El Orgullo del Valle Post Fight Analysis

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Fight promoter Jeff Bonugli was looking for fighters, and he got them. Ryan Spann out of Beaumont opened last Saturday night’s “El Orgullo del Valle” fight event with hands and feet blazing. Although his opponent, Robert Zamora, outweighed him by 26 pounds, it was a mismatch from the beginning, but in Spann’s favor. Spann is the kind of fighter one hates to fight; a towering 6’5 inches tall, with not an ounce to spare on his lean frame of 183 pounds. You take into account also his 82 inch reach, and it spells trouble. Spann, who trains with American Top Team in Beaumont came into this fight 1-0 as a pro, determined to extend his win record. A game Zamora (training out of Mission with Robert Torres) initiated the fray by moving in on Spann with a front kick. After a brief exchange Spann connected with a blistering round house kick to Zamora’s rib cage, which visibly hurt him. The fight went to the ground, and at 2:25 of the first round Spann applied a rear naked choke to end the match.

Julio Villarreal, (McAllen) got into the fight game to lose weight. To that end, he’s been successful, losing over one hundred pounds since taking up mixed martial arts. It wasn’t enough against Christopher Lopez out of San Antonio, though. Lopez quickly got down to business in his match with Villarreal, causing ref Jake Montalvo to stop the match at 1:39 of the first round, when Villarreal was unable to defend himself against the pounding Lopez was doling out. Coming into the match at 1-0, the very humble Lopez voiced no unreasonable expectations about his future. “I’ll take this game as far as it takes me. I’ll be happy with the results, what ever they are.” His immediate short range goal? “I want to meet again the guy I lost to as an amateur. I want to beat him.” He sports 5 wins and one loss as an amateur, and the fight he lost took place in January 2011, in a fight against Jared Perez that went the distance. The 28 year old Lopez, a marathon runner, fights out of Rangel Vale Tudo, and at age 28 is a veteran of the United States Marines. He’s a recent graduate from UTSA. Not exactly sure why, but this writer is partial to him.

You have to hand it to Gabe Reynaga. At 40 years old he took on 24 year old Jordan Morgan. Twice he attempted a spin back kick on Morgan, and each time Morgan walked on him. To Reynaga’s credit, he stayed in the fight, going the distance with Morgan, who won by unanimous decision.

One has difficulty not liking Ray Rodriguez out of New Braunfel’s “Warrior’s Edge. The kid exudes optimism. He was facing a tough Jean Cartagena Maldonado, fighting out of Seguin MMA, just 15 minutes down the road from where Rodriguez trains. The fact that Maldonado holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu did not faze Ray. Given his record, Maldonado is no pushover. He came into this fight 1-1 as a pro, with 6 straight wins as an amateur. Strange as this may seem, I felt he should have stuck to his standup in this fight. He has good standup, with very strong kicks and good hands, which, for the little I saw, I rated superior to Ray’s. Yeah, but his strength is in jiu jitsu, and that’s where he continued to go. Explain that to Ray Rodriguez, who put him in a guillotine hold in 54 seconds of the third round!

Alex Hernandez of Ohana quickly overwhelmed Mission’s David Salazar to end the fight in 34 seconds of the first round. Salazar had taken the fight on two weeks notice. One may be physically prepared, but it is the mental game which is tasked.

Jorge Cortez out of Ultra Fit MMA in Harlingen also took this fight on very short notice, but what a fight this was between him and Cory Bellino out of Full Contact Fight Academy in Corpus Christi! Bellino bloodied Cortez in the first round, but Cortez was landing punches as well, in an exciting round of stand up. In the second and third rounds, Bellino took Cortez to the mat, where he had the advantage, as Cortez seemed to be enjoying the stand up game. A close, exciting fight with all judges scoring it 28-29 in favor of Bellino.

Up to this point, every fight has been exciting! One would think the action would slow down. Not so. Next up was Matt Mooney of El Gallero Den in Mission, versus Juan Chapa, also out of Mission. This was probably the most evenly matched fight of the night, with both fighters debuting as pros with an amateur record of 1-0, with both fighters winning their match by submission. So you ask, if the fight only lasted 35 seconds, what was so exciting about it? Those were 35 seconds of great stand up, pure toe to toe confrontation. And then Matthew goes and stops it all by submitting Chapa with an arm bar, which Chapa admits he walked right in to, by thinking he could take Matt out with his hands. Chapa, who lost, will also be on the June Orgullo del Valle card.

