“My parents didn’t raise a quitter!” Dale A. Mitchell interview by: sPidA Garay

Interview with Dale Mitchell,representing the Silverback Fight Club, Bound IMKF going down Saturday June 18th in Spring,TX, Check out www.mmaimmortalkombat.com for more info! Here we go!!!

Dale A. Mitchell

sPidA: You started your Pro Mixed Martial Arts career win unfortunate losses,what kept you motivated to keep competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Dale: There really wasn’t an exact focal point other than my parents didn’t raise a quitter! I have a very competitive spirit and fell in love with the 1 on 1 aspect of the sport. Other motivational points included the haters, it bothered me when people would say that I could not do this and I was cut out for the sport and here I am back at the top of my game. I was always felt as though I had a point to prove and I think i have proven that exceptionally well as of now.

sPidA: Your a big guy and that being said, what type of cardio workouts do you train in to make sure you don’t gas out during your bouts?

Dale: I never really followed a real serious cardio or strength and conditioning program until now. For this fight i found some of the best strength & conditioning coaches out there at Meltdown Houston with Jimmy and Todd adding hardcore Metabolic Conditioning workouts as well as Crossfit MMA. We really focused on targeting the body’s different energy systems. This is the best shape I have ever been in period and I have never looked or felt like this for a fight in my career. These guys have really gotten me in top notch physical and mental shape for this bout while coach Tony Orozco and the rest of my gorillas at Silverback Fight Club have prepared me on the technical and skill side of things for this fight.

sPidA: I’ve see you fight live in two separate promotions, BELLATOR and Element Fighting Championship, out of these 2 which did you learn more from?

Dale: I really have to thank the guys at EFC for giving me the opportunity to fight for them and earn a victory in their first show but I definitely learned a lot from BELLATOR because  I had the chance to see how things worked behind the scenes of a major promotion. Having fought for such a league gave me the experience I need for when I return to the main stage.

sPidA: Tell us a bit about the gym you train out of and what is it that makes this place feel like home?

Dale: Everyone knows that I train out of Silverback Fight Club and have been a gorilla for a few years now. Anyone who has ever trained out of there or has stopped by for a lil cross training knows why its more of a family and a home than just a gym. There is a tough stable of fighters who put in the work and it shows. Most of the guys call Tony dad or pops and we all call each other brother.

sPidA:  Coming into your next bout for IMKF, you coming in  on a 3 fight win streak ,with a title on the line, how important is this fight for you?

Dale: This fight is extremely important for my career especially with a title up for grabs. I intend on making it 4 in row on June 16th and progressing my career to the next stage. every fight is in important in my books but this one just has an attachment to it.

sPidA: A  former UFC Heavyweight Champion (Tim Silva )has been making it known he wants another shot in what many have called the Super Bowl of MMA ,  If given this fight,would you take it and what would your game plan be?
Dale: There would be no reason for me not to take a fight like that. We really don’t believe in backing down from opponents so that fight wouldn’t be any different. As far as a game plan it would be the same as usual, go in there and fight. Fighting is usually the game plan for all bouts. Come on now, I would never give away secrets! (sorry Tim: LoL  sPidA)

sPidA: Your given an opt to star in a reality tv show,which would you pick: Dancing with the Stars , SURVIVOR , Amazing Race or Hells Kitchen.

Dale: To be honest I really don’t follow any of these, but 3 out of 4 have cool names and i would have to go with SURVIVOR because it sounds tough and seems like it would involve some sort of fighting.

sPidA: You have a son,say one day he wants to compete in Mixed Martial Arts , would you in courage and support his goals?

Dale: Of course i would support his goals and dreams. What father wouldn’t want to see their son show interest in what he does for a living. My son already mimics me when goes to the gym with me and he is the loudest person in the arena at my fights. He always has a permanent cage side seat.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent coming into your next bout, do you train specifically  for each fighter?

Dale: I don’t know much about Tony Melton other than he supposedly more on the stand up side of fighting. I really don’t like to focus on or train for a fighter specifically because I find that I tend to focus mainly on their strengths and forget that anything goes. So for every fight we train to win and that’s it. I watch a lil’ film on my opponent to see how they move and their body language.

sPidA: Thank you for your time Dale, any last words or comments before we call it a  wrap?

