“The belt will be coming home with me.” Anita Rodriguez Interview

Anita Rodriguez
Anita Rodriguez via Tapology

A few words with Anita Rodriguez, bound for Big Dawg promotions in Conroe, Texas on Jan 26th. Anita is a veteran of both BELLATOR FC, and King of the Cage. In this interview, we talk about her training, her camp, and her supporters, as well as the prospect of her bringing the title back with her to Dallas.

sPidA: Your upcoming bout is for a title, how well prepared are you going into this bout?

Anita: I think I am well prepared for this fight, so well prepared that I know the belt will be coming home with me to Dallas. I have trained too hard not to…

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Have you trained specifically for her, or making her fight your fight?

Anita: Yes I’ve studied her, and seeing what I’ve seen, I’m not a bit worried.  I plan on making her fight my fight.

sPidA: Having had BELLATOR experience, has this made you step up your game?

Anita: Having Bellator experience, and now having a Manager,  certainly stepped up My Fight game.

sPidA: With the UFC finally picking up on Women’s MMA, has this changed your hopes and dreams of fighting in the big show someday?

Anita:  I knew it was a matter of time before women would be fighting in the UFC.  My goal is to get there and be remembered as one of their best woman fighters.

sPidA: Most of your bouts have been won via submission.  Are you a grappler first, when it comes to mixing it up?

Anita: It’s funny that you ask that, because my strongest ability is my stand up, but if I go to the ground, I can hold my own, so no, I’m more of a Boxer.

sPidA: Your last bout was an unfortunate loss.  Most learn from them. Others never get over them mentally, it is safe to say.  What have you learned from this?

Anita: Yes, I remember that loss against Jessica Eye. She was better that night, but I know in my heart that I  can beat her.  I see a rematch in the near future. I have learned what a real training camp is.

sPidA: With you recently signing up with Imperial Management, are you looking to stay busy in 2013?

Anita: Yes, I recently signed up with Imperial Management, and that’s the best decision I’ve made yet. I’m already looking busy for 2013.

imperial Fight MGMT

sPidA: What is a typical training day like? Do you train till fight time, or do you take a week off prior to fight day?

Anita: .My typical training day is brutal, having to train and,spar with some of the best male fighters such as Jason Sampson, Derek Campos, Donnie Bell, Kashiff Solain, and Ryan Benoit. They don’t see me as a female, and they only make me a better fighter.  I train up until  prior to fight Day.

sPidA: Thank you Anita. I wish you the best for this event. Is there anybody you’d like to thank before wrapping this up?

Anita: I’d like to thank my friends and family who’ve helped me with my 2 year old little  girl, and I’d also like to thank Coach Durwyn Lamb, one of the best coaches in the MMA, and surely a great friend; and Matt Rossini from Imperial Fight Management, Torque Clothing, Lockout Supplements, Corganics, Purfight.com, Coach Mohler, Coach Joe Garcia, VIP Mouth Guards, and John Lee Nutrition. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you guys.


Shark Fights 21: Bobby Lashley Faces Mark Martinez for Shark Fights Title Short [PRESS RELEASE]

PRESS RELEASE: November 7, 2011

Shark Fights 21 "BOBBY LASHLEY vs MARK MARTINEZ" Amarillo, TX – Shark Fight Promotions announced today that WWE superstar Bobby Lashely (6-1) will face Shark Fights and King Of The Cage veteran Mark Martinez (4-0) for the Shark Fights Heavyweight Title at Shark Fights 21 on November 11 in Lubbock, Texas. Martinez has a perfect 4-0 record and 2-0 in Shark Fight Promotions. In the co-main event, Tony Bonello (15-1-1) takes on Ultimate Fighter Dave Roberts (4-7) for the Shark Fights Light Heavyweight Title. Shark Fights 21 will be the promotions biggest event of the year with two title fights in one night.

