“Once the Cage Door is Shut, I am Ready!” Geoff C. Neal Interview

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One of the bouts going down April 19th in Odessa/Midland, Texas (Twenty Four Seven Entertainment) for what I believe to be their best card to date! Interview with Geoff  “Handz of Steel” Neal, representing Twin Wolves MMA out of Harker Heights, TX. Let’s do this!

sPidA: With having fights fall thru, does that discourage you in any way from competition?

HoS: No not at all. It’s just a part of fighting I guess. I know this won’t always happen. It just gives me more time to train and better myself.

sPidA: You still compete in grappling tournaments, will those always be part of your outlet?

HoS: Yes, always. I like to stand up and fight but grappling tournaments force me to rely on only my ground game which is (what I think) the weaker part of my game.

sPidA: Your last fight was for the XKO promotion in Arlington, TX. That fight was still up in the air to the last minute, how did that affect you mentally?

HoS: Honestly, with that fight I had the hardest time mentally getting ready for it. Not only was I fighting a tough opponent, I was fighting someone who had finished one of my good friends/teammate in the first round of his last fight and I saw the whole thing front row. It took me awhile to get ready but once the Cage door was shut, I knew I was ready.
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sPidA: Your fight for 24/7 Entertainment you have a test in Martin Sano, would you say the same for him?

HoS: I guess I would. He’s tough but I’m tough too. It’s going to be like looking in a mirror.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent and are you looking to make a statement?

HoS: Not too much. He only has one video up on youtube but its from like 2years ago. So I would be a fool to base him off that one video. All I really know is that he likes to stand and that he now trains at Team Wand in Las Vegas. I’m not worried about making “statements” right now. I’m just looking to win.

sPidA: There has been talk of you dropping to the 155lb weight division, is that still a possibility after this bout?

HoS: Yes, I already have plans to make that move in August sometime. All I have to do is stop eating like a pig.  A lot of people think I won’t be able to make it but they forget that my first two ammy fights were at 155. I know I can make it but I want to see if I can make weight and perform at the best of my abilities the next day. If not I’m perfectly fine with 170.

sPidA: Thank you for your time bro and best of luck with your upcoming bout. Anything else you’d like to add to this interview?

HoS: I would like to thank my friends, family, coaches, as well as my sponsor FightLabel.com. And of course thank TexasFighting.com for the interview.
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“Losing Is Something I won’t Settle For” – A Few Words With Shawn Cool

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Shawn Cool will be entering the Cage for the 2nd time in San Antonio for Premiere Combat Group. He will be testing his skills against another local fighter in Steven Trevino. Great match up with two guys who will definitely be rocking the cage on April 6th. Representing the Texas Powerhouse MMA Academy, I present to you Shawn Cool!

sPidA: You are stepping inside the Cage for the PCG Promotion once again against another local fighter from San Antonio, any pressure?

Cool: A lot of pressure. A bunch of people are coming out to support me Saturday night & losing is something I won’t settle for. I work too hard for it.

sPidA: Are you looking at eventually going Pro and pursuing a career in MMA?

Cool: Depending on how this year goes, it is a good possibility. My wife helps & supports me tremendously. I can’t thank her enough. My parents are awesome as well.

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sPidA: I’ve seen you compete in grappling tournaments before, are you looking at a submission victory or keeping the fight standing up?

Cool: Honestly, I’m just looking at getting the win. Whether that be submission, TKO, or homicide. Haha

sPidA: Are you a fan of Reality TV? If so, what are your thoughts on Dana White allowing both male and female in the next season of TUF?

Cool: I am bro but I thinks it’s kind of ridiculous. Women in the same house is asking for trouble. Their will be a lot of distractions & drama for sure. I’m sure I’ll still watch it though. LOL

sPidA: As I’m sure thousands of others will be doing the same, LOL. Having a recent addition to your family (congratulations on the birth of your beautiful girl) has that changed your drive in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

Cool: Thanks Spida!! It has tremendously! It’s the greatest gift in the world. People tend to forget that at 23, I work full-time, train full-time, I’m a husband, and now a father. I will make something of myself for her.

sPidA: Thank you for your time bro, any last words for those supporting you?

Cool: I would like to thank GOD of course, he continues to bless me. My beautiful girls, wife Krystalina & Daughter Avery. My parents & family, Texas Powerhouse MMA, Honor Fight Gear, all my training partners & friends that follow me. Thanks for believing in me. Thank you sPidA and TexasFighting.com for the interview, very much appreciated!

