“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!!

 

PRESS RELEASE: WTMMA has reorganized and is making a comeback as Fifth Round Fight Promotions

Thursday, March 25, 2010
(PRESS RELEASE)

It looks as though the wait is over. WTMMA has reorganized and is making a bigger and better comeback as Fifth Round Fight Promotions. Fifth Round Fight Promotions as WTMMA brought some of the most memorable Amateur MMA fights to the Texas area.

Kayla Wymer, President of Fifth Round says “we strive to give Amateur fighters with a passion for MMA the opportunity to compete. Fifth Round is just a name change, the values and commitment that were built with WTMMA for our fighters, coaches and fans will always remain the same.” As the mother of five, Ms. Wymer is the first female promoter in the State of Texas and has held extremely successful shows in the West Texas Region. Ms. Wymer is known as a pioneer in West Texas and has been promoting the best Amateur MMA shows since 2007.

Fifth Round Fight Promotions holds shows that feature local fighters and keep the fans entertained from beginning to end.

Fifth Round is also committed to helping find a cure for cancer. When Kayla’s daughter Madeline was 2 years old she was diagnosed with Cancer and a portion of all proceeds from every show go to this most worthy cause. Ms. Wymer tells us “Cancer does not discriminate. It does not care what color, race or age you are. It is ruthless and as for me and my company we will do everything we can to help “Knockout Cancer”.

The next mark on the map for Fifth Round will be located at the Tri-State Fair Grounds in Amarillo, Texas March 27, 2010. Sure to be filled with the raw talent and excitement that only Mixed Martial Arts can provide.

Athletic Boxing Gym Presents “Championship Fight Night” with 12 amateur MMA fights!

Randy Galindo and the Athletic Boxing Gym presents “Championship Fight Night” on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. A packed card with 12 amateur MMA fights!

You won’t want to miss the main event starring a local favorite and crowd pleaser, “Billy Buch” out of Gladiators Academy Vs Odessa’s “Phillip Gonzalez.” You should see some extra fire in Buch as he will be looking to maintain his Title for the Bantam Weight division and add another win to his current 4-0 record!

The co-main event is a Texas Fighting recommended fight to watch, starring “Fearless Aaron Lanfranco” Vs Odessa’s heavy hitter “Desmond Hill” for the ABG Welterweight Championship! This fight is definitely not going to be left to the judges decision and is a must see! A few more fighters worth mentioning are: Johnny Valdez, who is making his amateur debut at 135 lbs, and Carlos Vergara who is 2-0 fighting at 125 lbs.

Look forward to a night full of excitement and good ole amateur MMA fighting!

***Also be sure to come check out the weigh-ins and meet the fighters! The weigh-ins are FREE to the public!

“WEIGH-INS
Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Holiday Inn
Directions: 1051 Ih 35 East, New Braunfels, TX?

“CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT NIGHT”
Date: Saturday, March 6, 2010
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm, fights start at 7:30 pm
Location: The New Braunfels Civic Center.
Directions: 375 Castell, New Braunfels, Texas 78130

“TICKET INFO”
Pre-sale general admission ticket $20, Ringside $45, second row $35 and VIP tables $500. Day of the fights, $25. To inquire about tickets, contact us for more details.

“FIGHT CARD”
Main Event
Billy Buch Vs Phillip Gonzalez – 135 lbs (Bantam Weight)
Co-Main Event
Aaron Lanfranco Vs Desmond Hill – 170 lbs (Welter Weight)
Ray Rodriguez Vs Richard Key – 145 lbs
Lewis Terraza Vs Jose Collazo – 205 lbs
Johnny Valdez Vs Robert Lee – 135 lbs
Jewels Snell Vs Gabriel Carrillo – 155 lbs
Joseph Cabral Vs De Shawn Singlton – 155 lbs
Peter Sapio Vs Nicholas Kanirie – 185 lbs
Lester Clark Vs Sergio Hernandez – 170 lbs
Carlos Vergara Vs Amador Estrada – 125 lbs
William Medrano Vs Elias Garcia – 145 lbs
Chann Macgrey Vs Troy Gentry – 135 lbs

MMA Event: STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED

STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED
STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED

STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED, November 7, 2009 at the DR PEPPER arena in Frisco Tx. 7:30 pm. Contact Drpepperarena.com for tickets

Fight card:

CLEBURN “THE SPARTAN” WALKER Team Lutter vs. TJ WALDBURGER Grappler’s Lair

]SETH CLIFTON Southeast Asian Academy vs. DERRICK “D-ROCK” KRANTZ] Team 515

REX RICHARDS Octagon MMA vs. DOUG ” THE CARTHAGE KILLER” WILLIAMS Team 515

IRA “THE HURRICANE” BOYD no affiliation vs CLAY “TWEET” HANTZ West Texas MMA

JUSTIN WENOKUR Star BJJ vs JAMES “DANGER” HOLLON FIghter’s Forge

TBA vs ROY SPOON Dallas Jawbreakers

ANDREW GOLDTHWAITE Janjira/Octagon MMA vs JAMES SIMPSON Big Spring MMA

JOSH “THE POOL BOY” SMITH NTMMA vs JASON PAINTER Warrior MMA

JARRET JONES West Texas MMA vs CHRIS “THE SPEED KING” BROOKS Archangel MMA

MMA Event: Texas Rage In The Cage Presents: CAGE RAGE 5

Texas Rage In The Cage Presents: Cage Rage 5
Texas Rage In The Cage Presents: Cage Rage 5

Texas Rage In The Cage Presents
CAGE RAGE 5
Coming back to the Rio Grande Valley @ La Casa De Amistad, Harlingen, TX. November 6, 2009

Tickets go on sale Friday, October 17, 2009