Shark Fights 21 will take place on Friday, November 11, 2011 at The Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas and will be broadcast via tape delay on FUEL TV beginning December 23, 2011. Doors Open at 6:00pm CST. Fights start at 7pm CST. Tickets for Shark Fights 21 are on sale now at www.selectaseatlubbock.com. Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $40, $55, $65, $75, and $100. For more information, or current Shark Fights news, please visit sharkfights.com or facebook.com/sharkfights. Fight card subject to change.

Main Event:
-Bobby Lashley (6-1) vs Mark Martinez (4-0)

Co-Main Event:
-Tony Bonello (15-1-1) vs Dave Roberts (4-7)

Main Card:
-Cody Pfister (5-3) vs. Isais Martinez (6-3)
-Willie Parks (3-1) vs Anselmo Martinez (7-5)
-Gabe Vasquez (4-4) vs Zach Haney (3-5)

Preliminary Bout:
-Daniel Almeida (6-0) vs John King (2-2)
-Cody East (0-0) vs Adenilson Clementino (1-0)
-Matt Hobar (3-0) vs Donnie Frye (3-10)
-Jeremiah Castillo (3-13) vs Zavier Garcia (0-1)
-Brian Joseph (1-0) vs Marcus Baldivia (0-1)

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.

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.

Media Contact for Shark Fights:
George Meng
Media and Public Relations

King of the Cage’s (KOTC) First Official Show in Texas!!!

PRESS RELEASE: Lubbock, Texas April 1, 2011


“King of the Cage’s” first official show in Texas will be in Lubbock, TX on April 16, 2011 at the Lubbock Civic Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the first fight starts at 7:00 p.m.

This show will be King of the Cage’s (KOTC) 223rd official show! Out of the hundreds of MMA promoters all around the world, no company on earth has promoted more professional MMA fights than “King of the Cage” with 2,419 official professional bouts to its credit. King of the Cage promotes shows in America, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, United Kingdom, New Zealand and South America.

The show will consist of 11 matches with the main event featuring current 170 lb. Welterweight World Champion Quinn Mulhern challenging Anselmo Martinez. Both fighters come to the cage with a history of serving up knock outs and killer submissions. Also featured is UFC champion and hall of famer Dan “The Beast” Severn challenging Lubbock native Aaron Garcia. This looks to be a strategic war of talent and experience between two top MMA pros.

In addition to the main events, some of the area fighters to watch on this epic fight card are: Josh Luna, Bill Albrecht, Zach Haney, Josh Hill, Adenilson Clementino, Aaron Cantu, Ulpiano Malachias, Eric Rodriguez, Jerry Hinojosa, Donnie Frye, Javier Rubio, Mark Martinez and Josh King.

King of the Cage is a global powerhouse of mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions featuring elite professional fighters from around the world in hand-to-hand battles of skill and honor. There will be no less than 11 hard hitting, No Holds Barred, Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fights in one night! Various styles of MMA will be featured such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai, and Boxing.

For ticket information please call Select-a-Seat at 806.770.2000 or visit www.blackbeltuniverse.com for VIP tables and front row tickets. Blackbelt Universe urges the community to come out to the Civic Center and see who will be the next King of the Cage.

The Lubbock Civic Center is located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

Texas Fight Schedule [2011 Archives]

