“Here I am keeping my promise” – Matt Mazurek Interview

Have been able to watch Matt Mazurek fight once in his amateur career and just like anybody in the sport, the sky is the limit with this guy. Fighting out of Austin,Texas…He comes from great camp and has a great test for himself come August 25.”BLOOD & GLORY”in Robstown,TX…for ticket info call: 361-387-9000 LETS DO THIS!!

sPidA: Bro, how long have you been waiting on making your Pro debut?

Mazurek: Making my pro debut has been a life long dream. It has been in the back of my mind for as long as I can think. It was my moms last wish before she passed,that I take fighting as far as I can take it. I remember when I first started taking martial arts at the age of 6. My mom was a brown belt in taekwondo. She was one tough momma. I looked up to her for that. Now here I am keeping my promise.

sPidA: You had a great Mixed Martial Arts amateur career and actually won a title, whose decision was it to finally go Pro?

Mazurek: Winning that title was something I felt I had to achieve before making this jump. I WILL have another title at some point. As for the jump to the pro scene, it was both my decision and a team decision. My head trainers really felt I was ready for the jump once I won the AMMA Lightweight Texas Title.

sPidA: Your opponent for your debut is an experienced fighter in Chris Pecero, are you nervous going into this

Mazurek: As for Chris Pecero, I respect him as a fighter, but when we are in that Cage, it’s on.. I’ve been in the fight game for quite some time. The way I see it, he wont hit me harder than what my team does, he wont put me through anything I have not been through. When it comes to his record, it’s just a number. All I can say is he has not been locked in a Cage with anyone like me. August 25th, he will see first hand what I’m capable of.

sPidA: You have some pretty great guys to train with @ Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, how hard do these guys push you day in and day out?

Mazurek: Man, my team is the best! I wouldn’t change it for the world.. At Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu we are one BIG family.. Love those guys! We really do have some of the top fighters in Texas and the world. Training with these guys is extremely tough most of the time. They push me to the point where I feel like I’m gonna die (lol) but after it’s over, I know I’m that much better the next day.

sPidA: Are you training full-time for this, if so how often are you able to prepare for your Pro debut?

Mazurek: I was training full time for about 5 months. The fight world is crazy at times. Since March I have had 3 fights drop on me. In that time I got some great training in with some top guys. I was getting in about 6 hours a day of everything from ground to muay thai to strength and conditioning. Sunday was my only day off to relax and get some mental training and think about everything i learned through the week.

sPidA: Other than the typical muay thai and grappling, what other routines are you throwing into the mix?

Mazurek: Well, I don’t really wanna give too much about my fighting style… Just know, come August 25th there are gonna be some BIG hits going on..

sPidA: You will be competing outside your home town, will this play a factor in your Pro debut, how do you personally deal with something like this?

Mazurek: I actually love fighting out of my home City. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love fighting in Austin but when I fight outside my home town I feel more relaxed. Its weird in a way. I feel like all the pressure of having all your close friends watching and wondering what they are thinking is gone. I get to come to his home town and add fans to my book (LoL). I know I’ll get some boos in the crowed but when they see just how hard I go I’ll make believers out of them. Austin Fighters are tough and We’ll make a name in this sport..

sPidA: The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has really changed over the years, do you see any major changes in the sport in the near future?

Mazurek: I tell ya, Mixed Martial Arts has progressed so much over the years. I really don’t know where the sport will go 20 years from now, but what I can say is I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

sPidA: With so much talent at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, who would you say pushes you the hardest?

Mazurek: Of all of my brothers in the gym, the one that stands out the most would have to be Tim Kennedy. He is a beast! He pushes everyone in the gym. It’s kinda a love/hate relationship LoL.. You hate being in there with him but at the same time it’s awesome because you get the chance to train one on one with one of the top 10 fighters in the world.When you’re in there with him, it’s all pressure all the time. He does not let off until you hear that buzzer. It’s great though. I know training with him will make me that much better.

sPidA: SCENARIO: You get attacked one day while leaving the gym, who would you rather come help you: Steven Segal , Joe Rogan or Ed Oneil (Al Bundy) and why?

