“What keeps me motivated is becoming the best…” Randy Villarreal Interview

Randy Villarreal - 125 lbs Prospect

Probably one of the most active Mixed Martial Arts fighters at both 125-135 weight class division. A few words with someone I personally know and whose career I have always followed. Bound STFC come Friday July 13th, a few words with Randy Villarreal.

sPidA: What first attracted you to Mixed Martial Arts?

Villarreal: When living in San Antonio my brother used to bring UFC DVD’s to my apt, that got us looking for a place to train and we found your class. (Yes our very own sPidA was my first Jiu-Jitsu Instructor)

sPidA: You’ve competed a lot in both your amateur MMA career as well as your Pro career now, what keeps you motivated?

Villareal: I have had over 25 fights in 5 years, what keeps me motivated is becoming the best in the 125lb weight division and be World Champion. Then I’ll be satisfied!!

sPidA: You have fought some of the best talent in both the 125-135lb weight division, if you could host a Flyweight Tournament and add 3 others (including yourself) who would they be and why?

Villareal: If we’re talking 25ers not in the ufc for a flyweight tourney it would def be Will Campuzano (cause thats the one 125lb fight I want more than any else and I feel he doesnt wanna fight me) Jimmy Flick (so I can avenge my loss to him) and either Jason Sampson or Nick Mamalis (so I can avenge those losses as well, since I was winning both those fights.)

sPidA: People always ask me “when is the best time for a fighter to start competing?” Your thoughts?

Villarreal: I would say, the time frame for an MMA fighter to start competing would depend on the individual and the amount of time he put into his training, both physically and mentally. With that said, realistically anywhere from 8 months to a year of solid full time training and the right Coaching.

sPidA: With fights getting harder and harder to find here in Texas, are you looking to compete outside the State this year?

Villareal: I wouldn’t mind fighting outside the State (as I have before) but it all depends on the pay and a fight with ANYONE at 125lbs.

sPidA: Thank you bro for making time for this, as always we wish you the best,anything else to end this Interview?

Villarreal: Id like to thank my coaches Durwyn Lamb,  Tony Tipton,  Albert Hughes, Coach Javad and Coach Sina for all the work they put into me for my fight this Friday the 13th. Midnight Activity Music for being there for me since my amateur days. I’d also like to thank you Spida for all the continued work you do for ALL the fighters and last but not least I’d like to thank all my fans and supporters. I love you all!!!
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“I want to look into their soul and break them…” Cody “WOLVERINE” Williams

Interview with Mixed Martial Artist Cody “WOLVERINE” Williams , he will be traveling to Louisiana/Delta Downs on July 7th. Fighting out of Beaumont,Texas, The Main Event and a great opt for him to bring back the IXFA Title…Let’s keep Texas Fighting!!

sPidA: You came out with a BANG from ammy to Pro, was there alot of pressure making the transition?

Cody: No pressure at all it was just time and after getting the nod from American Top Team HQ that i was ready it was just finding a fight after that.

sPidA: You’ve had 5 bouts as a PRO fighter, other then getting paid to punch people, what has been the best thing about finally going Pro?

Cody: Bigger stages to perform on – businesses tend to take you more serious when you sit down and talk with them and you’re a professional fighter – unfortunately theres no governing body to filter talent and someone who just applies for their pro card

sPidA: Your last bout was an unfortunate loss, how where you able to stay focus and prepare for a title shot /IXFA?

Cody: A hiccup – both losses have just been fractional errors on my part – Benoit said he was going to bring a fight to me so when I backed up to let him up he hit me with a savvy little trip move and took the back – kudos to him for the win – but if you watch the fight I think we know who was bringing the heat.

sPidA: Will fighting for IXFA in the Delta Downs be the first time fighting outside the State of Texas?

Cody: I have fought in Louisiana a couple of times as an amateur but this will be the first trip as a professional

sPidA: Your waiting backstage and they finally call your name to walk out, what goes through your mind and what helps you stay focused?

