Fuentes defends title

I like a good stand up fight when I can get it. David Fuentes, a 3rd Dan Goju Ryu stylist fighting out of Jeff Bonugli’s Green Ghost Academy, certainly provided plenty of stand up action the night of 26 September 2015, in the defense of his bantamweight title against Paco Castillo during Hero FC VI  in El Paso, Texas.  Castillo is reputed to be one of the El Paso area’s favorite fighters, because of the action he brings into the cage, and he certainly came looking for war. It began during the weigh ins, when he directed some smack talk towards Fuentes.  Fuentes, who had just emerged from the sauna where he’d been for a last minute weight loss, could only smile as he leaned toward Castillo, bumping heads with him. Some were calling it a head butt, when in fact it was only a famished and weakened Fuentes having trouble holding his head up.

Once in the cage, Castillo attempted to take the fight to Fuentes, choosing to do stand up battle. This was to Fuente’s liking, as he does a good job at stand up. Although Castillo came on strong, Fuentes easily blocked or slipped the punches, while quickly countering in devastating fashion. One recalls Fuente’s battle with Jose Ceja, wherein Ceja was able to execute some pretty fair boxing skills in Fuentes direction prior to Fuentes ending the fight. This was not the case with Castillo, who in his haste to do battle, at times appeared to be windmilling, with punches which were telegraphed, and neither direct nor on target. In a “smoker” with fighters of lesser skill, Castillo is sure to provide an exciting battle.  This is not so against a fighter of Fuente’s ability, who despite the fact that a kick to his calf had produced a painful cramp, was able to hit Castillo at will.

For me this was a case of deja vu.  Some twenty five years ago, kick boxer Ismael Robles came to San Antonio to fight.  I worked Robles’ corner, and was the only person in that packed house supporting him. Then too, I could see that Robles was carrying his opponent, who came on firing both barrels. He was plenty game, but his efforts were fruitless, and at a time of his choosing, Robles knocked him out.

Like Ishmael Robles’ opponent, Paco Castillo was also plenty game, with the same results.  After watching the first round, I predicted the fight would be over early in the second round. I was correct. A powerful Fuentes uppercut to Castillo’s chin ended the fight in just 24 seconds into the second round.

Would Castillo have been better off taking the fight to the mat? That is doubtful. David Fuentes, a jiu jitsu purple belt, has a good ground game. At any rate, the stand up game we were treated to was David Fuentes at his best.

PRESS RELEASE: Amateur MMA Athletes Benefit as MMA Draft Gains Momentum

PRESS RELEASE – May 13, 2013

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. MMADraft.com, a promotional platform for up-and-coming amateur combat sports athletes, has quickly become the go-to site for many of MMA’s rising stars. With the ever growing talent pool, it is becoming increasingly difficult for skilled amateur MMA fighters to identify what steps they need to take to build a successful future in the sport. Not only do they have to stand out amongst their peers as elite competitors, they have to build a presence outside of the cage as well. MMA Draft offers solutions and gives amateurs in the sport an edge on the competition.

Backed by industry influencers and fighters Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, MMADraft.com gives amateurs access to valuable resources that no other organization can offer, from media opportunities to advice from the pros. MMA Draft continues to add valuable features to the site as they evolve and according to the MMA Draft team, they are just getting started!

According to Phil Davis, “We are very excited about how quickly MMA Draft has evolved and how well it has been received in the MMA Community. MMA Draft has come a long way in a short time and we continue to find new ways to educate and promote deserving amateur athletes. The newest feature on MMADraft.com is a weekly blog called ‘The Draft Board’, authored by seasoned MMA Journalist Daniel Downes (who also writes for UFC.com). ‘The Draft Board’ touches on all subjects that pertain to Amateur MMA.”

Davis went on to say, “Daniel is also one of the experts on our MMA Draft ‘Ask a Pro’ panel (another added feature). Anyone can log on to MMADraft.com and submit a question pertaining to amateur MMA under ‘Ask a Pro’ and one of our experts will address it. Maggie Krol and Rick Lee have also joined our team and will be shooting human interest pieces and amateur MMA stories for the site. A lot of exciting things are happening at MMA Draft. We have a really big announcement coming soon, so stay tuned!”

In addition to providing great resources to amateur martial artists, the MMA Draft team actively generates publicity for their athletes through shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’, ‘The Great Debate’ Radio Show, Alchemist Radio, and many others. Registered MMA Draft athletes of all ages have the opportunity to earn their place in the spotlight. The more activity that they have on their MMA Draft profile, the more likely they are to get chosen.

Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on www.MMADraft.com. The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.

About MMA Draft:
MMA Draft (www.MMADraft.com) was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. MMADraft.com provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. MMADraft.com is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent. Additionally, MMADraft.com offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects, and fans of amateur combat sports. Resources include educational information, event info and more! MMA Draft executives are also working closely with key promotions, organizations and websites to become a central database for amateur events, seminars and results.

PRESS RELEASE: Urijah Faber and Phil Davis Launch Promotional Platform for Amateur Fighters

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mma draft Urijah FabarSACRAMENTO, Calif. (March 11, 2013)Urijah Faber and Phil Davis are proud to announce the official launch of MMADraft.com, a platform created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. Backed by pros that know what it takes to get ahead in the competitive world of mixed martial arts, MMADraft.com provides amateur athletes with valuable tools and resources to help them excel in every aspect of their fight career.

As seasoned veterans, Urijah Faber and Phil Davis know all too well how difficult it is to stand out amongst the sea of fierce competitors in the sport of MMA. As the sport evolves and the talent pool continues to grow, it is becoming increasingly difficult for skilled amateur fighters to get noticed and to identify what path is the most constructive to reach their goals. Recognizing this, Faber and Davis created MMADraft.com, a platform to help amateurs in the sport get an edge on the competition.

According to Urijah Faber, “Thousands of athletes from diverse backgrounds transition into MMA every year. To make it in this sport you have to stand out, not only as a skilled athlete but as a marketable brand. At MMA Draft we give amateur fighters the tools to achieve this. We also have an established network of MMA scouts that are constantly on the lookout for stand out talent.”

Phil Davis had this to add, “MMADraft.com is definitely THE place to be if you’re an up-and-coming amateur martial artist. Not only do we provide amateur fighters with a high-profile marketing platform and forums where they can build a fan base, we give them access to advice from pros that have been where they’re at and know how to get them to the next level.”

One of the most exciting and beneficial aspects of MMADraft.com is the exposure it generates for its athletes. Members of the MMA Draft team utilize their resources in the professional world of MMA to give back to the army of young amateur athletes that are forming its future. By sponsoring active A-list professional fighters, utilizing social networks and capitalizing on national media connections, MMA Draft drives attention to the site and its users.

Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on www.MMADraft.com. The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.
The MMA Draft website also offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects and amateur MMA fans, from educational content to amateur event information. For more information, please visit www.MMADraft.com.

About MMA Draft:
MMA Draft was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. MMADraft.com provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. MMADraft.com is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent.

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XKO 16 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD FEATURING 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

DFW’S TOP MMA PROMOTION XTREME KNOCKOUT RETURNS FOR THEIR 16TH EVENT AND TELEVISION TAPING FEATURING 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS ON SATURDAY OCT 20TH!

CORONA in association with BACK ALLEY PROMOTIONS
XKO 16 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD 
(Subject to Change)

155lbs XKO TITLE FIGHT – SPONSORED BY NEXBANK – UNDEFEATED IN XKO DONNIE “THE BOMBER’ BELL (5-2 THE GYM) vs UNDEFEATED FIGHTER BRAD MITCHELL (2-0 DALLAS JAWBREAKERS) – The vacated title will feature the best 155lbs fighters in XKO. This is a highly anticipated matchup between Donnie Bell a well-rounded fighter with a strong wrestling background and powerful striking faces XKO “Knockout artist” and MMA standout Brad Mitchell. Brad is the only fighter in XKO to beat XKO Champion Steven Peterson and “KO” premier fighter Chris Pecero. This promises to bring fireworks!

145lbs XKO TITLE FIGHT DOUGLAS FREY (10-8 MOHLERS) vs CHRIS PECERO (6-4 AMERICAN REVOLUTION) – Chris Pecero makes his return to the XKO cage after a “fight of the night” performance at XKO with UFC TUF Fighter James Vick. Chris Pecero recently stepped down from the 155lb weight class to pursue his career in the 145lbs division. Chris Pecero who has faced the top athletes in XKO (Chris Jones, James Vick, Brad Mitchell) is ready for another title shot. He faces MMA Veteran Douglas “The Pale Horse” Frey. Frey is a veteran in XKO and no stranger to title fights including his “Fight of the Year” performance for the 135lb belt. With both fighters at the top of their game this fight has “Fight of the Night” written all over it! “I am extremely excited about the matchup and believe it’s going to be a fun fight. He’s a very talented fighter” – Douglas Frey