Mazurek: LOL, well I’m gonna have to go with my boy Steven Segal. He can kill people just by looking at them LoL. I saw a video of him where he had 14 guys attack him at once and he kicked all of their butts like it was nothing. So, if I was in the situation where I needed help, he would be the one I’d call.

sPidA: Thank you much for taking time for this bro, I was granted Cage Side access for this one (unlike many out there) So I will see you there come August 25th, any last-minute words?

Mazurek:Hey, thank you brotha. I just wanna say that this fight is for my momma. I know she’s gonna be in there with me. Also my coaches,my girl and my sponsors (Thank you)… everyone that loves Mixed Martial Arts, spread the word on TexasFighting.com and help support your Texas fighters.

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Xtreme Knockout (XKO) 14 [Official Fight Card]

DFW’S LONGEST RUNNING MMA PROMOTION RETURNS ONCE AGAIN TO ARLINGTON SATURDAY FEB 18TH FOR THEIR 14TH EVENT AND WILL BE TAPED IN HD FOR TELEVISION! XKO IN ASSOCIATION WITH CORONA WILL FEATURE 20 OF THE TOP FIGHTERS IN THE LARGEST SCHOOLS AROUND NORTH TEXAS!

Xtreme Knockout (XKO)

On FEB. 18TH 2012, Back Alley Promotions in association with Corona bring to you Xtreme Knockout 14 (XKO Professional MMA Fights) and the top Pro MMA fighters in Texas. XKO will be filming in HD for their Xtreme Knockout television show. Back Alley Promotions has produced over 1,000 “live” events including a reality show featured on the Discovery Channel. THE GYM Combative Sports Training Facility (and location of XKO 14) is also the home of “TEAM TAKEDOWN” the Next Generation of Fighters including Jonhy Hendricks, Jake and Jared Rosholt and Shane Roller!

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

10 professional cage fights, meet and greet with fighters, celebrity guest appearances, Bikini contest, live music and DJ! Television Taping for the TV show “Xtreme Knockout”.

(Card Subject to change)
Ciprian Hangan vs Jose Sanchez
Brad Cox vs Hayward Charles
Donnie Bell vs Keith Miner
Eli Tamez vs Nelson Salas
Burt McDonald vs Jonathan Wise
Aldo Davila vs Andrew Parker
Victor Reyna vs Andre Kavanaugh
Casey Hudson vs Klayton Mai
Aaron Culpepper vs Antuan Williams

185lbs Ciprian Hangan (2-0 DallasMMA300- 2011 XKO “Knockout of the Year” winner) vs Jay Jay Sanchez (2-0) This is a highly anticipated matchup between 2 of the fastest rising superstars in XKO! Ciprian Hangan has definitely made a HUGE impact in the 185 division with 2 devastating Knockouts (Steve Hess, Chris Collins) in his first 2 appearances in XKO! The man that plans on stopping Ciprian is Jay Jay Sanchez an undefeated fighter who is best known for the perfectly timed “Knee” to end the fight against top MMA fighter JJ Holmes! This is a fight you don’t want to miss! “I knock people out, that’s what I do” – Ciprian Hangan

155lbs Donnie Bell (3-1 Metroflex MMA) vs Keith Miner (4-2 Mohlers MMA) Donnie Bell makes his return to the XKO cage to face XKO newcomer Keith Miner. With a perfect record in XKO Bell is a crowd favorite! Bell is one of XKO’s featured fighters with a strong wrestling background and knockout power!

180lbs Brad Cox (2-0 Fitness Fight Factory) vs Hayward “The Hybrid” Charles (3-2 Ironside/pur-fit and Genesis) It’s hard to describe the excitement for this fight! Brad Cox is one of the most well known fighters in the area with a reputation for dominating fights! He steps into the cage against one of the top fighters in XKO – Hayward “The Hybrid” Charles! Hayward is coming off an impressive victory over XKO newcomer Andre Kavanaugh with a :43 sec triangle choke submission. Known for his Jiu Jitsu Hayward is arguably the best Jiu Jitsu specialist in the company! A great match-up that will bring fireworks! “I don’t care who you put in front of me, I’ll fight them because I want to be at the top” – Hayward Charles

170lbs Aaron Culpepper (1-0 The Gym Arlington, TX) vs Antuan Williams (0-2) Aaron Culpepper’s pro-debut at XKO 13 was what fight fans talked about for weeks after he got the victory and “Fight of the Night” honors! Aaron is a powerful striker, aggressive but yet calm in the cage! He takes on XKO newcomer Antwan Williams, a former training partner and current striking coach who knows the striking game and is not afraid to trade punches! You can expect this fight to be a striking battle with someone ending the fight with a KO or TKO!

