XTREME KNOCKOUT RETURNS SATURDAY DEC 3RD FOR THEIR 13TH EVENT AND TXA 21 TELEVISION TAPING!



On DEC 3rd 2011, Back Alley Promotions and THE GYM bring to you Xtreme Knockout 13 (XKO – Professional Cage Fights) and the top Pro MMA fighters in Texas. XKO be filming for TXA 21 for their Xtreme Knockout TV show. Back Alley Promotions has produced 1,000 “live” events, including Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) which was televised weekly for 3 years on UPN channel 21, featured on MTV, and the catalyst for a reality show “The Bussey Bunch” for TLC and Discovery Channel. THE GYM Combative Sports Training Facility (and location of XKO 13) is the new home of “TEAM TAKEDOWN” the Next Generation of Fighters and recently signed a deal with world renowed Jiu-Jitsu instructor Marc Laiman. XKO 13 WILL BE TAPED for TXA Channel 21 and broadcasts “Xtreme Knockout” every Saturday Night!

Xtreme Knockout, Back Alley Promotions in association with Corona bring Pro Mixed Martial Arts fights to Arlington
Pre-Fight Party from 6-8pm. Belltime 8pm.Pre-Fight party includes: MMA & Sports Vendors including BUFF WATER, THE GIRLS ROOM, BORN 2 BANG CLOTHING, THE MARINES, CUSTOM MOUTH GUARDS, KOS, ULTRAVIOLENT FIGHT GEAR, WEIRDOZ CLOTHING, AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE, BLU ENERGY, AND MORE…. 10 professional cage fights, meet and greet with fighters, celebrity guest appearances, Bikini contest, live music and DJ! Television Taping for TXA 21 show “Xtreme Knockout.”

XKO MAIN EVENT – 185lbs JJ HOLMES 2-2 MOHLER MMA AND THE GYM DALLAS, TX vs JOSH FOSTER 4-3 LONGVIEW, TX
(One of the most talented wrestlers in the state – JJ Holmes will face his toughest opponent yet – Josh Foster. Foster coming off an impressive win at XKO 11 over Hayward Charles looks to become one of the top 185lb fighters in the division! This fight WILL be one of the most exciting fights put together at XKO)

125lbs RANDY VILLARREAL 7-6 ARLINGTON, TX, vs FRANK ORTEGA 4-6
(Randy Villarreal’s last fight at XKO made a huge mark in the local fight scene! He quickly destroyed Mike Sierra in what was set up to be the biggest “grudge match” XKO has put together! His opponent – Frank Ortega, with similar fighting styles this match-up will be a high impact, fast paced fight)

180lbs HAYWARD “THE HYBRID” CHARLES 2-2 vs ANDRE KAVANAUGH 2-1
(Hayward is coming off an impressive win over the very talented Michael Craycraft. Hayward looks to prove to be one of the top contenders in XKO as he faces XKO newcomer Andre Kavanaugh. Andre who is known for his heavy hands and strength will look to test Haywards chin and go for a quick knockout!)

180bs ANTONY “MAD DOG” MACIAS (over 150 pro fights) vs BRANDON MCDOWELL (over 80 pro fights)
(Combined with over 200 professional fights Anthony Macias will face for the first time ever- MMA and XKO veteran Brandon Mcdowell. Anthony a UFC and Pride veteran is an exciting fighter with a strong kickboxing background, Brandon has almost as much experience in the cage and looks to use that to defeat Macias)

155lbs DONNIE BELL XTREME MMA 1-0 vs ARMANDO SERVIN pro debut
(Returning to the XKO cage for the second time is Donnie Bell! He made his pro-debut at XKO with a dominating win over Burt McDonald. Armando Servin will be making his pro-debut at XKO! Servin had a solid amateur career and is ready for the pro level!)

170lbs ROY SPOON 7-3 vs JOSH LEE 7-7
(Roy Spoon is what some say the most exciting fighter in XKO! With a perfect record in 2011 Spoon looks to continue his winning streak as he faces XKO newcomer Josh Lee! Josh is an experienced fighter looking to stop the current most dominating fighter in XKO Roy Spoon!)

