[Press Release] Rocktagon MMA Adds Lone Star State to West Coast Line-up

Rocktagon-28-El-Paso-EventPRESS RELEASE: Las Vegas, NV (July 24, 2013) – The MMA boom is underway in Texas as Rocktagon MMA Worldwide brings premium fight events to the Lone Star State. Rocktagon MMA is set to make its debut in Texas on Friday, July 26 with an ALL-Pro MMA card stacked with elite talent. The event, ‘Rocktagon 28 Journey of Champions –El Paso’ will take place at Buchanan’s Event Center in El Paso, Texas.

Rocktagon MMA has held a total of 27 events to date in cities on both coasts, primarily in Ohio and California. They are very excited to add Texas to the line-up and plan to make a positive impact when it comes to live MMA events in the state. The popular promotion hopes to reignite the MMA scene in the El Paso area by delivering consistent, high-quality MMA events that feature elite pro fighters from all over the globe.

According to James Jeda, CEO of Rocktagon MMA Worldwide, “We are very excited to bring premium MMA events to the great state of Texas. Between Ohio, California and Texas, Rocktagon will continue to infuse cities from coast to coast with top-level professional MMA events.”

‘Rocktagon 28 Journey of Champions –El Paso’ will feature a stacked ALL – Pro MMA fight card headlined by Billy “The Puerto Rican Assassin” Colon and Martin Sano Jr. The clichéd mantra, “don’t blink,” is certainly relevant considering both fighters have a 100-percent finish rate.

Colon, a submission specialist and seasoned MMA veteran, has competed all over the United States. Colon feels his significant experience in the cage will rein superior against his opponent in the Rocktagon arena. He plans to prove it by finishing Sano impressively and early on, but knows it will not be an easy feat.

At just 22-years-old, Sano exudes the kind of confidence one expects in a future champion. He is a highly touted prospect with an unblemished record, yet this will be his first fight on the big stage against a savvy veteran like Colon. It will also be his first venture from welterweight to middleweight.

Will Sano find success in the middleweight division or suffer his first defeat? Fans will find out on Friday night when both fighters lay it all on the line in the Rocktagon cage. It is a fight that will keep fans on the edge of their seat from the moment the cage door closes and the co-main event is expected to be just as exciting!

In the co-main event heavy-handed slugger Patrick “Skar” Dixon will face Fort Bliss Combatives team member Anthony Stevens. While some fighters rely on point scoring, Dixon tends to take the road less traveled, which typically consists of throwing haymakers and leaving opponents curled up in the fetal position.

Stevens, on the other hand, is a more technical fighter and consistently pushes forward. He has a smooth boxing style and is known for delivering exciting performances with wild, impressive exchanges. The contrasting styles of these dynamic fighters make for a very compelling match-up!

The Rocktagon 28 card is jam-packed with well-matched professional bouts and high-octane fights that fans want to see! The full fight card is listed below.

*’Rocktagon 28 Journey of Champions –El Paso’ Full line-up:

Billy Colon vs. Martin Sano Jr.
Patrick Dixon vs. Anthony Stevens
Rodrigo Sotello Jr. vs. Joseph Torrez
Alida Gray vs. Jessica Kennett
Jazmin Quezada vs. Stacey Sigala
David Ruelaz vs. Adam McGurk
Brian Castillo vs. Matthew Hunt
Julio Hinojosa vs. Ibrahim “Lion Heart” Eid
Jesus Urbina vs. Alan Lerma
Randy McCarty vs. Derek Perkins

*Card subject to change

Rocktagon 28 “Journey of Champions” takes place on July 26 at Buchanan’s Event Center, located at 11540 Pellicano Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Tickets starting at $30 are available online at www.RocktagonWorldwide.com. Limited VIP tables are also available by calling 440-934-4MMA.

About Rocktagon MMA:
Rocktagon MMA is the mixed martial arts division of Rocktagon Worldwide, a sports and music entertainment company. Founded in mid-2010, Rocktagon MMA has successfully completed 27 events on two coasts and is the only promotion able to offer four types of shows to meet the needs of various markets: all Amateur, all Professional, Pro-Am, and Rock-n-Rage. Rock-n-Rages are premium events combining the cage of mixed martial arts with a stage featuring live musical performances by well-known artists. All Rocktagon MMA events are streamed live globally via the Rocktagon Sports & Music Network and filmed to air on multiple networks throughout North America, including Comcast, Comcast SportsNet and the Fight Network. For more information, please visit www.Rocktagonworldwide.com

“PURO FANTASMA!!” Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez Interview

nick the ghost gonzales and spida of texasfighting dot comTalk about a pioneer in the sport of Texas MMA. Nick Gonzalez is of the hand full of those that have been involved in MMA since the beginning. He has fought for several (now defunct) promotions. One being RENEGADES out of Houston,Texas (first time I saw him fight). Love him or hate him…The guy’s always smiling! Here we go!

sPidA: First off, what has kept you motivated in competition all these years bro?

