“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!!!
MMA Cage Fights - STFC 21

Element Fighting Championship 1 “The Rise” Plano, TX

 

Element Fighting Championship 1 - EFC 1

EFC “The Rise”
Plano Convention Center
2000 East Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
January 14th, 2011 7:00PM
More Info: ElementMMA.com

OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD
MAIN EVENT: Joshua Lee vs Marcus Hicks
Francisco Barragan vs Warren Stewart
Faez Miraki vs Van Vo
Daniel Miller vs Michael Saunders
Brandon Farran vs Jarret Jones
Clinton Roberts vs Hayward Charles
Rodney McFarland vs Jason House
Jeremy Myers vs Randy Villarreal
Drew Pendleton vs Alden Herbert
Dale Mitchell vs James Hall

XKO 2011 Year End Awards Presentation and XKO 13 Full Fight Card!

XKO WILL HONOR ~ FIGHT OF THE YEAR ~ FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~ KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR ~ MOST ENTERTAINING FIGHTER OF THE YEAR ~

The 2011 XKO Year End Awards will be Presented at XKO 13 on Saturday, Dec. 3rd 2011. Come celebrate with the winners and BEST FIGHTERS in Texas and XKO.

2011 XKO FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
JJ Holmes
Roy Spoon
Chris Pecero
Steven Peterson
Alex Russ
Douglas Frey
Kano Gregoire

2011 XKO FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Douglas Frey vs Steven Peterson (135 title fight XKO 10)
Andrew Parker vs Dustin Adams (XKO 12)
Chris Pecero vs James Vick (#1 contender XKO 12)
Moises Diaz vs Burt McDonald (XKO 10)
Chris Pecero vs Chris Jones (155 XKO title fight)

2011 XKO KNOCKOUT TKO OF THE YEAR
Ciprian Hangan (Knocks out Steve Hess :48 sec RD 1 XKO 11)
Douglas Frey (Knocks out Randy Villarreal XKO 9)
Kano Gregoire (TKO’s Brandon McDowell XKO 12)
Chris Pecero (Knocks out Jarrett Jones XKO 9)
Nelson Salas (TKO’s Eliasar Rodriguez standing elbow XKO 11)
JJ Holmes (KO’s Brian Cheatham XKO 9)

When: Xtreme Knockout 13 – Saturday DEC 3rd, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm. Official XKO Weigh – ins Friday DEC 2ND at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (FREE- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE)

Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015

Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM and xtremeknockout.com “100% OF PROCEEDS OF SELECTED TICKET SALES WILL GO TO “HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS” $25 for advanced general admission and $30 when purchased at the door. $50 for Ringside Reserved and $60 at the door, VIP tables $400 (limited tables) Visit www.thegym.org for more information. CORONA, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

XKO 13

XKO 13 Fight Card (Card Subject to Change)

XKO MAIN EVENT 185lbs JJ HOLMES 2-2 MOHLER MMA AND THE GYM DALLAS, TX vs JOSH FOSTER 4-3 LONGVIEW, TX (One of the most talented wrestlers in the state – JJ Holmes will face his toughest opponent yet – Josh Foster. Foster coming off an impressive win at XKO 11 over Hayward Charles looks to become one of the top 185lb fighters in the division! This fight WILL be one of the most exciting fights put together at XKO)

125lbs RANDY VILLARREAL 7-6 ARLINGTON, TX, vs FRANK ORTEGA 4-6 (Randy Villarreal’s last fight at XKO made a huge mark in the local fight scene! He quickly destroyed Mike Sierra in what was set up to be the biggest “grudge match” XKO has put together! His opponent – Frank Ortega, with similar fighting styles this match-up will be a high impact, fast paced fight)

180lbs HAYWARD “THE HYBRID” CHARLES 2-2 vs ANDRE KAVANAUGH 2-1 (Hayward is coming off an impressive win over the very talented Michael Craycraft. Hayward looks to prove to be one of the top contenders in XKO as he faces XKO newcomer Andre Kavanaugh. Andre who is known for his heavy hands and strength will look to test Haywards chin and go for a quick knockout!)

