“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

Meet MMA Legend Frank Trigg at the 2012 Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo in Dallas [Press Release]

Press Release: Las Vegas, NV – August 14, 2012

Trigg will also appear as a special guest at the Legacy Fighting Championship 13 weigh-ins and fight event at the Dallas Convention Center on August 17

– This week fight fans in Texas have the opportunity to meet one of MMA’s most recognized personalities! MMA veteran Frank Trigg will be making several appearances in Dallas, Texas August 16 -18. Trigg will be a special guest at the Legacy Fighting Championship 13 weigh-ins and fight event and will be attending the 2012 Europa Get Fit and Sports Expo.

According to Frank Trigg, “It’s always great visiting with the fight fans in Dallas. I’ll be attending several events while I’m in town, including the Legacy FC weigh-ins and fight event and the Europa Expo. Legacy always puts on a great show. I’m looking forward to watching some great fights and meeting with fans. I’ll be at the Last Round Nutrition booth during the expo doing autograph sessions, including a signing with Jake Rosholt on Saturday. It’s going to be a great time!”

Weigh-ins for Legacy Fighting Championship 13 (LFC 13) will take place on Thursday, August 16 at North Texas Yamaha in Lewisville, Texas and will begin promptly at 2:00pm. The LFC 13 fight event will take place on Friday, August 17 at the Dallas Convention Center. Fights will begin at 7:00 pm.

Trigg will be attending the Europa Get Fit & Sports Expo at the Dallas Convention Center on Friday, August 17 from 2:00pm to 8:00pm and on Saturday, August 18 from 9:00am to 8:00pm. Trigg will be in the Last Round Nutrition booth. For more information on the Europa Expo including competition schedules and booth locations, please visit www.europaexpo.com.

About Frank Trigg:
UFC veteran Frank Trigg is a mixed martial arts fighter, color commentator, television personality, radio host, and MMA spokesman. Trigg has fought for some of the most prestigious fight promotions in the world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship, PRIDE Fighting Championships, Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport and World Fighting Alliance. As a Color Commentator, Trigg has called the fight action for many notable MMA promotions, including the Sungoku Raiden Championships (SRC), Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), Legacy Fighting Championships, Dream Fighting Championships in Japan, and many others.

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“Here I am keeping my promise” – Matt Mazurek Interview

Have been able to watch Matt Mazurek fight once in his amateur career and just like anybody in the sport, the sky is the limit with this guy. Fighting out of Austin,Texas…He comes from great camp and has a great test for himself come August 25.”BLOOD & GLORY”in Robstown,TX…for ticket info call: 361-387-9000 LETS DO THIS!!

sPidA: Bro, how long have you been waiting on making your Pro debut?

Mazurek: Making my pro debut has been a life long dream. It has been in the back of my mind for as long as I can think. It was my moms last wish before she passed,that I take fighting as far as I can take it. I remember when I first started taking martial arts at the age of 6. My mom was a brown belt in taekwondo. She was one tough momma. I looked up to her for that. Now here I am keeping my promise.

sPidA: You had a great Mixed Martial Arts amateur career and actually won a title, whose decision was it to finally go Pro?

Mazurek: Winning that title was something I felt I had to achieve before making this jump. I WILL have another title at some point. As for the jump to the pro scene, it was both my decision and a team decision. My head trainers really felt I was ready for the jump once I won the AMMA Lightweight Texas Title.

sPidA: Your opponent for your debut is an experienced fighter in Chris Pecero, are you nervous going into this

Mazurek: As for Chris Pecero, I respect him as a fighter, but when we are in that Cage, it’s on.. I’ve been in the fight game for quite some time. The way I see it, he wont hit me harder than what my team does, he wont put me through anything I have not been through. When it comes to his record, it’s just a number. All I can say is he has not been locked in a Cage with anyone like me. August 25th, he will see first hand what I’m capable of.

sPidA: You have some pretty great guys to train with @ Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, how hard do these guys push you day in and day out?

Mazurek: Man, my team is the best! I wouldn’t change it for the world.. At Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu we are one BIG family.. Love those guys! We really do have some of the top fighters in Texas and the world. Training with these guys is extremely tough most of the time. They push me to the point where I feel like I’m gonna die (lol) but after it’s over, I know I’m that much better the next day.

sPidA: Are you training full-time for this, if so how often are you able to prepare for your Pro debut?

Mazurek: I was training full time for about 5 months. The fight world is crazy at times. Since March I have had 3 fights drop on me. In that time I got some great training in with some top guys. I was getting in about 6 hours a day of everything from ground to muay thai to strength and conditioning. Sunday was my only day off to relax and get some mental training and think about everything i learned through the week.

sPidA: Other than the typical muay thai and grappling, what other routines are you throwing into the mix?