Jose Ceja, making his pro debut, represented promoter Bonugli’s Green Ghost Academy in a match against jiu jitsu purple belt Rene Gonzalez, also out of Mission. Ceja landed a hard shot over Gonzalez’ left eye early on, and continued to put on the pressure for three rounds. This fight began with a bang and finished in like manner; action packed, with Ceja taking the fight by unanimous decision.

Up to this point, it had been a night of continuous action, seemingly one exciting fight after another, with each succeeding fight seemingly better than the last. Could it get any better? The best was yet to come. The much ballyhooed co main event between Leroy Martinez and Ricky Palacios was in the offing. There had been much smack talk and insults traded between the two men and their camps, situated only miles apart in Mission. Ricardo “El Gallero” Palacios was coming into this event 4 pounds over weight at 139 pounds, versus Leroy “El Guapo” Martinez at the required 135. Ricky was sporting a record of 1-0 as a pro, and 6-0 as an amateur, all by KO, something which surely did not escape Martinez, whose pro record was 1-1, with an amateur record of 2-2. No one was disappointed at the effort expended by the two. There had been the attempted psyche and shoving between the two at the weigh ins, and this continued into the ring. Palacio’s fight skills are evident in his record to this point; nonetheless, one danger in over confidence can be that training may be allowed to lag. In the first round, Martinez did every thing right. When going up against a striker of the caliber of Palacios, one takes the game to the ground, and Martinez was doing a good job with this. His attempts to get Palacios into a submission hold in the first round failed, but in this writer’s view, the first round went to Martinez. The second round, Palacios got into his game, eluding attempts to be taken to the ground, tagging Martinez at least a couple of times with hard shots to the face, softening him for a clean knockout at 1:22 of the second round.

The much anticipated duel between two good fighters is over, for the time being at least. One writer calls it a total win for the Palacios camp, citing this and two other wins. I don’t agree with his analysis. The first round was too close, and it gets tougher from here, with each fight getting progressively tougher as opponents study his style. Rick’s ground game needs work. Why is this important? You have in Rick Palacios a genuine knockout artist. Consider this: 6 -0 as an amateur, all six wins by KO. 1-0 as a pro boxer, this also by knock out. 2-0 as a pro, both by knock out. Nine fights, 9 KO’s. Future opponents would be foolish not to study his game, as did Leroy Martinez. Nullifying his standup is essential, as Martinez almost did. My advice would be to heal the breach between camps. Sparring partners like Leroy Martinez who can help with the ground game can be a blessing. Both fighters will benefit from each other’s experience. Heal the breach.

We come to the main event, Aaron Rosa versus Tony Melton. Tony Melton entered the fight a solid 264 pounds, the kind of opponent who will pose a threat to any unprepared fighter. He entered this event sporting a 7-3 pro record, and 1-0 as a pro K-1 kickboxer. All his MMA bouts have been almost exclusively stand up. And yes, Aaron Rosa came into the fight, by his own standards, less prepared than desired, and well over his fighting weight. His employment, entailing long hours, has eaten into his training time, and he had been able to train only sporadically. Predictably, the fight evolved into a boxing match, with Rosa having to fight Melton’s game. In a closely fought stand up game, Rosa won by decision, by virtue of landing more punches.

El Orgullo del Norte, first event is now in the past. It has all the markings of a first class event. If Jeff Bonugli has his way, it will come one day to match the UFC in drawing power and excellence.

“No Pressure, a Fight is a Fight!” Q&A with Amber Stautzenberger in Preperation for XKO’s 1st Female Fight

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XKO out of Arlington, TX is going down on March 23rd with a stacked card and their first ever female fight between Amber Stautzenberger and Ashley Allen. XKO 18…here we go!!

sPidA: You made your pro debut in September against Paige VanZant, what do you feel went wrong in that fight?

APEX: I just feel that my mentality was off. I didn’t perform the way I know I can.

sPidA: Did you go into your second bout in January against Summer Artherton with something to prove?

APEX: I only had something to prove to myself. I had to prove that I can use the skills I know I have and that I do love the sport. My mentality was totally different from what it was back in September.

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sPidA: The first female bout for XKO, any pressure going into your 3rd professional fight?

APEX: No pressure, a fight is a fight! I have been in several 1st female fights for other promotions as well.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Are you looking at a game plan or just seeing where the fight goes?

APEX: I know she is comfortable anywhere but her base is jiu-jitsu. Game plans change through at a fight, but I do know that I am going to be the dictator.

sPidA: You looking at staying busy this year? Any other bouts outside MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing?

APEX: Well after this match, I will fight in for DFC in Fargo, ND on April 20th, and again for PFS in Fort Worth, TX on May 18. I hope to keep busy this year and it would be nice to get back into jiu-jitsu tournaments. I haven’t done one since the end of 2011.

sPidA: Thank you once again and best of luck Amber. Anyone you would like to thank before your fight?

