XKO out of Arlington, TX is going down on March 23rd with a stacked card and their first ever female fight between Amber Stautzenberger and Ashley Allen. XKO 18…here we go!!
sPidA: You made your pro debut in September against Paige VanZant, what do you feel went wrong in that fight?
APEX: I just feel that my mentality was off. I didn’t perform the way I know I can.
sPidA: Did you go into your second bout in January against Summer Artherton with something to prove?
APEX: I only had something to prove to myself. I had to prove that I can use the skills I know I have and that I do love the sport. My mentality was totally different from what it was back in September.
sPidA: The first female bout for XKO, any pressure going into your 3rd professional fight?
APEX: No pressure, a fight is a fight! I have been in several 1st female fights for other promotions as well.
sPidA: What do you know about your opponent? Are you looking at a game plan or just seeing where the fight goes?
APEX: I know she is comfortable anywhere but her base is jiu-jitsu. Game plans change through at a fight, but I do know that I am going to be the dictator.
sPidA: You looking at staying busy this year? Any other bouts outside MMA, Boxing, or Kickboxing?
APEX: Well after this match, I will fight in for DFC in Fargo, ND on April 20th, and again for PFS in Fort Worth, TX on May 18. I hope to keep busy this year and it would be nice to get back into jiu-jitsu tournaments. I haven’t done one since the end of 2011.
sPidA: Thank you once again and best of luck Amber. Anyone you would like to thank before your fight?
APEX: Thank you! I would like to Thank my sponsors AmmoToGo.com, Gamma Labs, M. King Construction Co. from Dilley, TX, and Michelle Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson. I want to thank everyone who helped me prepare for my match, especially Coach Mohler, Will Campuzano, and Tristan Grimsley.
Premier Fight Series
Jesse Rodriguez Promotions
Premier Fight Series @ the Ft. Worth Convention Center
Date/Time: July 28, 2012 7:00 PM
Location: 1201 Houston St.
Fort Worth, Texas
Chas Skelly vs Luis Vega
Brian Cox vs Victor Reyna
Daniel Trevino vs Michael De La Garza Kevin McGee vs Quaint Kempf
Ivan Cole vs Kashif Solarin
Tristan Grimsley vs Sidney Cawdrey
Jay Flores vs Doug Andrade
Casey Hudson vs Jonathan Wise
Alex Madrid vs Armando Herrera
Andrew Parker vs Marshall Gorham
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!!!
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.
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!
sPidA: Your coming off a great win on your MMA debut, was a submission your game plan or were you just prepared where ever it went?
Guerrero:For my debut i was ready for anything, i just wanted to make the fight entertaining for the fans and for everyone that came out to support me. This was my debut, i had been waiting for this moment for years so i didnt want to lose my first fight. When i got to the venue i was thinking i would be neverous walking to the cage but i was mentally and physically prepared, i was not nervous at all and i was very calm during my fight. It was just the right time to do work.
sPidA: You representing a great fight team, what guys do you have out there pushing you to reach your limits?
Guerrero: Man Full Contact Fight Academy is full of talent. We have guys like Hector Munoz, Roger Narvaez,Cory Bellino,and Josh Rios to name a few. These guys push me to the limit and they do not take it easy on me lol, at the same time they help alot. I am greatful to be part of such a great team and although the Flick brothers are not in town anymore , they too helped me so much. My jiu jitsu coach Aurelio Gallegos also has alot to do with us being well versed in the ground game.
sPidA : Has competing in MMA been in the works or was seeing your training partners compete just motivate you to do so?
Guerrero: To be honest i have been training MMA since 2007 and i was supposed to make my debut a few years back but things just kept on happening, then in 2009 i herniated 2 discs and that just set me back even further. I was so depressed that i couldnt train or do anything but be in pain. My doctor told me that i was never going to train or be the same again and i was determined to prove him and everyone else that said i wouldnt train again wrong. So i did alot of research and found a book online from a Dr. who specailized in spinal injuries. I bought that and followed his directions and i also found a local chiropracter who had a drx – 9000 (spinal decompression machine) and nearly a year later i was back at it.
sPidA: You’ve been to Cowboys Dance Hall before making your debut, what are your thoughts on the place, enjoy yourself there as a fan?
Guerrero: Cowboys Dance Hall is a great place for MMA! So many fans come out to not only support their local mma fighter but the sport of mma and that is awsome.They also advertise pretty well, facebook, the radio etc. so they are pretty popular. As a fan of MMA myself I enjoy watching the fights, Jen does a awsome job of match making and that makes for some exciting fights.
spidA: I know your Team trains in all aspects of the fight game, is there one your better at(strking/grappling) are you still improving both?
