” Expect this to be Fight of the Night..” Rainn Guerrero Interview

Oct 4th in Arlington,TX will be 1 for the books. Stacked card by a great Promotion doing great things. This match is definitely 1 I’m looking forward to.. Here we go!

sPidA: Pro debut coming up, what convinced you on leaving the amateur MMA circuit and going Pro?

Rainn: Well, I’m ready and actively seeking the challenge of a game opponent and honestly it was getting hard to even find an opponent especially at bantamweight. Ideally tho I would have liked to have one more ammy fight before going pro but when this opportunity came up I had to take it. I’m already 27 and I’m not getting any younger….plus to be totally honest, I’m done cutting weight for free lol. I’m ready tho. I am already a pro in the way I train and the lifestyle I live outside of the gym so the only difference now is the title.

sPidA: All your ammy fights were all finishes. What is it that drives you when inside the Cage?

Rainn: I’m just a competitor and a true fighter. The crowd, the lights, the energy in the arena… I live for it. Nothing drives me in there other than just being in the fight itself. It’s who I am. It’s what I do.

sPidA: Everyone trains in grappling, Kickboxing etc…is there anything else you add to your curriculum?

Rainn: Well I do a little bit of everything. Different forms of grappling and striking along with strength, conditioning, and cardio. For this camp however, I have been focusing a lot more on recovery more so then my previous camps.

sPidA: With a nickname “Bully” is that from being bullied yourself or did the name come out during training?

Rainn: Haha no I was bullied a little bit in school but the name just came from the boys at the gym when I first started training. I kept it and ran with it tho because I’m an advocate for the Bully breeds & I relate to them heavily cuz when you get in the cage with me it’s gonna be dog fight every time. So when you hear “The Bully”, just know we’re talking about the doggos not no school yard bully. I actually hate real life bullies tbh.

sPidA:  Your boyfriend had a win recently in Mission,TX for the R & E Promotion.. Is being there for each other motivate you both as well?

Rainn: Mannn I was so hyped for that Trilogy fight, I’m so sad it was only 23 seconds long lol Having a veteran of the sport behind you is motivating in itself cuz just by nature you want to work harder just to make them proud but the fact that I know first-hand everything he’s had to overcome to be where he is today is stupid motivating to me. He’s been on the highest of highs but also the lowest of lows… but no matter what he stays humble and just keeps trucking on. He just never stops, never quits and I really look up to him for that. He gives me more confidence and motivation then he realizes… but the best part of having Chris around is that he understands the fight camp feels and doesn’t get mad when I’m hangry and lash out lmao. He’s the guy behind the scenes that holds it all together for me and I’m freakin blessed to have him in my corner.

sPidA: This will be your first time fighting under the XKO Banner..and they have been around for years. Are you excited about making your Pro debut there?

Rainn: Yes actually I’m super excited to fight for XKO. I love the quality of their productions, them live streaming the fights for free gets so much exposure, and I have heard nothing but great things about how they treat their fighters…but my favorite thing about them is their focus on Women’s MMA in general. I’m stoked to make my debut here.

sPidA:  Your opponent, coming off a strong win for Bellator MMA and as tough as they come.. How does your style fair against hers? You looking to make a statement?

Rainn: Yeah Deborah is game & I’m freakin excited about it. She’s aggressive and has good striking and cardio. Our styles are actually very similar, and I’ve even heard some people say we look like sisters lol I expect this to be fight of the night…just an absolute banger. I’m coming to put my name, my team, and my City on the map with this one.

sPidA: You are a member of the OHANA Academy. For those that don’t know, it means Family. Is the commodity there
..what makes the facility a great place to train at?

Rainn: Oh, no doubt. These peeps are my family for real. I literally see them every single day, even more then I see my own mama sometimes… and the bond that’s made thru the blood, sweat, and tears we shed is truly irreplaceable. I freakin love my team to death. but besides that what makes OHANA the bees knees is the fact that there’s an overwhelming amount talent to learn from, with an extreme lack of ego. The place is freakin infested with world champs and established high level fighters and I whole heartedly believe in my coaches and training partners, which I don’t think a lot of fighters can say about their gyms. I’m stupid proud to represent OHANA!

sPidA: What sponsors do you have helping you for this upcoming match up?