Cody: I just look down at the cage as a playground and try to make as much eye contact with my opponent as possible – i want to look in their soul and break them before the first bell ever rings – i just tell myself this guy signed a contract will full intent to beat me up and take my money, my sons money and food – that will drive any person.

sPidA: I’ve personally followed your social media outlets, (FB/TWITTER etc) How important is it for a fighter to manage there status and how has this been helping you in your fighting career?

Cody: Its worked for me – I haven’t put on a show or a gimmick I mean I post what going on with me and give the fans and sponsors an inside view of what goes on with me – also has helped me build a fan base that i might not have been able to do by just fighting.

sPidA: With so many MMA movies out there, which has been your fave so far and if given the opt, would you star in one?

Cody: I liked Warrior – the story about the teacher was cool and grabbed the audience – I saw a lot of what i fight for in his character and working for the law firm at that time had a lot of the same feelings – showing up to work with bruises and black eyes having to go in front of other professionals was kinda awkward but I made it out like, “yeah this is a real black eye and busted lip” as far as the plot it was okay but i really favored that particular character – The Mickey Ward story was really good too! I think it was The Fighter? Hands down though i have to go with the messy bare knuckled boxer in “Snatch”!! I think my story would make a great movie – and would love to star in one – I think I could be a pretty good actor in a movie even if it wasn’t my story necessarily

sPidA: Your work outs are insane and your always pushing yourself to the limit, what keeps you motivated to pursue your dreams?

Cody: Goes to my son – I mean I’ve made the transition to train full time now and its hard not knowing where that next paycheck will come from – I started my own business and have been working on getting it off the ground – everyday is a blessing there are people out there that have children that cant walk or be active in anyway, kids that would do anything just to see what it feels like to run down the street or catch a baseball, “God gives us these talents and if you sit idle on them he may just take them away” I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in a position where i couldnt workout or train so when im tired or feel like I cant make that last round I just think about how blessed I am and suck it up and push through it

sPidA: Not to over look your next opponent but after the Title win,what’s next on your Mixed Martial Arts agenda?

Cody: keep training keep fighting – I’ll be going back to American Top Team in Florida after this fight to do some more training and hopefully getting ready to take another fight – Legacy, IXFA, Fight Time in Florida and BAMMA USA in Cali have all shown interest but currently I have 2 more fights on my contract with Legacy so they have first pick.

sPidA: Thank you brother, best to you in your travels and keeping Texas Fighting, any last shouts to your friends,fans and sponsors?

Cody: I want to thank my family and support system that has made it possible for me to train full time – my friends for believing in me even when I don’t come out of the cage with a win they are always there to pick me up – to GOD for blessing me and keeping me motivated through my son – all my sponsors especially Sign Builders of America in Austin , Major League Grill, Trey Lacy DDS, Spidle Oil, West LTD, APAC Construction all located here in South East Texas, 88MilesWest.com and ZeroCutCreative.com and the newest addition to my team World Gym here in Beaumont – they are doing some great things for the Wounded Warrior Foundation and im stoked to be a part of that! Certainly American Top Team and The Mostyn Law Firm for all that they have done. My boy SUBTRAXZ (Chris Sublett) and Headz Will Roll Recordz for all the custom sounds that i get to workout too and walkout to! And to Cruz Combat for the custom fight shorts i love them cant wait to walk down to the cage July 7th!!! TexasFighting.com!!!!

“I see this as my re-birth into the sport” Kevin McGee Interview

A few words with Lufkin,Texas Mixed Martial Artist Kevin McGee, Bound PREMIERE FIGHT SERIES, July 28th in Fort Worth,Texas. Check out his website for more info: ” www.loudhousecrossfit.com ”

sPidA: You’re coming in with a 2-2 record– are you hungry for a win come July 28th?

McGee : I am very hungry for a win! I see this as my rebirth into the sport.

sPidA: Being a CrossFit instructor, is it hard to stay motivated,or do others help you stay focused?

McGee: I have a lot of people encouraging me to work hard and perform my best, but my strongest motivators are my children. I want to be a hero to them—not as a winning, big-name fighter, necessarily, but as a man who works hard to achieve his goals and doesn’t back down from a challenge.

sPidA: Alex Russ was your last opponent– he is ranked a top the Texas elite. Are you taking the loss and moving on or expecting a re-match in the future?

