A few words with Professional Mixed Martial Artist Gabriel Vasquez fighting out of Martial Arts and Athletic Center in Amarillo, TX. He will have his biggest test yet as he travels to South Texas on March 23rd for ROCKS XTREME MMA / Title fight against local fighter and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blackbelt / Hector Munoz (9-4). Here we go!!
sPidA: How’s your training going for this fight?
BIGTYME: My training has been excellent! Big step up from the rest of my fights.
sPidA: You have held a Title and have fought for others, any pressure going into this bout?
BIGTYME: I held the 155 SCS Title last year. This will be my 4th title fight in a row so no pressure on me plus its not my home town so no pressure at all.
sPidA: With the nickname “BIGTYME” is that a sign of things to come 2013?
BIGTYME: BIGTYME is my career goal, to make it to the big time shows. That’s why I got that name. (Thanks sis in law)
sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Have you changed your training up coming into this title fight?
BIGTYME: He is 9-4 with great ground game which most of my opponents are but by far his is the best. Training changed a little diet wise, as well as for my strength and conditioning. Other than that just stepped it up a notch in the gym.
sPidA: Thank you for the time bro and best of luck come March 23rd! Anyone you would like to thank for supporting you for this Title bout?
BIGTYME: My family first, they wait up long hours of the night for me to get home, Master Lister head trainer, Dena Lister Fitness and Cardio coach, Coach Leon/Boxing coach, Triton Fight Center BJJ Coach/instructor, Coach Klein wrestling coach, everyone in the MAAC FIGHT TEAM, sponsors, JD TIRES & WHEELS, TASTE OF THAI and all my family, friends and fans! BIGTYME
sPidA: Your coming off a great win on your MMA debut, was a submission your game plan or were you just prepared where ever it went?
Guerrero:For my debut i was ready for anything, i just wanted to make the fight entertaining for the fans and for everyone that came out to support me. This was my debut, i had been waiting for this moment for years so i didnt want to lose my first fight. When i got to the venue i was thinking i would be neverous walking to the cage but i was mentally and physically prepared, i was not nervous at all and i was very calm during my fight. It was just the right time to do work.
sPidA: You representing a great fight team, what guys do you have out there pushing you to reach your limits?
Guerrero: Man Full Contact Fight Academy is full of talent. We have guys like Hector Munoz, Roger Narvaez,Cory Bellino,and Josh Rios to name a few. These guys push me to the limit and they do not take it easy on me lol, at the same time they help alot. I am greatful to be part of such a great team and although the Flick brothers are not in town anymore , they too helped me so much. My jiu jitsu coach Aurelio Gallegos also has alot to do with us being well versed in the ground game.
sPidA : Has competing in MMA been in the works or was seeing your training partners compete just motivate you to do so?
Guerrero: To be honest i have been training MMA since 2007 and i was supposed to make my debut a few years back but things just kept on happening, then in 2009 i herniated 2 discs and that just set me back even further. I was so depressed that i couldnt train or do anything but be in pain. My doctor told me that i was never going to train or be the same again and i was determined to prove him and everyone else that said i wouldnt train again wrong. So i did alot of research and found a book online from a Dr. who specailized in spinal injuries. I bought that and followed his directions and i also found a local chiropracter who had a drx – 9000 (spinal decompression machine) and nearly a year later i was back at it.
sPidA: You’ve been to Cowboys Dance Hall before making your debut, what are your thoughts on the place, enjoy yourself there as a fan?
Guerrero: Cowboys Dance Hall is a great place for MMA! So many fans come out to not only support their local mma fighter but the sport of mma and that is awsome.They also advertise pretty well, facebook, the radio etc. so they are pretty popular. As a fan of MMA myself I enjoy watching the fights, Jen does a awsome job of match making and that makes for some exciting fights.
spidA: I know your Team trains in all aspects of the fight game, is there one your better at(strking/grappling) are you still improving both?
Guerrero: I am still improving on both. I love the stand up game and my jiu jitsu is good. our jiu jitsu program run by Aurelio Gallegos is one of the best in Texas. We have 3 BJJ Black Belts in one place and so many technical jiu jitsu guys so our ground game is no joke. Our stand up is second to non, Hector Munoz has very technical kickboxing and im eager to get to the level he is at. I just need to let my hands go on this next fight and thats what we are working on. My hands are good, i have been boxing since 2001 but soon enough i will show what my hands are like, and with kicks being involved its just even better because i love to throw combos that end with kicks.
sPidA: With promotions like M1 Global,BELLATOR and the UFC are you setting your goals to reach these promtotions?
