“PURO FANTASMA!!” Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez Interview

nick the ghost gonzales and spida of texasfighting dot comTalk about a pioneer in the sport of Texas MMA. Nick Gonzalez is of the hand full of those that have been involved in MMA since the beginning. He has fought for several (now defunct) promotions. One being RENEGADES out of Houston,Texas (first time I saw him fight). Love him or hate him…The guy’s always smiling! Here we go!

sPidA: First off, what has kept you motivated in competition all these years bro?

Gonzales: I enjoy fighting, the competition, just throwing down and challenging myself. I’ve been at it awhile but I’m far from being done.

sPidA: This year alone you’ve had quite a few fights get canceled, what’s the worst part when something like this happens?

Gonzales: Not doing what I’m set out to do for weeks at a time!! It’s a big emotional let down to be getting ready for something and NOT having the chance to complete what you set out to do. More recently the worst part is the run around Im getting from promoters in Texas, It’s pretty sad because when I lived in San Diego I was so proud of MMA in Texas. Shows, fighters etc that this year has left me with a lot of disappointment. UWF, STFC, Legacy, KOK, and whatever that lady in New Braunfels calls her show. I wanna fight and stay busy, not get the run around. I’d rather the promoter be honest then bullshit me. I miss the Renegade days when Saul Soliz called you and had a fight, either you fought or he just moved on to the next person that would fight.

sPidA: You’ve competed in a lot of great promotions as well as every promotion in Austin, Texas…Which has been your favorite and why?

Gonzales: The FFC, which was out in Biloxi, Ms. It was my first legit title I won and that’s a memory I will never forget. It was also my favorite because I got the “fight of the nite award” winning the title after breaking my hand in the 2 round!!!

sPidA:This year you’ve also competed in a pro boxing event and done commentary for the UWF promotion in Corpus Christi, are these outlets staying active in the scene?

Gonzales: Yeah for sure, and to make make some extra money! Commentary work would be something fun to do after I retire so it was a way to start and I really enjoy watching fights too!! And I boxed on ESPN Friday night fights for the opportunity but also because two MMA fights fell thru so it kept me busy.

sPidA: You have a big following in your hometown of Austin,Texas, ever thought of starting your own promotion down the road?

Gonzales: Absolutely! I feel with my MMA experience and being around for so long that I’d be able to promote good shows! By seeing a lot of them come and go, I sit back and watch what they did wrong and by seeing the mistakes I know what not to do. Like LEGACY for example. UWF, not so much. It’s about building a product and crawling before you walk. No throwing money away thinking just cause you do an MMA show the flood gates will open and you will be successful.

sPidA: Your next fight is against a tough guy Chas Skelly, known as a strong grappler, will this be a grappler vs striker or are you thinking he will try and stand up with you?

Gonzales: No, he won’t because he can’t. He’s a good grappler and that is his hand to play right now. He is still not developed into a full on MMA fighter but his wrestling is his go to thing to win. I do call it striker vs grappler but I’m a lot more developed as an MMA fighter. I just have more tools in my bag right now. I have been able to shut people down and don’t really seem to have much “stand up” but with his wrestling resume I’m gonna have to use my tools!

sPidA: You’ve had some great wins and some unfortunate losses, which have you learned more from?

Gonzales: The losses. Every fighter should. It’s part of the game. It helps you grow as a fighter and as a person.

sPidA: For the longest time people have always wanted Mixed Martial Arts to have its T.V. time and it’s blown up since 2000. Is there such a thing as overkill?

Gonzales: Not overkill but for sure a quality kill. Like the ultimate fighter. 16 guys every season. There are really only 4 to 5 that can compete in the UFC. The others are “casted” for entertainment which can leave a bad impression on a casual viewer.

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sPidA: You have some great kids that I’ve seen at some of the Austin events you’ve fought in, how do they feel about you competing or being involved in fighting?

Gonzales: They love it!! I really enjoy having ’em around at fights when I can. It makes them proud and I want them to see that anything is possible. You can achieve your dreams and beat the odds!!!

sPidA: We hope to be there covering this event come September 22nd, best of luck to you bro. Anything you’d like to end with?

