“Losing Is Something I won’t Settle For” – A Few Words With Shawn Cool

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Shawn Cool will be entering the Cage for the 2nd time in San Antonio for Premiere Combat Group. He will be testing his skills against another local fighter in Steven Trevino. Great match up with two guys who will definitely be rocking the cage on April 6th. Representing the Texas Powerhouse MMA Academy, I present to you Shawn Cool!

sPidA: You are stepping inside the Cage for the PCG Promotion once again against another local fighter from San Antonio, any pressure?

Cool: A lot of pressure. A bunch of people are coming out to support me Saturday night & losing is something I won’t settle for. I work too hard for it.

sPidA: Are you looking at eventually going Pro and pursuing a career in MMA?

Cool: Depending on how this year goes, it is a good possibility. My wife helps & supports me tremendously. I can’t thank her enough. My parents are awesome as well.

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sPidA: I’ve seen you compete in grappling tournaments before, are you looking at a submission victory or keeping the fight standing up?

Cool: Honestly, I’m just looking at getting the win. Whether that be submission, TKO, or homicide. Haha

sPidA: Are you a fan of Reality TV? If so, what are your thoughts on Dana White allowing both male and female in the next season of TUF?

Cool: I am bro but I thinks it’s kind of ridiculous. Women in the same house is asking for trouble. Their will be a lot of distractions & drama for sure. I’m sure I’ll still watch it though. LOL

sPidA: As I’m sure thousands of others will be doing the same, LOL. Having a recent addition to your family (congratulations on the birth of your beautiful girl) has that changed your drive in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts?

Cool: Thanks Spida!! It has tremendously! It’s the greatest gift in the world. People tend to forget that at 23, I work full-time, train full-time, I’m a husband, and now a father. I will make something of myself for her.

sPidA: Thank you for your time bro, any last words for those supporting you?

Cool: I would like to thank GOD of course, he continues to bless me. My beautiful girls, wife Krystalina & Daughter Avery. My parents & family, Texas Powerhouse MMA, Honor Fight Gear, all my training partners & friends that follow me. Thanks for believing in me. Thank you sPidA and TexasFighting.com for the interview, very much appreciated!

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“I See Myself Walking Out Victorious!” – A Few Words With Le’Ville Simpson

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A few words with Le’Ville Simpson who will be stepping inside the cage on Saturday March 23rd in Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center. Coming off an impressive Pro debut in San Antonio. Lets get started!

sPidA: You are coming off a great Pro debut in San Antonio,TX, was going Pro the best decision for your MMA career?

Simpson: I really felt going pro was the best decision. Everyone in the TWMMA family felt I had proved myself in my amateur bouts and they gave me the thumbs up to make that next step.

sPidA: You have a strong Team in TWINWOLVES MMA, what sets you guys apart from other gyms?

Simpson: TWINWOLVES is a family more than a team. On teams you have guys that like to compete against one another, but all my brothers in the gym we push each other to help better one another. There is no jealousy among us. Our coaching staff is phenomenal ranging from Kasib Taylor, to Daniel Moraes, and Jamir Toledo. We always joke we’re the hidden gem in the middle of Texas.

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sPidA: I keep up with the news and am shocked at how much your team mates are willing to travel to compete, is fighting away from home a norm for you guys?

Simpson: It’s been like that since we all started. We’re always traveling – a promoter calls and we show up to fight.

sPidA: Your upcoming bout you will be traveling to Corpus Christi, are you nervous or excited about this next match up?

Simpson: I’m excited about fighting in Corpus Christi.I’ve seen some good fights there so its exciting to know I’m going to be apart of that.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, how do you see this fight going?

Simpson: All I really know about Kirk is that he had a good amateur career and that he’s a hometown guy that’s gritty. I’m not intimidated by his record or the hometown fans, its me and him only in there and I still see myself walking out victorious.

sPidA: What got you into Mixed Martial Arts? Was competition something you’ve always been involved in?

Simpson: I starting training to get into shape really, but when an old school football teammate and current TWMMA fighter Geoff Neal made his debut, I figured what the hell why not.

sPidA: A big part of MMA is entertainment, are you looking to put on a good show for your next bout at ROCKS Xtreme MMA?

Simpson: I always look to put on a show for the fans, nobody wants to feel like they wasted their money on boring fights. You will never get a boring fight with Twinwolves on the card.

sPidA: Who (other than your coaches or team mates) do you look up to in the sport of MMA?