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“I Can Stand with Almost Anyone Inside the Cage” – Q&A with Alex Zaya

ARMY veteran and TAEKWONDO Specialist Alex Zaya will be stepping inside the Cage for the 2nd time this year. This will be for Premiere Combat Groups Amateur Mixed Martial Arts event at Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, TX on April 6th. Here’s a few words with the man.
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sPidA: Since making your amateur MMA debut in Austin, TX for CAGE WAR earlier this year, how has your training changed if any?

Zaya: Well I took the fight on short notice and just came off of an injury. Only trained for a month. I’ve been mostly a boxer and worked on my stand up but I’ve been training a lot on my ground game with BTT/Texas. I’ve done a lot of strength & conditioning. I am in better shape than my last fight.

sPidA: Will fighting in your hometown add any pressure since friends and family will be in attendance?

Zaya: Yes, fighting in front of family and friends scares the heck out of me. I know I can stand with almost anyone inside the cage. I plan on stopping his ground attack and take him-out standing.

sPidA: This will be your 2nd fight in 2013…you looking to stay busy this year?

Zaya: I honestly don’t know because my children are getting older and they need me more and more. If I can find a balance I will continue to fight. I know my opponents will only get harder with each fight. My skills are decent but will get better as well.

sPidA: Your first fight was a stand up war, are you looking to test your ground game or pretty much taking it where it goes?

Zaya: My ground game is designed to get off the ground and to not get submitted or ground and pounded out but if I have an opportunity I’ll go for a submission.

sPidA: Who’s helping you with your training for this fight? Will they also be coaching you the night of the fight?

Zaya: Well of course Santo Randazzo will be in my corner and my other coach is with BTT and has 3 other fighters competing on the same card, so its just Randazzo but I am used it just being us.

sPidA: Any one you would like to thank before we wrap this up?

Zaya: I would like to thank GOD for my ability, health and children. My Coach Santo Randazzo for always having my back. Thank you Arlene Alveraz for pushing me. Thanks Sergio and Richard from BTT for beating me up in BJJ. My friends and family for supporting me.

“No Pressure, a Fight is a Fight!” Q&A with Amber Stautzenberger in Preperation for XKO’s 1st Female Fight

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XKO out of Arlington, TX is going down on March 23rd with a stacked card and their first ever female fight between Amber Stautzenberger and Ashley Allen. XKO 18…here we go!!

sPidA: You made your pro debut in September against Paige VanZant, what do you feel went wrong in that fight?

APEX: I just feel that my mentality was off. I didn’t perform the way I know I can.

sPidA: Did you go into your second bout in January against Summer Artherton with something to prove?

APEX: I only had something to prove to myself. I had to prove that I can use the skills I know I have and that I do love the sport. My mentality was totally different from what it was back in September.

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sPidA: The first female bout for XKO, any pressure going into your 3rd professional fight?

APEX: No pressure, a fight is a fight! I have been in several 1st female fights for other promotions as well.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Are you looking at a game plan or just seeing where the fight goes?

APEX: I know she is comfortable anywhere but her base is jiu-jitsu. Game plans change through at a fight, but I do know that I am going to be the dictator.

sPidA: You looking at staying busy this year? Any other bouts outside MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing?

APEX: Well after this match, I will fight in for DFC in Fargo, ND on April 20th, and again for PFS in Fort Worth, TX on May 18. I hope to keep busy this year and it would be nice to get back into jiu-jitsu tournaments. I haven’t done one since the end of 2011.

sPidA: Thank you once again and best of luck Amber. Anyone you would like to thank before your fight?

APEX: Thank you! I would like to Thank my sponsors AmmoToGo.com, Gamma Labs, M. King Construction Co. from Dilley, TX, and Michelle Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson. I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare for my match, especially Coach Mohler, Will Campuzano, and Tristan Grimsley.

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“I See Myself Walking Out Victorious!” – A Few Words With Le’Ville Simpson

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A few words with Le’Ville Simpson who will be stepping inside the cage on Saturday March 23rd in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. Coming off an impressive Pro debut in San Antonio. Lets get started!

sPidA: You are coming off a great Pro debut in San Antonio,TX, was going Pro the best decision for your MMA career?