Gonzales: I enjoy fighting, the competition, just throwing down and challenging myself. I’ve been at it awhile but I’m far from being done.

sPidA: This year alone you’ve had quite a few fights get canceled, what’s the worst part when something like this happens?

Gonzales: Not doing what I’m set out to do for weeks at a time!! It’s a big emotional let down to be getting ready for something and NOT having the chance to complete what you set out to do. More recently the worst part is the run around Im getting from promoters in Texas, It’s pretty sad because when I lived in San Diego I was so proud of MMA in Texas. Shows, fighters etc that this year has left me with a lot of disappointment. UWF, STFC, Legacy, KOK, and whatever that lady in New Braunfels calls her show. I wanna fight and stay busy, not get the run around. I’d rather the promoter be honest then bullshit me. I miss the Renegade days when Saul Soliz called you and had a fight, either you fought or he just moved on to the next person that would fight.

sPidA: You’ve competed in a lot of great promotions as well as every promotion in Austin, Texas…Which has been your favorite and why?

Gonzales: The FFC, which was out in Biloxi, Ms. It was my first legit title I won and that’s a memory I will never forget. It was also my favorite because I got the “fight of the nite award” winning the title after breaking my hand in the 2 round!!!

sPidA:This year you’ve also competed in a pro boxing event and done commentary for the UWF promotion in Corpus Christi, are these outlets staying active in the scene?

Gonzales: Yeah for sure, and to make make some extra money! Commentary work would be something fun to do after I retire so it was a way to start and I really enjoy watching fights too!! And I boxed on ESPN Friday night fights for the opportunity but also because two MMA fights fell thru so it kept me busy.

sPidA: You have a big following in your hometown of Austin,Texas, ever thought of starting your own promotion down the road?

Gonzales: Absolutely! I feel with my MMA experience and being around for so long that I’d be able to promote good shows! By seeing a lot of them come and go, I sit back and watch what they did wrong and by seeing the mistakes I know what not to do. Like LEGACY for example. UWF, not so much. It’s about building a product and crawling before you walk. No throwing money away thinking just cause you do an MMA show the flood gates will open and you will be successful.

sPidA: Your next fight is against a tough guy Chas Skelly, known as a strong grappler, will this be a grappler vs striker or are you thinking he will try and stand up with you?

Gonzales: No, he won’t because he can’t. He’s a good grappler and that is his hand to play right now. He is still not developed into a full on MMA fighter but his wrestling is his go to thing to win. I do call it striker vs grappler but I’m a lot more developed as an MMA fighter. I just have more tools in my bag right now. I have been able to shut people down and don’t really seem to have much “stand up” but with his wrestling resume I’m gonna have to use my tools!

sPidA: You’ve had some great wins and some unfortunate losses, which have you learned more from?

Gonzales: The losses. Every fighter should. It’s part of the game. It helps you grow as a fighter and as a person.

sPidA: For the longest time people have always wanted Mixed Martial Arts to have its T.V. time and it’s blown up since 2000. Is there such a thing as overkill?

Gonzales: Not overkill but for sure a quality kill. Like the ultimate fighter. 16 guys every season. There are really only 4 to 5 that can compete in the UFC. The others are “casted” for entertainment which can leave a bad impression on a casual viewer.

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sPidA: You have some great kids that I’ve seen at some of the Austin events you’ve fought in, how do they feel about you competing or being involved in fighting?

Gonzales: They love it!! I really enjoy having ’em around at fights when I can. It makes them proud and I want them to see that anything is possible. You can achieve your dreams and beat the odds!!!

sPidA: We hope to be there covering this event come September 22nd, best of luck to you bro. Anything you’d like to end with?

Gonzales: Thank your for all the support! Thanks to all the fans. Thank you to Onnit for sponsoring me!! Look for an exciting fight come 9/22, I always bring it…Balls Big, Hands Swinging!! Puro Fantasma!!

 