185lbs JAY JAY SANCHEZ 2-0 vs STEVE HESS 1-3
(Jay Jay Sanchez is an undefeated fighter who just came off an impressive win over JJ holmes! Sanchez has a strong ground game and will be equally matched with jiu-jitsu specialist Steve Hess!)

135lbs ELIASAR RODRIGUEZ 0-1 vs HOMER GARCIA pro debut
(This is Eliasar’s second professional fight! His last fight was a tough loss against the fast rising star Nelson Salas. Homer is moving up after an undefeated career as a amateur and making his pro-debut against Eliasar! Both fighters will be fast and exciting)

185lbs CIPRIAN HANGAN 1-0 vs BRYAN HEAD pro debut
(Ciprian made his pro debut against Steve Hess at XKO 11! Ciprian made a very impressive pro-debut against Hess with a :48 sec Knockout and looks to knockout his next opponent. Ciprian is a Judo Black belt and instructor at Dallas MMA 300 and will face Bryan Head. Bryan is making his pro debut out of Chris Collins MMA. Bryan is a young fighter 21 years old looking to make a statement at XKO!)

MORE FIGHTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
When: Xtreme Knockout 13 – Saturday DEC 3rd, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm. Official XKO Weigh – ins Friday DEC 2ND at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (FREE- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE)
Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015
Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM and www.xtremeknockout.com – 100% OF PROCEEDS OF SELECTED TICKET SALES WILL GO TO “HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS”

$25 for advanced general admission and $30 when purchased at the door. $50 for Ringside Reserved and $60 at the door, VIP tables $400 (limited tables) Visit www.thegym.org for more information. CORONA, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

Muay Thai Seminar with Kurt “The Hurt” Podany at Warriors Edge

Muay Thai Seminar with Kurt “The Hurt” Podany at Warriors Edge

Kurt Podany – Owner/Head Instructor at Premier Combat Center

Kurt Podany began training in martial arts at the age of 16 with Jim Buton of the American Karate Association. During his time with the American Karate Association he won and placed in over 30 thirty Karate Tournaments and was the National Finalist for three years running from 1987-1989.

In 1989 he began competing in Full Contact Kickboxing and won the title of KICK Amateur Regional Heavy Weight Champion that same year. In 1989 Podany also acquired the Nebraska Heavy Weight Karate Champion title, a title which he held until 1992 when retired from Karate competition.

He then went on to open a Martial Arts Academy that specialized in in youth programs and Street Defense. During the twelve years he ran the academy Podany received various awards and was recognized for his exceptional work as an instructor.

In 1994 Podanhy won the Nebraska Heavy Weight Kickboxing title. In 1995 he won the IKBO Inter-Continental Cruiser Weight Champion Title and in 1996 he was among the first Americans to compete in Utteradit, Thailand in the Prince’s Cup where he took the Gold Medal in the Heavy Weight Division (earning him the title of World Amateur Heavyweight in Thai Boxing.)

In 1997 he went on to become the first American ever to fight Muay Thai in the National Boxing Stadium in Dublin, Ireland. As a member of six US Teams, he fought and won against such countries as Canada, Ireland, England and Russia during 1997 & 1998. He also went on to acquire two more professional titles, IKF US Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion and IKF World Light Cruiser Weight Muay Thai Champion. In 1998 he began his Professional MMA career during the Ultimate Fighting Challenge in Alatmay, Kazakstan.

Outside of the ring, Podany, who holds Black Belts in Bushido and American Karate, has held the position of Head Coach for the US Youth Kickboxing Team and Coordinator for Referee Seminars for both Kickboxing and Muay Thai. Pudon currently owns and operates the “Premier Combat Center” along with UFC veteran Ryan Jensen. As a formidable opponent, Podany has earned the respect of many fighters. As a Humble Teacher, he has won the hearts of his students.

“More Than Just Heart” Q&A with Chris Pecero

photo courtesy of uscombatsports.com

Corpus Christi, TX, August 26, 2011–

Following his impressive first round Submission (Triangle Choke) of Burt McDonald at XKO 11 in July, Chris ‘The Enigma’ Pecero, will look to finish the undefeated James Vick (3-0) when they face off at XKO 12 scheduled for September 3, in Arlington, Texas.

With a professional record of 4-2, fighting out of American Revolution Muay Thai and Submission Center (Corpus Christi, TX) Chris Pecero is making one thing clear early in his professional career– he isn’t afraid of any 155-pound fighter.