Gonzales: Thank your for all the support! Thanks to all the fans. Thank you to Onnit for sponsoring me!! Look for an exciting fight come 9/22, I always bring it…Balls Big, Hands Swinging!! Puro Fantasma!!

 

“Combining combative sports with total fitness” …a few words with Mitchell Hale

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Interview with Abilene, Texas Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Mitchell Hale, coming out of a 2 year layout, we talk strategy,new gym and a new beginning for this North Texas standout! Lets begin.

sPidA:  What can tell us about your current gym and what differs it from others?

Hale :  Let me start off by saying Future Fitness  Fight Team is legit. the gym is founded by my head coach Brandon Farran. The concept behind Future Fitness Fight Team, is combining combative sports with total fitness. A lot of MMA gyms forget just how important fitness is in Mixed Martial Arts

sPidA: Your last bout was 2 yrs ago, will there be any Cage rust going into this bout or have you stayed busy sparring and helping others?

Hale : I don’t think there will be any rust, but rather an unveiling of the new fighter I’ve become since training with the Future Fitness Team gym.

sPidA: What kind of support are you getting from the local scene and what can your friends and family expect?

Hale : I have a ton of support coming out to this event and they can expect to see a whole new fighter in every aspect of the game.

sPidA: Having had your coach Brandon Farren win his bout just a few weeks ago at EFC, How much if any has that motivated you for this fight?

Hale : Naturally, you can’t help but to be motivated by the performance he put on, but even more so it lets me know I’m on the right path to victory! I’ve gone through his whole boot camp with him and now the team is focused on my bootcamp, which i am currently going through.

sPidA : What have you been training on or will we like your opponent have to wait and see?

Hale : I can’t give away to many of our secrets, no homo, but there’s a reason why Brandon is built like a Greek God. So you know my strength  and cardio will make a statement on its own. The technique I learn on a daily basis is going to be all the difference in this fight.

sPidA : Your last opponent was Cody Pfister,who was picked up to compete on this past seasons TUFF reality show,are you a fan,what are your thoughts on this if any?

Hale : Big ups to Cody but, I really don’t have the time to focus my attention to reality shows; i am a single father, a student, and a full time fighter. My free time goes to giving my body the rest that it needs to recover and perform.

sPidA: Is there one fighter (other than your coach) that you just respect watching compete,if so whom and why?

Hale : Fedor, because of his one punch knockout power!

sPidA: Not to overlook your next opponent but are you looking at staying active in the fight game or will you be playing it by ear after this next bout?

Hale : I most certainly am, got some good opportunities lined up for the future but my focus remains on this fight!

sPidA : Is there such a thing as too much MMA, Your thought,is the UFC overdoing it with all these showing or just giving fighters the much needed exposure?

Hale : I think its a little bit of both. Of course the  UFC will always be the ultimate goal for every serious fighter, because of the pay and exposure. At the same time the over kill keeps fighters, who haven’t made it too the big leagues, hungry, busy and able to make a career out of MMA.

sPida : Thank you Hale for your time, any last minute comments bro?

Hale : This is definitely a fight you won’t want to miss, so MMA fans come out and show your love for the sport!

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Twenty Four Seven Entertainment Presents “AMERICAS MOST WANTED” Odessa, TX June 30th

Twenty Four Seven Entertainment brings to us another stacked Fight Card in “AMERICAS MOST WANTED” 11 bouts of what are set to be some epic battles. 11 bouts of extreme Mixed Martial Arts Action! Event will be in Odessa,TX. If you’re on this Fight Card or are attending, please share this with your friends and let’s keep Texas Fighting!!