McGee: I consider Alex to be a friend. He is a good guy and I want the best for him. That being said, no fighter wants a loss to go un-avenged and I certainly wouldn’t turn down the opportunity!

sPidA: Having a teammate training for the same card, how does it feel knowing someone else will be battling along side with you on the same card?

McGee: It’s great. I actually have two teammates on the card: Jay Flores and Marshall Gorham. We’re all coming to fight! Getting there and being there together simply makes us stronger in every aspect.

sPidA: For someone who has never been to Lufkin, what best describes the town and its people? Is MMA big there or still growing?

McGee: MMA is blowing up all over the world.I don’t think there is a town in America that doesn’t have fans.Lufkin is the same way—from crazy drunken rednecks that think they can whoop Chael Sonnen to the hard working 8 year olds in the boxing program at the Boys And Girls Club who dream of getting to that level. Lufkin is a tightly knit country town and there is a lot of support here.

sPidA: Dana White had talked retirement within the next 6 years, if given his job, what would you change, if anything, in the organization (UFC)?

McGee: That’s a tough question! Being a business owner, myself, I know there is a LOT to it. I can’t imagine running an organization of that magnitude! He has obviously built a successful model and I can’t say that I would change much without knowing more intimate details of the operation. It is the pinnacle of our sport, competing in the UFC, and I don’t really see that changing in the near future, with or without Dana White.

sPidA: Another MMA giant will be closing its doors soon (STRIKEFORCE). Good or Bad? Your thoughts?

McGee: I am a fan of all MMA. When any big-name organization closes, it has its pros and cons… But I see most of the Strikeforce fighters continuing on in other organizations. That’s really what matters, right—the fighters, themselves.

sPidA: How many times a day do you fit training into your schedule?

McGee: I train very hard, and then I rest very hard—usually something like three days on, one day off.The three days on are full out, high intensity sessions with, generally, a strength workout, a very intense metcon, and skill work.The rest day is meant to be full of active recovery—foam rolling, low intensity single modal workouts, yoga, ice baths, etc.

sPidA: I have seen your photos on Facebook– is Ice bathing as bad as people say it is? How often would you say people try it?

McGee: Haha – Ice baths suck!! Period but they are the single most effective recovery tool I have ever found. Most of the time people experimenting with ice baths don’t do them properly. I would suggest that anyone wishing to try them do plenty of research, beforehand, and have a few friends with them when the time comes to jump in. We have a 100 gallon watering trough at LoudHouse CrossFit that we use exclusively for ice baths. You fill it with about 60 gallons of water, or so, and about 100 pounds of ice, then you jump in, submerging completely up to your neck, and stay in 12-15 minutes. I try to take in some calories while I’m in the water. Trust me… it is an experience you won’t forget!

sPidA: Thank you much– I will be there come July 28th, Anything you would like to add to this interview?

McGee: Hey, man – it’s my pleasure! All I want to add is a thank you to my coaches and teammates, especially Eddie Pepper, Shannon Porter, Jason and Amanda Skinner, Marshall Gorham, Jay Flores, and James Hubbard. I also want to thank my beautiful girlfriend, Elsie, for all her help and support. She is a light in the dark. Thanks, also, to my Church and to my family—their wisdom and guidance has done more for me than I can express.

Oh, one last thing—I’m still looking for sponsors, if anyone might be interested! Get a hold of me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kevin.captainmagic

“Looking to put Lufkin,Texas on the map!” Jay Flores Interview

Out of Lufkin,Texas…JAY FLORES

A few words with Jay Flores out of East Texas House of Champions and Loudhouse Crossfit in Luftkin,Texas, before his fight on PREMIERE FIGHT SERIES on July 28th in Forth Worth,Texas. Lets do this!

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts has become so popular, what do you get asked by most that know you compete?

Jay: The question I get asked the most is when my next fight is. The MMA fans in Lufkin are always asking when the next events are so they can come watch.

sPidA: With ZUFFA buying companies out in the past, do you see that as a negative or positive thing for the sport?