Fight to Win “Super Heroes” 12 MMA Cage Fights

MAIN EVENT 155LB TITLE FIGHT

CHASE HACKETT (4-1) FACTORY X VS ADAM SCHINDLER (10-3) AUSTIN MUAY THAI

CO MAIN EVENT 17OLBS

JOSH CAVAN (4-1) TEAM WILDMAN VS STEVEN SIMMONS (4-6) TOP NOTCH MMA

145LBS PRO

JOSH HUBER (7-3) EASTON BJJ vs BRIAN WOOD (3-3) SLEDGEHAMMER MMA

185LBS PRO

ADAM STROUP (1-0) FACTORY X VS TODD MEREDITH (1-1) FUSBOXE

265LBS PRO

GABE BEAUPURTHUY (7-7) ALTITUDE MMA vs ANTHONY ALIREZ (2-1) SLEDGE HAMMER MMA

145LBS PRO

VELLORE CABALLERO (6-4) EASTON BJJ VS JOHNNY TORRES (5-3) 303 TRAINING CENTER

165LBS PRO

MATT SIMMS (3-2) ZINGANO BJJ VS ALVINO MONTOYA (0-0) BATTLEGROUNDS MMA

150LBS PRO

JUSTIN HOUGHTON (4-1) GRUDGE TRAINING CENTER VS JEREMY MARTINEZ (4-6) ALAMOSA MMA

185LBS PRO

JOSH GOLDBERGBER (1-1) COLORADO BJJ/TEAM WILDMAN VS MICHAEL MATTHEWS (0-0) FREEDOM FIGHTERS

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115LBS AMATUER KICKBOXING TITLE FIGHT

LAUREN SUGIHARA (5-0) MUAY THAI OF COLORADO/3D MARTIAL ARTS VS CRYSTAL PARRISH (3-3) 8 POINTS MUAY THAI

145LBS AMATEUR TITLE FIGHT

J KEVEN HERNANDEZ (4-0) ZINGANO BJJ VS DOMINIC GARKO (5-2) FREEDOM FIGHTERS

125LBS AMATEUR

NICK DEFOIRE (2-0) TEAM WILDMAN VS GABE FLORES (1-1) SLEDGE HAMMER MMA

Texas Amateur MMA Fighter Billy Buch will be Fighting March 6th

CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT NIGHT

MAIN EVENT: “Billy Buch VS. Phillip Gonzales”
CO-MAIN EVENT: “Aaron LanFranco VS. Desmond Hill”

Saturday March 6, 2010
New Braunfels Civic Center
Athletic Boxing Gym

For ticket information, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below with any questions!

Music by: The Bruisers “Iron Chin”

Billy Buch’s Stats

Heroes Fighting Championship Footage & MMA Fight Highlights

Heroes Fighting Championship Footage & MMA Fight Highlights
Brought to you by: TexasFighting.com
Video By: Chris Lopez Jr.

TexasFighting.com would like to thank all those who participated in this video!

Special thanks to “Spida”, the US Military, Texas Veterans, Jorge De Leon and Chip of TAMMA for letting us cover his event.

For Jorge Deleon interview check 0.28 into the video.

Fedor: Still the best?

Fedor vs Rogers Strikeforce

This Saturday night, “the pound for pound best fighter in the world” Fedor Emelianenko (30-1, 1 no contest) will make his US national television debut as Strikeforce/M-1 Global presents: Fedor vs. Rogers on CBS. Fedor Emelianenko is the consensus top heavyweight fighter in the world and is set to face Brett Rogers, an undefeated up-and-coming star. They are both coming off crushing knockouts of former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andrei Arlovski. Brett Rogers will likely want to stand and throw bombs with the Russian champ and the Sambo master will likely be happy to oblige. Rogers has one punch knockout power but the difference will be Fedor’s unmatched all-around skill. Fedor can stand and trade or use his judo/sambo mastery to put Rogers on his back, where he has excellent submissions. If Emelianenko decides to take Rogers to the ground, Rogers will also have to ward off a ground and pound expert. Rogers has never had to fight off the ground and it may be interesting to see if his size will present some issues for the champ. While Rogers will be looking for one big shot, Emelianenko should be able to put his full arsenal to use to defeat the much larger challenger. Barring a shocker larger than Kimbo Slice’s epic loss, Fedor should walk out the champ.

However, can he still be considered the best in the world? Emelianenko has won 26 straight fights in a 9 year period but has not faced the steady diet of Fedor Belttop tier competition one would expect from the best. The former Pride World Heavyweight Champion last fought with Affliction and fought Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, two former UFC Heavyweight Champions. He submitted Sylvia in under a minute and survived a match up with Arlovski, who landed punches and kicks at will. As Fedor backed into the ropes, seemingly in trouble, Arlovski went in for a flying knee. Instead he ate an overhand right punch to the jaw, which sent Arlovski falling into the fetal position in midair at 3:14 in the first round. After the now defunct Affliction promotion went under, many insiders believed Fedor would undoubtedly appear in the “Octagon” but it was not to be. In a decision that left the MMA world in disbelief, Fedor decided to join the Strikeforce lineup, signing a 3-fight contract. The move would immediately beef up its thin heavyweight division and bring added credibility to Strikeforce. His decision left the world wondering whether he will ever sign with the UFC. The burning question: How can a man, considered to be the best in the world, fight inferior competition, still be considered the best in the world? College football teams beating up on smaller conference teams will not get the same respect another team that plays the best every week will. The same should hold true for MMA. If you want to be considered the best, you should have to beat the best.