Texas Fighting Schedule

Mixed Martial Arts

01/22/11 UFC, Ft. Hood (event closed to the public)
01/29/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
01/29/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
01/29/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
02/26/11 IXFA, Houston
03/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
04/08/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
04/08/11 Texas Cage Fighting, El Paso
04/09/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
04/09/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
04/09/11 Quality Entertainment, Austin
04/15/11 STFC, McAllen
04/16/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
04/22/11 Kick Ass Productions, New Braunfels
04/23/11 IXFA, Winnie
04/23/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso CANCELED
04/30/11 Savarese Promotions, Galveston
06/03/11 Kick Ass Productions, San Marcos CANCELED
06/04/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
06/10/11 24/7, Amarillo
06/11/11 Team Recon, Harlingen
06/18/11 Strikeforce, Dallas
06/18/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo
06/25/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
07/09/11 Martinez Brothers Productions, El Paso
07/15/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Frisco
07/22/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
07/23/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
07/29/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
07/30/11 Kick Ass Productions, Seguin
07/30/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo CANCELED
08/12/11 STFC, McAllen
08/19/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
08/20/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
08/27/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
09/03/11 Immortal Kombat Fighting, Spring
09/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
09/10/11 24/7, Midland
09/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
10/01/11 Martinez Bros. Productions, El Paso
10/08/11 UFC, Houston
10/15/11 STFC, South Padre Island
11/11/11 STFC, McAllen
11/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
11/26/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso  CANCELED
11/26/11 Oscorp Enterprises, Pharr
12/02/11 Fight Game Championships, Frisco
12/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
12/15/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
12/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

01/13/11 SWMMA, Grapevine
01/15/11 PCG, San Antonio
01/23/11 FTF, El Paso
01/29/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
02/04/11 ABG, New Braunfels
02/04/11 SWMMA, Arlington
04/16/11 GFP, Irving
05/06/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
05/07/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
05/14/11 USACA, Houston
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/21/11 915MMA, El Paso
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
07/01/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
07/29/11 USACA, Houston
08/06/11 PCG, San Antonio
08/12/11 USACA, Dallas
08/27/11 ABG, San Antonio
09/02/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
09/10/11 TRCAA, Victoria
09/24/11 915 MMA, El Paso CANCELED
10/01/11 PCG, San Antonio
10/22/11 USACA, Houston
10/22/11 SPAMMA, Snyder
11/04/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
12/02/11 CDM, The Woodlands
12/10/11 915 MMA, El Paso


01/15/11 Los Dos Laredos Boxing Promotions, Laredo
01/21/11 Southcoast Promotions, Victoria
01/22/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
01/22/11 Marines Promotions, Austin
01/27/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
02/04/11 Marines Promotions, Ft. Worth
02/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
04/08/11 Antonio Leonard Productions, Laredo
04/16/11 Marines Promotions, Edinburg
04/30/11 Paulie Ayala Productions, Ft. Worth
05/06/11 Savarese Promotions, Texas City
05/12/11 The Real Estate Council Foundation, Dallas (not open to the public)
05/19/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
05/28/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
06/11/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
06/17/11 Cavazos Boxing & Golden Boy Promotions, Hidalgo
06/17/11 Prize Fight Promotions, Austin
06/23/11 Calm Before The Storm Promotions, Houston
06/24/11 Triple A Promotions, Robstown
06/24/11 Zeferino Promotions/Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
06/25/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
07/09/11 South Coast Promotions, Humble
07/16/11 Marines Promotions, Brownsville
07/16/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
07/22/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
07/23/11 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
07/28/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
07/30/11 Marines Promotions, Nachodoches
08/04/11 Calm Before the Storm, Houston
08/05/11 Wolfe Pack Boxing, Winnie
08/13/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
08/13/11 South Coast Promotions, Victoria
08/19/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
08/20/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Dallas
09/03/11 Valley Promotions, Pharr
09/15/11 Goossen Tutor Promotions, El Paso
09/16/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
09/24/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
09/24/11 CNS Promotions, Corpus Christi
09/24/11 Marines Promotions, Harlingen – CANCELED
09/29/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
09/29/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
10/14/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
10/15/11 Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
10/21/11 Golden Boy Promotions/Cavazos Boxing, Pharr
10/22/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
10/27/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Tyler
10/29/11 I Entertainment, Pharr – CANCELED
10/29/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Waco
10/29/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
11/03/11 Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas
11/05/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
11/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
11/18/11 Marines Promotions, Robstown
11/19/11 Top Rank, Houston
12/08/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
12/09/11 Marines Promotions, McAllen – CANCELED
12/10/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
12/17/11 Black Gloves Promotions, Dallas