“I JUST WANT TO KEEP FIGHTING” ELIAZAR RODRIGUEZ INTERVIEW

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A few words with “El Oso” Eliazar Rodriguez, bound Premiere Fight Series 3, March 2nd at the Guys and Gals Ballroom in Forth Worth,TX. Here we talk winning streak, fight schedule and possible Title shot?? Enjoy!

sPidA: PFS3 will be your next bout, with a win streak at hand, any pressure going into this?

Eliazar: No, actually I’ve grown quite confident with every win.

sPidA: You’ve fought twice every year since 2011, you looking to stay busy 2013?

Eliziar: Yes I do! I think PFS will keep me busy. I hope to fight 5 times this year!

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sPidA: With a nickname “Oso” can you break down what that means for our non bilingual readers and where did the name come from?

Eliazar: My nickname “Oso” translates to bear. I got this name from my BJJ coach Jose Reyes. He gave me this name because I was a little over weight when I joined his gym. LOL, I have an aggressive fighting style, so it fits.

sPidA: Your last fight was for the same promotion you will be competing in come March 2nd, how was the production in your eyes?

Eliazar: Premiere fight series put on a great show and I was glad to be a part of it! The show began on time and they put on great fights!

sPidA: With wins via sub and Tko, would you consider yourself a grappler or striker first?

Eliazar: I am definitely a grappler first, and my striking is improving every day! At the end of the day, I’m a well rounded fighter!

sPidA: Can you name some of the people at your gym that are pushing you to reach your goals?

Eliazar: I spend a lot of time at Mohlers MMA / Reyes bjj. I am lucky to have guys like William Campuzano, Chris Jones, Douglas Frey, Cameron Miller, Jay Lee and Amber Stautzenberger helping me train for this fight! Beating me up and making me a better, stronger fighter

sPidA: What is your schedule like?

Eliazar: I have a full time job, so yeah I work, train, eat and sleep. On my off days I’m putting in three a days!

sPidA: After this win are you thinking title, or is there more you’d like to accomplish before given the opportunity?

Eliazar: After this victory, I am definitely open to a title fight. If that doesn’t happen, no biggie. I just want to keep fighting and winning in excellent fashion

sPidA: Any pre-fight rituals? What’s the first meal you go after fight day?

Eliazar: I don’t really have any pre-fight rituals, I just try to relax all day. I enjoy a stack of pancakes and omelete the day of the fight and the day after! Haha

sPidA: Thank you brother, hope to make this fight card (it’s stacked). Anything you’d like to add to this before we call it a wrap?

Eliazar: I can guarantee that this will be an exciting fight for all the fans! This is a great card with great fighters. Many thanks to Mohler MMA, Tested, Crusade Combat, Randy king Insurance and Texas Pit BBQ in Saginaw.Thank you!!

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“FIGHTING IN FORT WORTH WILL FEEL LIKE FIGHTING AT HOME.” Vernon Lewis Interview

Interview with Heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist Vernon Lewis. Met the guy while he was competing in Seguin, TX a while back. Here we talk MMA, last minute bouts, and coming off an impressive victory. He will be stepping back inside the cage at Premiere Fight Series in Fort Worth, TX/March 2nd. Let’s get started!

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sPidA: Your last bout was a last minute fight, what made you jump inside the cage and where are you training?

Lewis: Yeah, It was an 8 day notice fight. I had a fight scheduled a month earlier, but my opponent backed out last minute so I was somewhat in shape. Had a little too much turkey and dressing during the holidays but I was ready for a fight.

sPidA: What promotion was this for and what were your thoughts on the event?

Lewis: It was for STFC (South Texas Fighting Championship). I was blessed to have the opportunity to fight in front of the McAllen, TX crowd and would fight there again. Even on an 8 day notice…LOL

sPidA: You are coming off of a submission victory, was this part of your game plan going into your last bout?
Lewis: Well I would of love to get a KO but he was a Division I wrestler. I knew I was better standing and on the ground so where ever the fight went I was comfortable.
sPidA: You study BJJ under the Relson Gracie lineage, was signing up for BJJ an easy task for a big guy like yourself? Is using technique rather than strength an easy transition?