Guerrero: I would love to fight for anyone of those promotions. Bellator puts on some awsome fights and the possibility of fighting for them is more realistic since they travel alot and have come to our area a few times. Id also like to fight in Japan, But of course the UFC is the main one. Im far from it but i will do my best to get there.
sPidA: What was the first live MMA bout you had seen, do you remember your thoughts on watching it live?
Guerrero: My first live event was one of the Renegade Extreme Fighting fights back in the day. A family friend from my home town of Alice, Texas would fight and i got to go with him and I got to be back stage. I also had my seconds license at 17 so being around the fighters and guys like Rocky Long and Carlo Prater who were very friendly got me hooked! Just to see the fighters before their fight, during and after was just like wow, these guys just put it all out there, i couldnt wait to get my turn. Oh and i got to meet my favortie fighter Yves Edwards at one of the Renegade Events in Houston that was a great night lol
sPidA: When not training, whats a chill day for you? (unwind,TV, Flying a kite ,<~kidding)
Guerrero: I am a huge History buff so i like to read up on history when ever i can. I also work in the I.T field so dealing with new technology is common so i like to read up and learn about how things work and how i can become a better I. T Professional. I also like to watch Ghost Adventures and Nat Geo and i cant forget playing Xbox live, That is always fun. But most importantly Im really close to my family, so when im not training i like to spend as much time as i can with them. I work 8-5, then go home to get my things and head to Corpus by 5:30. It takes me about 45 min to get to the gym so if they are home after 5 i get to see them briefly but usually they are not and by the time i get home from training my mom and step dad are asleep and my sisters are at their houses. You know time flies and i see my nieces and nephews growing up so fast it makes me sad that im not involved more in their lives. I wish that i could spend more time with everyone but one day this life i have chosen will be worth it.
sPidA: With a nickname like GUNN, can your opponents always expect an all out war,who gave you the nickname or how did it come about?
Guerrero: The nick name Tommy Gunn has been around since i was a kid. Before i chose to fight the older guys would say “whats up Tommy Gunn” so when i decided to fight i knew what i was gonna use. My opponents should expect to go all out for 15 minutes because thats what i train for but with the Gunns (my striking) should be what they worry about, but Im always ready for anything and everything.
sPidA: Is your family involved in your choice of acticities,how has their reaction been to watching your fight or hearing of it?
Guerrero: My family is very supportive of what i do.Since my jiu jitsu tournaments they have always been involved and now MMA they want to be there for me. My mom doesnt agree with it but she accepts it lol. She will see when i buy her a house one day that I chose a good profession. One of my sisters and uncles got to see my fight live along with one of my nieces and nephews and numerous cousins so they were very excited when i won. When i got home my family including my mom who never wants to hear about it was asking details lol so it was cool to come home with my first victory. There will be more to come thats for sure and hopefully they will be recorded so i can show my grandpa who is now a MMA fan. He used to bad mouth the guys hugging on the ground but now he is retired and watches alot of MMA reruns so he likes to see his favorite fighter Urijah Faber fight lol. He was so upset when Mike Brown beat Faber, he now hates Mike Brown. He also appreciates the submissions, its funny to sit with him and watch fights with the things he says like grab the arm and the neck so i hope we will be watching my fights on his tv or he will be watching me fights live on tv.
sPidA: If you could fight any other athlete in the world(non MMA) whom would it be and why?
Guerrero: If i could fight any other athlete non MMA I would have to choose Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore lol just kidding id say i would like to fight Juan Manuel Marquez. Not because i dont like him, because i think he is one of the best Mexican boxers out there. So if i got to fight him i would get to say i fought a legend in the sport of boxing. For some reason i also want to say Eli Manning because im a Dallas Cowboy fan and he upsets me alot lol
sPidA: Thank you for your time bro,I’ll be seeing ya come May, anything else you’d like to blast to end this inreview?
Guerrero: Your welcome and Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I know im just coming up but i intend to make a name for my self in MMA. I just want to thank the Lord for another day of life and for me being able to do the things im doing now and for the people in my life. I want to thank my family who I love very much for being there for me and put up with me. My friends who support what i do and my team mates and coaches who put it on me and help me prepare for my fights or tournaments. and to the MMA fans who come out to support their fighter, thank you for making this sport a great one!