“No Pressure, a Fight is a Fight!” Q&A with Amber Stautzenberger in Preperation for XKO’s 1st Female Fight

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XKO out of Arlington, TX is going down on March 23rd with a stacked card and their first ever female fight between Amber Stautzenberger and Ashley Allen. XKO 18…here we go!!

sPidA: You made your pro debut in September against Paige VanZant, what do you feel went wrong in that fight?

APEX: I just feel that my mentality was off. I didn’t perform the way I know I can.

sPidA: Did you go into your second bout in January against Summer Artherton with something to prove?

APEX: I only had something to prove to myself. I had to prove that I can use the skills I know I have and that I do love the sport. My mentality was totally different from what it was back in September.

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sPidA: The first female bout for XKO, any pressure going into your 3rd professional fight?

APEX: No pressure, a fight is a fight! I have been in several 1st female fights for other promotions as well.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Are you looking at a game plan or just seeing where the fight goes?

APEX: I know she is comfortable anywhere but her base is jiu-jitsu. Game plans change through at a fight, but I do know that I am going to be the dictator.

sPidA: You looking at staying busy this year? Any other bouts outside MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing?

APEX: Well after this match, I will fight in for DFC in Fargo, ND on April 20th, and again for PFS in Fort Worth, TX on May 18. I hope to keep busy this year and it would be nice to get back into jiu-jitsu tournaments. I haven’t done one since the end of 2011.

sPidA: Thank you once again and best of luck Amber. Anyone you would like to thank before your fight?

APEX: Thank you! I would like to Thank my sponsors AmmoToGo.com, Gamma Labs, M. King Construction Co. from Dilley, TX, and Michelle Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson. I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare for my match, especially Coach Mohler, Will Campuzano, and Tristan Grimsley.

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Xtreme Knockout XKO 18: “Kano vs Hybrid” – Official Fight Card

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XKO 18 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD (Subject to Change)

170lbs XKO MAIN EVENT – KANO GREGOIRE (ATT) vs HAYWARD “THE HYBRID” CHARLES

115lbs XKO AMBER STAUTZENBERGER (Mohlers) vs ASHLEY ALLEN (Ground King Jiu-Jitsu)

265lbs JEFF TORO (Dallas MMA 300/ Mohlers) vs MARK RASO (Ironside MMA)

145lbs HUMBERTO MARTINEZ (Dallas MMA 300) vs STEPHEN BANASZAK (Chop Shop MMA)

185lbs RASHAD COULTER (Octagon MMA) vs DEREK PERKINS (Phalanx)

145lbs MOISES DIAZ (Alvarez BJJ/ The Gym) vs DAVID ARMAS (Silverback Fight Club)

165lbs JACOB CAPELLI vs WALDRICK BROOKS (Fission MMA)

185lbs TIMOTHY STEPHENSON (The Gym) vs STEVEN CLOUD (Star BJJ)

125lbs JP COLE (Saekson Muay Thai) vs ISAIAH GUTIERREZ (Travis Lutters)

“I HAVE BEEN TRAINING HARDER THAN EVER!” Interview with Amber Stautsenberger

Was set to fight Ivana Colaman 9/22/12 in Ft. Worth, Texas at Premier Fight Series 2, now facing Paige VanZant out of Las Vegas. Making her long awaited Pro Debut, here we have a few words with Amber Stautzenberger.

sPidA: You’re making your pro debut, finally. How do you feel about this?

Stautzenberger: I’m very excited and have been waiting for a long time!

sPidA: Were you able to attend the first event for Premiere Fight Series, if so, what were your thoughts on their first show?

Stautzenberger: I did attend the first event. I enjoyed it. Just about all the fights were entertaining. I think this second show will have an even better turn out in regards to the fans.

sPidA: Your opponent was changed just last week, what do you know about your new opponent, have you changed any of your training or just training harder?

Stautzenberger: I have seen a couple of Paige’s fights. She is young, but has a great future in the sport. She’s constantly active and aggressive.I have been training harder than ever and been working a lot on my technique. I feel it will not only do me good in this fight, but for all my fights to come. We will put on a great fight.

sPidA: Seems like women in Mixed Martial Arts have been getting a lot of attention lately, any pressure? What are your thoughts on this?

Stautzenberger: No pressure. I kind of like to stay out or the starlight, but it’s good that WMMA is getting attention.

sPidA: Your last fight was a tough one against Tecia Torres, what did you learn from that fight?

Stautzenberger: Yes, it was a tough fight. Tecia is experienced and is a great person/fighter. I learned how and how not to cut weight. LoL I learned from my mistakes and I know I will perform better from here on out.

sPidA: She is also making her move to Pro debut as well , Fighting for INVICTA, Possible future re-match?

Stautzenberger: I would love to fight her again. Start of fresh as professionals. I think it will happen in good time.Good luck to Tecia on her debut!

sPidA: If you weren’t competing in Mixed Martial Arts, what sport would you more likely be involved in?

Stautzenberger: I have no idea!! I did several sports in high school, but not any that I would have actually done anything with, besides any sort of martial arts, I guess I would continue to lift weights.

sPidA: Last interview you had said you work teaching others how to paint, are you selling any paintings or possibly thinking about it?

Stautzenberger: I actually do sell paintings. I just sold a watercolor painting recently of someone’s home that got destroyed 50 years ago. I love painting the human figure most, but I work with what’s wanted as well.

sPidA: With UFC 151 cancelled, what were your thoughts on this? Most hate Jones, others love him. Should the UFC put that much power on a fighters status?

Stautzenberger: It’s kind of sad the the whole card was cancelled because of one match, but at the same time I understand that that was the fight everyone was paying to see, though I know it still could have been an entertaining event.

sPidA: Thank you Amber, wishing you the best of luck. Any last minute comments to your friends,  family and sponsors?

Stautzenberger: For those who aren’t able to attend the event, it can be viewed streaming live at: www.premierfights.net . My fight will also be recorded and shown on a later date on TimeWarner Cable. I want to thank my coaches and teammates at Mohler’s MMA. My coach, William Campuzano, puts a lot of time into me and that’s something I really appreciate. Also I want to thank my sponsors, who help out so much: www.AMMOTOGO.com , NOKOUT, M. King Construction Inc, Co. (from Dilley,TX) M. Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson – Family Practice.
I also want to thank my family who is going to drive up to my fight! They haven’t been to one of my fights since 2009, because they are always out of state!

“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!