“My parents didn’t raise a quitter!” Dale A. Mitchell interview by: sPidA Garay

Interview with Dale Mitchell,representing the Silverback Fight Club, Bound IMKF going down Saturday June 18th in Spring,TX, Check out www.mmaimmortalkombat.com for more info! Here we go!!!

Dale A. Mitchell

sPidA: You started your Pro Mixed Martial Arts career win unfortunate losses,what kept you motivated to keep competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Dale: There really wasn’t an exact focal point other than my parents didn’t raise a quitter! I have a very competitive spirit and fell in love with the 1 on 1 aspect of the sport. Other motivational points included the haters, it bothered me when people would say that I could not do this and I was cut out for the sport and here I am back at the top of my game. I was always felt as though I had a point to prove and I think i have proven that exceptionally well as of now.

sPidA: Your a big guy and that being said, what type of cardio workouts do you train in to make sure you don’t gas out during your bouts?

Dale: I never really followed a real serious cardio or strength and conditioning program until now. For this fight i found some of the best strength & conditioning coaches out there at Meltdown Houston with Jimmy and Todd adding hardcore Metabolic Conditioning workouts as well as Crossfit MMA. We really focused on targeting the body’s different energy systems. This is the best shape I have ever been in period and I have never looked or felt like this for a fight in my career. These guys have really gotten me in top notch physical and mental shape for this bout while coach Tony Orozco and the rest of my gorillas at Silverback Fight Club have prepared me on the technical and skill side of things for this fight.

sPidA: I’ve see you fight live in two separate promotions, BELLATOR and Element Fighting Championship, out of these 2 which did you learn more from?

Dale: I really have to thank the guys at EFC for giving me the opportunity to fight for them and earn a victory in their first show but I definitely learned a lot from BELLATOR because  I had the chance to see how things worked behind the scenes of a major promotion. Having fought for such a league gave me the experience I need for when I return to the main stage.

sPidA: Tell us a bit about the gym you train out of and what is it that makes this place feel like home?

Dale: Everyone knows that I train out of Silverback Fight Club and have been a gorilla for a few years now. Anyone who has ever trained out of there or has stopped by for a lil cross training knows why its more of a family and a home than just a gym. There is a tough stable of fighters who put in the work and it shows. Most of the guys call Tony dad or pops and we all call each other brother.

sPidA:  Coming into your next bout for IMKF, you coming in  on a 3 fight win streak ,with a title on the line, how important is this fight for you?

Dale: This fight is extremely important for my career especially with a title up for grabs. I intend on making it 4 in row on June 16th and progressing my career to the next stage. every fight is in important in my books but this one just has an attachment to it.

sPidA: A  former UFC Heavyweight Champion (Tim Silva )has been making it known he wants another shot in what many have called the Super Bowl of MMA ,  If given this fight,would you take it and what would your game plan be?
Dale: There would be no reason for me not to take a fight like that. We really don’t believe in backing down from opponents so that fight wouldn’t be any different. As far as a game plan it would be the same as usual, go in there and fight. Fighting is usually the game plan for all bouts. Come on now, I would never give away secrets! (sorry Tim: LoL  sPidA)

sPidA: Your given an opt to star in a reality tv show,which would you pick: Dancing with the Stars , SURVIVOR , Amazing Race or Hells Kitchen.

Dale: To be honest I really don’t follow any of these, but 3 out of 4 have cool names and i would have to go with SURVIVOR because it sounds tough and seems like it would involve some sort of fighting.

sPidA: You have a son,say one day he wants to compete in Mixed Martial Arts , would you in courage and support his goals?

Dale: Of course i would support his goals and dreams. What father wouldn’t want to see their son show interest in what he does for a living. My son already mimics me when goes to the gym with me and he is the loudest person in the arena at my fights. He always has a permanent cage side seat.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent coming into your next bout, do you train specifically  for each fighter?

Dale: I don’t know much about Tony Melton other than he supposedly more on the stand up side of fighting. I really don’t like to focus on or train for a fighter specifically because I find that I tend to focus mainly on their strengths and forget that anything goes. So for every fight we train to win and that’s it. I watch a lil’ film on my opponent to see how they move and their body language.

sPidA: Thank you for your time Dale, any last words or comments before we call it a  wrap?

Dale: Not much else but I would like to thank the following: coach Tony Orozco and my gorillas and the rest of the Silverback Fight Club family, Jimmy and Todd of MELTDOWN Houston, the great people at Blue Label Vodka, my family and friends for being supportive and understanding during this camp (putting up with me hasn’t been easy), all the people who helped me out through this camp and being there to lend a helping hand, my son and his mother for keeping me grounded and being patient as this fight approaches, last but not least all of my fans and any one who has and does love me, I love you back.