Mazurek: Well, I don’t really wanna give too much about my fighting style… Just know, come August 25th there are gonna be some BIG hits going on..

sPidA: You will be competing outside your home town, will this play a factor in your Pro debut, how do you personally deal with something like this?

Mazurek: I actually love fighting out of my home City. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love fighting in Austin but when I fight outside my home town I feel more relaxed. Its weird in a way. I feel like all the pressure of having all your close friends watching and wondering what they are thinking is gone. I get to come to his home town and add fans to my book (LoL). I know I’ll get some boos in the crowed but when they see just how hard I go I’ll make believers out of them. Austin Fighters are tough and We’ll make a name in this sport..

sPidA: The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has really changed over the years, do you see any major changes in the sport in the near future?

Mazurek: I tell ya, Mixed Martial Arts has progressed so much over the years. I really don’t know where the sport will go 20 years from now, but what I can say is I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.

sPidA: With so much talent at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, who would you say pushes you the hardest?

Mazurek: Of all of my brothers in the gym, the one that stands out the most would have to be Tim Kennedy. He is a beast! He pushes everyone in the gym. It’s kinda a love/hate relationship LoL.. You hate being in there with him but at the same time it’s awesome because you get the chance to train one on one with one of the top 10 fighters in the world.When you’re in there with him, it’s all pressure all the time. He does not let off until you hear that buzzer. It’s great though. I know training with him will make me that much better.

sPidA: SCENARIO: You get attacked one day while leaving the gym, who would you rather come help you: Steven Segal , Joe Rogan or Ed Oneil (Al Bundy) and why?

Mazurek: LOL, well I’m gonna have to go with my boy Steven Segal. He can kill people just by looking at them LoL. I saw a video of him where he had 14 guys attack him at once and he kicked all of their butts like it was nothing. So, if I was in the situation where I needed help, he would be the one I’d call.

sPidA: Thank you much for taking time for this bro, I was granted Cage Side access for this one (unlike many out there) So I will see you there come August 25th, any last-minute words?

Mazurek:Hey, thank you brotha. I just wanna say that this fight is for my momma. I know she’s gonna be in there with me. Also my coaches,my girl and my sponsors (Thank you)… everyone that loves Mixed Martial Arts, spread the word on TexasFighting.com and help support your Texas fighters.

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Open Casting Call to be Held for Combat Sports Athletes in Myrtle Beach for Reality Show [Press Release]

PRESS RELEASE: July 23, 2012

Myrtle Beach, SC – Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform that enables combat sports athletes to showcase their skills on a global level, announced today that additional casting calls will be held both in the U.S. and abroad for the GPG related reality show project. All experienced fighters with a combat sports background are welcome. The next open casting call will take place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 26, at Carolina Forest Martial Arts.

The first open casting call for this exciting reality show project, hosted by the MMA & Sports Expo ‘Show of Strength’ in Atlantic City, exceeded the creator’s expectations. The casting call drew many elite fighters from a variety of martial arts backgrounds. Hollywood producer/director Ben Perry, who has worked with many A-list celebrities including Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood, filmed each fighter’s official try-out video.

According to James Jefferson, CEO and Co-Founder of Global Proving Ground, “The first open casting call was a great success. We are happy to announce that additional casting calls will be held in various locations around the globe. During the open casting calls elite combat sports athletes will be filmed by experienced producers, ensuring that each fighter’s reality show try out video is of the highest quality.”

During each open casting call, reality show hopefuls will be required to demonstrate their fighting skills and tell the world why fight fans should vote them onto the show. Fan votes will determine the final cast for this very exciting Hollywood TV project!

Jefferson had this to add, “Fighters that can’t make it out to one of our open casting calls will still have a chance to make it on the show. Fighters will have the opportunity to submit a reality show try-out video through Global Proving Ground (GPG), a new revolutionary platform where fighters of all disciplines can showcase their skills to promoters, match-makers, sponsors and producers. Full details on GPG will be announced this week, so stay tuned!”

ALL experienced fighters with a combat sports background are encouraged to try out for the reality show. The show’s creator is seeking elite fighters from all over the world. Fighters of all disciplines are welcome; MMA, Kung Fu, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, Muay Thai, Boxing, K-1 and many others.

The casting call in Myrtle Beach will take place this Thursday, July 26, 2012 at Carolina Forest Martial Arts in the Forest Crossing Shopping Center (4999 Carolina Forest Blvd. Unit-15.) Filming of reality show hopefuls will take place from 10am to 3pm and from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Training gear will be available for fighter use during filming. Coaches are welcome to attend.

About Global Proving Ground (GPG):
Global Proving Ground (GPG) is the ideal platform for fighters of all martial arts disciplines to showcase their skills on a global level. It is THE place for promoters, sponsors, television producers, match makers and fight managers to discover new elite fight talent. GPG offers skilled combat sports athletes of all disciplines useful tools to help showcase their skills and advance their careers. It is also a place for fans to show support for their favorite amateur and professional fighters. Full details on the GPG platform will be announced soon!