Jay: Zuffa is a big name in the sport, I believe it’s a really good thing for the sport. They have done really well with promoting the sport of MMA and giving it the exposure it needs.

sPidA: So many top guys making the news with arrest and so forth, what keeps you leveled and on a more postive state of mind?

Jay: I stay pretty busy with work and training 6 days a week, and when I do have off, I usually like to relax, whether it be lazy at home or out on the lake with friends and family!!! Also staying focused on God, family and what I love to do keeps me out of trouble.

sPidA: How much support do you get from loved ones for you following your dreams to compete in MMA?

Jay: My family is my biggest support that I’ve had. Talking about how proud they are at family events, or a simple phone call from a distant aunt or uncle checking to make sure I haven’t had my face bashed in. LoL But more the smile on my Dad’s face when he’s telling friends and family about his only son getting paid to hit people in the face,keeps me going. LoL

sPidA: Every fighter always makes a big deal about their walk out song, what are you coming out to and why?

Jay: Oh that’s a secret, I can’t tell that!! Lol But it’s gonna be a really cool song and it’s gonna show that I’m coming out to fight for that W!!!!!

sPidA: How big of a fan of MMA are you,do you collect memorabilia?

Jay: I’m a fan of the sport. I do my daily check up on MMA news and watch the fights with friends and family. As far as memorabilia, I don’t have any, LoL

sPidA: If you had to fight Joe Rogan to get into the UFC,would you and how would you try and beat him?

Jay: Yes. I would beat him by a Mortal Kombat style ,brutality finish. Ha

sPidA: Cutting weight is always half the battle, whats your recovery meal right after weigh ins?

Jay: Usually fruits and a recovery drink right after. Then a few meals and lots of water!

sPidA: If you had to describe your style of fighting, what would it be?

Jay: I’m pretty calm. I’m a striker by trade. I pick my shots, and throw them with bad intentions. BOOM!

sPidA: Thank you bro,we’ll be closing up this interview,last minute thoughts and comments?

Jay: I would like to first and foremost Thank my Heavenly Father for another great opportunity to show case my skills as a fighter. I’d also like to Thank my fight team at East Texas House of Champions, and Loudhouse Crossfit, James Hubbard, Kevin McGee, Marshall Gorham, Bobby Harris, my super beautiful and awesome girlfriend Ashleigh, all of my family and friends for the great support you’ve given me throughout the years. On July 28th, we’ll be looking to put Lufkin, Texas on the map!!!!

“I’ve never had an easy fight.” A few words with Jarret Jones. Interview by: sPidA

Jarret Jones, TX MMA Fighter A few words with Jarret Jones post his June 30th fight in Odessa,Texas . “Americas Most Wanted” a 24/ Seven entertainment event,taking place at the Far West Event Center (5850 West University Blvd #200, Odessa,Texas 79764) Great card with 10 bouts of what  promises to be a great night of Mixed Martial Arts action. For ticket info: 432-580-7979

sPidA : Since going Pro , you have fought some of the top guys in Texas Mixed Martial Arts , what ever got you into competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jarret: Yeah ive definatly fought some of the top welterweights and lightweights in texas since I turned pro in 2008. Some have went my way and others not, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a “easy fight”. I’ve always been an athlete and competed in many sports, I was raised to be football player, just like alot of guys who grew up in odessa. Which carried over to my agressive athleticism. So those years following graduation I was really looking for some kind of competition outlet and lifting weights at the local gym wasnt gonna fill that drive. When I came across fighting I was hooked from the beginning. The self discipline, intense training, and competition was what I had been looking for….and I soon found out that I was better at choking someone than trying to knock them out. (or maybe just enjoyed it more) So I really focused on BJJ from the beginning.

sPidA: Tell us ,what Team do you re-present and what gyms do you crosstrain in?