170lbs Andrew Parker (1-0 Octagon MMA) vs Aldo Davila (pro-debut The Gym) Andrew Parker made his pro-debut at XKO and took “Fight of the Night” honors. Andrew is a well rounded fighter who can take the fight almost anywhere he wants. Parker will be taking on Aldo Devila an exciting fighter making his pro-debut! Also is coming off an impressive amateur career and looks to continue his success at the pro level! This has “Fight of the Night” written all over it!

135lbs Eli Tamez (3-0 Octagon MMA) vs Nelson Salas (2-0 Texas Fighting Syndicate) When XKO asked Eli and Nelson about this fight both fighters did not hesitate to sign the contract! This is not the first time the fighters have faced each other, both fighters crossed paths as amateurs with Eli getting the win by submission. Both Eli and Nelson are fast and explosive. This will be a fast paced fight for the fight fan and a good matchup that will not disappoint.

185lbs Victor Reyna (pro-debut The Gym) vs Andre Kavanaugh (2-2 Austin, TX) Andre Kavanaugh is known for is heavy hands and brawler type of style. With a split record Andre looks to get his first win in XKO. He will be taking on Victor Reyna a solid striker who can finish the fight at any given moment! Victor has only had 1 defeat as a amateur and believes he is ready for the pro level. We are excited to see new faces in XKO and see what happens in this fight!

150lbs Burt McDonald (1-2 Texas Fighting Syndicate) vs Johnathan Wise (1-2 Garland Police Boxing Gym) When it comes to Burt McDonald the first thing you think about is… “what a class act”. Burt is a “Fight of the Night” recipient and has faced 2 of the top 155ers in the XKO division (Chris Pecero and Donnie Bell). Training out of Texas Fighting Syndicate Burt is well known in the MMA community! With a boxing background Burt wants to keep his fights striking! At XKO 14 Burt will match up with the perfect opponent with an identical record and fighting style. Johnathan Wise makes his XKO Debut out of Garland Police Boxing Academy and looks to make a statement against the XKO veteran McDonald. I see this fight going 3 rounds and possibly “Fight of the Night”!

145lbs Casey Hudson (Pro-debut Fitness Fight Factory) vs Klayton Mai (1-0 Octagon MMA) Both fighters are new to XKO! This fight will come down to pure skill. Both fighters are aggressive and strong. Fighting out the two top schools in DFW both fighters will come prepared! Don’t blink during this fight because anything can happen!

XKO 2011 Year End Awards Presentation and XKO 13 Full Fight Card!

XKO WILL HONOR ~ FIGHT OF THE YEAR ~ FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~ KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR ~ MOST ENTERTAINING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~

The 2011 XKO Year End Awards will be Presented at XKO 13 on Saturday, Dec. 3rd 2011. Come celebrate with the winners and BEST FIGHTERS in Texas and XKO.

2011 XKO FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
JJ Holmes
Roy Spoon
Chris Pecero
Steven Peterson
Alex Russ
Douglas Frey
Kano Gregoire

2011 XKO FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Douglas Frey vs Steven Peterson (135 title fight XKO 10)
Andrew Parker vs Dustin Adams (XKO 12)
Chris Pecero vs James Vick (#1 contender XKO 12)
Moises Diaz vs Burt McDonald (XKO 10)
Chris Pecero vs Chris Jones (155 XKO title fight)

2011 XKO KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR
Ciprian Hangan (Knocks out Steve Hess :48 sec RD 1 XKO 11)
Douglas Frey (Knocks out Randy Villarreal XKO 9)
Kano Gregoire (TKO’s Brandon McDowell XKO 12)
Chris Pecero (Knocks out Jarrett Jones XKO 9)
Nelson Salas (TKO’s Eliasar Rodriguez standing elbow XKO 11)
JJ Holmes (KO’s Brian Cheatham XKO 9)

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 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!

