but mainly a lot of combat training like running, sprints, caring other peoples body weight, hammer drills. Then again I fight at a lighter weight class so I do my best to stay lean by doing lots of cardio.

Texas Fighting:  With your experience as a fighter in the ring, do you find yourself getting into fights on the street as well?

Billy Buch:  No comment.

Texas Fighting:  What is your favorite way to finish a fight?

Billy Buch:  I don’t like the straight brawler crazy style. I like to use technique as much as possible. If I’m going to go for a submission I don’t want it to be a boring submission, I want to use nice technical stuff that people haven’t seen. On the flip side, who doesn’t like a good head kick knockout.

Texas Fighting:  Who’s your favorite Pro Fighter?

Billy Buch:  I’m definitely a BJ Penn fan, Miguel Torres and Nick Diaz.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any sponsors?

Billy Buch:  MMAOverload.com, 210 Fight Gear, Honor Fight Gear, Kingpin Fight Gear, and Mr. Lucky’s Tattoos.

Texas Fighting:  Any shout outs or thanks to anybody? Anyone you’d like to give credit to?

Billy Buch:  Anyone that’s helped me or trained me. Chris Lopez, Jeff Bonugli, my trainers, NSC, people that have been there to support me. My friends and family.

~Interview End~

Todd Gentry vs Billy Buch – Aug 22, 2009 New Braunfels, TX

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Todd Gentry vs Billy Buch

The fight will take place on Aug 22, 2009 at 7:00pm in New Braunfels, TX at the New Braunfels Civic Center.