This is great news for Texas Fight Fans because XKO 12: Chris Pecero vs. James Vick is shaping up to be a fight to remember.

Recently, Chris took time away from training to discuss his thoughts on his upcoming fight.

Q&A Start:

Ashley: You won your last fight against Burt McDonald via Triangle Choke at 1:09 in the first round. In preparing for that fight, did you make any adjustments to both your physical/mental training after the VERY controversial loss (ref stoppage) you experienced against Jones?

Chris: Yes, the outcome of the Chris Jones fight was very tough to deal with. It did, however, remind me of certain things–things that drive me to succeed. So mentally, I did adjust some things. Physically, we as a team are always looking to bump up the training!

Ashley: What is your mind-set now going into your next fight? And how do you see yourself winning against James Vick?

Chris: My mind-set is sharp and focused. After a quick fight with Burt, I’m expecting to have a long grueling fight with Vick. I see myself winning by any means necessary. I’m a MIXED Martial Artist so I train to finish using all techniques.

Ashley: How do you keep yourself focused and disciplined?

Chris: It can be hard but if you really want something, there are certain things that you must do. A professional never gets distracted. Trust me though; there are an endless amount of possible distractions so you have to want ‘it’ to the point that ‘it’ becomes an actual need. Nothing can break your focus and discipline then.

Ashley: What advice do you have for fathers and husbands like yourself who are interested in pursuing a career in MMA?

Chris: I work full time 40+ hours on top of training both myself and other fighters. So, there isn’t a great deal of time that I have to spend at home. If you are interested in making this a career, you must be prepared to make painful sacrifices like not seeing your loved ones as much as you’d want. Whenever you do have the time, fill it with beautiful quality family time.

Ashley: When you look back on your life, when is the defining moment when you knew you wanted to devote your time to becoming a professional MMA fighter and not just train for fun? What have you had to sacrifice in order to pursue your dream?

Chris: Since I first started to ‘roll’ around with my brothers, I had a passion for pursuing the art of fighting. But it wasn’t until my schedule was jam packed with working full time, going to school full time, and training when I knew I had to make a decision. I was falling asleep while driving! Not good. So, I sacrificed a small scholarship to a junior college to be able to put in some real time in the gym. I figured I could always go back to school but I would never be able to go back and pursue a fighting career if I waited too long.

Ashley: Who are some of your favorite fighters?

Chris: Oh, there’s a bunch! Here are just some. Kazushi Sakuraba, Vitor Belfort, Marco Ruas, Maurice Smith! Peter Aerts, Mark Hunt, Takanori Gomi, BJ Penn, Mirko Crocop, Don Frye, Wanderlei Silva, Jose Pele Landin Jons, Fedor, Hayato Mach Sakurai, Andy Hug, Dan Henderson, Renzo Gracie, Noguiera, and the list goes on…

Ashley: If you were asked tomorrow to fight in UFC, Strikeforce, or Bellator, what fighters would you like to go up against?

Chris: Whoever has the lightweight belt and all of the top contenders. Guys like Gilbert Melendez, Eddie Alvarez, Shinya Aoki, and another dream fight would be at featherweight against Jose Aldo. I would love to test my skills against the best.

Ashley; What does training at American Revolution Muay Thai and Submission Center mean to you and is it opening up opportunities for you to train with world champions and fighters (now and in the future)?

Chris: Oh, yes! American Revolution is a family. Blood, sweat, and tears are shared there. Being able to train with more and more world class fighters is huge. Maurice Smith is a legend, and I have the honor of being taught his philosophies. AR all day!

Ashley: Any last words?

Chris: Thank you to my sponsors: Swolle Fitness Apparel, TX Fight Magazine, and Vitamin Extreme. Thank you to my whole American Revolution team. Thank you to all the people who help with the little things. It all makes a difference. And big hugs and kisses to my wife, Patti, and two boys, Cash and Saku. Love you more than anything!

Xtreme Knockout Returns Sept 3rd for their 12th Event and TXA 21 Television Taping!

PRESS RELEASE: August 5, 2011 – Dallas, TX

XTREME KNOCKOUT RETURNS SATURDAY SEPT 3RD FOR THEIR 12TH EVENT AND TXA 21 TELEVISION TAPING!