XKO 13

XKO 13 Fight Card (Card Subject to Change)

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 TBA (Jay Jay Sanchez is an undefeated fighter who just came off an impressive win over JJ holmes! Sanchez has a strong ground game and looks to continue a dominating path!)

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 vs TBA (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 )

175lbs AARON CULPEPPER DEBUT vs STEVEN CLOUD DEBUT (Aaron Culpepper is making his pro debut and plans on knocking his opponent out! Culpepper is known for his “no Quit” attitude. Steven will also be making his pro debut. Steven had a solid ammy career and trains out of NTMMA. Both fighters want to make an impact on their pro debut, I see someone getting knocked out in this fight!)

“Don’t call me Baby.” Interview with Paulina Granados by sPidA

Interview with Paulina Granados by sPidA

Paulina Granados will be fighting this Sat Jan 15 in San Antonio,TX and will be representing American Revolution Muay Thai and Submission Center in Corpus Christi. Her and her team mates will have none other than 2x UFC Heavyweight Champion Maurice Smith in there corner… so sit back and enjoy!!

sPidA: Paulina, you have had 1 Muay Thai fight in Oklahoma, do you feel this was enough to build confidence to step inside the Cage?

Paulina Granados: Yes I do, I have always wanted to compete in MMA. I just wanted to test my stand up and see how I dealt under pressure. I won that match by unanimouse decision.

sPidA: I know the owner/head coach Freddie Meellin is a student of former UFC heavyweight champion Marice Smith, so he definetly knows his stand up. What else do they teach at the Academy?

Paulina Granados: We train under the Maurice Smith Fighting System. Freddy is a very technical trainer and teaches us alot of detail plus we also have a Jiu-jitsu classes as well as wrestling taught there. I train in everything!

sPidA: What do your friends and family think about you training MMA?

Paulina Granados: My friends think its cool that I’m training. My family, well my mom worries. She doesnt want me to get cuts or scars on my face but I grew up tom boyish. Always trying things.

sPidA: Are you a girly girl? I mean, are you still tom boyish like you say?

Paulina Granados: No, not anymore. I like getting my hair and nails done. I like taking care of myself.

sPidA: How do you feel when guys call you sweetie, cutie or baby?

Paulina Granados: When I was single, I would say, dont call me baby! I wouldnt let guys call me that. I wouldn’t let them to get comfortable saying that, especially when if I wasn’t their girlfriend.

sPidA: Well said! Were you involved in any other sports growing up?

Paulina Granados: I was in High School. I was involved in Power lifting, Volleyball and the track team. I stayed pretty active.

sPidA: Whats on your schedule as of now? Are you doing this full time?

Paulina Granados: Right now I do this full time. I work nights as a bartender plus I help teach a womens strentgh and conditioning class.

sPidA: I know woman don’t like the weight questions but what weight class will you be fighting in? Did you have to adjust in any way?

Paulina Granados: I had to go down in weight a bit but not by much. I’m in the 115 lbs division. I love to eat (laughter)! My friends laugh because I always have dessert with my meals but I train hard and have no problems burning it off.

sPidA: What are you looking at after your fight this Saturday?

Paulina Granados: After this fight, I want to fight again. Hopefully in March but I’m just thinking about this fight right now.

sPidA: You had a fight in Ok so are you still willing to travel for a competition?

Paulina Granados: Oh yeah, I have a very supportive team, my training partners and coaches help out alot!

sPidA: Thank you once again Paulina. Wish you the best in your carreer. Any last words or anyone you’d like to thank?

Paulina Granados: Yes! You guys for the interview, my coaches: Freddy Medellin, Locker Munsell, Jared Perez, Chris Pecero, my training partners, as well as my sponsors: Mark Gonzalez Attorney at Law, Tussle Fight Gear, E&B Construction, Furious Fightwear, Rocks Discount Vitamins N More, Affiliated For Life, Sean Weaver-Sports Medicine. Hope to see everybody come to the fights on the 15th!

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