APEX: Thank you! I would like to Thank my sponsors AmmoToGo.com, Gamma Labs, M. King Construction Co. from Dilley, TX, and Michelle Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson. I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare for my match, especially Coach Mohler, Will Campuzano, and Tristan Grimsley.

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“My goal is to finish my opponent…” Interview with Brandon Farran

DSC_8161[1]I’ve been following Brandon Farran‘s career as of late. Recently he came off a great submission win as well as a KO victory, he’s definitely showcasing some well rounded Mixed Martial Arts arsenal! He’s preparing to step inside the cage on Friday September 14th for LEGACY FC 14. Let’s get started!

sPidA: You’re coming off a great submission win over a humble and very athletic fighter by the name of Cleburn Walker. How prepared were you for that fight?

Farran: Cleburn Walker is a great guy and it was a pleasure to step in the cage with a man who possesses the same values and principles as myself. I knew he was a great fighter, so I made sure I stepped into the cage knowing that I trained harder than ever for this fight, as I do with all fights no matter the caliber of opponent!

sPidA: With a KO win prior to your fight with Cleburn, was a submission victory planned to show you were that well rounded or did he just happen to fall into it?

Farran: The submission was definitely not planned. When going against any opponent, the last thing you want to do is allow them to take the fight where they feel most comfortable.

sPidA: As a gym owner in Future Fitness, what has been the toughest thing since opening your doors?

Farran: I would have to say the toughest thing has been finding the balance between my family life, business and a fighting career. Luckily for me the business and fighting go hand and hand, so ultimately the hardest thing has been to leave business and fighting at the gym and making sure I didn’t let it interfere the relationship between me and my fiancee.

sPidA: With the change of opponents and now having Derek Krantz step in, has your game plan changed any? What do you know about your new opponent?

Farran: I never prepare for a specific opponent. When I step inside the cage I set the pace and make sure I inflict my will and not vice versa. I know Derrick has established a name for himself and that he’s pretty well rounded. As far as him as a person, I know nothing of him.

sPidA: Nobody trains to lose but many “play it safe”, what is your set goal when entering the cage for a fight?

Farran: When stepping into the cage, my goal is to finish my opponent no matter where the fight goes, that way the judges have no say.

sPidA: With your birthday happening days prior to your fight (strict diet etc..), are you looking to celebrate it after your victory on Sept 14th?

Farran: I will celebrate my birthday inside the cage on Friday night and then I plan to spend the rest of the weekend with my family, since they all live in Houston.

sPidA: It’s great that you have people you love supporting you. Is this the same support that your students and any prospective students can expect?

Farran: The support from loved ones is what fuels my fire! The way I see being a head coach and training partner to my students is, if they do not get better than ultimately I cannot get better. These guys are my family and I love each and every one of them unconditionally. I pour as much fight knowledge into them as they can absorb. I do not teach with a set pace or structure because everyone has different learning curves and I try to give each and every one of them the individual attention they need.

sPidA: We hear about so many “bad calls” in Mixed Martial Arts events, what are your thoughts on training some referees that work them?

Farran: The refs see a totally different view of the fight, a view that fighters and spectators can’t. Their main job is to lookout for the safety of fighters. This is one of the main reasons I train myself and team to finish fights!

sPidA: What Martial Arts movies did you grow up watching and did any of them motivate you to train as you do now?

Farran: I grew up watching them all but my motivation comes from seeing actual fighters and choreographed stunts. Don’t get me wrong, while growing up I loved these movies but after training and fighting you realize those movies are not realistic at all. Although they are starting to do a good job of making them more realistic.

sPidA: Thanks once again bro, glad to see your career taking off. Anything you’d like to add to this before we wrap it up?

Farran: Thank you brotha for finding me worthy enough to interview, it is always a pleasure talking MMA. Thank you to my fiancee Channing Morris for putting up with my drama, she likes to call me a “Diva” lol, but she has been great to me! Also thank you to all my supporters who help to make my dreams come true!