Rainn: Well let’s see, I got my day 1’s: Colt 45 Sports Club, JD & Associates Bookkeeping, and Purepain Fight Wear along with my new fam-bam: Mind & Soul Music, Femme Fatale Sports, Sabinal Group, The Law Offices of Chavira Brown, House of Sin Entertainment, and Sealrite Asphalt Paving helping me with the camp expenses and I also got Canni-bus & New Source keeping me A1 with top of the line CBD products for recovery. I got my boy Leon Maccormack at GnarCorp for my media coverage throughout camp and my girl Erica Balbuena with the amazing meal preps. Also wanna give a shout out to my good friend Christine Thongdy for sending me some brand new Sandee gloves all the way from Las Vegas for this camp. I’m so grateful for the support I’ve received from my team. I couldn’t do this without them.

sPidA:  Random question: If you could have any superhuman strength/ability…what would it be…and why?

Rainn: Ummm I’d say I’d want to be able to heal super fast like Wolverine cuz have you ever got your cornea scratched?! Lmao let me tell you…. it’s for the birds. I’d definitely like to rid myself of those mortal probs.

sPidA: Thank you for your time and best of technique come fight night….anyone you’d like to thank helping you for this fight?

Rainn: Yawpp, big shout out to my coaches John O’rourke, Jason Yerrington, Washington Luiz, Chris Kuntschik, Ray Rodriguez, Jacob Landin, Justin Governale, Devin Cowan, Alex Hernandez, Danilson Pimenta, Uncle Chuck (Charles Adkison), Matt Juarez, Marcell Mickens, Pat Ferguson, and Josh Rosen as well as my fellow lady killers Julia Ottolino, Aida Kiani, and Cindy Garcia. Love yall so hard!!

” Everybody loves a comback story…..” A few words with Sonny Luque

sPidA: First off, congratulations on being inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame bro!

Luque: Thank you brother. Really appreciate it.

sPidA: Out of so many awards, Championship titles , which one stands out the most?

Luque: They all hold a little something special for me. It’s just crazy to sit and look back. I remember watching UFC 1 and all the first couple of shows followed by PRIDE FC. I was 11 or 12 maybe, I didn’t know what I was watching but I was hooked. I remember vaguely telling myself, I wish I could be good enough to fight just 1 time inside the Cage so I can say I did it. Never thought I’d have an amazing career much less all these great accolades I’ve accumulated over the years.

sPidA: As much publicity as you’ve gotten not just for yourself but for Laredo,TX aswell… Has running for Office ever cross your mind?

Luque: You know , I’ve actually thought about it lol. Laredo has about 260,000 people living in the City. It’s not a little town but it feels that way. It’s still one of those City’s where everybody knows everybody and knowing the right people can get you places but at the same time 2 things I stay away from are politics and religion. I respect and enjoy everybody’s point of view. I just prefer not to share mine .

sPidA: You started your MMA career here in San Antonio with an unfortunate loss, what helped you look past that and continue on your journey?

Luque: This is something that has characterized me. Something my closest friends and relatives know very well of me. There just isn’t any quit in me. Just like many martial artists I didn’t have the easiest or greatest childhood. Raised by a single mother in the ghetto parts of Mexico. At a very early age I learned that nothing was gonna be given to me and work most be done f0r what I want. I’ve had many doors closed, I’ve hit rock bottom a few times but there just isn’t any quit in me. I like adversity, I like when the going gets tough. Everybody loves a comeback story.

sPidA: When in Laredo,TX covering an MMA event (Border Fest) I was able to hang out at your old gym and watch you and your team train with Leanard Garcia. How cool was it to get to train with the guy?

Luque: Me and the BadBoy are really good homies now a days. We still keep in touch and often talk. It was shocking in a fan point of view at first. I mean how doesn’t someone remember Leonard’s awesome scraps with the UFC. The dude is a legend in his own right. The training part opened my eyes for the better. More then holding my own with him on our multiple training sessions and being told by him I’m a “beast” on my stand up was really what I needed at that point in time. It made me realize that maybe I can live up to the hype and pressure behind my name.

sPidA: We’ve seen Luque the fighter , the Coach to Commentator for Combate Americas… What else is next, Luque the Referee?