Guerrero: I am still improving on both. I love the stand up game and my jiu jitsu is good. our jiu jitsu program run by Aurelio Gallegos is one of the best in Texas. We have 3 BJJ Black Belts in one place and so many technical jiu jitsu guys so our ground game is no joke. Our stand up is second to non, Hector Munoz has very technical kickboxing and im eager to get to the level he is at. I just need to let my hands go on this next fight and thats what we are working on. My hands are good, i have been boxing since 2001 but soon enough i will show what my hands are like, and with kicks being involved its just even better because i love to throw combos that end with kicks.
sPidA: With promotions like M1 Global,BELLATOR and the UFC are you setting your goals to reach these promtotions?
Guerrero: I would love to fight for anyone of those promotions. Bellator puts on some awsome fights and the possibility of fighting for them is more realistic since they travel alot and have come to our area a few times. Id also like to fight in Japan, But of course the UFC is the main one. Im far from it but i will do my best to get there.
sPidA: What was the first live MMA bout you had seen, do you remember your thoughts on watching it live?
Guerrero: My first live event was one of the Renegade Extreme Fighting fights back in the day. A family friend from my home town of Alice, Texas would fight and i got to go with him and I got to be back stage. I also had my seconds license at 17 so being around the fighters and guys like Rocky Long and Carlo Prater who were very friendly got me hooked! Just to see the fighters before their fight, during and after was just like wow, these guys just put it all out there, i couldnt wait to get my turn. Oh and i got to meet my favortie fighter Yves Edwards at one of the Renegade Events in Houston that was a great night lol
sPidA: When not training, whats a chill day for you? (unwind,TV, Flying a kite ,<~kidding)
Guerrero: I am a huge History buff so i like to read up on history when ever i can. I also work in the I.T field so dealing with new technology is common so i like to read up and learn about how things work and how i can become a better I. T Professional. I also like to watch Ghost Adventures and Nat Geo and i cant forget playing Xbox live, That is always fun. But most importantly Im really close to my family, so when im not training i like to spend as much time as i can with them. I work 8-5, then go home to get my things and head to Corpus by 5:30. It takes me about 45 min to get to the gym so if they are home after 5 i get to see them briefly but usually they are not and by the time i get home from training my mom and step dad are asleep and my sisters are at their houses. You know time flies and i see my nieces and nephews growing up so fast it makes me sad that im not involved more in their lives. I wish that i could spend more time with everyone but one day this life i have chosen will be worth it.
sPidA: With a nickname like GUNN, can your opponents always expect an all out war,who gave you the nickname or how did it come about?
Guerrero: The nick name Tommy Gunn has been around since i was a kid. Before i chose to fight the older guys would say “whats up Tommy Gunn” so when i decided to fight i knew what i was gonna use. My opponents should expect to go all out for 15 minutes because thats what i train for but with the Gunns (my striking) should be what they worry about, but Im always ready for anything and everything.
sPidA: Is your family involved in your choice of acticities,how has their reaction been to watching your fight or hearing of it?
Guerrero: My family is very supportive of what i do.Since my jiu jitsu tournaments they have always been involved and now MMA they want to be there for me. My mom doesnt agree with it but she accepts it lol. She will see when i buy her a house one day that I chose a good profession. One of my sisters and uncles got to see my fight live along with one of my nieces and nephews and numerous cousins so they were very excited when i won. When i got home my family including my mom who never wants to hear about it was asking details lol so it was cool to come home with my first victory. There will be more to come thats for sure and hopefully they will be recorded so i can show my grandpa who is now a MMA fan. He used to bad mouth the guys hugging on the ground but now he is retired and watches alot of MMA reruns so he likes to see his favorite fighter Urijah Faber fight lol. He was so upset when Mike Brown beat Faber, he now hates Mike Brown. He also appreciates the submissions, its funny to sit with him and watch fights with the things he says like grab the arm and the neck so i hope we will be watching my fights on his tv or he will be watching me fights live on tv.
sPidA: If you could fight any other athlete in the world(non MMA) whom would it be and why?
Guerrero: If i could fight any other athlete non MMA I would have to choose Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore lol just kidding id say i would like to fight Juan Manuel Marquez. Not because i dont like him, because i think he is one of the best Mexican boxers out there. So if i got to fight him i would get to say i fought a legend in the sport of boxing. For some reason i also want to say Eli Manning because im a Dallas Cowboy fan and he upsets me alot lol
sPidA: Thank you for your time bro,I’ll be seeing ya come May, anything else you’d like to blast to end this inreview?
Guerrero: Your welcome and Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I know im just coming up but i intend to make a name for my self in MMA. I just want to thank the Lord for another day of life and for me being able to do the things im doing now and for the people in my life. I want to thank my family who I love very much for being there for me and put up with me. My friends who support what i do and my team mates and coaches who put it on me and help me prepare for my fights or tournaments. and to the MMA fans who come out to support their fighter, thank you for making this sport a great one!