Simpson: I really felt going pro was the best decision. Everyone in the TWMMA family felt I had proved myself in my amateur bouts and they gave me the thumbs up to make that next step.

sPidA: You have a strong Team in TWINWOLVES MMA, what sets you guys apart from other gyms?

Simpson: TWINWOLVES is a family more than a team. On teams you have guys that like to compete against one another, but all my brothers in the gym we push each other to help better one another. There is no jealousy among us. Our coaching staff is phenomenal ranging from Kasib Taylor, to Daniel Moraes, and Jamir Toledo. We always joke we’re the hidden gem in the middle of Texas.

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sPidA: I keep up with the news and am shocked at how much your team mates are willing to travel to compete, is fighting away from home a norm for you guys?

Simpson: It’s been like that since we all started. We’re always traveling – a promoter calls and we show up to fight.

sPidA: Your upcoming bout you will be traveling to Corpus Christi, are you nervous or excited about this next match up?

Simpson: I’m excited about fighting in Corpus Christi.I’ve seen some good fights there so its exciting to know I’m going to be apart of that.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, how do you see this fight going?

Simpson: All I really know about Kirk is that he had a good amateur career and that he’s a hometown guy that’s gritty. I’m not intimidated by his record or the hometown fans, its me and him only in there and I still see myself walking out victorious.

sPidA: What got you into Mixed Martial Arts? Was competition something you’ve always been involved in?

Simpson: I starting training to get into shape really, but when an old school football teammate and current TWMMA fighter Geoff Neal made his debut, I figured what the hell why not.

sPidA: A big part of MMA is entertainment, are you looking to put on a good show for your next bout at ROCKS Xtreme MMA?

Simpson: I always look to put on a show for the fans, nobody wants to feel like they wasted their money on boring fights. You will never get a boring fight with Twinwolves on the card.

sPidA: Who (other than your coaches or team mates) do you look up to in the sport of MMA?

Simpson: Rafael Cordeiro hands down man, one of our coaches Jamir Toledo actually worked with him at the Chute Boxe Academy back in the day in Brazil. Watching the old Pride Fc fights and seeing how successful all his guys were really makes me want to learn from him.

sPidA: Harlem Shake or Gangnam style, why or why not?

Simpson: Neither man, they’re both stupid dances.

sPidA: Thank you brotha for your time.  Is their anyone you would like to thank to wrap this up?

Simpson: First off I would like to thank GOD for everyone He has put in my life to help me achieve everything I have so far. My family for their support. All the coaches at TWMMA for passing on all their knowledge down to us and spending the time they do with us. Everyone in the TWMMA family who help prepare us for fights, its really a honor to represent our school.

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“Bigtyme Is My Career Goal” Grabriel Vasquez Interview

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A few words with Professional Mixed Martial Artist Gabriel Vasquez fighting out of Martial Arts and Athletic Center in Amarillo, TX.  He will have his biggest test yet as he travels to South Texas on March 23rd for ROCKS XTREME MMA / Title fight against local fighter and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blackbelt / Hector Munoz (9-4). Here we go!!

sPidA: How’s your training going for this fight?

BIGTYME: My training has been excellent! Big step up from the rest of my fights.

sPidA: You have held a Title and have fought for others, any pressure going into this bout?

BIGTYME: I held the 155 SCS Title last year. This will be my 4th title fight in a row so no pressure on me plus its not my home town so no pressure at all.

sPidA: With the nickname “BIGTYME” is that a sign of things to come 2013?

BIGTYME: BIGTYME is my career goal, to make it to the big time shows. That’s why I got that name. (Thanks sis in law)

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sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Have you changed your training up coming into this title fight?

BIGTYME: He is 9-4 with great ground game which most of my opponents are but by far his is the best. Training changed a little diet wise, as well as for my strength and conditioning. Other than that just stepped it up a notch in the gym.

sPidA: Thank you for the time bro and best of luck come March 23rd!  Anyone you would like to thank for supporting you for this Title bout?

BIGTYME: My family first, they wait up long hours of the night for me to get home, Master Lister head trainer, Dena Lister Fitness and Cardio coach, Coach Leon/Boxing coach, Triton Fight Center BJJ Coach/instructor, Coach Klein wrestling coach, everyone in the MAAC FIGHT TEAM, sponsors, JD TIRES & WHEELS, TASTE OF THAI and all my family, friends and fans! BIGTYME

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