180bs ANTONY “MAD DOG” MACIAS (over 150 pro fights) vs BRANDON MCDOWELL (over 80 pro fights)Combined with over 200 professional fights Anthony Macias will face for the first time ever- MMA and XKO veteran Brandon Mcdowell. Anthony a UFC and Pride veteran is an exciting fighter with a strong kickboxing background, Brandon has almost as much experience in the cage and looks to use that to defeat Macias)

155lbs DONNIE BELL XTREME MMA 1-0 vs ARMANDO SERVIN pro debut Returning to the XKO cage for the second time is Donnie Bell! He made his pro-debut at XKO with a dominating win over Burt McDonald. Armando Servin will be making his pro-debut at XKO! Servin had a solid amateur career and is ready for the pro level!)

170lbs ROY SPOON 7-3 vs JOSH LEE 7-7 (Roy Spoon is what some say the most exciting fighter in XKO! With a perfect record in 2011 Spoon looks to continue his winning streak as he faces XKO newcomer Josh Lee! Josh is an experienced fighter looking to stop the current most dominating fighter in XKO Roy Spoon!)

185lbs JAY JAY SANCHEZ 2-0 vs TBA (Jay Jay Sanchez is an undefeated fighter who just came off an impressive win over JJ holmes! Sanchez has a strong ground game and looks to continue a dominating path!)

135lbs ELIASAR RODRIGUEZ 0-1 vs HOMER GARCIA pro debut (This is Eliasar’s second professional fight! His last fight was a tough loss against the fast rising star Nelson Salas. Homer is moving up after an undefeated career as a amateur and making his pro-debut against Eliasar! Both fighters will be fast and exciting)

185lbs CIPRIAN HANGAN vs TBA (Ciprian made his pro debut against Steve Hess at XKO 11! Ciprian made a very impressive pro-debut against Hess with a :48 sec Knockout and looks to knockout his next opponent. Ciprian is a Judo Black belt and instructor at Dallas MMA )

175lbs AARON CULPEPPER DEBUT vs STEVEN CLOUD DEBUT (Aaron Culpepper is making his pro debut and plans on knocking his opponent out! Culpepper is known for his “no Quit” attitude. Steven will also be making his pro debut. Steven had a solid ammy career and trains out of NTMMA. Both fighters want to make an impact on their pro debut, I see someone getting knocked out in this fight!)

XTREME KNOCKOUT RETURNS SATURDAY DEC 3RD FOR THEIR 13TH EVENT AND TXA 21 TELEVISION TAPING!



On DEC 3rd 2011, Back Alley Promotions and THE GYM bring to you Xtreme Knockout 13 (XKO – Professional Cage Fights) and the top Pro MMA fighters in Texas. XKO be filming for TXA 21 for their Xtreme Knockout TV show. Back Alley Promotions has produced 1,000 “live” events, including Professional Championship Wrestling (PCW) which was televised weekly for 3 years on UPN channel 21, featured on MTV, and the catalyst for a reality show “The Bussey Bunch” for TLC and Discovery Channel. THE GYM Combative Sports Training Facility (and location of XKO 13) is the new home of “TEAM TAKEDOWN” the Next Generation of Fighters and recently signed a deal with world renowed Jiu-Jitsu instructor Marc Laiman. XKO 13 WILL BE TAPED for TXA Channel 21 and broadcasts “Xtreme Knockout” every Saturday Night!

Xtreme Knockout, Back Alley Promotions in association with Corona bring Pro Mixed Martial Arts fights to Arlington
Pre-Fight Party from 6-8pm. Belltime 8pm.Pre-Fight party includes: MMA & Sports Vendors including BUFF WATER, THE GIRLS ROOM, BORN 2 BANG CLOTHING, THE MARINES, CUSTOM MOUTH GUARDS, KOS, ULTRAVIOLENT FIGHT GEAR, WEIRDOZ CLOTHING, AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE, BLU ENERGY, AND MORE…. 10 professional cage fights, meet and greet with fighters, celebrity guest appearances, Bikini contest, live music and DJ! Television Taping for TXA 21 show “Xtreme Knockout.”