6) Ha Ha Ha , I try to do it all brother. It’s a sport I love and that has given me everything I have. I really enjoy learning and doing as much as possible in the fight game. I believe this will benefit me in the long run and my endgame. The endgame being a Promoter. So don’t be surprised if you see “Luque Promotion” in the near future putting on some Combat shows.

sPidA: Now you have this new venture. Gotta say, even I was surprised. Why Bare Knuckle fighting and why now?

Luque: I was at the Hall of Fame ceremony in Houston and was approached by the matchmaker. After a few words, a few hours later I received a 3 fight contract. As for the why? I mean come on, no take downs no wrestling, no jiujitsu? Just 2 dudes swinging hands Bare Knuckle like the old days. I’m all about that. Plus the money they offered me isn’t that bad either LoL.

sPidA: You had retired from MMA at 1 point, was this because of lack of motivation or a reaccuring injury? Talk to us about this a bit.

Luque: I had some injuries that were taking longer to heal. My business was in the brink of shutting down and most importantly I didn’t feel the fire, the rage anymore. Fights just started to feel like going to work at a 9-5 job you really dont enjoy. I was just going through the motions. There was no passion. I felt I needed to take a good break and assess things. Wanted to fix my business and myself. Figured maybe if I’m away from the fight scene for a while I’ll miss it and gain that fire again. Thank God my business is doing better then ever and I regained that fire and passion for fighting once again.

sPidA:Bare Knuckle fighting had picked up hype from Kimbo Slice (R.I.P) among others. Is this the next best thing and if so, why do you think it is?

Luque: Like I said brother. I think it’s the purest and oldest form of gentlemen settling a dispute. Just you, another man in front of you and only your hands to handle business. It’s a fun venture I cant wait to partake in that’s for sure.

sPidA: With bare knuckle fighting going main stream , do you see Valetudo coming back and if so… Would that be something you’d be interested in?

Luque: The good ole days haha. If I’m not retired by then and my phone rings with a good dollar amount offer? I’m all in.

sPidA: Living in Laredo and having competed in Mexico in the past, how active is the Sport of MMA there and have you noticed a change since competing there the first time?

Luque: Mexico has come a long long way since I started fighting there. I still fight there regularly but the talent pool has largely increased. You now have many fighters from Mexico fighting in the biggest stages in the World. Some really good teams are starting to develop out there. Yes their jiujitsu and wrestling might still be a bit behind from Americas but they more than make up for it in the striking game and most notably that Mexican warrior spirit, that heart. You can’t teach that.

sPidA: I’m a vintage toy collector myself and have noticed you collect aswell .. Ever regret not keeping all those toys you grew up with?

Luque: Man ,I’m a Huge Toy collector and from 1 collector to another, I gotta congratulate you on your collection bro. You got some good stuff but man. I often want to kick my own butt when I remember all those good toys I had that got lost or destroyed by my little brother along the way. Your talking about all the Masters of the Universe, had all the figures and alot of accessories. The castle grey skull, had that car with the big rock looking ball thing. Both He-man, skeletor , Battlecat and that panther. Had some Thundercats and had a huge Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle collection as well. I wish I could get them all back. Hell I’d be happy with half of that collection lol.

sPidA: Lets use this one to plug in your Academy. What is the address and what classes are available for those interested?

Luque: Laredo Kickboxing Academy (LKA) is located in 5901 McPherson ste: 3B. We are open early in the morning at 5am for bootcamp followed by personal training sessions for my clients. Then we offer classes for the whole family Monday through Thursday. We offer children’s Kickboxing at 5pm. Women’s Kickboxing at 6pm. We have our LKA Lions MMA class at 7pm and we offer Brazilian jiujitsu at 8pm. First 2 days are free.

sPidA: Man thank you for your time and looking forward to continue following your career my man and possible cover that Combat Sports Promotion. Any last words to finish this off bro?

Luque: Thank you for the interview and for your time as well brother and just a big shout out to all the people that support and have continued to support me through out the years. Shout out to Rock fitness Center,Golden Fit Meals, Pura Nutrition ,Fitness Saves, Bug busters, Tuff Texan and Mikes Bail Bonds. Thank you! It’s been a very long career and crazy rollercoaster ride. I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from 1 of my favorite movie’s. “Without pain, without sacrifice, We would have nothing. ” Thank you!

” Expect the Best version of myself come Fight Night..” David “Rapid” Waters interview

A few words with Corpus Christi resident, David “Rapid” Waters… Fury Fighting Championship 36 takes place at the Richard M Borchard Fairgrounds..Lets go…

sPidA: This fight coming up, why FuryFC , why now?