Simpson: Rafael Cordeiro hands down man, one of our coaches Jamir Toledo actually worked with him at the Chute Boxe Academy back in the day in Brazil. Watching the old Pride Fc fights and seeing how successful all his guys were really makes me want to learn from him.

sPidA: Harlem Shake or Gangnam style, why or why not?

Simpson: Neither man, they’re both stupid dances.

sPidA: Thank you brotha for your time.  Is their anyone you would like to thank to wrap this up?

Simpson: First off I would like to thank GOD for everyone He has put in my life to help me achieve everything I have so far. My family for their support. All the coaches at TWMMA for passing on all their knowledge down to us and spending the time they do with us. Everyone in the TWMMA family who help prepare us for fights, its really a honor to represent our school.

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“I HAVE BEEN TRAINING HARDER THAN EVER!” Interview with Amber Stautsenberger

Was set to fight Ivana Colaman 9/22/12 in Ft. Worth, Texas at Premier Fight Series 2, now facing Paige VanZant out of Las Vegas. Making her long awaited Pro Debut, here we have a few words with Amber Stautzenberger.

sPidA: You’re making your pro debut, finally. How do you feel about this?

Stautzenberger: I’m very excited and have been waiting for a long time!

sPidA: Were you able to attend the first event for Premiere Fight Series, if so, what were your thoughts on their first show?

Stautzenberger: I did attend the first event. I enjoyed it. Just about all the fights were entertaining. I think this second show will have an even better turn out in regards to the fans.

sPidA: Your opponent was changed just last week, what do you know about your new opponent, have you changed any of your training or just training harder?

Stautzenberger: I have seen a couple of Paige’s fights. She is young, but has a great future in the sport. She’s constantly active and aggressive.I have been training harder than ever and been working a lot on my technique. I feel it will not only do me good in this fight, but for all my fights to come. We will put on a great fight.

sPidA: Seems like women in Mixed Martial Arts have been getting a lot of attention lately, any pressure? What are your thoughts on this?

Stautzenberger: No pressure. I kind of like to stay out or the starlight, but it’s good that WMMA is getting attention.

sPidA: Your last fight was a tough one against Tecia Torres, what did you learn from that fight?

Stautzenberger: Yes, it was a tough fight. Tecia is experienced and is a great person/fighter. I learned how and how not to cut weight. LoL I learned from my mistakes and I know I will perform better from here on out.

sPidA: She is also making her move to Pro debut as well , Fighting for INVICTA, Possible future re-match?

Stautzenberger: I would love to fight her again. Start of fresh as professionals. I think it will happen in good time.Good luck to Tecia on her debut!

sPidA: If you weren’t competing in Mixed Martial Arts, what sport would you more likely be involved in?

Stautzenberger: I have no idea!! I did several sports in high school, but not any that I would have actually done anything with, besides any sort of martial arts, I guess I would continue to lift weights.

sPidA: Last interview you had said you work teaching others how to paint, are you selling any paintings or possibly thinking about it?

Stautzenberger: I actually do sell paintings. I just sold a watercolor painting recently of someone’s home that got destroyed 50 years ago. I love painting the human figure most, but I work with what’s wanted as well.

sPidA: With UFC 151 cancelled, what were your thoughts on this? Most hate Jones, others love him. Should the UFC put that much power on a fighters status?

Stautzenberger: It’s kind of sad the the whole card was cancelled because of one match, but at the same time I understand that that was the fight everyone was paying to see, though I know it still could have been an entertaining event.

sPidA: Thank you Amber, wishing you the best of luck. Any last minute comments to your friends,  family and sponsors?

Stautzenberger: For those who aren’t able to attend the event, it can be viewed streaming live at: www.premierfights.net . My fight will also be recorded and shown on a later date on TimeWarner Cable. I want to thank my coaches and teammates at Mohler’s MMA. My coach, William Campuzano, puts a lot of time into me and that’s something I really appreciate. Also I want to thank my sponsors, who help out so much: www.AMMOTOGO.com , NOKOUT, M. King Construction Inc, Co. (from Dilley,TX) M. Holcomb FNC-P Inova Richardson – Family Practice.
I also want to thank my family who is going to drive up to my fight! They haven’t been to one of my fights since 2009, because they are always out of state!

“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!!

 

“My goal is to finish my opponent…” Interview with Brandon Farran

DSC_8161[1]I’ve been following Brandon Farran‘s career as of late. Recently he came off a great submission win as well as a KO victory, he’s definitely showcasing some well rounded Mixed Martial Arts arsenal! He’s preparing to step inside the cage on Friday September 14th for LEGACY FC 14. Let’s get started!

sPidA: You’re coming off a great submission win over a humble and very athletic fighter by the name of Cleburn Walker. How prepared were you for that fight?