XKO MAIN EVENT – 185lbs JJ HOLMES 2-2 MOHLER MMA AND THE GYM DALLAS, TX vs JOSH FOSTER 4-3 LONGVIEW, TX
(One of the most talented wrestlers in the state – JJ Holmes will face his toughest opponent yet – Josh Foster. Foster coming off an impressive win at XKO 11 over Hayward Charles looks to become one of the top 185lb fighters in the division! This fight WILL be one of the most exciting fights put together at XKO)

125lbs RANDY VILLARREAL 7-6 ARLINGTON, TX, vs FRANK ORTEGA 4-6
(Randy Villarreal’s last fight at XKO made a huge mark in the local fight scene! He quickly destroyed Mike Sierra in what was set up to be the biggest “grudge match” XKO has put together! His opponent – Frank Ortega, with similar fighting styles this match-up will be a high impact, fast paced fight)

180lbs HAYWARD “THE HYBRID” CHARLES 2-2 vs ANDRE KAVANAUGH 2-1
(Hayward is coming off an impressive win over the very talented Michael Craycraft. Hayward looks to prove to be one of the top contenders in XKO as he faces XKO newcomer Andre Kavanaugh. Andre who is known for his heavy hands and strength will look to test Haywards chin and go for a quick knockout!)

180bs ANTONY “MAD DOG” MACIAS (over 150 pro fights) vs BRANDON MCDOWELL (over 80 pro fights)
(Combined with over 200 professional fights Anthony Macias will face for the first time ever- MMA and XKO veteran Brandon Mcdowell. Anthony a UFC and Pride veteran is an exciting fighter with a strong kickboxing background, Brandon has almost as much experience in the cage and looks to use that to defeat Macias)

155lbs DONNIE BELL XTREME MMA 1-0 vs ARMANDO SERVIN pro debut
(Returning to the XKO cage for the second time is Donnie Bell! He made his pro-debut at XKO with a dominating win over Burt McDonald. Armando Servin will be making his pro-debut at XKO! Servin had a solid amateur career and is ready for the pro level!)

170lbs ROY SPOON 7-3 vs JOSH LEE 7-7
(Roy Spoon is what some say the most exciting fighter in XKO! With a perfect record in 2011 Spoon looks to continue his winning streak as he faces XKO newcomer Josh Lee! Josh is an experienced fighter looking to stop the current most dominating fighter in XKO Roy Spoon!)

185lbs JAY JAY SANCHEZ 2-0 vs STEVE HESS 1-3
(Jay Jay Sanchez is an undefeated fighter who just came off an impressive win over JJ holmes! Sanchez has a strong ground game and will be equally matched with jiu-jitsu specialist Steve Hess!)

135lbs ELIASAR RODRIGUEZ 0-1 vs HOMER GARCIA pro debut
(This is Eliasar’s second professional fight! His last fight was a tough loss against the fast rising star Nelson Salas. Homer is moving up after an undefeated career as a amateur and making his pro-debut against Eliasar! Both fighters will be fast and exciting)

185lbs CIPRIAN HANGAN 1-0 vs BRYAN HEAD pro debut
(Ciprian made his pro debut against Steve Hess at XKO 11! Ciprian made a very impressive pro-debut against Hess with a :48 sec Knockout and looks to knockout his next opponent. Ciprian is a Judo Black belt and instructor at Dallas MMA 300 and will face Bryan Head. Bryan is making his pro debut out of Chris Collins MMA. Bryan is a young fighter 21 years old looking to make a statement at XKO!)

MORE FIGHTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
When: Xtreme Knockout 13 – Saturday DEC 3rd, 2011 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights Start at 8pm. Official XKO Weigh – ins Friday DEC 2ND at 3 pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands (FREE- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – FREE)
Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015
Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM and www.xtremeknockout.com – 100% OF PROCEEDS OF SELECTED TICKET SALES WILL GO TO “HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS”

$25 for advanced general admission and $30 when purchased at the door. $50 for Ringside Reserved and $60 at the door, VIP tables $400 (limited tables) Visit www.thegym.org for more information. CORONA, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

Randy Villarreal def. Todd Gentry 45 sec. TAPOUT (guillotine choke)


“BEATDOWN” Todd Gentry vs Randy Villarreal

Randy Villarreal dominates Todd Gentry with punches, then catches him in a guillotine! 45 sec tapout 1st round win!

Cageside video by: Chris Lopez Jr.

“BEATDOWN” Kickass Productions
April 22, 2011
New Braunfels Civic Center