Jarret: I train at West Texas MMA in Midland,TX. I’ve been with these guys since the beginning and have watched thier school grow just as my fighting carrer has grown over the years. In that time I’ve went from white belt to currently purple and one day black all from my west texas brasa instructors kc whindam, jack burcham, and Jamie Lara. While the jiu-jitsu has aways been great there was not many mma fighters in the odessa/midland area when I began so I seeked out a place where I could train with some top level professional fighters. I found this place at octagon MMA in DFW. These guys have always welcomed me as part of the team and I spent many hours on the road traveling back and forth to octagon for training. Dallas is 6 hours from my home but the help that coach sayif saud and all the octagon fight team made all worth it. Octagon trains like professionals and as a team all the time and you can see by our team record last year that this method works. Coach sayif really cares about his guys and puts in the extra work for each individual.

sPidA: With over 10 Pro Mixed Martial Arts competions, have you set goals for yourself for this year? (2012)

Jarret: This is the question where I always say something like ” I’m going undefeated” or “this is my year” but, as I learned in the past that just puts more pressure on me. Honestly my goal is to do what im doing right now. Doing what I love, and doing pretty good at it. Of coarse as a fighter my goals are to be in a big time show like BELLATOR or the UFC because that’s the top and a chance to prove your a champion. But right now I’m just loving life and loving fighting. I’ve recently been able to quit my day job and can really focus on my training and my sleeping which is something I use to not get much of. I feel complete as a fighter and now I can just push myself as hard as I can everyday so that good things will happen.

sPidA: Having looked up your fighting stats I noticed you have won most of your fights by submission, do you prefer the ground game or is this mostly after feeling out your opponent that you decide to take the fight to the ground?

Jarret: All my professional wins are by submission and I would love to finish my career like that one day. I love jiu-jitsu, so I want to get them on the ground but I spend a lot of time working my standup so I’m comfortable there too. I’m not to much of a wrestler but thank goodness we fight in a cage, you can only sprawl and run away so much before I’m gonna get my arms or legs wrapped around you and it’s time to take a nap.

sPidA: With more promotions coming out in the DFW area, is this the perfect time for OCTAGON MMA to rise above and showcase there skills?

Jarret: Yes , OCTAGON MMA   is a gym with a awesome team and coach. If your a fighter or want to be a fighter this is the gym to go to in DFW area.

sPidA: Your coming off an unfortunate loss to an opponet you had already fought and defeated, How has this affected your mindset if any?

Jarret: Unfortunate loss is right, to tell you the truth that fight still keeps me up some nights. Not to take anything away from Brandon but I’m a better fighter than that guy as I had already proved the first time we fought in 2009. I was like you said, on a win streak but I made a mistake and it cost me a win but the sport is very unexpected. Doesn’t matter how the fight has played out, what round it is, or who the better fighter is your always one second away from a win or a loss. The more you realize that the more your see the urgency of getting the win as fast as possible. With that being said, I hope to get that rubber match with Brandon sometime in the future.

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts is very time consuming, from training and getting prepared, what are some of the things you dislike about the sport? (If any)

Jarret:  The one thing that I dislike about fighting is that it keeps me from entering more BJJ tournaments. It seems every time theres a good tourny coming up I’m preparing for a fight. Its hard to do both when you risk an injury everytime you compete but I know I’ll be competing in BJJ all my life so I do what I can for now. I try to make all the local ones in my area and the IBJJF in Dallas. Even if im not competing in bjj tournaments I’ve got a gi on 4-5 times a week  and I’m training my ass off to help myself and help all my team mates at West Texas MMA. Ive recently started focusing more on judo. Both of my instructors are black belts in judo and I avoided the sport for 6 years now because it hurts so bad. I’d rather take kicks to the face all day than be on the wrong end of a judo throw but it has helped my game and gives me another goal in life to shoot for. So maybe judo tournaments are in my near future.
sPidA: Whats worst, Nerves while cornering a team mate or before your own fights? How do you deal with them?

Jarret: I gotta go with nerves before my own fights  but im pretty calm before I walk out these days.I know I’ve put in the work. Nerves and anger get in your head and make you forget your game plan. This is the charachteristic of a true professional, ready to go to war and confident in his skills. I would say the worst part is about right now, 4 weeks out. I think so much about the fight that sometimes lose sense of the rest of the world. All that really matters is my training to win this fight. Sometimes I”ll start my drive to the gym and start thinking about my fight. Going over scenarios in my head, picturing the win, imagining my hand being raised and  1/2 an hour later without any recollection of the drive I’m sitting in front of my gym with hands gripped and knuckles tight on the steering wheel, my heart is racing, forehead already sweating but I use that energy to go inside and just bust ass to make it a reality.

sPida: If you were given an opt to come out as a character in a video game (other than the UFC) which one would it be and why?