Televised Card
Welterweight title – Jeff Rexroad 5-1 v. Macaco 27 -13 – 5 x 5
125 – Josh Sampo 8-2 v. Antonio Banuelos 20-8 – 3 x 5
135 – Cody Williams 4-2 v. Steven Peterson 7-2 – 3 x 5
170 – Brandon Farran 7-4 v. Derrick Krantz 12-6 – 3 x 5
170 – Lester Batres 2-1 v. Jon Harris – 5-2 – 3 x 5
125 – Matt Schnell 0-0 v. Ryan Hollis 0-0 – 3 x 3
145 – Darrion Caldwell 0-0 v. David Armas 2-4 – 3 x 3
Prelims
170 – Ryan Spann v. Charlie Ontiveros – 3 x 3
205 – Yonny Osuna v. Chris Reed – 3 x 3
180 – Patrick Hutton v. Terrance Ferguson – 3 x 3
170 – Patrick Greene v. Kaileb Cummins – 3 x 3

Check out Brandon Farran -vs- Jarret Jones

Garcia Promotions Presents ” CAGE COMBAT 9″

CAGE COMBAT 9
Friday May 25, 2012
PENDING TDLR APPROVAL

1. Alex Martinez (Silverback) VS. Martin Garcia (GB Texas) – 125
2. Sijin Kurian (SLMMA) VS. Hugo Delafuente (Bushi Ban) – 125
3. Victor Lomax (Ground Dwellers) VS. Chris Rivera (ACS) – 125
4. Hector Cortina (RSKA/Silverback) VS. Alex Chang (4oz) – 135
5. Raul Rodriguez (SLMMA) VS. Brandon Gauthier (Tooke/Pitre MMA)- 145
6. Martin Walker (ATT Beaumont) VS. John Rodriguez (Silverback) – 145
7. Mike Eaglin (Elite MMA) VS. Bryant Holt (4oz) – 185
8. Tony Stolfa (ATT Beaumont) VS. Edgar Juarez (Paradigm) – 145
9. Alex Fernandez (Silverback) VS. Luis Santiago (ACS) – 135
10. Gregory Diaz (ATT Beaumont) VS Leville Simpson (Twin Wolves) – 155
11. TBA VS. Lucas Aguirre (Tooke/Pitre MMA) – 160
12. Kody Williams (GB Woodlands) VS. Yan Digalov (Paradigm) – 145
13. Josh Cooper (ATT Beaumont) VS. Mike Dunn (4oz) – 135
14. Ramiro Cortina (RSKA/Silverback) VS. Randy McCullough (Windy MMA) – 135
15. Ryan Sheehan (GB Champions) VS. Chas Liberty (Paradigm) – 170
16. Tony Orozco Jr. (Silverback) VS. Cesar Del Angel (KO Club) – 135
17. Tyler Flores (GB Woodlands) VS. Joe Whichard (Kingwood MMA) – 170
18. Tina Gomez (SBA) VS. Kristy Kester (Windy MMA) – 125
19. Kolton Englund (RSKA/Silverback) VS. Jason Friedman (Paradigm) – 155
20. Ryan Hollis (Hard Head Hitters) VS. James Deherrera (Windy MMA) – 125 TITLE
21. Robert Butler (SFS MMA) VS. Aaron Croon (Tooke/Pitre MMA) – 145 Title
22. Ryan Spann (ATT Beaumont) VS. Charles Lloyd (GB Woodlands) – 170 Title

XKO 2011 Year End Awards Presentation and XKO 13 Full Fight Card!

XKO WILL HONOR ~ FIGHT OF THE YEAR ~ FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~ KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR ~ MOST ENTERTAINING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~

The 2011 XKO Year End Awards will be Presented at XKO 13 on Saturday, Dec. 3rd 2011. Come celebrate with the winners and BEST FIGHTERS in Texas and XKO.

2011 XKO FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
JJ Holmes
Roy Spoon
Chris Pecero
Steven Peterson
Alex Russ
Douglas Frey
Kano Gregoire

2011 XKO FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Douglas Frey vs Steven Peterson (135 title fight XKO 10)
Andrew Parker vs Dustin Adams (XKO 12)
Chris Pecero vs James Vick (#1 contender XKO 12)
Moises Diaz vs Burt McDonald (XKO 10)
Chris Pecero vs Chris Jones (155 XKO title fight)

2011 XKO KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR
Ciprian Hangan (Knocks out Steve Hess :48 sec RD 1 XKO 11)
Douglas Frey (Knocks out Randy Villarreal XKO 9)
Kano Gregoire (TKO’s Brandon McDowell XKO 12)
Chris Pecero (Knocks out Jarrett Jones XKO 9)
Nelson Salas (TKO’s Eliasar Rodriguez standing elbow XKO 11)
JJ Holmes (KO’s Brian Cheatham XKO 9)

When: Xtreme Knockout 13 – Saturday DEC 3rd, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm. Official XKO Weigh – ins Friday DEC 2ND at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (FREE- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE)

Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015

Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM and xtremeknockout.com “100% OF PROCEEDS OF SELECTED TICKET SALES WILL GO TO “HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS” $25 for advanced general admission and $30 when purchased at the door. $50 for Ringside Reserved and $60 at the door, VIP tables $400 (limited tables) Visit www.thegym.org for more information. CORONA, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

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XKO 13 Fight Card (Card Subject to Change)

XKO MAIN EVENT 185lbs JJ HOLMES 2-2 MOHLER MMA AND THE GYM DALLAS, TX vs JOSH FOSTER 4-3 LONGVIEW, TX (One of the most talented wrestlers in the state – JJ Holmes will face his toughest opponent yet – Josh Foster. Foster coming off an impressive win at XKO 11 over Hayward Charles looks to become one of the top 185lb fighters in the division! This fight WILL be one of the most exciting fights put together at XKO)

125lbs RANDY VILLARREAL 7-6 ARLINGTON, TX, vs FRANK ORTEGA 4-6 (Randy Villarreal’s last fight at XKO made a huge mark in the local fight scene! He quickly destroyed Mike Sierra in what was set up to be the biggest “grudge match” XKO has put together! His opponent – Frank Ortega, with similar fighting styles this match-up will be a high impact, fast paced fight)

180lbs HAYWARD “THE HYBRID” CHARLES 2-2 vs ANDRE KAVANAUGH 2-1 (Hayward is coming off an impressive win over the very talented Michael Craycraft. Hayward looks to prove to be one of the top contenders in XKO as he faces XKO newcomer Andre Kavanaugh. Andre who is known for his heavy hands and strength will look to test Haywards chin and go for a quick knockout!)

180bs ANTONY “MAD DOG” MACIAS (over 150 pro fights) vs BRANDON MCDOWELL (over 80 pro fights)Combined with over 200 professional fights Anthony Macias will face for the first time ever- MMA and XKO veteran Brandon Mcdowell. Anthony a UFC and Pride veteran is an exciting fighter with a strong kickboxing background, Brandon has almost as much experience in the cage and looks to use that to defeat Macias)

155lbs DONNIE BELL XTREME MMA 1-0 vs ARMANDO SERVIN pro debut Returning to the XKO cage for the second time is Donnie Bell! He made his pro-debut at XKO with a dominating win over Burt McDonald. Armando Servin will be making his pro-debut at XKO! Servin had a solid amateur career and is ready for the pro level!)

170lbs ROY SPOON 7-3 vs JOSH LEE 7-7 (Roy Spoon is what some say the most exciting fighter in XKO! With a perfect record in 2011 Spoon looks to continue his winning streak as he faces XKO newcomer Josh Lee! Josh is an experienced fighter looking to stop the current most dominating fighter in XKO Roy Spoon!)

185lbs JAY JAY SANCHEZ 2-0 vs TBA (Jay Jay Sanchez is an undefeated fighter who just came off an impressive win over JJ holmes! Sanchez has a strong ground game and looks to continue a dominating path!)

135lbs ELIASAR RODRIGUEZ 0-1 vs HOMER GARCIA pro debut (This is Eliasar’s second professional fight! His last fight was a tough loss against the fast rising star Nelson Salas. Homer is moving up after an undefeated career as a amateur and making his pro-debut against Eliasar! Both fighters will be fast and exciting)

185lbs CIPRIAN HANGAN vs TBA (Ciprian made his pro debut against Steve Hess at XKO 11! Ciprian made a very impressive pro-debut against Hess with a :48 sec Knockout and looks to knockout his next opponent. Ciprian is a Judo Black belt and instructor at Dallas MMA )

175lbs AARON CULPEPPER DEBUT vs STEVEN CLOUD DEBUT (Aaron Culpepper is making his pro debut and plans on knocking his opponent out! Culpepper is known for his “no Quit” attitude. Steven will also be making his pro debut. Steven had a solid ammy career and trains out of NTMMA. Both fighters want to make an impact on their pro debut, I see someone getting knocked out in this fight!)

5 Second Knock Out! – KO by Russell Brewer

“Quite possibly the fastest KO in a Texas Professional MMA Fight! Russel Brewer delivers a crushing knee to Chris Golden sending him to the canvas in 5 secs! This all happened Friday April 8th at the Midland Horse Shoe Arena. It was the 1st fight of the night and the fastest fight on Fabian Butler’s 24/7 Entertainment’s Night of Fights! Don’t blink..it’s FAST!” – Michael Brown

The original video can be found here: http://on.fb.me/fQNmNa

This video is also up here on Russell Brewers page: http://youtu.be/f05K8dxxLuA . It went viral after we gave it to him. Good job Russell on your 1st pro victory!