When Jeff Bonugli came to me in 1974, he was nineteen, fresh out of Canyon High School in New Braunfels, Texas. That took some guts in those days, as he was a White boy coming into what was at the time the rough area of town, into a dojo peopled by some as rough characters. Anyone who could fight in New Braunfels trained in my dojo. In the previous decade, New Braunfels had put out two Heavyweight Texas Golden Gloves champs, Robert Mesa and Cheche Rios. Jeff was very aggressive, and from the beginning was always in the winner’s circle. In between tournaments, he would lead others of my students to make fighting rounds to other schools in the San Antonio area. He, along with others of my future Black Belts took on jobs as bouncers in a local night club, where they could put their skills to work. Even as a Brown Belt, Jeff was entering and winning in the Black Belt Division, but in my mind, one of Jeff’s greatest fights, point or full contact, was at George Minschew’s Karate Olympics in Houston, around 1976. The fight was for the championship of the Heavyweight Green Belt Division, and Jeff was pitted against a powerful, and raw boned, Dino Holmsley out of Beaumont. With Dino as an opponent, Jeff was more than well matched. When I see the up and coming Ryan Spann, fighting in JC Productions “Best of the Best” mixed martial arts event, February 1, 2014, in Harlingen, I am reminded of Dino Holmsley. Ryan is the same kind of powerful fighter. My high estimation of Dino was not only in his versatility of technique, because he had that aplenty, but rather because he was also a skilled street fighter, and without question, very tough. In one of the hardest fought fights of the night Jeff came out on top, and in so doing, cinched my estimation of Jeff’s abilities. Dino was also a bouncer, and while in the performance of that duty, was killed breaking up a bar fight in a Houston nightclub. Dino Holmsley was as tough as they come. Nothing but respect for a true warrior to the end. Jeff applied his aggressiveness to business, eventually becoming General Manager of the largest car dealership in San Antonio, currently a partner of a large dealership in the Valley, and now JC Productions. His search for fighters willing to fight for $50,000 dollar contracts is a true fact. Jeff Bonugli, always a warrior, has shown all along that he truly cares for his fighters. The time of reckoning has arrived and, as any warrior, he plans to go down fighting.
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!
September 14th at the Houston Arena Theatre Jorge “Macaco” Patino defends his welterweight title against Jeff “The Executioner” Rexroad. Get your tickets now for what looks to be the fight card of the year at Cage Tix. Doors 6, prelims 7. Main card starts at 9 .
“UPDATE: Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight titlist Jorge Patino has suffered a knee injury and will be unable to defend his belt against Jeff Rexroad in the main event of Legacy FC 14.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news Wednesday night with Legacy promoter Mick Maynard, who stated that Patino sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee. As a result, Rexroad (Pictured, left) will now square off with Lucas Pimenta Borges for an interim welterweight title in the Sept. 14 main event.” via Sherdog
Welterweight title – Jeff Rexroad 5-1 v. Macaco 27 -13 – 5 x 5
125 – Josh Sampo 8-2 v. Antonio Banuelos 20-8 – 3 x 5
135 – Cody Williams 4-2 v. Steven Peterson 7-2 – 3 x 5
170 – Brandon Farran 7-4 v. Derrick Krantz 12-6 – 3 x 5
170 – Lester Batres 2-1 v. Jon Harris – 5-2 – 3 x 5
125 – Matt Schnell 0-0 v. Ryan Hollis 0-0 – 3 x 3
145 – Darrion Caldwell 0-0 v. David Armas 2-4 – 3 x 3
170 – Ryan Spann v. Charlie Ontiveros – 3 x 3
205 – Yonny Osuna v. Chris Reed – 3 x 3
180 – Patrick Hutton v. Terrance Ferguson – 3 x 3
170 – Patrick Greene v. Kaileb Cummins – 3 x 3
CAGE COMBAT 10
Friday July 27, 2012
Pending TDLR Approval
Morris Baker (D.O.A. Fight Team) VS. Victor Lomax (Ground Dwellers) -125
Jose Gomez (CDM) VS. Eric Caminos (Metro Fight Club) – 155
Andrew Farnhof (Unleashed) VS. Antonio Anderson (Midtown MMA) – 205
Julio Rodrigues (pound 4 pound) VS. Lucas Aguirre (Team Tooke) – 170
Chris Rivera (ACS) VS. Dat Nguyen (Windy MMA) – 135
Jose Ceja (ATT Beaumont) VS. Cameron Graves (Team Tooke) – 145
Edgar Juarez (Paradigm) VS. Brandon Gauthier (Team Tooke/Jace Pitre MMA) – 155
Chris Sutton (GB Katy) VS. Eric Thompson (Silverback)– 185
James Clark (Team Unleashed) VS. Joe Whichard (Kingwood MMA) – 180
Yan Digalov (Paradigm) VS. John “Chile” Rodriguez (Silverback) – 145
Juan Dominguez (Paradigm) VS. Joel Garcia (One MMA) – HVY
Carver Bennett (BVMMA) VS. Fabian Galvez (ACS) – 170
Ralph Garcia (CSI BJJ Galveston) VS. Kolton Englund (Silverback) – 155
Daniel Delgado (Paradigm) VS. Carlos Jimenez (4oz) – 135 Title
James Powell (Fight Science) VS. Jose Llanas (Team Tooke / Jace Pitre mma) – 170 Title
Fight Card courtesy of TXMMA.com
Premier Fight Series
Jesse Rodriguez Promotions
Premier Fight Series @ the Ft. Worth Convention Center
Date/Time: July 28, 2012 7:00 PM
Location: 1201 Houston St.
Fort Worth, Texas
Chas Skelly vs Luis Vega
Brian Cox vs Victor Reyna
Daniel Trevino vs Michael De La Garza
Kevin McGee vs Quaint Kempf
Ivan Cole vs Kashif Solarin
Tristan Grimsley vs Sidney Cawdrey
Jay Flores vs Doug Andrade
Casey Hudson vs Jonathan Wise
Alex Madrid vs Armando Herrera
Andrew Parker vs Marshall Gorham