“I am determined to prove everyone that has said I can’t – WRONG!” A few words from Tommy “GUNN” Guerrero

Danny Flick , Josh Rios , Polo Sanchez and Tommy"GUNN"Guerro

sPidA: Your coming off a great win on your MMA debut, was a submission your game plan or were you just prepared where ever it went?

Guerrero:For my debut i was ready for anything, i just wanted to make the fight entertaining for the fans and for everyone that came out to support me. This was my debut, i had been waiting for this moment for years so i didnt want to lose my first fight. When i got to the venue i was thinking i would be neverous walking to the cage but i was mentally and physically prepared, i was not nervous at all and i was very calm during my fight. It was just the right time to do work.

sPidA: You representing a great fight team, what guys do you have out there pushing you to reach your limits?

Guerrero: Man Full Contact Fight Academy is full of talent. We have guys like Hector Munoz, Roger Narvaez,Cory Bellino,and Josh Rios to name a few. These guys push me to the limit and they do not take it easy on me lol, at the same time they help alot. I am greatful to be part of such a great team and although the Flick brothers are not in town anymore , they too helped me so much. My jiu jitsu coach Aurelio Gallegos also has alot to do with us being well versed in the ground game.

sPidA : Has competing in MMA been in the works or was seeing your training partners compete just motivate you to do so?

Guerrero: To be honest i have been training MMA since 2007 and i was supposed to make my debut a few years back but things just kept on happening, then in 2009 i herniated 2 discs and that just set me back even further. I was so depressed that i couldnt train or do anything but be in pain. My doctor told me that i was never going to train or be the same again and i was determined to prove him and everyone else that said i wouldnt train again wrong. So i did alot of research and found a book online from a Dr. who specailized in spinal injuries. I bought that and followed his directions and i also found a local chiropracter who had a drx – 9000 (spinal decompression machine) and nearly a year later i was back at it.

sPidA: You’ve been to Cowboys Dance Hall before making your debut, what are your thoughts on the place, enjoy yourself there as a fan?

Guerrero: Cowboys Dance Hall is a great place for MMA! So many fans come out to not only support their local mma fighter but the sport of mma and that is awsome.They also advertise pretty well, facebook, the radio etc. so they are pretty popular.  As a fan of MMA myself I enjoy watching the fights, Jen does a awsome job of match making and that makes for some exciting fights.

spidA: I know your Team trains in all aspects of the fight game, is there one your better at(strking/grappling) are you still improving both?

Guerrero: I am still improving on both. I love the stand up game and my jiu jitsu is good. our jiu jitsu program run by Aurelio Gallegos is one of the best in Texas. We have 3 BJJ Black Belts in one place and so many technical jiu jitsu guys so our ground game is no joke. Our stand up is second to non, Hector Munoz has very technical kickboxing and im eager to get to the level he is at. I just need to let my hands go on this next fight and thats what we are working on. My hands are good, i have been boxing since 2001 but soon enough i will show what my hands are like, and with kicks being involved its just even better because i love to throw combos that end with kicks.

sPidA:  With promotions like M1 Global,BELLATOR and the UFC are you setting your goals to reach these promtotions?

Guerrero: I would love to fight for anyone of those promotions. Bellator puts on some awsome fights and the possibility of fighting for them is more realistic since they travel alot and have come to our area a few times. Id also like to fight in Japan, But of course the UFC is the main one. Im far from it but i will do my best to get there.

sPidA: What was the first live MMA bout you had seen, do you remember your thoughts on watching it live?

Guerrero: My first live event was one of the Renegade Extreme Fighting fights back in the day. A family friend from my home town of Alice, Texas would fight and i got to go with him and I got to be back stage. I also had my seconds license at 17 so being around the fighters and guys like Rocky Long and Carlo Prater who were very friendly got me hooked! Just to see the fighters before their fight, during and after was just like wow, these guys just put it all out there, i couldnt wait to get my turn. Oh and i got to meet my favortie fighter Yves Edwards at one of the Renegade Events in Houston that was a great night lol

sPidA: When not training, whats a chill day for you? (unwind,TV, Flying a kite ,<~kidding)

Guerrero: I am a huge History buff so i like to read up on history when ever i can. I also work in the I.T field so dealing with new technology is common so i like to read up and learn about how things work and how i can become a better I. T Professional. I also like to watch Ghost Adventures and Nat Geo and i cant forget playing Xbox live, That is always fun. But most importantly Im really close to my family, so when im not training i like to spend as much time as i can with them. I work 8-5, then go home to get my things and head to Corpus by 5:30. It takes me about 45 min to get to the gym so if they are home after 5 i get to see them briefly but usually they are not and by the time i get home from training my mom and step dad are asleep and my sisters are at their houses. You know time flies and i see my nieces and nephews growing up so fast it makes me sad that im not involved more in their lives. I wish that i could spend more time with everyone but one day this life i have chosen will be worth it.

sPidA: With a nickname like GUNN, can your opponents always expect an all out war,who gave you the nickname or how did it come about?

