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

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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


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.

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-
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!

Xtreme Knockout (XKO)
921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112
Arlington, TX 76015

Lionsgate Entertainment Presents: 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


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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Return of the Warriors & Fight for Hero’s all-day MMA Event

Return of the Warriors & Fight for Hero’s an all-day MMA Event.

Please mark this on your calendars. Sept 10th 2011 marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. There will be a Submission Grappling /Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament (Fight for Hero’s) at Midland College. Profits from the event will go toward the Wounded Warriors Project for servicemen who have been injured in the line of duty. We will also set aside money for a Midland Police Department Officer who is battling stage 3 breast cancer. She is a single mom who can’t work due to the intense treatment she must receive.
Amount to enter: $30 Adults for 1 Division plus $10 for each additional division, $20 for kids and teens. Registration Starts AUGUST 1ST ONLINE at www.24-7fighting.com Registration at the event will include a $10 late registration fee. Registration starts at 9am with Tournament starting at 10am.
Vendors that will be giving away prizes at the event are: HCMF, Dom Fight Gear, Zombie Kimonos, Breakpoint, On the Mat, and Rudog Nutrition. Competitors have a chance to win Medals, GI’s, Shirts, etc. ANYONE WHO COMPETES IN THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE ABLE TO BUY DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO THE PRO MMA EVENT (RETURN OF THE WARRIORS) THAT NIGHT.

Following the Fight for Heroes BJJ Tournament 24/7 will have a Pro MMA show that night (Return of the Warriors) The Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines will be honoring soldiers getting ready for deployment that night. Local fighters on the card that night will be Tweet Hantz (Clay Hantz), Jarret Jones, Dez Hill, Caleb Hudson, Rick Guzman, and Victor Hernandez.
The event will take place at Midland College Chap Center 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX. Doors Open at 6:00 PM Show Starts @ 7:30PM. Ringside $40, General Admission $25, High School/College Students $15, Kids 13 and under $10. Tickets will be available August 5th at these locations Sam’s Barbecue Midland/Odessa, Super Mercado; Fabe’s Clothing or get them from one of the fighters. You can also get them online at www.24-7fighting.com.

Special thanks to Brad Barnes, Steven Tippett, Cortni Gibbs and everyone who is helping make this event possible.


SHARK FIGHTS 18: Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Wetherspoon in Reno, Nevada

PRESS RELEASE: Amarillo, TX. – July 26, 2011


Shark Fight Promotions announces Shark Fights 18, their first event in Reno, Nevada at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort on August 19, 2011. The main event pairs popular Ultimate Fighter and UFC vet Shane Nelson (13-5) against former King of the Cage Champion Aaron Wetherspoon (8-3). Ultimate Fighter 8 contestant Shane Nelson, coached by two-time UFC Champion BJ Penn, holds notable wins over George Roop and a 44- second TKO over Aaron Riley in the UFC. Nelson is coming off a 15- month layoff with a submission victory over Jai Bradney in Australia. Former KOTC Champion Aaron Wetherspoon spent his past two years away from the sport and made his return with a decision victory over Nick Reale. Wetherspoon was the longest reigning KOTC Welter Weight Champion and holds notable victories over Jeremiah Metcalf, Laverne Clark, and Thomas Kenny.

The co-main event features 6’6 BJJ black belt sensation Ricky Shivers (10-5-1) against hard hitting Kings MMA star Emanual Newton (15-6-1). In Shivers last fight, he finished KOTC vet Tony Lopez with a first round arm bar. Both fighters are on a three fight win streak. Shivers has finished his last three opponents via submission and Newton is coming off a hard fought decision victory over Ilir Latifi at Shark Fights 17.
Shark Fights 18 also features BJJ World Champion and Blackhouse Team Nogueira fighter Adriano Camolese (4-1), King of the Cage vet Ruben “Warpath” Villareal (19-21-3), and knockout artist Dave Huckaba (15-4). Camolese is the training partner of UFC superstars Antonio Nogueira, Anderson Silva, and Junior Dos Santos. Warpath and Huckaba have made their names synonymous with knockouts. Warpath has finished eleven of his nineteen fights via knockout and Huckaba has thirteen knockouts in fifteen victories. Shark Fights 18 guarantees to be an exciting night of fights.

Shark Fights 18 will take place on Friday, August 19, 2011 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Hotel and Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada and will be broadcast via tape delay on Fuel TV beginning September 2. Doors Open at 6pm PST. Fights start at 7pm PST. Tickets for Shark Fights 18 are on sale this Wednesday, July 27. Tickets are priced from $20 to $120. Tickets are available at

Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster retail locations, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, IFC Gym, and Carnal Dammage. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit www.sharkfights.com or www.facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.

About Shark Fight Promotions:
Texas based Shark Fight Promotions, founded in 2007, is an integrated entertainment and media company in the combat sports industry, committed to producing high quality fight events and effectively showcasing elite MMA talent. The company is engaged in the production, promotion, presentation and marketing of premier professional mixed martial arts fighting competitions. As an integrated entertainment and media company, Shark Fight Promotions is organized around three principal business activities: Live Event Promotions, Broadcast Television and Digital Media Production and Distribution, Sponsorship and Brand Licensing. As Mixed Martial Arts continues its dominance as the fastest growing sport in the world, Shark Fights is poised to become one of the top fight promotions in the industry.
Shark Fight Promotions can be followed via Facebook at facebook.com/sharkfightsmma and facebook.com/SharkFights and via Twitter at twitter.com/SharkFights.

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