“I’ve never had an easy fight.” A few words with Jarret Jones. Interview by: sPidA

Jarret Jones, TX MMA Fighter A few words with Jarret Jones post his June 30th fight in Odessa,Texas . “Americas Most Wanted” a 24/ Seven entertainment event,taking place at the Far West Event Center (5850 West University Blvd #200, Odessa,Texas 79764) Great card with 10 bouts of what  promises to be a great night of Mixed Martial Arts action. For ticket info: 432-580-7979

sPidA : Since going Pro , you have fought some of the top guys in Texas Mixed Martial Arts , what ever got you into competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jarret: Yeah ive definatly fought some of the top welterweights and lightweights in texas since I turned pro in 2008. Some have went my way and others not, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a “easy fight”. I’ve always been an athlete and competed in many sports, I was raised to be football player, just like alot of guys who grew up in odessa. Which carried over to my agressive athleticism. So those years following graduation I was really looking for some kind of competition outlet and lifting weights at the local gym wasnt gonna fill that drive. When I came across fighting I was hooked from the beginning. The self discipline, intense training, and competition was what I had been looking for….and I soon found out that I was better at choking someone than trying to knock them out. (or maybe just enjoyed it more) So I really focused on BJJ from the beginning.

sPidA: Tell us ,what Team do you re-present and what gyms do you crosstrain in?

Jarret: I train at West Texas MMA in Midland,TX. I’ve been with these guys since the beginning and have watched thier school grow just as my fighting carrer has grown over the years. In that time I’ve went from white belt to currently purple and one day black all from my west texas brasa instructors kc whindam, jack burcham, and Jamie Lara. While the jiu-jitsu has aways been great there was not many mma fighters in the odessa/midland area when I began so I seeked out a place where I could train with some top level professional fighters. I found this place at octagon MMA in DFW. These guys have always welcomed me as part of the team and I spent many hours on the road traveling back and forth to octagon for training. Dallas is 6 hours from my home but the help that coach sayif saud and all the octagon fight team made all worth it. Octagon trains like professionals and as a team all the time and you can see by our team record last year that this method works. Coach sayif really cares about his guys and puts in the extra work for each individual.

sPidA: With over 10 Pro Mixed Martial Arts competions, have you set goals for yourself for this year? (2012)

Jarret: This is the question where I always say something like ” I’m going undefeated” or “this is my year” but, as I learned in the past that just puts more pressure on me. Honestly my goal is to do what im doing right now. Doing what I love, and doing pretty good at it. Of coarse as a fighter my goals are to be in a big time show like BELLATOR or the UFC because that’s the top and a chance to prove your a champion. But right now I’m just loving life and loving fighting. I’ve recently been able to quit my day job and can really focus on my training and my sleeping which is something I use to not get much of. I feel complete as a fighter and now I can just push myself as hard as I can everyday so that good things will happen.

sPidA: Having looked up your fighting stats I noticed you have won most of your fights by submission, do you prefer the ground game or is this mostly after feeling out your opponent that you decide to take the fight to the ground?

Jarret: All my professional wins are by submission and I would love to finish my career like that one day. I love jiu-jitsu, so I want to get them on the ground but I spend a lot of time working my standup so I’m comfortable there too. I’m not to much of a wrestler but thank goodness we fight in a cage, you can only sprawl and run away so much before I’m gonna get my arms or legs wrapped around you and it’s time to take a nap.

sPidA: With more promotions coming out in the DFW area, is this the perfect time for OCTAGON MMA to rise above and showcase there skills?

Jarret: Yes , OCTAGON MMA   is a gym with a awesome team and coach. If your a fighter or want to be a fighter this is the gym to go to in DFW area.

sPidA: Your coming off an unfortunate loss to an opponet you had already fought and defeated, How has this affected your mindset if any?

Jarret: Unfortunate loss is right, to tell you the truth that fight still keeps me up some nights. Not to take anything away from Brandon but I’m a better fighter than that guy as I had already proved the first time we fought in 2009. I was like you said, on a win streak but I made a mistake and it cost me a win but the sport is very unexpected. Doesn’t matter how the fight has played out, what round it is, or who the better fighter is your always one second away from a win or a loss. The more you realize that the more your see the urgency of getting the win as fast as possible. With that being said, I hope to get that rubber match with Brandon sometime in the future.