Dale: Not much else but I would like to thank the following: coach Tony Orozco and my gorillas and the rest of the Silverback Fight Club family, Jimmy and Todd of MELTDOWN Houston, the great people at Blue Label Vodka, my family and friends for being supportive and understanding during this camp (putting up with me hasn’t been easy), all the people who helped me out through this camp and being there to lend a helping hand, my son and his mother for keeping me grounded and being patient as this fight approaches, last but not least all of my fans and any one who has and does love me, I love you back.

“I’ve never had an easy fight.” A few words with Jarret Jones. Interview by: sPidA

Jarret Jones, TX MMA Fighter A few words with Jarret Jones post his June 30th fight in Odessa,Texas . “Americas Most Wanted” a 24/ Seven entertainment event,taking place at the Far West Event Center (5850 West University Blvd #200, Odessa,Texas 79764) Great card with 10 bouts of what  promises to be a great night of Mixed Martial Arts action. For ticket info: 432-580-7979

sPidA : Since going Pro , you have fought some of the top guys in Texas Mixed Martial Arts , what ever got you into competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jarret: Yeah ive definatly fought some of the top welterweights and lightweights in texas since I turned pro in 2008. Some have went my way and others not, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a “easy fight”. I’ve always been an athlete and competed in many sports, I was raised to be football player, just like alot of guys who grew up in odessa. Which carried over to my agressive athleticism. So those years following graduation I was really looking for some kind of competition outlet and lifting weights at the local gym wasnt gonna fill that drive. When I came across fighting I was hooked from the beginning. The self discipline, intense training, and competition was what I had been looking for….and I soon found out that I was better at choking someone than trying to knock them out. (or maybe just enjoyed it more) So I really focused on BJJ from the beginning.

sPidA: Tell us ,what Team do you re-present and what gyms do you crosstrain in?

Jarret: I train at West Texas MMA in Midland,TX. I’ve been with these guys since the beginning and have watched thier school grow just as my fighting carrer has grown over the years. In that time I’ve went from white belt to currently purple and one day black all from my west texas brasa instructors kc whindam, jack burcham, and Jamie Lara. While the jiu-jitsu has aways been great there was not many mma fighters in the odessa/midland area when I began so I seeked out a place where I could train with some top level professional fighters. I found this place at octagon MMA in DFW. These guys have always welcomed me as part of the team and I spent many hours on the road traveling back and forth to octagon for training. Dallas is 6 hours from my home but the help that coach sayif saud and all the octagon fight team made all worth it. Octagon trains like professionals and as a team all the time and you can see by our team record last year that this method works. Coach sayif really cares about his guys and puts in the extra work for each individual.

sPidA: With over 10 Pro Mixed Martial Arts competions, have you set goals for yourself for this year? (2012)

Jarret: This is the question where I always say something like ” I’m going undefeated” or “this is my year” but, as I learned in the past that just puts more pressure on me. Honestly my goal is to do what im doing right now. Doing what I love, and doing pretty good at it. Of coarse as a fighter my goals are to be in a big time show like BELLATOR or the UFC because that’s the top and a chance to prove your a champion. But right now I’m just loving life and loving fighting. I’ve recently been able to quit my day job and can really focus on my training and my sleeping which is something I use to not get much of. I feel complete as a fighter and now I can just push myself as hard as I can everyday so that good things will happen.

sPidA: Having looked up your fighting stats I noticed you have won most of your fights by submission, do you prefer the ground game or is this mostly after feeling out your opponent that you decide to take the fight to the ground?

Jarret: All my professional wins are by submission and I would love to finish my career like that one day. I love jiu-jitsu, so I want to get them on the ground but I spend a lot of time working my standup so I’m comfortable there too. I’m not to much of a wrestler but thank goodness we fight in a cage, you can only sprawl and run away so much before I’m gonna get my arms or legs wrapped around you and it’s time to take a nap.

sPidA: With more promotions coming out in the DFW area, is this the perfect time for OCTAGON MMA to rise above and showcase there skills?