Guerrero: The nick name Tommy Gunn has been around since i was a kid. Before i chose to fight the older guys would say “whats up Tommy Gunn” so when i decided to fight i knew what i was gonna use. My opponents should expect to go all out for 15 minutes because thats what i train for but with the Gunns (my striking) should be what they worry about, but Im always ready for anything and everything.

sPidA: Is your family involved in your choice of acticities,how has their reaction been to watching your fight or hearing of it?

Guerrero: My family is very supportive of what i do.Since my jiu jitsu tournaments they have always been involved and now MMA they want to be there for me. My mom doesnt agree with it but she accepts it lol. She will see when i buy her a house one day that I chose a good profession. One of my sisters and uncles got to see my fight live along with one of my nieces and nephews and numerous cousins so they were very excited when i won. When i got home my family including my mom who never wants to hear about it was asking details lol so it was cool to come home with my first victory. There will be more to come thats for sure and hopefully they will be recorded so i can show my grandpa who is now a MMA fan. He used to bad mouth the guys hugging on the ground but now he is retired and watches alot of MMA reruns so he likes to see his favorite fighter Urijah Faber fight lol. He was so upset when Mike Brown beat Faber, he now hates Mike Brown. He also appreciates the submissions, its funny to sit with him and watch fights with the things he says like grab the arm and the neck so i hope we will be watching my fights on his tv or he will be watching me fights live on tv.

sPidA: If you could fight any other athlete in the world(non MMA) whom would it be and why?

Guerrero: If i could fight any other athlete non MMA I would have to choose Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore lol just kidding id say i would like to fight Juan Manuel Marquez. Not because i dont like him, because i think he is one of the best Mexican boxers out there. So if i got to fight him i would get to say i fought a legend in the sport of boxing. For some reason i also want to say Eli Manning because im a Dallas Cowboy fan and he upsets me alot lol
sPidA: Thank you for your time bro,I’ll be seeing ya come May, anything else you’d like to blast to end this inreview?

Guerrero: Your welcome and Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I know im just coming up but i intend to make a name for my self in MMA. I just want to thank the Lord for another day of life and for me being able to do the things im doing now and for the people in my life. I want to thank my family who I love very much for being there for me and put up with me. My friends who support what i do and my team mates and coaches who put it on me and help me prepare for my fights or tournaments. and to the MMA fans who come out to support their fighter, thank you for making this sport a great one!

Q&A with Sonny Luque for his upcoming Bellator Debut by sPidA

Courtesy of Sonny Luque Trad

sPidA: Your making your debut for BELLATOR FC in your home town, do you get nervous fighting in front of your family and friends or motivated?

Sonny Luque: What’s up Spida! First of all thank you very much for taking time to interview me, really humbled..Fighting for Bellator is a dream come true man.. Any mma fighter wishes to make a big show and they dont get much bigger then ufc/strikeforce and bellator.. and the fact that its in my hometown is really an honor, I feel truly blessed.. As far as nervous, I wouldn’t say that, but would be lying if I told you I didn’t feel the extra pressure.. I have so many people counting on me and believing in me and I dont wanna let anybody down..

sPidA: What was it that first attracted you to MMA? Do you still have that same drive in the sport?

Sonny Luque: I’ve always been into martial arts. I started tae kwon do and boxing when I was 6yrs old. I’ve alway had that feeling that if I was born a couple of centuries swinging an ax during battle, I would have been right at home. Its just something I knew I was going to do all along, not necessarily mma, but I knew I had to do something with fighting. The drive is still there and has never left. I think every fighter wants to be the best. Anyone that says different is in the sport for the wrong reason and usually won’t last very long.

sPidA: We don’t hear much about MMA in Laredo,TX, how has the MMA scene grown in the past years or is it still growing?

Sonny Luque: The want and popularity is here for the sport. A lot of people love it and every bar is packed during ufc fights. Its still growing here in Laredo. Besides my school LAREDO MMA ACADEMY, there really isnt any other gym here in Laredo committed to 100% mma.

sPidA: Being so close to the border, do you guys fight outside the U.S.?

