“I JUST WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING” ELIAZAR RODRIGUEZ INTERVIEW

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A few words with “El Oso” Eliazar Rodriguez, bound Premiere Fight Series 3, March 2nd at the Guys and Gals Ballroom in Forth Worth,TX. Here we talk winning streak, fight schedule and possible Title shot?? Enjoy!

sPidA: PFS3 will be your next bout, with a win streak at hand, any pressure going into this?

Eliazar: No, actually I’ve grown quite confident with every win.

sPidA: You’ve fought twice every year since 2011, you looking to stay busy 2013?

Eliziar: Yes I do! I think PFS will keep me busy. I hope to fight 5 times this year!

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sPidA: With a nickname “Oso” can you break down what that means for our non bilingual readers and where did the name come from?

Eliazar: My nickname “Oso” translates to bear. I got this name from my BJJ coach Jose Reyes. He gave me this name because I was a little over weight when I joined his gym. LOL, I have an aggressive fighting style, so it fits.

sPidA: Your last fight was for the same promotion you will be competing in come March 2nd, how was the production in your eyes?

Eliazar: Premiere fight series put on a great show and I was glad to be a part of it! The show began on time and they put on great fights!

sPidA: With wins via sub and Tko, would you consider yourself a grappler or striker first?

Eliazar: I am definitely a grappler first, and my striking is improving every day! At the end of the day, I’m a well rounded fighter!

sPidA: Can you name some of the people at your gym that are pushing you to reach your goals?

Eliazar: I spend a lot of time at Mohlers MMA / Reyes bjj. I am lucky to have guys like William Campuzano, Chris Jones, Douglas Frey, Cameron Miller, Jay Lee and Amber Stautzenberger helping me train for this fight! Beating me up and making me a better, stronger fighter

sPidA: What is your schedule like?

Eliazar: I have a full time job, so yeah I work, train, eat and sleep. On my off days I’m putting in three a days!

sPidA: After this win are you thinking title, or is there more you’d like to accomplish before given the opportunity?

Eliazar: After this victory, I am definitely open to a title fight. If that doesn’t happen, no biggie. I just want to keep fighting and winning in excellent fashion

sPidA: Any pre-fight rituals? What’s the first meal you go after fight day?

Eliazar: I don’t really have any pre-fight rituals, I just try to relax all day. I enjoy a stack of pancakes and omelete the day of the fight and the day after! Haha

sPidA: Thank you brother, hope to make this fight card (it’s stacked). Anything you’d like to add to this before we call it a wrap?

Eliazar: I can guarantee that this will be an exciting fight for all the fans! This is a great card with great fighters. Many thanks to Mohler MMA, Tested, Crusade Combat, Randy king Insurance and Texas Pit BBQ in Saginaw.Thank you!!

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“FIGHTING IN FORT WORTH WILL FEEL LIKE FIGHTING AT HOME.” Vernon Lewis Interview

Interview with Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist Vernon Lewis. Met the guy while he was competing in Seguin, TX a while back. Here we talk MMA, last minute bouts, and coming off an impressive victory. He will be stepping back inside the cage at Premiere Fight Series in Fort Worth, TX/March 2nd. Let’s get started!

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sPidA: Your last bout was a last minute fight, what made you jump inside the cage and where are you training?

Lewis: Yeah, It was an 8 day notice fight. I had a fight scheduled a month earlier, but my opponent backed out last minute so I was somewhat in shape. Had a little too much turkey and dressing during the holidays but I was ready for a fight.

sPidA: What promotion was this for and what were your thoughts on the event?

Lewis: It was for STFC (South Texas Fighting Championship). I was blessed to have the opportunity to fight in front of the McAllen, TX crowd and would fight there again. Even on an 8 day notice…LOL

sPidA: You are coming off of a submission victory, was this part of your game plan going into your last bout?
Lewis: Well I would of love to get a KO but he was a Division I wrestler. I knew I was better standing and on the ground so where ever the fight went I was comfortable.
sPidA: You study BJJ under the Relson Gracie lineage, was signing up for BJJ an easy task for a big guy like yourself? Is using technique rather than strength an easy transition?

Lewis: I’ve been doing No Gi grappling since 2006 so rolling in the Gi was a challenge for me. In the beginning I was getting tapped by guys that have only been training for a year, so it was a humbling experience for me. I love training in the Gi now. It has helped my No Gi game, and I even won 1st place in the Relson Gracie Tournament held in Waco, TX last year. I train in the Gi at least twice a week, even while I’m getting ready for a fight. As far as using my strength, we have some big guys at our gym so my mount escape has to be a little bit more technical than just pushing and bridging.

sPidA: What rank are you and who is your instructor?
Lewis: I’m a blue belt under Relson Gracie, and I train under Chris Spicer at the Relson Gracie Waco Academy. It’s a young gym, but we are growing every day.

sPida: This next bout you have coming up will be for Premiere Fight Series in Forth Worth, TX. Who is your opponent and does fighting away from home get easier over time?

Lewis: My opponent is James Hubbard. We will put on a show for the Fort Worth fans. I can’t wait.. I really don’t see this as fighting away from home. Waco is about an hour away, and I’m just glad I’m fighting in Texas. During my amateur career I couldn’t find fights in Texas, so most of my fights were in the bordering States. Fighting in Fort Worth will feel like fighting at home.

sPidA: What were you doing before jumping into MMA? Did you ever think you would be stepping inside the cage?

Lewis: I was working and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I needed to get in shape, so I started training at an MMA gym. After a few months some of the guys there told me that I was pretty good, and asked me if I wanted to fight. Five months later I had my first amateur fight.

sPidA: Since making your Pro debut in 2010, you have fought once in 2011 and once in 2012. Are you looking to stay busy this year?
Lewis: I always want to stay busy, but my opponents, unfortunately, have been backing out. I decided to stay busy by getting into professional boxing in 2011. Boxing wasn’t what I wanted to do, but at least I had something to look forward to. I’m hoping that 2013 will be the year that I can make a name for myself in the sport of MMA!
sPidA: If you had an opportunity to fight a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who would it be and what would be your game plan?

Lewis: Randy Couture. He’s a legend. I look up to him because he was on top around the time I started training. My game plan would be not get beat up against the cage…LOL

sPidA: Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us. Is there anybody you’d like to thank ?

Lewis: I want to thank my family for supporting me on this journey, my training partners for pushing me in the gym, and I want to thank God for blessing me with a life that allows me to do what I love to do.

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