Farran: Cleburn Walker is a great guy and it was a pleasure to step in the cage with a man who possesses the same values and principles as myself. I knew he was a great fighter, so I made sure I stepped into the cage knowing that I trained harder than ever for this fight, as I do with all fights no matter the caliber of opponent!

sPidA: With a KO win prior to your fight with Cleburn, was a submission victory planned to show you were that well rounded or did he just happen to fall into it?

Farran: The submission was definitely not planned. When going against any opponent, the last thing you want to do is allow them to take the fight where they feel most comfortable.

sPidA: As a gym owner in Future Fitness, what has been the toughest thing since opening your doors?

Farran: I would have to say the toughest thing has been finding the balance between my family life, business and a fighting career. Luckily for me the business and fighting go hand and hand, so ultimately the hardest thing has been to leave business and fighting at the gym and making sure I didn’t let it interfere the relationship between me and my fiancee.

sPidA: With the change of opponents and now having Derek Krantz step in, has your game plan changed any? What do you know about your new opponent?

Farran: I never prepare for a specific opponent. When I step inside the cage I set the pace and make sure I inflict my will and not vice versa. I know Derrick has established a name for himself and that he’s pretty well rounded. As far as him as a person, I know nothing of him.

sPidA: Nobody trains to lose but many “play it safe”, what is your set goal when entering the cage for a fight?

Farran: When stepping into the cage, my goal is to finish my opponent no matter where the fight goes, that way the judges have no say.

sPidA: With your birthday happening days prior to your fight (strict diet etc..), are you looking to celebrate it after your victory on Sept 14th?

Farran: I will celebrate my birthday inside the cage on Friday night and then I plan to spend the rest of the weekend with my family, since they all live in Houston.

sPidA: It’s great that you have people you love supporting you. Is this the same support that your students and any prospective students can expect?

Farran: The support from loved ones is what fuels my fire! The way I see being a head coach and training partner to my students is, if they do not get better than ultimately I cannot get better. These guys are my family and I love each and every one of them unconditionally. I pour as much fight knowledge into them as they can absorb. I do not teach with a set pace or structure because everyone has different learning curves and I try to give each and every one of them the individual attention they need.

sPidA: We hear about so many “bad calls” in Mixed Martial Arts events, what are your thoughts on training some referees that work them?

Farran: The refs see a totally different view of the fight, a view that fighters and spectators can’t. Their main job is to lookout for the safety of fighters. This is one of the main reasons I train myself and team to finish fights!

sPidA: What Martial Arts movies did you grow up watching and did any of them motivate you to train as you do now?

Farran: I grew up watching them all but my motivation comes from seeing actual fighters and choreographed stunts. Don’t get me wrong, while growing up I loved these movies but after training and fighting you realize those movies are not realistic at all. Although they are starting to do a good job of making them more realistic.

sPidA: Thanks once again bro, glad to see your career taking off. Anything you’d like to add to this before we wrap it up?

Farran: Thank you brotha for finding me worthy enough to interview, it is always a pleasure talking MMA. Thank you to my fiancee Channing Morris for putting up with my drama, she likes to call me a “Diva” lol, but she has been great to me! Also thank you to all my supporters who help to make my dreams come true!


Televised Card
Welterweight title – Jeff Rexroad 5-1 v. Macaco 27 -13 – 5 x 5
125 – Josh Sampo 8-2 v. Antonio Banuelos 20-8 – 3 x 5
135 – Cody Williams 4-2 v. Steven Peterson 7-2 – 3 x 5
170 – Brandon Farran 7-4 v. Derrick Krantz 12-6 – 3 x 5
170 – Lester Batres 2-1 v. Jon Harris – 5-2 – 3 x 5
125 – Matt Schnell 0-0 v. Ryan Hollis 0-0 – 3 x 3
145 – Darrion Caldwell 0-0 v. David Armas 2-4 – 3 x 3
Prelims
170 – Ryan Spann v. Charlie Ontiveros – 3 x 3
205 – Yonny Osuna v. Chris Reed – 3 x 3
180 – Patrick Hutton v. Terrance Ferguson – 3 x 3
170 – Patrick Greene v. Kaileb Cummins – 3 x 3

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“The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas!” Xavier Soto Interview

A few words with Xavier Soto out of Austin, Texas, coming off a great Amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut. He is set and ready to step inside the Cage August 4th in San Antonio. For more info, visit PremiereCombatGroup.com. Here we go…

sPidA: You will be stepping inside the Cage for Premiere Combat Group once more, what has kept you from competing since your debut?