135lbs ALEX RUSS (3-1 THE GYM) vs TRISTIAN GRIMSLEY (2-2 FITNESS FIGHT FACTORY) It’s hard to describe the excitement for this fight! Alex Russ is making his much anticipated return after over a one year absence from the cage. His last fight was a heart pounding championship fight with Steven Peterson that had the packed XKO arena on their feet the entire fight! Russ looks to return to the cage in top physical shape and ready to take on Tristain Grimsley. Grimsley is no stranger to XKO taking on some of the top 135lb fighters in the Metroplex and he did not hesitate to take this fight. Both fighters are hungry to get back into XKO square cage and are up for any challenge. If you want to see an explosive fast paced fight then this is your matchup!

185lbs ZACK BOARD (0-1 PHALANX MMA) vs BRIAN CHEATHAM (0-1 DALLAS MMA 300) Zack Board made his professional debut at XKO with an impressive fight against wrestler Beau Hohmann. Zack has not stepped back in the cage since that fight took place over a year and a half ago. Zack is a very well rounded fighter with great striking abilities. He takes on Brian Cheatham who is no stranger to XKO. Brian made his debut against JJ Holmes, fought a tough fight but eventually lost to the extremely talented wrestler. This fight will display great stand-up with both fighters wanting to keep the fight on their feet. “I have tried to match the two fighters here at XKO for over a year, but due to conflicting schedules and injuries I was unable to match them up. I believe that this matchup could be “fight of the night” and I’m extremely excited to see it finally happen on Oct. 20th” –Thomas Bussey

130lbs KYLE HESSLER (DEBUT THE GYM ) vs HOMERO GARCIA (0-1 MOHLERS, TEXAS FIGHT CLUB) If you are wanting to see a fast-paced action packed fight then this is your fight! Both fighters are coming in with solid striking and are the lightest on the fight card. Wanting to eventually move to the 125 division both fighters agreed to do a catch weight at 130lbs.This fight will be a battle of technique in striking and a good solid fight! With Kyle making his pro-debut and Homero coming back to redeem his loss this should make for an intense fight.

185lbs SHANNON WHITFIELD (DEBUT METROFLEX FT WORTH) vs ALFREDO LEIJA (DEBUT OCTAGON MMA) Fighting at 185lbs you can expect a knockout in this fight! Both fighters are heavy handed and are ready for war. Alfredo will be making his professional debut with some of the best trainers in his corner and fighting out of Octagon MMA. Shannon did not hesitate when taking this fight. Training out of Metroflex MMA he will defiantly bring his A Game. This matchup will be a classic striker vs wrestler and should get the fans on their feet!

145lbs CASEY HUDSON (1-2 ARLINGTON,TX) vs JAIME ANAYA (DEBUT COBRA JIU-JITSU) Casey Hudson returns to XKO looking to get his first win inside the square cage. Hudson a “fight of the night” nominee is a very talented fighter losing very close battles. He is an excited fighter who has a great wrestling background but has been focusing on his boxing. He takes on XKO newcomer Jaime Anaya. Ayana will be making his pro-debut after a stellar amateur career. Ayana has had many of his battles go the distance just like Casey Hudson. I see this fight going to the judges with a split decision!

135lbs SKYLER CAWDREY(1-1TEXAS FIGHTING SYNDICATE) vs PATRICK YBARRA (1-0 AMERICAN REVOLUTION) This is a fight that not only the fight fan wants to see but the fighters are buzzing about. Cawdrey is an exciting fighter that will entertain the fight fan. He comes out and gives it 120% everytime. Ybarra is another fighter looking to make an impact at XKO. He is traveling to the Arlington area with training partner and XKO title contender Chris Pecero. Both fighters are experienced and well rounded. This could be another “fight of the night” matchup!

155lbs JESSE PALMER (1-0 OCTAGON MMA) vs TBA

When: Xtreme Knockout 16 – Saturday OCT 20TH, 2012 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights start at 8pm.

Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015

*Official XKO Weigh–ins: Friday, October 19th at 3pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands, 309 Cutis Mathes Way Suite 147, 817-635-5555. ALL MEDIA WELCOME, family, friends and guests welcome! Come out and support the TOP fighters in Texas and watch as the fighter’s “face off” for the first time before they step into the cage! (FREE – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM, Rustys Billiards and www.xtremeknockout.com – $30 general admission and $35 when purchased at the door. Ringside Reserved starts at $75, VIP tables start at $400 (limited tables) CORONA beer, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

Meet MMA Legend Frank Trigg at the 2012 Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo in Dallas [Press Release]

Press Release: Las Vegas, NV – August 14, 2012

Trigg will also appear as a special guest at the Legacy Fighting Championship 13 weigh-ins and fight event at the Dallas Convention Center on August 17

– This week fight fans in Texas have the opportunity to meet one of MMA’s most recognized personalities! MMA veteran Frank Trigg will be making several appearances in Dallas, Texas August 16 -18. Trigg will be a special guest at the Legacy Fighting Championship 13 weigh-ins and fight event and will be attending the 2012 Europa Get Fit and Sports Expo.

According to Frank Trigg, “It’s always great visiting with the fight fans in Dallas. I’ll be attending several events while I’m in town, including the Legacy FC weigh-ins and fight event and the Europa Expo. Legacy always puts on a great show. I’m looking forward to watching some great fights and meeting with fans. I’ll be at the Last Round Nutrition booth during the expo doing autograph sessions, including a signing with Jake Rosholt on Saturday. It’s going to be a great time!”

Weigh-ins for Legacy Fighting Championship 13 (LFC 13) will take place on Thursday, August 16 at North Texas Yamaha in Lewisville, Texas and will begin promptly at 2:00pm. The LFC 13 fight event will take place on Friday, August 17 at the Dallas Convention Center. Fights will begin at 7:00 pm.

Trigg will be attending the Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo at the Dallas Convention Center on Friday, August 17 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Trigg will be in the Last Round Nutrition booth. For more information on the Europa Expo including competition schedules and booth locations, please visit www.europaexpo.com.

About Frank Trigg:
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. As a Color Commentator, Trigg has called the fight action for many notable MMA promotions, including the Sungoku Raiden Championships (SRC), Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), Legacy Fighting Championships, Dream Fighting Championships in Japan, and many others.

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Open Casting Call to be Held for Combat Sports Athletes in Myrtle Beach for Reality Show [Press Release]

PRESS RELEASE: July 23, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC – Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform that enables combat sports athletes to showcase their skills on a global level, announced today that additional casting calls will be held both in the U.S. and abroad for the GPG related reality show project. All experienced fighters with a combat sports background are welcome. The next open casting call will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 26, at Carolina Forest Martial Arts.

The first open casting call for this exciting reality show project, hosted by the MMA & Sports Expo ‘Show of Strength’ in Atlantic City, exceeded the creator’s expectations. The casting call drew many elite fighters from a variety of martial arts backgrounds. Hollywood producer/director Ben Perry, who has worked with many A-list celebrities including Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood, filmed each fighter’s official try-out video.

According to James Jefferson, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Proving Ground, “The first open casting call was a great success. We are happy to announce that additional casting calls will be held in various locations around the globe. During the open casting calls elite combat sports athletes will be filmed by experienced producers, ensuring that each fighter’s reality show try out video is of the highest quality.”

During each open casting call, reality show hopefuls will be required to demonstrate their fighting skills and tell the world why fight fans should vote them onto the show. Fan votes will determine the final cast for this very exciting Hollywood TV project!

Jefferson had this to add, “Fighters that can’t make it out to one of our open casting calls will still have a chance to make it on the show. Fighters will have the opportunity to submit a reality show try-out video through Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform where fighters of all disciplines can showcase their skills to promoters, match-makers, sponsors and producers. Full details on GPG will be announced this week, so stay tuned!”

ALL experienced fighters with a combat sports background are encouraged to try out for the reality show. The show’s creator is seeking elite fighters from all over the world. Fighters of all disciplines are welcome; MMA, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing, K-1 and many others.

The casting call in Myrtle Beach will take place this Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Carolina Forest Martial Arts in the Forest Crossing Shopping Center (4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. Unit-15.) Filming of reality show hopefuls will take place from 10am to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Training gear will be available for fighter use during filming. Coaches are welcome to attend.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG):
Global Proving Ground (GPG) is the ideal platform for fighters of all martial arts disciplines to showcase their skills on a global level. It is THE place for promoters, sponsors, television producers, match makers and fight managers to discover new elite fight talent. GPG offers skilled combat sports athletes of all disciplines useful tools to help showcase their skills and advance their careers. It is also a place for fans to show support for their favorite amateur and professional fighters. Full details on the GPG platform will be announced soon!

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