“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.
Alex Zaya

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.

“The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas!” Xavier Soto Interview

A few words with Xavier Soto out of Austin, Texas, coming off a great Amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut. He is set and ready to step inside the Cage August 4th in San Antonio. For more info, visit PremiereCombatGroup.com. Here we go…

sPidA: You will be stepping inside the Cage for Premiere Combat Group once more, what has kept you from competing since your debut?

Soto: I don’t know where to start man I had an opponent on the May 19th card for PCG but that fell through due to him having an injury then had another fight in Houston and the guy backed out for some unknown reason and then this card and another guy backed out so I appreciate Jesus stepping up I’m not an easy person to prepare for by any means.

sPidA: On your amateur debut you looked calm and collect, very agile for a big guy, what do you owe that to?

Soto: I owe all of that to my training partners at Rubicon  Fight Sport a lot of smaller faster and very agile guys I have to be fast just to catch them and I have a few guys for the size but the little guys are a big factor but what helps more is all my training partners hit like Mack trucks.

sPidA: What were you doing before Mixed Martial Arts? Were you involved in any other sports?

Soto: Yeah I’ve always been involved in many sports. From football to swimming but I’ve always been involved in martial arts from a very young age.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, after this bout are you looking at a possible Heavyweight Title?

Soto: All I know is he trains out of Ashcraft TDK in San Antonio he’s 6’2″ and he is a heavyweight that’s about it. Man I can’t catch a break I’m getting nothing but hometown boys to fight LOL but after the fight if everything goes according to plan yeah I’d love to ask for a title shot!

sPidA: What does your training consist of, you looked comfortable with your striking, are you well versed in your ground game as well?

Soto: Well my training consists of a lot of conditioning running, circuits, body conditioning and plyometrics, then on to Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Muy Thai, Judo, Catch but stand up is my main focus I just love KOing people and making fans anywhere cheer for me but the ground doesn’t concern me I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu for damn near 20 years and for the past 6 months I’ve been training under Ronny Lis he’s . . . It’s easier for you to just look him up LOL.

sPidA: With it being this difficult to find opponents, what would you like your fighting schedule to be?

Soto: To be honest I’d love to fight 6 times a year at least so I can stay in shape year round to get and keep a buzz about me going and to keep me training and in the gym and constantly getting better.

sPidA: You fight out of Austin,Texas…seems like just a few years ago the city was booming with Mixed Martial Arts events. What do you feel has happened and how would we be able to change this?

Soto: I don’t know man, to me we are a great music city with food and clubs as well as people but I can say the same about San Antonio as well. What helps are headstrong promoters and good hearted people like Jennifer. She is an awesome person and PCG is a great company to fight for. MMA should be about putting on great fights not trying to make a ton of money. Promoters should worry about action packed cards and exciting fights. The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas.

sPidA: With difficulty finding opponents, do you find it as hard to find people to spar with?

Soto: Yeah really hard but even harder to find guys to fight I got a core group of guys who kick my ass on a daily basis and can push me around, but the reason I looked so good against Odie was due to my gym, trainers, training partners but mainly Daniel Jolly that dude is going to be in the UFC very soon and a world champ shortly after getting there trust me but outside of those core guys I don’t trust anybody else.

sPidA: With the sport going strong, can you see yourself in the big promotions (UFC/BELLATOR etc) in the future, who are some of the guys fighting now that you look up to? (other than training partners)

Soto: Of course I wanna be champ in the UFC but as far as who I look up to in the UFC are the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Shogun, Rampage, Forrest the list goes on. Two main idols of mine are Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner (R.I.P.) who I’ve trained under and learned many things from.

sPidA: Thank you for the interview man, looking forward to you putting on a great show, any last comments or thank yous?

Soto: . It was my privilege man thanks to TexasFighting.com for this but yeah I have a training partner fighting the same night in Shreveport Louisiana for their 145lbs title so shout out there thanks to Daniel Jolly for training me also Ronny Lis, Thiago Wellington ,Paul Nixon ,Britton Wells, Laren ,Warren ,Van ,Garrett ,Nael ,Coach Charles Izzard to my beautiful girlfriend Shaylah for pushing me to be the best and my parents for putting up with all this and for all the people who helped me training and even giving gas money for me to get to training it helps a lot. Wanna thank Ronny Lis Jiu Jitsu ,Chute Kombat ,Rubicon Fightsport ,Tsunami Judo ,UT Judo Club ,The Enlightened Warriors ,Graven Images ,Sign Express thanks Texas Fighting thanks Spida and see you guys soon on August 4th if you don’t have plans to go your missing out make it and you wont regret it I promise! Peace , Xavier “The Texas Hand Grenade” Soto

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Jessica Prado Interview: Bound PCG May 19th. By: Guy Potter

Jessica Prado fighting out of Laredo, TX and representing LAREDO MMA will be making her Mixed Martial Arts debut on May 19th in San Antonio, TX. This will be for Premiere Combat Group amateur Mixed Martial Arts promotion. Let’s get started!

Guy: How did you first get introduced to Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: I got introduced about 2yrs ago by a fellow teammate.

Guy: Since that day, was fighting/competing in Mixed Martial Arts ever an option?

Prado: Yes, Ive always looked forward to fighting. Especially that I’m the only girl training in my team, n seeing the guys compete .. i would tell myself  ” I want sum of that ” . LoL

Guy:Being a parent yourself, how safe is the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: Being a parent of two girls gets me thinking about there safety as far as the sport goes, but with the proper coaches and techniques. It really is as safe as you allow it to be. And especially them being girls, a great way of self defense.

Guy: You have been involved in sports growing up, how does training in Mixed Martial Arts compare to anything else you’ve trained in?

Prado: Yes, I have always been an athlete in different sports, and Mix Martial Arts relates mainly the conditioning and strength.

Guy: Working a 9-5 job , do your co workers know about you making a debut in MMA come May 19th, how did they react when they first heard?

Prado: Yes My Co-Workers are aware of my Debut in May 19 and I’m looking forward to having there support that night . I have to admit they were excited that i was finally getting this opportunity.

Guy: How often do you train, has this picked up since agreeing to fight?

Prado: I Have My two a days.. wake up at 5am for my cardio/conditioning and later after work head to the gym around 4pm for my afternoon training, starts off with my cardio and them for sum hard work w the guys. yes it has picked up, with the am training and my early cardio before classes start and then in the evening to finish it off with more cardio.

Guy: Do you know anything about your opponent, how will you deal with nerves once stepping inside the Cage?

Prado: I hate to say that no i don’t know anything bout my opponent except her name. and well nerves come and go, but once stepping into that cage i plan to give her war 🙂

Guy:  Walk out music, what are you thinking and why?

Prado: My walk out song is Itty Bitty by Ms. Nikki Minaj and well its self explanatory 🙂

Guy: You have a great team at LAREDO MMA , How much support are you getting from the team?

Prado: Yes I sure do Have a Great Team With Laredo MMA, and well i am proud to say i get there 110% support .

Guy: What style of fighting do you like and is there any fighters you look up to?

Prado: The only fighter style i look up to is my very own Coach Sonny “El Loco”  Luque Trad,  with a great stand up.

Guy: Thank you Jessica Prado for your time, best of luck to you come May 19th,any last comments?

Prado: Thank you TexasFighting.com for the interview, would like to thank my friends and Team mates,see you all come May 19th.

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