-Main Event-
Luis Luna / Seminole, TX vs. Mitchell Hale / Abilene,TX. 155lbs

Co- Main Event
Jarrett Jones /Odessa, TX -vs- Alejandro Siller /San Angelo, TX 170lbs

Plus 9 Exciting bouts:
Anthony Tatum / Odessa,TX -vs- Aldo Davila  / Austin, TX 170lbs
Desmond Hill / Odessa,TX -vs- Jon Cook / Amarillo,TX 165lbs
Samuel Trevino  / Odessa,TX  vs- Caleb Hudson / Midland,TX 185lbs
Matt Hobar / Dallas,TX vs. Aaron Cerda / Abilene,TX 140lbs
John Voth / Amarillo,TX  -vs-  Evan Martinez / Dallas, TX 135lbs
Jeff Fraley / Odessa, TX  -vs-  Jesse Moreno / Lubbock, TX 170lbs
Neal Ewing / Dallas, TX  -vs-  Armando Herrera / Plainview, TX 185lbs
Dusty Mason / Midland, TX  -vs- Gino Davila / Lubbock, TX 135lbs
Jeremy Valderaz / Lubbock, TX  -vs-  Jonathan Lopez / Plainview, TX 125lbs

Evolution Combat Sports Championship ‘Evolution 2’ [Official Fight Card]

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‘EVOLUTION 2 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD

PROFESSIONAL CARD:

Paco Castillo vs. Angel Castillo

Gilbert Cuhen vs. Adrian Cruz

Brad Nordquist vs. Eric Kucevic

Daniel Pinheiro  (Texas) vs. Filiberto Martinez

AMATEUR CARD:

Jeremiah Cullum vs. Jonathan Lopez

Roy Saucedo vs. Tanner Varela

Marc Hightower vs. John Sparks

Pedro Carbo vs. Oscar Navrette

Peter Bouton vs. Mike Escobar

Eric Bailon vs. Harvey Suarez

Matt Gonzales vs. Anthony Rozema

Justin Dudley vs. Christian Reyes

Andres Ramirez vs. Jorrel Sparenberg

PRESS RELEASE: Brother vs. Brother at ‘Evolution 2’

Over the years MMA has seen its fair share of conflict between brothers, such as the highly publicized feud between MMA legends (and adopted siblings) Ken and Frank Shamrock. The toxic family feuds, fueled by years of sibling rivalry, would undoubtedly produce memorable battles in cage, yet a true brother vs. brother MMA bout has yet to come to fruition, that is, until now. New Mexico based Evolution Combat Sports Championship will soon make their mark, by becoming the first fight promotion to officially deliver a bonafide brother vs. brother bout in the professional MMA arena.

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 Jeremiah Paco ‘The Punisher’ Castillo and his brother Angel Castillo are slated to headline ‘Evolution 2.’ The event marks the highly anticipated return of‘Evolution’, the show that launched the now popular regional MMA promotion. The event will take place at the Curry County Event Center in Clovis, New Mexico. The promotion is thrilled to mark the return of ‘Evolution’ by featuring the first ever brother vs. brother headliner.

According to Martin Singleterry, founder of Evolution Combat Sports Championship, “We are thrilled to bring back our high profile ‘Evolution’ shows.  The Saturday night shows are a perfect addition to our ‘Friday Night Fight’ series. We have a stellar event planned for December. Fans are in for a real treat! Not only is the card stacked with New Mexico’s top contenders, fans will get to witness the first ever brother vs. brother pro MMA battle!”

Singleterry went on to say, “Although the Castillo brothers may not be house hold names on a national level, they are well-known and respected within the regional fight scene …and when it comes to their high octane personal vendetta …well, heh… it’s no secret. I thought, what better way for these two warriors to settle the score than in their element, in the cage, in front of their fans. I approached the Castillo brothers about the match-up and the rest is history.”

On December 10, the Castillo brothers will go head-to-head in a 130-pound catch weight bout, which according to many, has fight-of-the-night implications. In addition to the highly anticipated brother vs. brother headliner, ‘Evolution 2’ will also feature a co-main event bout between two of New Mexico’s best female fighters.  Knockout artist Heather “Hurricane” Clark drops down to the 115lb division to take #10 ranked Chelsea “Italian Princess” Colarelli, in a fight that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The full fight card will be announced soon. Fight fans will not want to miss this event!

