JC Fight Promotions: Best of the Best II – A Proving Ground for South Texas Fighters

Luis “the Law” Vega, and D J Fuentes, will be on the same card, come June 14, 2014 at Hero Fighting Championship’s “Best of the Best II” hosted by JC Fight Promotions and Charlie Clark Nissan.

Vega will be fighting as a Featherweight in the main event, where he will be going up against Jamal Emmers, whoTexas Fighters will be conducting a first time defense of his Featherweight title.
Defending the title against a tough, and very hungry, Luis Vega, will require everything Jammal Emmers can bring into this fight. Those in the Valley who have witnessed Vega’s ability in a fight will be betting on him. Rest assured, this main event fight will be a memorable one.

Fuentes will be defending his Bantamweight title in the co main event fight against Jose Ceja. Fuentes is old school, stand up, karate kickboxing, with good hands, and devastating spin back kicks that those like myself so appreciate, having drilled such into students of bygone days. This will be a thriller to watch, and to watch closely. Outside the ring, Fuentes is Mr. Charisma, making friends with everyone. Once inside the ring, he is all business.

Among the remarks of commendation to be spoken about the challenger, Jose Ceja, is this; he doesn’t back away from a fight. In a business where fighters try to pick and choose their fights, he takes them as they come. There are those who will question the wisdom of such a determination on his part. “Look,” one will say. “Build up your reputation by taking on fights you can win. You’ll be gaining experience at the same time. What’s the rush?” There is much truth to that. On the other hand, Jose’s take is that you learn the most by taking on and fighting the best. Hurt? He’s been hurt. All fighters get hurt. But if you must get hurt, do so against the best. At 2-0 as an MMA Pro, and 1-0 as a pro boxer, he is coming into this fight as an underdog to take on the experienced and very tough Dee Jay Fuentes, just as he assented a year ago to an offer to fight an equally tough Ricky Palacios, in a fight which never materialized. In agreeing to take on D J, Ceja is taking on a versatile all around fighter. Ceja can box, Ricki Palaciosand comes to the cage eager to fight. He’ll get a fight against D J Fuentes.

Ricky Palacios will also be on this card. He has been fighting on a reality show “Combate Americas” and will be fighting Joel Scott of Beaumont. In a previous encounter, Palacios TKO’d Scott in the 3rd round of their fight. I have written about Ricky Palacios in the past, and of the much potential I see in him. He is a versatile fighter, with hands that thus far have spelled a KO for those who have faced him, in mixed martial arts or boxing. On this note, it is Palacios, and not Jose Ceja, who should have been meeting up with D J Fuentes. This, perhaps, will yet be a fight future.

Another up and coming fighter is a Jeff Bonugli student, Soryu Karate fighter Raymond Banda, who is currently 2-0 as a pro. He will face a strong opponent in Harlingen’s Daniel Duran. I mention Ray Banda because much is riding on him. Can a Soryu Karate trained fighter make good in MMA fighting? I believe he can, particularly if trained by Jeff Bonugli. As I have from the beginning envisioned Texas Soryu Karate, (and I differentiate it from its weak traditional parent in Japan) its parameters go far beyond traditional karate. I shall yet see that. Yes,
much is Jeff Bonugliriding on Ray Banda, but he can handle it. He carries on his shoulders the reputation, not only of Jeff Bonugli as his instructor and trainer, but mine as well, as Jeff Bonugli’s instructor.

We have heard Jeff Bonugli speak of his desire to see to it that fighters are rewarded financially for their hard work and sacrifices. This is true, and there are those who can attest to it, having been recipients of his willingness to give generously. And yet, I would suggest that there may some who would take advantage of such goodness. They have forgotten the value of a simple “thank you”. There is a Spanish saying: “Eres como el azadon, todo para aca’, y nada para alla’…” It translates roughly: “You are like a garden hoe, everything is scraped your way, and nothing goes back in return…” We get the picture, don’t we? Gratitude is a wonderful thing.

Consider that some very tough Valley fighters are in the offing. They are developing, and JC Productions is playing a vital role in such development. And this is it, a financial scholarship, $2,400 monthly for the aid of those who become the best of the best!

JC Fight Promotions - Best of the Best II

Combate Americas is Casting for a Telemundo Spanish-language MMA Reality Show

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Combate Americas is a new Spanish-language reality TV series and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) franchise dedicated to identifying and developing emerging, young fight talent from Mexico and other Latino countries around the globe.

Combate Americas has partnered with NBCUniversal-owned TV network Telemundo to deliver Combate Americas reality TV programming to a national audience in The United States.

Combate Americas is being produced by a multi-award-winning production team, including UFC creator Campbell McLaren and Matador Entertainment.

Production on the Combate Americas reality TV series will begin in Miami, Florida in March 2013.
Fighters selected to participate in the Combate Americas reality TV series will be required to live at a designated location in Miami, Florida for a period of 8 weeks.

During production, Combate Americas fighters will participate in daily training camps with an assembly of world-class boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and strength and conditioning trainers, and will be required to compete in MMA bouts sanctioned by the state of Florida.

Here’s an opportunity for up-and-coming Texas fighters to be a part of a Latino MMA Reality show that will be televised on Telemundo. The final casting will take place late March/early April. They are looking for Spanish speaking fighters between 145 and 185 lbs, ages 18-30 years old. If the fighter is chosen, they will cover travel, 8 weeks of living expenses, and the fighters will be paid to fight.

Right now they are just taking bios so no hard commitments up front. If interested, please send a headshot, quick bio, sherdog or mma.tv record, and contact info to media@texasfighting.com. Participants who are interested must send these details before Thursday to be considered.

UPDATE: Along with the bio the fighter should include full name, height, weight, date of birth, city and state fighting out of, pro win-loss record and any notes of interest (if the fighter is a police officer or fire fighter or holds titles or high belt ranks in any martial arts, that is important) as well as one hi res photo and links to any fight footage and/or interviews available online.

Keep Texas Fighting!