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts is very time consuming, from training and getting prepared, what are some of the things you dislike about the sport? (If any)

Jarret:  The one thing that I dislike about fighting is that it keeps me from entering more BJJ tournaments. It seems every time theres a good tourny coming up I’m preparing for a fight. Its hard to do both when you risk an injury everytime you compete but I know I’ll be competing in BJJ all my life so I do what I can for now. I try to make all the local ones in my area and the IBJJF in Dallas. Even if im not competing in bjj tournaments I’ve got a gi on 4-5 times a week  and I’m training my ass off to help myself and help all my team mates at West Texas MMA. Ive recently started focusing more on judo. Both of my instructors are black belts in judo and I avoided the sport for 6 years now because it hurts so bad. I’d rather take kicks to the face all day than be on the wrong end of a judo throw but it has helped my game and gives me another goal in life to shoot for. So maybe judo tournaments are in my near future.
sPidA: Whats worst, Nerves while cornering a team mate or before your own fights? How do you deal with them?

Jarret: I gotta go with nerves before my own fights  but im pretty calm before I walk out these days.I know I’ve put in the work. Nerves and anger get in your head and make you forget your game plan. This is the charachteristic of a true professional, ready to go to war and confident in his skills. I would say the worst part is about right now, 4 weeks out. I think so much about the fight that sometimes lose sense of the rest of the world. All that really matters is my training to win this fight. Sometimes I”ll start my drive to the gym and start thinking about my fight. Going over scenarios in my head, picturing the win, imagining my hand being raised and  1/2 an hour later without any recollection of the drive I’m sitting in front of my gym with hands gripped and knuckles tight on the steering wheel, my heart is racing, forehead already sweating but I use that energy to go inside and just bust ass to make it a reality.

sPida: If you were given an opt to come out as a character in a video game (other than the UFC) which one would it be and why?

Jarret: Ha! I have to admit im not much of a video game guy. That stuff turns your brain to bologne but I remember playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Scorpion is pretty awesome. I wouldnt have to judo if I had that cool thing that shot out of my hand. “Get over here”

sPidA:  LoL That would be pretty cool! Thank you for your time man, any last words bro before we wrap this up?

Jarret: Yeah for sure, I have to thank my awesome wife for supporting me to shoot for my dreams. Its a pretty crazy idea thinking you can make a living through training and fighting but with her support I can do anything. Thanks to all of my instructors and team mates at west texas mma for putting me through tough rounds everyday. Every one else who has helped me prepare, Brad Barnes & Bruno Bastos over at Rhino BJJ, Coach sayif at Octagon MMA, traininerydag partner Clay Hantz. Fabian butler w/ 24/7 entertainment for all the awesome local shows. And finally all my athletes at Basin CrossFit. You guys come in everyday and let me yell at you and put you through fitness hell and its making my dreams come true. Anyone in the Odessa/midland area I welcome you to my gym Basin CrossFit most awesome and motivating group of people youll ever workout with. www.basincrossfit.com Thanks for the opportunity sPidA!

 

Return of the Warriors & Fight for Hero’s all-day MMA Event

Return of the Warriors & Fight for Hero’s an all-day MMA Event.

Please mark this on your calendars. Sept 10th 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. There will be a Submission Grappling /Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Fight for Hero’s) at Midland College. Profits from the event will go toward the Wounded Warriors Project for servicemen who have been injured in the line of duty. We will also set aside money for a Midland Police Department Officer who is battling stage 3 breast cancer. She is a single mom who can’t work due to the intense treatment she must receive.
Amount to enter: $30 Adults for 1 Division plus $10 for each additional division, $20 for kids and teens. Registration Starts AUGUST 1ST ONLINE at www.24-7fighting.com Registration at the event will include a $10 late registration fee. Registration starts at 9am with Tournament starting at 10am.
Vendors that will be giving away prizes at the event are: HCMF, Dom Fight Gear, Zombie Kimonos, Breakpoint, On the Mat, and Rudog Nutrition. Competitors have a chance to win Medals, GI’s, Shirts, etc. ANYONE WHO COMPETES IN THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE ABLE TO BUY DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO THE PRO MMA EVENT (RETURN OF THE WARRIORS) THAT NIGHT.

Following the Fight for Heroes BJJ Tournament 24/7 will have a Pro MMA show that night (Return of the Warriors) The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines will be honoring soldiers getting ready for deployment that night. Local fighters on the card that night will be Tweet Hantz (Clay Hantz), Jarret Jones, Dez Hill, Caleb Hudson, Rick Guzman, and Victor Hernandez.
The event will take place at Midland College Chap Center 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX. Doors Open at 6:00 PM Show Starts @ 7:30PM. Ringside $40, General Admission $25, High School/College Students $15, Kids 13 and under $10. Tickets will be available August 5th at these locations Sam’s Barbecue Midland/Odessa, Super Mercado; Fabe’s Clothing or get them from one of the fighters. You can also get them online at www.24-7fighting.com.