Soto: I don’t know where to start man I had an opponent on the May 19th card for PCG but that fell through due to him having an injury then had another fight in Houston and the guy backed out for some unknown reason and then this card and another guy backed out so I appreciate Jesus stepping up I’m not an easy person to prepare for by any means.

sPidA: On your amateur debut you looked calm and collect, very agile for a big guy, what do you owe that to?

Soto: I owe all of that to my training partners at Rubicon  Fight Sport a lot of smaller faster and very agile guys I have to be fast just to catch them and I have a few guys for the size but the little guys are a big factor but what helps more is all my training partners hit like Mack trucks.

sPidA: What were you doing before Mixed Martial Arts? Were you involved in any other sports?

Soto: Yeah I’ve always been involved in many sports. From football to swimming but I’ve always been involved in martial arts from a very young age.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, after this bout are you looking at a possible Heavyweight Title?

Soto: All I know is he trains out of Ashcraft TDK in San Antonio he’s 6’2″ and he is a heavyweight that’s about it. Man I can’t catch a break I’m getting nothing but hometown boys to fight LOL but after the fight if everything goes according to plan yeah I’d love to ask for a title shot!

sPidA: What does your training consist of, you looked comfortable with your striking, are you well versed in your ground game as well?

Soto: Well my training consists of a lot of conditioning running, circuits, body conditioning and plyometrics, then on to Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Muy Thai, Judo, Catch but stand up is my main focus I just love KOing people and making fans anywhere cheer for me but the ground doesn’t concern me I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu for damn near 20 years and for the past 6 months I’ve been training under Ronny Lis he’s . . . It’s easier for you to just look him up LOL.

sPidA: With it being this difficult to find opponents, what would you like your fighting schedule to be?

Soto: To be honest I’d love to fight 6 times a year at least so I can stay in shape year round to get and keep a buzz about me going and to keep me training and in the gym and constantly getting better.

sPidA: You fight out of Austin,Texas…seems like just a few years ago the city was booming with Mixed Martial Arts events. What do you feel has happened and how would we be able to change this?

Soto: I don’t know man, to me we are a great music city with food and clubs as well as people but I can say the same about San Antonio as well. What helps are headstrong promoters and good hearted people like Jennifer. She is an awesome person and PCG is a great company to fight for. MMA should be about putting on great fights not trying to make a ton of money. Promoters should worry about action packed cards and exciting fights. The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas.

sPidA: With difficulty finding opponents, do you find it as hard to find people to spar with?

Soto: Yeah really hard but even harder to find guys to fight I got a core group of guys who kick my ass on a daily basis and can push me around, but the reason I looked so good against Odie was due to my gym, trainers, training partners but mainly Daniel Jolly that dude is going to be in the UFC very soon and a world champ shortly after getting there trust me but outside of those core guys I don’t trust anybody else.

sPidA: With the sport going strong, can you see yourself in the big promotions (UFC/BELLATOR etc) in the future, who are some of the guys fighting now that you look up to? (other than training partners)

Soto: Of course I wanna be champ in the UFC but as far as who I look up to in the UFC are the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Shogun, Rampage, Forrest the list goes on. Two main idols of mine are Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner (R.I.P.) who I’ve trained under and learned many things from.

sPidA: Thank you for the interview man, looking forward to you putting on a great show, any last comments or thank yous?

Soto: . It was my privilege man thanks to TexasFighting.com for this but yeah I have a training partner fighting the same night in Shreveport Louisiana for their 145lbs title so shout out there thanks to Daniel Jolly for training me also Ronny Lis, Thiago Wellington ,Paul Nixon ,Britton Wells, Laren ,Warren ,Van ,Garrett ,Nael ,Coach Charles Izzard to my beautiful girlfriend Shaylah for pushing me to be the best and my parents for putting up with all this and for all the people who helped me training and even giving gas money for me to get to training it helps a lot. Wanna thank Ronny Lis Jiu Jitsu ,Chute Kombat ,Rubicon Fightsport ,Tsunami Judo ,UT Judo Club ,The Enlightened Warriors ,Graven Images ,Sign Express thanks Texas Fighting thanks Spida and see you guys soon on August 4th if you don’t have plans to go your missing out make it and you wont regret it I promise! Peace , Xavier “The Texas Hand Grenade” Soto

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