Lewis: I’ve been doing No Gi grappling since 2006 so rolling in the Gi was a challenge for me. In the beginning I was getting tapped by guys that have only been training for a year, so it was a humbling experience for me. I love training in the Gi now. It has helped my No Gi game, and I even won 1st place in the Relson Gracie Tournament held in Waco, TX last year. I train in the Gi at least twice a week, even while I’m getting ready for a fight. As far as using my strength, we have some big guys at our gym so my mount escape has to be a little bit more technical than just pushing and bridging.

sPidA: What rank are you and who is your instructor?
Lewis: I’m a blue belt under Relson Gracie, and I train under Chris Spicer at the Relson Gracie Waco Academy. It’s a young gym, but we are growing every day.

sPida: This next bout you have coming up will be for Premiere Fight Series in Forth Worth, TX. Who is your opponent and does fighting away from home get easier over time?

Lewis: My opponent is James Hubbard. We will put on a show for the Fort Worth fans. I can’t wait.. I really don’t see this as fighting away from home. Waco is about an hour away, and I’m just glad I’m fighting in Texas. During my amateur career I couldn’t find fights in Texas, so most of my fights were in the bordering States. Fighting in Fort Worth will feel like fighting at home.

sPidA: What were you doing before jumping into MMA? Did you ever think you would be stepping inside the cage?

Lewis: I was working and trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I needed to get in shape, so I started training at an MMA gym. After a few months some of the guys there told me that I was pretty good, and asked me if I wanted to fight. Five months later I had my first amateur fight.

sPidA: Since making your Pro debut in 2010, you have fought once in 2011 and once in 2012. Are you looking to stay busy this year?
Lewis: I always want to stay busy, but my opponents, unfortunately, have been backing out. I decided to stay busy by getting into professional boxing in 2011. Boxing wasn’t what I wanted to do, but at least I had something to look forward to. I’m hoping that 2013 will be the year that I can make a name for myself in the sport of MMA!
sPidA: If you had an opportunity to fight a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, who would it be and what would be your game plan?

Lewis: Randy Couture. He’s a legend. I look up to him because he was on top around the time I started training. My game plan would be not get beat up against the cage…LOL

sPidA: Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to talk with us. Is there anybody you’d like to thank ?

Lewis: I want to thank my family for supporting me on this journey, my training partners for pushing me in the gym, and I want to thank God for blessing me with a life that allows me to do what I love to do.

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“A family that fights together stays together!” Lisa Marie Lamb Interview

 

Interview with Lisa Marie Lamb out of  Forth Worth ,Texas. She will be in the Co-Main Event for Premiere Fight Series 1, taking place in Forth Worth,Texas on July 28…Making her transition from Boxing into Mixed Martial Arts..We talk training,family and more….Enjoy!

sPidA : First off, what Academy do you train out of and (with all due respect) do you cross train at any other gyms?

 Lisa Marie : Phalanx MMA Academy cross train at Genesis.  Spoke with Allen Mohler and my brother Johnny Lozano, and they reached out wanting to help so I will be headed to Mohler’s to get some training soon
sPidA : What was the first thing that attracted you to combat sports?
Lisa Marie: The discipline and courage, I think everyone fights for different reasons but it’s the passion that people put in it. I’ve always wanted to fight as a little girl but never did until my adult years, which is okay had too many things going on that would have distracted me.
sPidA : You work with another Media outlet (Combat Sports TV) Being in the game, How has working Cage Side helped you apprecaite the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?
Lisa Marie: You get to see the intensity in the fighters eyes, you see their drive, and you can also see when someone is discouraged.  You feel their presence, working for CSTV I have to pay attention to every move and I can’t be bias. Also, you can hear every punch, leg kick, from ring side makes me respect the sport very much and I keep telling myself “why am I doing this again” lol
sPidA : This will be your MMA debut, having that boxing background, have you specifically trained for a stand up war or are you ready for wherever this goes??
Lisa Marie: Everyone knows I’m a boxer but I started out kickboxing before I boxed.  So being a striker I already know that I will be taken down so I have prepared myself that’s all I have been working on is my ground game, but if they want to stand……..so be it 😉
sPidA: With guys like Durwyn (husband),Randy Villareal,Vick and many others, how much more prepared do you feel sparring with these beast coming into this bout?
 Lisa Marie: I have several sparring partners that spar with once a week.  On Monday’s I have MMA sparing with Jason/Randy villareal, Tuesday’s boxing sparring with pro boxer Kisha and on Wednesday I grapple with the tough undefeated amateur MMA fighter Sabrina Garcia coming out of TFS she has a wresting back ground.  They all reached out to me wanting to help and they all have given me great advice, constantly drilling different techniques.  I always tell each of them do not give me any false security when sparring because it’s easy to work but let me work for everything so I know that I am progressing, but yes each time I spar I gain some confidence for this fight.  Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly I have learned, but I have been around it all my life. Getting one on one training has really helped instead of taking a class makes  a huge difference and that is why I am moving a lot faster. So big shout out to all of my trainers/sparring partners.
sPidA : How have your friends/family re-acted to you taking this step to fight in Mixed Martial Arts?