Special thanks to Brad Barnes, Steven Tippett, Cortni Gibbs and everyone who is helping make this event possible.

MORE DETAILS WILL BE POSTED SOON AT TWENTY FOUR SEVEN ENTERTAINMENT MMA ON FACE BOOK.

Here’s your chance to sponsor an up-and-coming MMA fighter!

RUSSELL BREWER is looking for sponsors for his upcoming Texas fight “Battle in the Panhandle.” Brewer is an explosive fighter and due to his recent victory, there will be a lot of eyes on him to see what he’s capable of doing next. He recently KO’d his opponent at 24/7 Productions in 5 seconds and the video we took of his fight went viral (Google: “5 second ko with a superman knee“). Fighters such as Brewer are paid per fight with a portion of their income derived from sponsorships.  You will get great exposure of your brand in front of hundreds of fight fans and you’ll help an up-and-coming fighter continue to work at achieving his dreams to train and fight in the sport of MMA! Contact us for more info regarding sponsorship of Russell Brewer!

MMA Stats: Pro: 1-0, Am: 5-1-1 (courtesy of mma.tv)

While his first pro fight was quick at only 5 seconds, the video display below of one of his amateur fights shows that he can go the distance!

Fight Videos:
Profession Fight – 5 second ko with a superman knee 24/7 Entertainment
Amateur Fight – RING RULERS MMA Russell Brewer vs Chase Westbrook – 2009

24/7 Entertainment Presents Battle in the Panhandle Amarillo vs. Dallas

Fabian Butler & 24/7 Entertainment Presents Battle in the Panhandle Amarillo vs. Dallas MMA Event.

It’s been more than thirty years since the wolf and the winter cold. And now, as then, it is not fear that grips him, only restlessness. A heightened sense of things. The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant that few stood against many and before this battle was over, every man can bleed.
King Leonidas:

Battle in the Panhandle: Dallas vs. Amarillo
Undercard
205 – Rashad Coulter vs. Manuel Rodriguez
135 – Eli Tamez vs Matt Espinoza –
155 – Quaint Kempf vs. Larry Garcia
155 – Chris Golden vs. Josh Hill
145 – Rey LaFuente vs Marcus Baldivia
HW – Ben Weyand vs Aaron Garcia
145 – George Pacaruriu vs.Victor Hernandez
170 – Charles Byrd vs. Tony Castillo
Featured Bouts
170 – Russel Brewer vs James Chandler
205 – Daniel Almeida vs Chase Watson
170 – Clay Hantz vs. Gabe Vasquez

General Admission $25 Ringside $35 Tickets available Wednesday May 25th 2011 at these locations.
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant 727 S Polk St Amarillo, TX.
Jorge’s Mexican Bar & Grill 6051 Bell Street Amarillo, TX
Elite MMA (45th and Bell next to United) Amarillo, TX
Martial Arts & Athletic Center (The MAAC) 3820 Line Ave Amarillo, TX

24/7 Entertainment Schedule of Events for June 9th 2011 MMA Event.
Thursday April 9th 2011. Weigh-Ins @ Acapulco Mexican Restaurant 727 S Polk St Amarillo, TX 79101
2:00 PM all fighters will need to meet at the Acapulco Mexican Restaurant. All fighters still needing to cut weight may use workout facilities provided by the Marriott. With ID and Room Key Fighters may use the Downtown Amarillo Athletic Club Facilities located three blocks away from hotel.
3:00 PM Bring copies of your Pro License and Federal ID . If you don’t have a Federal ID one can be purchased from the commission at the event. All corners need to have corners license with them. Weigh- INS Begin.
3:45 Catered by Acapulco Mexican Restaurant.

Friday June 10th 2011 24/7 MMA Event. Azteca Music Hall 500 FM-1912 Amarillo, TX 79107
5:30 PM All fighters report to Azteca Music Hall for rules meeting. Bring copies of your Pro License and Federal ID. If you don’t have a Federal ID one can be purchased from the commission at the event. All corners need to have corners license with them.
6:00 PM Doors Open.
7:30 PM First Bout
9:45 PM 24/7 Main Event.
11:30 PM after Party for the fighters at Tatum’s Night Club 805 S Polk St, Amarillo, TX

Texas Fight Schedule [2011 Archives]