‘Evolution 2’ will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at the Curry County Events Center in Clovis, New Mexico. Doors open at 5:00pm CT. Fights start at 6:00pm CT. Tickets are on sale now! Prices range from $12.00 for grandstand seating to $35.00 for VIP. To purchase event tickets, please log on to www.evolutioncombatsports.com . Tickets can also be purchased at the venue the night of the event.

For more information about Evolution Combat Sports Championship please visit www.evolutioncombatsports.com.

About Evolution Combat Sports Championship:

Brother vs. Brother at ‘Evolution 2’ on December 10 in Clovis, New MexicoEvolution Combat Sports Championship, based in Clovis, New Mexico is a subsidiary corporation of its managing partner, Doppelganger, Inc., a company owned and operated by fans of MMA and solely dedicated to the promotion of MMAEvolution is dedicated to the concept of providing memorable entertainment to the fans, while offering opportunities for MMA athletes to advance their professional or amateur careers. As the name suggests, Evolution is prepared to evolve with the increasingly complex demands set forth in the world of mixed martial arts and entertainment. The fight promotion sets itself apart through progressive thinking and actions, an innovative approach to entertainment, and their reputation of integrity within the MMA community.

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SHARK FIGHTS PARTNERS WITH I.S.L.E. TO HELP KIDS WITH AUTISM

PRESS RELEASE: September 28, 2011

Amarillo, TX (September 28, 2011) – Shark Fight Promotions teams up with Manzanita Elementary School’s Independent Structured Learning Environment for Autistic Children (ISLE) program to help raise money for children with exceptional needs. Part of the proceeds from Shark Fights 20 in Laughlin, NV on October 15 will be donated to Manzanita Elementary School to help the ISLE program. The ISLE classroom is a district-wide program providing individualized support to students with special needs such as autism and severe intellectual disabilities. “We have the highest enrollment of extreme autism cases in the area with 22 kids.” said paraeducator, Robert Deets. “A portion of the revenue from ticket sales will go to support the ISLE program and give these kids the opportunity to attend an outing at Medicine Dog Arena ranch. Medicine Dog Arena ranch provides tools and equipment to help all students, regardless of their abilities, to participate in extracurricular activities that may not be possible otherwise. Providing this trip will be an experience that many of the students in the ISLE program might not otherwise experience. We want to thank Shark Fights for taking an interest in the ISLE program and helping us raise money for these special children.”

Shark Fights executive, Wes Nolen said, “Shark Fight Promotions is more than just a fight promotion, we want to make a difference in the community. Our mission is to give back to the community that supports us. We want to connect with local programs and help in any way we can. It’s a blessing for us to be teaming up with Robert Deets, Jason Lane, and the children of Manzanita Elementary Schools’ ISLE program.” For more information on Manzanita Elementary School’s ISLE program please contact Robert Deets at 928-279-6221.

Shark Fights 20 will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at The Edgewater Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada and will be broadcast via tape delay on FUEL TV beginning November 4, 2011. Doors Open at 5:30pm PST. Fights start at 7pm PST. Tickets for Shark Fights 20 are on sale now. Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $40, $65, and $100. Tickets are available at www.edgewater-casino.com or by calling 877-344-1187. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit www.sharkfights.com or www.facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.

Main Event:
-Artenas Young (7-3) vs Clifford Starks (6-0)
Co-Main Event:
-Roberto Vargas (11-1) vs. Jared Downing (7-0)

Main Card:
-Casey Milliken (2-3) vs Jimmy Jones (3-0)
-Brandon Sene (2-2) vs Tim Slater (1-0)
-Eddie Jackson (7-4) vs Rich Campbell (2-0)
Preliminary Bout:
-Ernie Calma (1-1) vs Anthony Guerra (2-4)
-Chris Brady (0-0) vs Ian Omalza (3-2)
-Amy Riehle (0-1) vs TBD (0-0)
-Christian Palencia (0-0) vs Kimo Yadao (0-0)

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/SharkFights and via Twitter at twitter.com/SharkFights.

About FUEL TV
FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports and the stories that surround them. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. See why young adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 30 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia and Europe. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4-FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.

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