Waters: I have been trying to get back on a Fury FC card, I feel they are the best Promotion to be apart of.

sPidA: You’re last fight was in March for a Title Belt, you planning on hunting Championship Titles?

Waters: Yes , very much so…

sPidA: Fighting out of KO Sports/Muay Thai..do you train and teach there as well?

Waters: Yes, I teach MMA Class there on Fridays.

sPidA: Your opponent for the Fury FC match up is explosive aswell, can we expect Fireworks or are you looking for a technical fight?

Waters: Yes, my opponent is explosive but very reckless. I expect the best version of myself come fight night and will be putting on a hell of a show for my friends and family!

sPidA: Training out of a Muay Thai gym…can we assume you’ll be keeping this fight on your feet?

Waters: I will keep the fight interesting, thats for sure!

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sPidA: Will this be your last fight for the year or will you be looking for another soon after?

Waters: I hope to get another opportunity before the year ends, so long as my Coach and Family agree on it as well.

sPidA: You will be fighting in your hometown, can we expect a strong support team?

Waters: Yes , I have sold more tix for this fight than any of my previous fights locally.

sPidA: What other sports are ya involved in besides MMA?

Waters: Boxing and any sports my kids are involved in.

sPidA: Random Question:
Sky dive or Deep sea Diving and why?

Waters: Sky Diving because water is the most unforgiving elements there is.

sPidA: Thank You bro for your time, anyone you’d like to thank for this fight?

Waters: Thank you TexasFighting.com for the interview. I would like to thank my wife Kristine and kids for putting up with me having to be away from home to train. As well as everyone that purchased tickets and who is still looking to purchase tickets from me. Last but not least all of my teammates and my Coach Kirk Hubble for all the work he puts in to all of us. I also would like to thank Eric Garcia for allowing me to be apart of his promotion again.

” Fighting was always a job but now the Passion is back..” Roger Narvaez Interview

sPidA: You are a Blackbelt in Brazilian JiuJitsu, What’s your favorite submission?

Narvaez: I like the triangle choke from my back and RNC.

sPidA: You are constantly cross training with other gyms in your City of Corpus Christi, have gym relationships gotten better?

Narvaez: Yes much better. The days of animosity between gyms is gone. I cross train frequently with Presa BJJ and have done so with almost every gym in Corpus. It’s a great thing to have gyms put their egos aside to grow as a community.

sPidA: You have been teaching your curriculum out of Weapons at Hand for a few years now. How have your students been reacting to your classes?

Narvaez: Classes our growing. It’s been 3 years since I started Narvaez BJJ and I am happy with the growth and progress of our students.

sPidA: Your last fight in MMA was in 2017, was this due to injury or lack of motivation?

Narvaez: I retired to spend more time with my family. I wasn’t ready to give it up. I always felt I could still compete at a very high level. Recently I went through a divorce and that resparked my urge. Fighting was always a job but now the passion is back and I’m excited to get in there and just hit someone.

sPida: This next fight is for the Fury FC Championship Title, How important is this fight for you?

Narvaez: This fight is important because it’s the first time I’m fighting for myself in a long time. My last few fights were more for a paycheck than anything else. For me money can’t be the only motivating factor. I am looking forward to prove to myself above all that I’m better than ever!

sPidA: Your opponent for this Fury FC Title is an experienced fighter himself, do you know much about him and how does your style match up with his?

Narvaez: Of course I’ve seen his videos. I’ve followed Ike for years as we have both fought at middleweight and light heavyweight in the TX MMA scene. He’s a tough dude with big power…but I am better everywhere. I have more of an Arsenal and plan on letting everything show on the 30th.

sPidA: You’re a former UFC Fighter, how was your experience in the company and what did you learn from having been there?

Narvaez: It was an amazing experience. It was years of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice coming to fruition. If anything I proved to myself that I belonged with the Elite.

sPidA: You’ve helped out with Rocks Xtreme Promotion in the past, what is your Title with the company?

Narvaez: I help with the Rocks Xtreme Combat cards and enjoy it a great deal. I’m just a helper as Jay Hollowell is the main man with the promotion. As of now we don’t have any cards coming up, but we are looking to do one before years end.

sPidA: You seem to have a great team helping you for this fight, would you care to throw some names out on those helping you!

