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.

“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.

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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“If you want to be the best, you have to fight the best!” Amber Stautzenberger Interview

Fighting out of Mohler’s Mixed Martial Arts in Coppel, Texas… Amber Stautzenberger prepares to take the Tiny Tornado for a spin of her own come Monday July 16th, for the American Battle Championship # 11 in West Palm Beach, Florida (115 Title and #1 World Women Ranking on the line). Wishing her the best…I present to you, Amber Stautzenberger!

sPidA: You had started your Mixed Martial Arts career in Missouri, after your first bout, did you know this was something you wanted to pursue?

Amber: Yes, I knew I wanted to keep pursuing a career in Mixed Martial Arts but I didn’t know where it would take me. My main priority at that time was school.

sPidA: You have 6 bouts in Amateur Mixed Martial Arts competition, after this fight, will you possibly be going Pro?

Amber: I have been trying to go Pro at 115lbs since the end of last year but haven’t been able to get a fight. Hopefully this fight in August will come through.

sPidA: Not many women competing in Mixed Martial Arts here in Texas (at least not within the same weight division) Is this the reason why you are traveling to Florida for your upcoming bout?

Amber: It is one of the reasons, Jordan Gaza the other 115lb fighter here in Texas wont fight me. It would make for a great bout. The other women at 115lbs are just starting out.Tecia my Florida opponent is skilled and 6-0 in MMA, That’s why I took the Title fight. She has over 15 fights totaled including her kickboxing matches. I figured it would be great to fight someone with a lot of experience especially since I will be going Pro soon. If you want to be the best,you have to fight the best!

sPidA: This next bout you will be going against what many consider to be the best 115lb MMA female fighter in the World. What tools do you feel you will bring into this bout to challenge her?

Amber: My height and my reach are great tools to use against her, I’m pretty well rounded as is she. It will be a great technical fight for both of us.

sPidA: Seems like many Mixed Martial Arts competitors nowadays are friends (via social networking), would this keep you from fighting someone who is a “friend” through social media?

Amber: It would not, I am friends with many women in my weight class (115lbs) If we fight,we fight. We will still respect one another. This is a sport. No grudges.

sPidA: Who do your training partners consist of? Do you have any female fighters helping you prepare for this bout or like many gyms, do the guys that train there help you prepare for your fights?

Amber: I have several girls helping me such as: Amanda Fine and Jinh Yu. Both the men and women I train with have different strengths and skills so it’s great to be able to work them all. Amanda has been my main training partner for this fight but the guys have been helping me as well.

sPidA: With STRIKEFORCE closing its doors this year (they have been doing a great job pushing Womens MMA) What other organizations have you been following that have been helping the growth of Womens Mixed Martial Arts?

Amber: INVICTA is playing a big roll right now in Womens Mixed Martial Arts. Even though they are just starting out, they have some great names on their cards. Marloes Coenen , Kaitlin Young and Carla Esparza to name a few. They also help out the women that are just starting off their Pro careers like the Lybargers. I hope INVICTA continues to grow with it’s succes as well as JEWELS in JAPAN.

sPidA: You will be fighting in your opponents home State of Florida, where else have you fought other than Texas and do you get nervous fighting outside of your own home State?

Amber: I have fought in Las Vegas, Missouri, Louisiana , Arkansas and here in Texas. I feel comfortable fighting outside my home State. I have too because I don’t have many 115lb opponents here in Texas. I don’t get nervous but I do start getting the jitters the day of the weigh ins, on and off. Mostly just from being anxious from wanting to fight. Adrenaline takes over in the Cage if there is any nervousness left.

sPidA: Your walk out Tee was created to help out a great cause, can you tell us a bit about this and will the Tees be available after your fight?

Amber: Yes most of the proceeds will be going towards my 17yr old cousin, Justin Salcedo. He is going through chemotherapy Stage 4 testicular cancer. He is a fighter and will make it through, no doubt about that. These shirts will not be available after this fight but I will have others for future fights that will also be helping out a great cause.

sPidA: Most that compete in Mixed Martial Arts work as bouncers, security, trainers etc so that they have time to train, what kind of job do you have outside of the cage and does it allow you to train when needed?

Amber: The job I have right now is fantastic! I went to school for art and now I teach painting classes. It works well with my training as I can still workout multiple times a day.

sPidA: All this talk about ZOMBIES in Florida, if you were to run into one, what would be the first thing you would do?

Amber: Without a weapon, I would probably kick its head off! That seems like a safe way to go, then alert the CDC.

sPidA: I do thank you for your time Amber, TexasFighting.com and the State of Texas is behind you 100%.  Anything else you would like to add to this interview?

Amber: I would like to thank the great State of Texas and you guys at TexasFighting.com for the opportunity on getting this interview. I would like to thank my coaches and training partners for helping me get prepared for this fight. My friends and family for their support. Thank you Tristan Grimsly and Nathan Heath for working with me on my strength and conditioning. I would also like to thank my sponsors: M.King Construction Inc, CO and Michelle Holcomb, FNP-C , Inova Richardson-Family Practice and Ammunition To Go. Thank you everybody who has helped me and my cousin Justin!