PRESS RELEASE: Amateur MMA Athletes Benefit as MMA Draft Gains Momentum

PRESS RELEASE – May 13, 2013

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. MMADraft.com, a promotional platform for up-and-coming amateur combat sports athletes, has quickly become the go-to site for many of MMA’s rising stars. With the ever growing talent pool, it is becoming increasingly difficult for skilled amateur MMA fighters to identify what steps they need to take to build a successful future in the sport. Not only do they have to stand out amongst their peers as elite competitors, they have to build a presence outside of the cage as well. MMA Draft offers solutions and gives amateurs in the sport an edge on the competition.

Backed by industry influencers and fighters Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, MMADraft.com gives amateurs access to valuable resources that no other organization can offer, from media opportunities to advice from the pros. MMA Draft continues to add valuable features to the site as they evolve and according to the MMA Draft team, they are just getting started!

According to Phil Davis, “We are very excited about how quickly MMA Draft has evolved and how well it has been received in the MMA Community. MMA Draft has come a long way in a short time and we continue to find new ways to educate and promote deserving amateur athletes. The newest feature on MMADraft.com is a weekly blog called ‘The Draft Board’, authored by seasoned MMA Journalist Daniel Downes (who also writes for UFC.com). ‘The Draft Board’ touches on all subjects that pertain to Amateur MMA.”

Davis went on to say, “Daniel is also one of the experts on our MMA Draft ‘Ask a Pro’ panel (another added feature). Anyone can log on to MMADraft.com and submit a question pertaining to amateur MMA under ‘Ask a Pro’ and one of our experts will address it. Maggie Krol and Rick Lee have also joined our team and will be shooting human interest pieces and amateur MMA stories for the site. A lot of exciting things are happening at MMA Draft. We have a really big announcement coming soon, so stay tuned!”

In addition to providing great resources to amateur martial artists, the MMA Draft team actively generates publicity for their athletes through shows like ‘MMA Draft Spotlight with Trigg’, ‘The Great Debate’ Radio Show, Alchemist Radio, and many others. Registered MMA Draft athletes of all ages have the opportunity to earn their place in the spotlight. The more activity that they have on their MMA Draft profile, the more likely they are to get chosen.

Amateur martial artists of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to create a profile on www.MMADraft.com. The site is FREE to join and participating amateur athletes can upload photos and videos, document notable career achievements and more! The MMA Draft database also stores event results from Pankration, Submission Grappling, Wrestling and other sports that may lead to a career in martial arts.

About MMA Draft:
MMA Draft (www.MMADraft.com) was created for martial artists by martial artists to generate opportunities and exposure for combat sports athletes at the amateur level. It is the most comprehensive “Amateur” promotional platform of its kind and was formed by Urijah Faber and Phil Davis, accomplished MMA pros that know exactly what it takes to make it in the competitive world of mixed martial arts. MMADraft.com provides amateur fighters with a high-profile platform to showcase their skills, interactive forums to build a fan following, tips from industry pros and other valuable career resources. MMADraft.com is also a go-to source for managers, sponsors and promoters looking for talent. Additionally, MMADraft.com offers a variety of resources to parents, prospects, and fans of amateur combat sports. Resources include educational information, event info and more! MMA Draft executives are also working closely with key promotions, organizations and websites to become a central database for amateur events, seminars and results.

“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!!