Jarret: Ha! I have to admit im not much of a video game guy. That stuff turns your brain to bologne but I remember playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Scorpion is pretty awesome. I wouldnt have to judo if I had that cool thing that shot out of my hand. “Get over here”

sPidA:  LoL That would be pretty cool! Thank you for your time man, any last words bro before we wrap this up?

Jarret: Yeah for sure, I have to thank my awesome wife for supporting me to shoot for my dreams. Its a pretty crazy idea thinking you can make a living through training and fighting but with her support I can do anything. Thanks to all of my instructors and team mates at west texas mma for putting me through tough rounds everyday. Every one else who has helped me prepare, Brad Barnes & Bruno Bastos over at Rhino BJJ, Coach sayif at Octagon MMA, traininerydag partner Clay Hantz. Fabian butler w/ 24/7 entertainment for all the awesome local shows. And finally all my athletes at Basin CrossFit. You guys come in everyday and let me yell at you and put you through fitness hell and its making my dreams come true. Anyone in the Odessa/midland area I welcome you to my gym Basin CrossFit most awesome and motivating group of people youll ever workout with. www.basincrossfit.com Thanks for the opportunity sPidA!

 

Jessica Prado Interview: Bound PCG May 19th. By: Guy Potter

Jessica Prado fighting out of Laredo, TX and representing LAREDO MMA will be making her Mixed Martial Arts debut on May 19th in San Antonio, TX. This will be for Premiere Combat Group amateur Mixed Martial Arts promotion. Let’s get started!

Guy: How did you first get introduced to Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: I got introduced about 2yrs ago by a fellow teammate.

Guy: Since that day, was fighting/competing in Mixed Martial Arts ever an option?

Prado: Yes, Ive always looked forward to fighting. Especially that I’m the only girl training in my team, n seeing the guys compete .. i would tell myself  ” I want sum of that ” . LoL

Guy:Being a parent yourself, how safe is the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: Being a parent of two girls gets me thinking about there safety as far as the sport goes, but with the proper coaches and techniques. It really is as safe as you allow it to be. And especially them being girls, a great way of self defense.

Guy: You have been involved in sports growing up, how does training in Mixed Martial Arts compare to anything else you’ve trained in?

Prado: Yes, I have always been an athlete in different sports, and Mix Martial Arts relates mainly the conditioning and strength.

Guy: Working a 9-5 job , do your co workers know about you making a debut in MMA come May 19th, how did they react when they first heard?

Prado: Yes My Co-Workers are aware of my Debut in May 19 and I’m looking forward to having there support that night . I have to admit they were excited that i was finally getting this opportunity.

Guy: How often do you train, has this picked up since agreeing to fight?

Prado: I Have My two a days.. wake up at 5am for my cardio/conditioning and later after work head to the gym around 4pm for my afternoon training, starts off with my cardio and them for sum hard work w the guys. yes it has picked up, with the am training and my early cardio before classes start and then in the evening to finish it off with more cardio.

Guy: Do you know anything about your opponent, how will you deal with nerves once stepping inside the Cage?

Prado: I hate to say that no i don’t know anything bout my opponent except her name. and well nerves come and go, but once stepping into that cage i plan to give her war 🙂

Guy:  Walk out music, what are you thinking and why?

Prado: My walk out song is Itty Bitty by Ms. Nikki Minaj and well its self explanatory 🙂

Guy: You have a great team at LAREDO MMA , How much support are you getting from the team?

Prado: Yes I sure do Have a Great Team With Laredo MMA, and well i am proud to say i get there 110% support .

Guy: What style of fighting do you like and is there any fighters you look up to?

Prado: The only fighter style i look up to is my very own Coach Sonny “El Loco”  Luque Trad,  with a great stand up.

Guy: Thank you Jessica Prado for your time, best of luck to you come May 19th,any last comments?

Prado: Thank you TexasFighting.com for the interview, would like to thank my friends and Team mates,see you all come May 19th.