Lisa Marie: They think I am crazy,they say enough is enough already boxing is one thing but MMA?? I just laugh because I will never take an MMA fight if I wasn’t prepared, but only a few know my love, passion and dedication for the sport.  I train 6 days a week sometimes twice a day. Losing isn’t an option it never is, but this is the first time I have had 3 months to prepare for a fight and stamina and having a heart of a warrior will not be the reason I lose only because my opponent was better….
sPidA : With your whole family (husband and son) being active in competition, what do you guys do as a family to just relax and not think about fighting?
Lisa Marie:  lol honestly there isn’t a moment that we are not talking, watching sports in the house although we may go to the movies, hang out with family, out to eat or whatever it never fails the conversation finds its way to talk about fighting.  I said this 6 years ago when I was interviewed by north texas boxing  everybody knows that saying a “family that prays together stays together, (very true) but I also say “a family that fights together stays together” only because the time that fighters/trainers have to put into the sport its time away from home but not with us we are always together so it works out although being around each other 24/7 we can get on each other’s nerves J
sPidA: With the nickname in Boxing as “Lady Bulldog” are you bringing that same mental/physical toughnes into your Mixed Martial Arts career?

Lisa Marie: We talked about it and Durwyn takes pride in giving everyone nicknames according to their fight style and when he watches me spar he still sees that aggressive side of me so we are keeping  it J
sPidA : Everybody saw the Pacquiao vs Bradley fight, after the bout,where you as surprised as the rest of the Nation to see Bradley win or did you call it the same?
Lisa Marie: You know after watching it the second time it was a lot closer than I thought.  If you take away from being a Pacquiao fan and just be a fan of the sport than you can see that Bradley won more rounds, but I think Pacquiao still won and I’m not a huge Pacquiao fan…..but I guess now Pacquiao knows how Marquez feels 😉
sPidA : Are you planning on staying active in both sports *(Boxing/MMA) which can you say is hardest to train for?
Lisa Marie : Yes boxing will always be my first love and I have grown to love MMA.  Actually,  I was supposed to fight June 30th in Atlanta but the fight didn’t go through, then I was supposed to re-match a girl I fought in the beginning of my career on June 29th in Florida, but I wasn’t able to get off from work.  So yes I will be active in both sports.  I think MMA is harder to train for because you get injured and bruised faster than boxing  and there are so many things to learn standing and on the ground.  Boxing you only worry about hands in MMA it’s everything!!!! But I respect both sport equally. Anyone who steps into the ring/cage gains my respect automatically
sPidA : Thank you Lisa,Great interview! we will see you come Premiere Fight Series in Forth Worth,Texas,any last comments to add to this?

Lisa Marie : Yes I would like to thank everyone who has supported me from boxing and now MMA.  My trainers and my sparring partners without  them I would not be able to do this.  I also would like to thank Rafeal Casias and Premier fight Promotions for adding a female bout and making it the Co-Main Event.  I’m excited and I am ready to put on a great fight for all the fans!!! Last my family most importantly,  Durwyn and Eric without them I couldn’t’ be doing this AT ALL  I love you guys and thank you for putting countless hours of training even though it doesn’t seem like I appreciate it, your are the only one who has so much faith in me,  and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who makes all of this possible on his time…. Thank you, I am very honored and humbled. Hope to see everyone July 28th with my hand raised!
PREMIERE FIGHT SERIES 1 / June 28, Forth Worth,Texas