Jarret: Yes , OCTAGON MMA   is a gym with a awesome team and coach. If your a fighter or want to be a fighter this is the gym to go to in DFW area.

sPidA: Your coming off an unfortunate loss to an opponet you had already fought and defeated, How has this affected your mindset if any?

Jarret: Unfortunate loss is right, to tell you the truth that fight still keeps me up some nights. Not to take anything away from Brandon but I’m a better fighter than that guy as I had already proved the first time we fought in 2009. I was like you said, on a win streak but I made a mistake and it cost me a win but the sport is very unexpected. Doesn’t matter how the fight has played out, what round it is, or who the better fighter is your always one second away from a win or a loss. The more you realize that the more your see the urgency of getting the win as fast as possible. With that being said, I hope to get that rubber match with Brandon sometime in the future.

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts is very time consuming, from training and getting prepared, what are some of the things you dislike about the sport? (If any)

Jarret:  The one thing that I dislike about fighting is that it keeps me from entering more BJJ tournaments. It seems every time theres a good tourny coming up I’m preparing for a fight. Its hard to do both when you risk an injury everytime you compete but I know I’ll be competing in BJJ all my life so I do what I can for now. I try to make all the local ones in my area and the IBJJF in Dallas. Even if im not competing in bjj tournaments I’ve got a gi on 4-5 times a week  and I’m training my ass off to help myself and help all my team mates at West Texas MMA. Ive recently started focusing more on judo. Both of my instructors are black belts in judo and I avoided the sport for 6 years now because it hurts so bad. I’d rather take kicks to the face all day than be on the wrong end of a judo throw but it has helped my game and gives me another goal in life to shoot for. So maybe judo tournaments are in my near future.
sPidA: Whats worst, Nerves while cornering a team mate or before your own fights? How do you deal with them?

Jarret: I gotta go with nerves before my own fights  but im pretty calm before I walk out these days.I know I’ve put in the work. Nerves and anger get in your head and make you forget your game plan. This is the charachteristic of a true professional, ready to go to war and confident in his skills. I would say the worst part is about right now, 4 weeks out. I think so much about the fight that sometimes lose sense of the rest of the world. All that really matters is my training to win this fight. Sometimes I”ll start my drive to the gym and start thinking about my fight. Going over scenarios in my head, picturing the win, imagining my hand being raised and  1/2 an hour later without any recollection of the drive I’m sitting in front of my gym with hands gripped and knuckles tight on the steering wheel, my heart is racing, forehead already sweating but I use that energy to go inside and just bust ass to make it a reality.

sPida: If you were given an opt to come out as a character in a video game (other than the UFC) which one would it be and why?

Jarret: Ha! I have to admit im not much of a video game guy. That stuff turns your brain to bologne but I remember playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Scorpion is pretty awesome. I wouldnt have to judo if I had that cool thing that shot out of my hand. “Get over here”

sPidA:  LoL That would be pretty cool! Thank you for your time man, any last words bro before we wrap this up?

Jarret: Yeah for sure, I have to thank my awesome wife for supporting me to shoot for my dreams. Its a pretty crazy idea thinking you can make a living through training and fighting but with her support I can do anything. Thanks to all of my instructors and team mates at west texas mma for putting me through tough rounds everyday. Every one else who has helped me prepare, Brad Barnes & Bruno Bastos over at Rhino BJJ, Coach sayif at Octagon MMA, traininerydag partner Clay Hantz. Fabian butler w/ 24/7 entertainment for all the awesome local shows. And finally all my athletes at Basin CrossFit. You guys come in everyday and let me yell at you and put you through fitness hell and its making my dreams come true. Anyone in the Odessa/midland area I welcome you to my gym Basin CrossFit most awesome and motivating group of people youll ever workout with. www.basincrossfit.com Thanks for the opportunity sPidA!

 

The Gracie Worlds Comes to TheFitExpo July 14-15 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center

PRESS RELEASE
(Los Angeles, California May 4, 2012) The Gracie Worlds will continue to set the standard for Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling tournaments when they make their San Jose debut in conjunction with California’s premier fitness event, TheFitExpo™, Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2012 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose in Halls 1 & 2.