Narvaez: My coaches and teammates are key in helping me prepare. From Head kickboxing Coach Rudy Valenzuela to Aurelio Gallegos helping me with my BJJ. I have a stacked team of Coaches and training partners. A new addition to my team is Patrick Ybarra who was a standout at 135 with a 6-1 pro mma record who has now taken charge of my training and camp. I also have my boy Santos Rosales leading my strength and conditioning for this camp and I feel I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been. I want to thank, Dustin Adams, Ricky Rosalez, Jimmy Lugo, Mike Mitchell, Pablo Reyes, and Billy Loudermilk for taking the time to help me train for this fight. These men sacrifice time and their bodies to help me prepare for War.

sPidA: With the recent deaths in Boxing, what do you yourself feel others need to do differently to help prevent such tragedies?

Narvaez: With the recent strings of deaths, I personally feel less sparring is key. Preserving your body for battle should be at the forefront of our sport… unfortunately some still haven’t learned.

sPidA: Random Question: If you had an opportunity to share the stage with any singer/band, who would it be with?

Narvaez: Don’t really have one… never really been a fan boy…I guess Eminem would be atop of my list if I had to choose.

sPidA: Thank you bro for your time and best of luck with all future endeavors. Anything else before we end this interview?

Narvaez: Thanks to all family, friends, and fans for the continued support. August 30th will be a fight to be remembered!

” Tomorrow is never Promised..” Joshua Scales Interview

Interview with a Veteran in the Sport ,out of Austin,TX. Heading into Lion Fight 59 come August 31st.. Excited about this match up…lets go!!

sPidA: You’re heading back to fight under the Lion Fight Banner…how excited are you for this and are you looking into other Promotions in the future?

Scales: I’m stoked about it. Full Muay Thai rules. We have our eyes on other Promotions as well but I’m very glad to be fighting under the Lion Fight Banner!

sPidA: Did your introduction into combat sports start with MMA?

Scales: No, AB Cantu Boxing/Pan Am Boxing gym in East Austin, the real East Austin.

sPidA: Last fight in MMA was 2013. Why the gap in competition?

Scales: Ehh.. No particular reason. “Life” gets in the way sometimes.

sPidA: I’ve only seen you fight once live and I gotta say…i was speechless..you and Warren Stewart left it inside the King of Kombat Cage.. How’s your relationship with the guy since?

Scales: It’s wonderful you were there. I miss the KoK promotion. Warren and I are pals now, I actually got the privilege of cornering him for his fight at Fury FC.

sPidA: Your project in Thai Box is unique and I personally like the structure, what motivated you to do this?

Scales: Thank you , I tend to do more with it now, people don’t want plain jane workouts or watered down Muay Thai. They want results, great fight community and unity no matter what gym you come from. Always a change in sparring partners.

sPidA: The Austin community/ combat sports wise has always been good and had plenty of potential athletes. Why do you think having an MMA/Combat Sports promotion been hard to keep locally?

Scales: Lack of commitments from both Promoters and fighters. Cats say they want to fight…but I think otherwise. LoL

sPidA: I’m sure you only think of what’s infront of you but what does next year hold for ya?

Scales: I don’t know, tomorrow is never promised.

sPidA: Your opponent for this next fight, what do you know about him and are you looking to make him fight your fight?

Scales: I know he’s the Swedish Champ, I’m expecting a standing ovation or complete silence from the crowd for what I’m about to do.

sPidA: Most your post and fight photos we find you smiling in them… Does training in these sports really make ya that happy?

Scales: Ah yes, it sure does sPidA, just like an artist with no rules to their creativity. Like a Guitar player , Painter or Ballet Dancer… Just a form of expression if you ask me.

sPidA: You’re usually surrounded by talent, who are some of the athletes helping you stay on your toes?

Scales: Myself and some of the killers you’ve seen have crushed me into Gold…but nobodys harder on me than me.

sPidA: Random question: If you could live anywhere in the Country and train for free…where would that be?

Scales: Hawai

sPidA: Thank you bro for your time, like them battle hands lets wrap this up…last minute comments sponsors etc??

Scales: No, thank you. Good sponsors that are Reliable are the backbone to fighters. Its a Win for their business…and the male or female who’s the “fighter” bees and flowers. Ya dig. Take care brotha!