On SEPT 3rd 2011, Back Alley Promotions and THE GYM bring to you Xtreme Knockout 12 (XKO – Professional Cage Fights) and the top Pro MMA fighters in Texas. XKO be filming for TXA 21 for their Xtreme Knockout TV show. Back Alley Promotions has produced 1,000 “live” events, including Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) which was televised weekly for 3 years on UPN channel 21, featured on MTV, and the catalyst for a reality show “The Bussey Bunch” for TLC and Discovery Channel. THE GYM Combative Sports Training Facility (and location of XKO 12) is the new home of “TEAM TAKEDOWN” the Next Generation of Fighters and recently signed a deal with world renowed Jiu-Jitsu instructor Marc Laiman. XKO just signed a deal with TXA Channel 21 to begin broadcasting “Xtreme Knockout” every Saturday Night at 11:00PM.

FIGHT CARD
Anthony “Mad Dog” Macias (23-15) vs Roy Spoon (6-3)
Rany Villareal (7-4) vs Frank Ortega (4-6)
Christopher “Kano” Gregoire (8-3) vs Brandon McDowell (32-33)
Jeramiah Oneal (11-20) vs Kelly Rundle (1-1)
Hayward Charles (1-2) vs Michael Craycraft (2-2)
Chris Pecero (4-2) vs James Vick (2-0)
Dusty Mason (1-0) vs Nelson Salas (1-0)
Donnie Bell (3-1) vs Burt McDonald (1-1)
Dustin Adams (0-0) vs TBD

When: Saturday SEPT 3rd, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm.
Official XKO Weigh –ins Friday SEPT 2ND at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (FREE-
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE)
Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015

Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM and www.xtremeknockout.com $25 for advanced general admission and $30 when purchased at the door. $50 for Ringside Reserved and $60 at the door, VIP tables $400 (limited tables) Visit www.thegym.org for more information. CORONA, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

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Xtreme Knockout (XKO)
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Arlington, TX 76015
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Lionsgate Entertainment Presents: WARRIOR

NEWS RELEASE:

WARRIOR

Rising stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton command the screen as two estranged brothers facing the fight of a lifetime¬ in Lionsgate’s WARRIOR, a moving, inspirational action drama from acclaimed director Gavin O’Connor (Miracle).

Haunted by a tragic past, Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his father (Nick Nolte) to train for Sparta, the biggest winner-takes-all event in mixed martial arts history. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most soaring, soul stirring, and unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.

A rousing ode to redemption, reconciliation and the power of the human spirit, WARRIOR is also a moving testament to the enduring bonds of family. WARRIOR stars Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Star Wars: Episode III), Tom Hardy (the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down), Jennifer Morrison (“House”, Star Trek) and Nick Nolte (Tropic Thunder, The Thin Red Line). The film is directed by Gavin O’Connor; screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorman and story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman. Lionsgate and Mimran Schur Pictures present a Lionsgate / Mimran Schur Pictures production. A Solaris Entertainment and Filmtribe production.

Cast Character Filmmakers

 

Joel Edgerton Brendan Conlon Directed by Gavin O’Connor
Tom Hardy Tommy Conlon Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor &
Jennifer Morrison Tess Conlon Anthony Tambakis &
Frank Grillo Frank Campana Cliff Dorfman

And

Story by Gavin O’Connor &
Nick Nolte Paddy Conlon Cliff Dorfman
Produced by Gavin O’Connor
Denzel Whitaker Stephon Greg O’Connor
Bryan Callen Himself Director of Photography Masanobu Takayanagi
Kevin Dunn Principal Zito Production Designer Dan Leigh
Maximiliano Hernandez Colt Boyd Edited by John Gilroy, A.C.E.
Sam Sheridan Himself Sean Albertson, A.C.E.
Fernando Funan Chien Fenroy Matt Chessé, A.C.E.
Jake McLaughlin Mark Bradford Aaron Marshall
Costume Designer Abigail Murray
Executive Producers Michael Paseornek
Lisa Ellzey
Executive Producers David Mimran
Jordan Schur
John J. Kelly
Co-Producers Anthony Tambakis
Jamie Marshall
Josh Fagin
Music by Mark Isham
Music Supervisor Brian Ross
Casting by Randi Hiller

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