“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!!!
MMA Cage Fights - STFC 21

Bellator 20 weigh-in results

The official results of the weigh-in are as follows (via Bellator.com):

MAIN CARD:

Bryan “The Beast” Baker (186 lbs.) versus Eric Schambari (185 lbs.) – at 185 lbs.
Alexander Shlemenko (184.8 lbs.) versus Jared Hess (185.2 lbs) – at 185 lbs.
Eddie Sanchez (234.4 lbs.) versus Marcus Sursa (219.2 lbs.) – at 265 lbs.
Nik Mamalis (135.2 lbs.) versus Mark Oshiro (135.4 lbs.) – at 135 lbs.

LOCAL FEATURE FIGHTS:

Robert Villegas (205.2 lbs.) versus Aaron Rosa (205.2 lbs.) – at 205 lbs.
Cedric Marks (166.8 lbs.) versus Andrew Chappelle (174.8 lbs.) – at 170 lbs.
Brian Melancon (161.2 lbs.) versus Adam Schindler (154.8 lbs.) – at 155 lbs.^
Humberto DeLeon (124.6 lbs.) versus Jimmy Flick (124.6 lbs.) – at 125 lbs.
Kenneth Battle (154.8 lbs.) versus Fernando Rodriguez (153.8 lbs.) – at 155 lbs.

* Chappelle and Marks are negotiating a catchweight
^ Melancon and Schindler are negotiating a catchweight