“We’re honored to once again be working with Rose Gracie from the legendary Gracie family on hosting The Gracie Worlds,” said TheFitExpo Executive Director, Erin Ferries. “We’re thrilled to have such an important event at our debut San Jose Expo. We love the synergy they create for competitors and attendees alike.”

Rose Gracie made significant changes to the rules of both adult and child competitions at the Gracie US Nationals in January 2012 as her desire is to bring back the original Jiu-Jitsu that her grandfather, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, envisioned from the beginning. “These changes were much needed in the sport and they were received with praise by the Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling community worldwide,” said Gracie. “I cant wait until San Jose, and I am excited that we will have some of my family members including my brother Ryron and my cousin Kron competing this year. “

“My events are setting the new standard of what competitions should be like,” Rose Gracie continued. “I am persistent enough to know that I will change Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling forever. I feel like I owe it to these folks that get on the mat every day to celebrate such an amazing art.”

Gracie will once again work with the TheFitExpo to create the ideal environment and venue for a top-notch competition. TheFitExpo is bringing industry leaders together for a weekend of Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, fitness challenges and much more.

Registration for adults and kids to compete in The Gracie Worlds ends on July 10, 2012. More information can be found at gracietournaments.com.

TheFitExpo adult tickets, which include admittance to all the competitions including The Gracie Worlds, are $20 per day or $30 for the full weekend. Children 12 years and under are $10 per day and children 6 and under are free. Show hours are Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Plenty of parking is available.

For more information on TheFitExpo ticketing, exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities, call (818) 545-0290 or visit www.thefitexpo.com.

Event is produced by National Fitness Productions, presented by Bodybuilding.com and sponsored by Subway Restaurants, GNC, MET-Rx, Gaspari Nutrition, Pure Protein, Body Fortress, Muscle Milk, Iron Man Magazine, MMA Worldwide, Ironmind, Sherdog and Hit What’s Hot.

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PR Contact: Monica Gillen, cell – (714) 271-4081 e-mail – mcatg@earthlink.net

Twenty Four Seven Entertainment Presents “AMERICAS MOST WANTED” Odessa, TX June 30th

Twenty Four Seven Entertainment brings to us another stacked Fight Card in “AMERICAS MOST WANTED” 11 bouts of what are set to be some epic battles. 11 bouts of extreme Mixed Martial Arts Action! Event will be in Odessa,TX. If you’re on this Fight Card or are attending, please share this with your friends and let’s keep Texas Fighting!!

-Main Event-
Luis Luna / Seminole, TX vs. Mitchell Hale / Abilene,TX. 155lbs

Co- Main Event
Jarrett Jones /Odessa, TX -vs- Alejandro Siller /San Angelo, TX 170lbs

Plus 9 Exciting bouts:
Anthony Tatum / Odessa,TX -vs- Aldo Davila  / Austin, TX 170lbs
Desmond Hill / Odessa,TX -vs- Jon Cook / Amarillo,TX 165lbs
Samuel Trevino  / Odessa,TX  vs- Caleb Hudson / Midland,TX 185lbs
Matt Hobar / Dallas,TX vs. Aaron Cerda / Abilene,TX 140lbs
John Voth / Amarillo,TX  -vs-  Evan Martinez / Dallas, TX 135lbs
Jeff Fraley / Odessa, TX  -vs-  Jesse Moreno / Lubbock, TX 170lbs
Neal Ewing / Dallas, TX  -vs-  Armando Herrera / Plainview, TX 185lbs
Dusty Mason / Midland, TX  -vs- Gino Davila / Lubbock, TX 135lbs
Jeremy Valderaz / Lubbock, TX  -vs-  Jonathan Lopez / Plainview, TX 125lbs

Jessica Prado Interview: Bound PCG May 19th. By: Guy Potter

Jessica Prado fighting out of Laredo, TX and representing LAREDO MMA will be making her Mixed Martial Arts debut on May 19th in San Antonio, TX. This will be for Premiere Combat Group amateur Mixed Martial Arts promotion. Let’s get started!

Guy: How did you first get introduced to Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: I got introduced about 2yrs ago by a fellow teammate.

Guy: Since that day, was fighting/competing in Mixed Martial Arts ever an option?