Sonny Luque: Actually Spida we do. I’ve fought a couple of times in Mexico and I take all my amateurs to compete over there as well. Yes it’s dangerous but thank god we haven’t had a bad experiences yet. On the opposite, the people from monterrey mexico show a lot of respect and support for us.. we have a good fallowing in mexico..

sPidA: Friday March 23rd you’ll be in the undercard for BELLATOR, anyone on the televised bout your looking forward to see compete?

Sonny Luque: Man I keep saying I hope I am the first fightsebecaue the whole card is stacked and I really want to watch all the fights man haha.. but iam really looking forward to the Patrick Pitbull fight.. that dude is a beast..

sPidA: Saw your walk out Tee, you seem to have a lot of support, give them a shout on this next question bro!

Sonny Luque: Yes, thank god I have plenty of support in my hometown.. I am really humbled and just really happy people believe in me this much.. if I could take time to thank VECTRA SECURE ZONE, MIKE’S BAIL BONDS, SOUTH TEXAS SOLAR SYSTEMS, DRAGONFLY AVIATION, GHP POOLS, MI ESPERANZA PROVIDER CARE, ROYAL E TRANSPORTS, CINCO MMA, SAITOS MA, SWOLLE FITNESS APARELL, EL PONCHO, JESSICA PRADO, THE FIGHT GYM, PERFECT FIT BY MANDY, AND OF COURSE ALL MY STUDENTS AT LAREDO MMA ACADEMY, I love you all!!

sPidA: What are your plans after this bout or are you taking it one fight at a time?

Sonny Luque: I’ve got plenty of offers on the table at this point.. iam really hoping to be impressive enough to fight soon for bellator again.. but this year i will be fighting again in mexico, miami, and one more time for my hometown in the summer.. its kinda hard to focus 100% on my fighting when i have other fighters to train, a gym to run, and i also help matchmaking for the shows that are here in laredo.. pretty much if it has to do with mma in laredo i find a way to get involved..

sPidA: Thank you brother for your time and best of luck on your next bout!

Sonny Luque: Thank you again Spida, really appreciate the opportunity, god bless..

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 62 – Laredo TX

BELLATOR FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 62 – Laredo TX
Date/Time: March 23, 2012 6:00 PM
Location: Laredo Energy Arena
6700 Arena Blvd.
Laredo, Texas

Fight Card via mma.tv
Patricky Freire vs Lloyd Woodard
Brent Weedman vs JJ Ambrose
Ricardo Tirlone vs Rick Hawn
Thiago Pereira vs Rene Nazare
Dave Jansen vs Jacob Kirwan

Bellator XX coming to San Antonio Texas!!!

San Antonio hosts Bellator XX on Thursday, May 27th, at the Majestic Theater  in the heart of downtown.  The Alamo City has played host to an increasing number of top-level MMA events in the last 2 years, and this card will be no exception.

Main Event

The main event features middleweights Bryan “The Beast” Baker and Eric Schambari, both of which have previously fought for the WEC several times, before it was absorbed by Zuffa.  Expect a battle of epic proportions, because each has a 12-1 record and a long history of fighting at the highest levels.

In addition, it should prove to be an interesting match-up because it seems to be an example of a grappler/striker scenario, but one that will be decided on the ground.  Out of Schambari’s 12 professional victories, 7 of them came by way of submission.  Baker, on the other hand, has 6 TKOs. For anyone who is an avid fan of the ground game, this fight will be a must-see, because it has a good chance of becoming a technical interplay between jiu-jitsu and ground ‘n’ pound.

TexasFighting.com will be there interviewing fighters and mingling with the fans as well!

UPDATE from sPidA: and we will have 3 locals making the card… Ralph Kelley (EliteXC) will be going into battle with (UFC) Eddie Sanchez. This one should be a battle of will. Heavy strikers on this one. We also have (Army Combatives/Salazar BTT member) Andrew Chappelle going into battle against Ryan Larson. Two Texas standouts, both hungry for a victory. And last but not least, Aaron Rosa (Strikeforce) will be battling Robert Villegas (HDNET Fights). This in my opinion should have happened years ago. Two of Texas top 205’rs. Rosa a striker gone grappler and Villegas BJJ Blackbelt under Draculino with great striking skills. I have personally worked with both and I’m eager to see what they both bring into the Cage! People,you don’t want to miss this card! Definitely one for the records!!!

sPidA @TexasFighting.com

Tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster.com. For more info on the fight card visit Bellator.com.