Texas Fighting Schedule

Mixed Martial Arts



01/22/11 UFC, Ft. Hood (event closed to the public)
01/29/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
01/29/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
01/29/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
02/26/11 IXFA, Houston
03/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
04/08/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
04/08/11 Texas Cage Fighting, El Paso
04/09/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
04/09/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
04/09/11 Quality Entertainment, Austin
04/15/11 STFC, McAllen
04/16/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
04/22/11 Kick Ass Productions, New Braunfels
04/23/11 IXFA, Winnie
04/23/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso CANCELED
04/30/11 Savarese Promotions, Galveston
06/03/11 Kick Ass Productions, San Marcos CANCELED
06/04/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
06/10/11 24/7, Amarillo
06/11/11 Team Recon, Harlingen
06/18/11 Strikeforce, Dallas
06/18/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo
06/25/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
07/09/11 Martinez Brothers Productions, El Paso
07/15/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Frisco
07/22/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
07/23/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
07/29/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
07/30/11 Kick Ass Productions, Seguin
07/30/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo CANCELED
08/12/11 STFC, McAllen
08/19/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
08/20/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
08/27/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
09/03/11 Immortal Kombat Fighting, Spring
09/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
09/10/11 24/7, Midland
09/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
10/01/11 Martinez Bros. Productions, El Paso
10/08/11 UFC, Houston
10/15/11 STFC, South Padre Island
11/11/11 STFC, McAllen
11/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
11/26/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso  CANCELED
11/26/11 Oscorp Enterprises, Pharr
12/02/11 Fight Game Championships, Frisco
12/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
12/15/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
12/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

01/13/11 SWMMA, Grapevine
01/15/11 PCG, San Antonio
01/23/11 FTF, El Paso
01/29/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
02/04/11 ABG, New Braunfels
02/04/11 SWMMA, Arlington
04/16/11 GFP, Irving
05/06/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
05/07/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
05/14/11 USACA, Houston
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/21/11 915MMA, El Paso
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
07/01/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
07/29/11 USACA, Houston
08/06/11 PCG, San Antonio
08/12/11 USACA, Dallas
08/27/11 ABG, San Antonio
09/02/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
09/10/11 TRCAA, Victoria
09/24/11 915 MMA, El Paso CANCELED
10/01/11 PCG, San Antonio
10/22/11 USACA, Houston
10/22/11 SPAMMA, Snyder
11/04/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
12/02/11 CDM, The Woodlands
12/10/11 915 MMA, El Paso

Boxing

01/15/11 Los Dos Laredos Boxing Promotions, Laredo
01/21/11 Southcoast Promotions, Victoria
01/22/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
01/22/11 Marines Promotions, Austin
01/27/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
02/04/11 Marines Promotions, Ft. Worth
02/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
04/08/11 Antonio Leonard Productions, Laredo
04/16/11 Marines Promotions, Edinburg
04/30/11 Paulie Ayala Productions, Ft. Worth
05/06/11 Savarese Promotions, Texas City
05/12/11 The Real Estate Council Foundation, Dallas (not open to the public)
05/19/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
05/28/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
06/11/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
06/17/11 Cavazos Boxing & Golden Boy Promotions, Hidalgo
06/17/11 Prize Fight Promotions, Austin
06/23/11 Calm Before The Storm Promotions, Houston
06/24/11 Triple A Promotions, Robstown
06/24/11 Zeferino Promotions/Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
06/25/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
07/09/11 South Coast Promotions, Humble
07/16/11 Marines Promotions, Brownsville
07/16/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
07/22/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
07/23/11 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
07/28/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
07/30/11 Marines Promotions, Nachodoches
08/04/11 Calm Before the Storm, Houston
08/05/11 Wolfe Pack Boxing, Winnie
08/13/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
08/13/11 South Coast Promotions, Victoria
08/19/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
08/20/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Dallas
09/03/11 Valley Promotions, Pharr
09/15/11 Goossen Tutor Promotions, El Paso
09/16/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
09/24/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
09/24/11 CNS Promotions, Corpus Christi
09/24/11 Marines Promotions, Harlingen – CANCELED
09/29/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
09/29/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
10/14/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
10/15/11 Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
10/21/11 Golden Boy Promotions/Cavazos Boxing, Pharr
10/22/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
10/27/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Tyler
10/29/11 I Entertainment, Pharr – CANCELED
10/29/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Waco
10/29/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
11/03/11 Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas
11/05/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
11/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
11/18/11 Marines Promotions, Robstown
11/19/11 Top Rank, Houston
12/08/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
12/09/11 Marines Promotions, McAllen – CANCELED
12/10/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
12/17/11 Black Gloves Promotions, Dallas