Prado: Yes, Ive always looked forward to fighting. Especially that I’m the only girl training in my team, n seeing the guys compete .. i would tell myself  ” I want sum of that ” . LoL

Guy:Being a parent yourself, how safe is the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

Prado: Being a parent of two girls gets me thinking about there safety as far as the sport goes, but with the proper coaches and techniques. It really is as safe as you allow it to be. And especially them being girls, a great way of self defense.

Guy: You have been involved in sports growing up, how does training in Mixed Martial Arts compare to anything else you’ve trained in?

Prado: Yes, I have always been an athlete in different sports, and Mix Martial Arts relates mainly the conditioning and strength.

Guy: Working a 9-5 job , do your co workers know about you making a debut in MMA come May 19th, how did they react when they first heard?

Prado: Yes My Co-Workers are aware of my Debut in May 19 and I’m looking forward to having there support that night . I have to admit they were excited that i was finally getting this opportunity.

Guy: How often do you train, has this picked up since agreeing to fight?

Prado: I Have My two a days.. wake up at 5am for my cardio/conditioning and later after work head to the gym around 4pm for my afternoon training, starts off with my cardio and them for sum hard work w the guys. yes it has picked up, with the am training and my early cardio before classes start and then in the evening to finish it off with more cardio.

Guy: Do you know anything about your opponent, how will you deal with nerves once stepping inside the Cage?

Prado: I hate to say that no i don’t know anything bout my opponent except her name. and well nerves come and go, but once stepping into that cage i plan to give her war 🙂

Guy:  Walk out music, what are you thinking and why?

Prado: My walk out song is Itty Bitty by Ms. Nikki Minaj and well its self explanatory 🙂

Guy: You have a great team at LAREDO MMA , How much support are you getting from the team?

Prado: Yes I sure do Have a Great Team With Laredo MMA, and well i am proud to say i get there 110% support .

Guy: What style of fighting do you like and is there any fighters you look up to?

Prado: The only fighter style i look up to is my very own Coach Sonny “El Loco”  Luque Trad,  with a great stand up.

Guy: Thank you Jessica Prado for your time, best of luck to you come May 19th,any last comments?

Prado: Thank you TexasFighting.com for the interview, would like to thank my friends and Team mates,see you all come May 19th.

PREMIERE COMBAT GROUP / May 19th @ Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, TX

Premiere Combat Group has done it once more. Bringing a great fight card and a night of great Mixed Martial Arts action. Being the longest running promotion in San Antonio, PCG has definitely turned itself into a legit business.  Thank you both Trevor Bird and Jennifer Ray for making San Antonio your home! Here is the fight card as of May 9th. Don’t wait to long as these shows have been selling out…..SEE YOU THERE!

Bout 1: Daniel Ownes /1-2/ ALIVE MMA -vs- James Lenten / 0-1/Victoria MMA  (185lbs)

Bout 2: Max Trevino /0-0 / LAREDO MMA -vs- Pablo Ramos /0-0/ XTREME MMA  (205lbs)

Bout 3: Brent Edlemen /0-0/ Marra Senki -vs-  Steven Trevino /1-1/ Rodrigo Pinheiro  (170lbs

Bout: 4 Chris Jackson /1-0/ South Austin Gym -vs- Kevin Troyer /1-0/ Vandry BJJ  (145lbs)

Bout 5: Aaron Gomez /1-2 / Weapons at Hand -vs- Alfredo Vargas /1-0 / Texas Fighting Syndicate (125lbs)

Bout 6: Eric Hallier /0-0 / Marra Senki -vs- Tommy Guerrero /1-0/ PARAGON BJJ  (155lbs)

Bout 7:Josh Lazarte  /2-1 / Weapons at Hand -vs- Phillip Gomez  /2-3 / BRUTAL MMA  (135lbs)

Bout 8: Luis de los Santos /Submission Concepts /0-0/ -vs- Tyler Keen /2-0/ New Braunfels Brawlers (145lbs)

Bout 9 (MAIN EVENT)

Jessica Prado LAREDO MMA / 0-0 / -vs- Katherine Roy /0-0 / WARRIORS EDGE (125lbs)