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“The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas!” Xavier Soto Interview

A few words with Xavier Soto out of Austin, Texas, coming off a great Amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut. He is set and ready to step inside the Cage August 4th in San Antonio. For more info, visit PremiereCombatGroup.com. Here we go…

sPidA: You will be stepping inside the Cage for Premiere Combat Group once more, what has kept you from competing since your debut?

Soto: I don’t know where to start man I had an opponent on the May 19th card for PCG but that fell through due to him having an injury then had another fight in Houston and the guy backed out for some unknown reason and then this card and another guy backed out so I appreciate Jesus stepping up I’m not an easy person to prepare for by any means.

sPidA: On your amateur debut you looked calm and collect, very agile for a big guy, what do you owe that to?

Soto: I owe all of that to my training partners at Rubicon  Fight Sport a lot of smaller faster and very agile guys I have to be fast just to catch them and I have a few guys for the size but the little guys are a big factor but what helps more is all my training partners hit like Mack trucks.

sPidA: What were you doing before Mixed Martial Arts? Were you involved in any other sports?

Soto: Yeah I’ve always been involved in many sports. From football to swimming but I’ve always been involved in martial arts from a very young age.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, after this bout are you looking at a possible Heavyweight Title?

Soto: All I know is he trains out of Ashcraft TDK in San Antonio he’s 6’2″ and he is a heavyweight that’s about it. Man I can’t catch a break I’m getting nothing but hometown boys to fight LOL but after the fight if everything goes according to plan yeah I’d love to ask for a title shot!

sPidA: What does your training consist of, you looked comfortable with your striking, are you well versed in your ground game as well?

Soto: Well my training consists of a lot of conditioning running, circuits, body conditioning and plyometrics, then on to Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Muy Thai, Judo, Catch but stand up is my main focus I just love KOing people and making fans anywhere cheer for me but the ground doesn’t concern me I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu for damn near 20 years and for the past 6 months I’ve been training under Ronny Lis he’s . . . It’s easier for you to just look him up LOL.

sPidA: With it being this difficult to find opponents, what would you like your fighting schedule to be?

Soto: To be honest I’d love to fight 6 times a year at least so I can stay in shape year round to get and keep a buzz about me going and to keep me training and in the gym and constantly getting better.

sPidA: You fight out of Austin,Texas…seems like just a few years ago the city was booming with Mixed Martial Arts events. What do you feel has happened and how would we be able to change this?

Soto: I don’t know man, to me we are a great music city with food and clubs as well as people but I can say the same about San Antonio as well. What helps are headstrong promoters and good hearted people like Jennifer. She is an awesome person and PCG is a great company to fight for. MMA should be about putting on great fights not trying to make a ton of money. Promoters should worry about action packed cards and exciting fights. The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas.

sPidA: With difficulty finding opponents, do you find it as hard to find people to spar with?

Soto: Yeah really hard but even harder to find guys to fight I got a core group of guys who kick my ass on a daily basis and can push me around, but the reason I looked so good against Odie was due to my gym, trainers, training partners but mainly Daniel Jolly that dude is going to be in the UFC very soon and a world champ shortly after getting there trust me but outside of those core guys I don’t trust anybody else.

sPidA: With the sport going strong, can you see yourself in the big promotions (UFC/BELLATOR etc) in the future, who are some of the guys fighting now that you look up to? (other than training partners)

Soto: Of course I wanna be champ in the UFC but as far as who I look up to in the UFC are the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Shogun, Rampage, Forrest the list goes on. Two main idols of mine are Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner (R.I.P.) who I’ve trained under and learned many things from.

sPidA: Thank you for the interview man, looking forward to you putting on a great show, any last comments or thank yous?

Soto: . It was my privilege man thanks to TexasFighting.com for this but yeah I have a training partner fighting the same night in Shreveport Louisiana for their 145lbs title so shout out there thanks to Daniel Jolly for training me also Ronny Lis, Thiago Wellington ,Paul Nixon ,Britton Wells, Laren ,Warren ,Van ,Garrett ,Nael ,Coach Charles Izzard to my beautiful girlfriend Shaylah for pushing me to be the best and my parents for putting up with all this and for all the people who helped me training and even giving gas money for me to get to training it helps a lot. Wanna thank Ronny Lis Jiu Jitsu ,Chute Kombat ,Rubicon Fightsport ,Tsunami Judo ,UT Judo Club ,The Enlightened Warriors ,Graven Images ,Sign Express thanks Texas Fighting thanks Spida and see you guys soon on August 4th if you don’t have plans to go your missing out make it and you wont regret it I promise! Peace , Xavier “The Texas Hand Grenade” Soto

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“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!!!
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