“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!!

 

“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!!!
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“I always want to compete against the best!” A few words with Corey Bellino

Corey Bellino, Texas MMA Fighter

Interview with Corpus Christi Police Officer and Mixed Martial Artist, Corey Bellino. The biggest test of his career as he faces STFC Champion Frank Trevino. We talk past, present and his next bout. Representing PARAGON MMA…I present you…Corey Bellino.

sPidA: You have managed a great win streak, is there any pressure as you compete?

Corey: There is no pressure on me. I have a very supportive team. I just show up day in and day out to do what I do.

sPidA: Looking back at fighting UFC TUF participant Darryl Schoonover for your Pro debut, what are your thoughts now on taking that fight so early in your career? (and yes I know him participating in the UFC was years later but he was much more experienced even then)

Corey: Most fighters and people may not have taken that fight, but I looked at it as a great opportunity. I knew he was more experienced back then, but I wanted to be in there against the best. I always want to compete against the best. I lost that fight and it taught me a lot about what I need to do in order to compete at a high level in the cage. Without that fight I would not be the same person or fighter that I am today. I am still thankful for that opportunity.

sPidA: You train with the guys at PARAGON MMA, with a lot of its fighters staying active in MMA/BJJ what do you think sets the competitive spirit withing the Team?

Corey: There is great chemistry at the gym. We have great coaches, great team mates and a very supportive community/family. We push and drive each other every day to train harder; to go beyond our limits as competitors. We do not let each other slack on anything.

sPidA: With most of your fights being in South Texas, are you looking at fighting on other events ( EFC / IMKF / LEGACY FC) and challenging other top middle wieght contenders?

Corey: I would love to fight more top contenders in the middleweight division. I will gladly work with any event that contacts me, but I am a very loyal person and STFC is a great organization.

sPidA: Your last opponent was Andre Kavanuagh out of Austin,Texas, did you have a game plan going into that bout and how hard is it at times to stick to one? (gameplan)

Corey: Game plans always change after the bell rings. You may feel a guy is going to do one thing and then he does another. I learned along time ago to be flexible. I train hard at all aspects and feel that I am ready for anything in the cage. It gives me a great deal of confidence training at Paragon/FCFA.

sPidA: Your a local Corpus Christi Law Enforcement Officer, has fighting given you much if any publicity while doing your job, how much has MMA complimted what you do for a living?

Corey: I have gotten some positive and some negative publicity. On the negative side there are those typical stereo types of fighters that we are aggresive and not intelligent. I try to explain to people in general that I am probably less aggresive on the street because I compete against such high level athletes every day that I have no need to prove anything or be aggresive at all. Because of my skill level I feel that I give people more chances to calm down because I can over come a certain amount of momentum on their part. And the not intelligent thing…PLEASE. I have no clue where these things come from. Some of the most intelligent people I know are fighters.
On the positive side, I have people recognize me and think that its cool for one of “their” police officers to fight in a cage. Now they rarely say if they want to see me win or lose, so… I also have partners and co-workers that get into the sport and support me that would not have if they did not know someone fighting in the cage. On top of that some think it’s cool to show up to work in or out of uniform with a nice black eye from training.
I try to let my career as a Texas peace officer speak for itself though. While on the job I have received four commendations for my actions. I feel that without the training I have had in martial arts since youth and the code of ethics it instills, I would not be the person or peace officer that I am today. I would not have been able to face the obstacles that I have and over come them in the same ways. I owe a lot to martial arts and would hope every parent would let their child compete and learn as I have. Sorry, I get side tracked sometimes. To answer the question of how much MMA has complimented my work as a peace officer though, I would have to say I get to use aspects of the warrior crafts everyday while at work. It gives me great confidence and I carry that aura with me on the streets. MMA is very complimentory to a peace officer.

sPidA: Next bout will be a Title fight , will this be your biggest test thus far? How much more are you training for this?

Corey: Frank will be a very big test. He is the champion and undefeated for a reason. Of course I am putting in extra time for this fight. I have to be ready for five by five minute rounds. How much extra would be hard to say, but my body knows its extra for sure.

sPidA: I last saw you cornering Tommy Guerrero here in S.A., is helping your Team mates part of being a family, who will be working your corner come July 13th?

Corey: Yes, I feel that helping my team mates is part of being a family. That is what keeps us all together and growing as a team and family. I will bring my usual corner. I will have Billy Flores, Roger Narvaez and Aurelio Gallegos or Hector Munoz depending on fight schedules.

sPidA: Are you a fan of female MMA as well, What are your thoughts on Dana White not intersted in having any in the UFC (He has said he would but not enought of them are evenly matched”)

Corey:I am a fan of female MMA. The females at Paragon/FCFA train with and just as hard as the guys. They deserve everything they get. Now Dana White has made millions of dollars for a reason. It would be hard to second guess his logic for his non-interest. As a fan, I would love to see females in the UFC though.

Thank you Corey for taking time for this, anything you would like to add to those helping you to make your dream possible?

sPidA: I would like to mention that I am available for private lessons. I teach/coach anything from MMA to firearms and really any weapon in between. Yeah, I am a certified firearms instructor as well. Have to love to do those things with my job, both of them.

Corey: I would like to thank all of my friends, family, team mates and sponsors for helping me and putting up with me while I train. LBR promotions, Tanner Chiropractic, TD Trucking, Adcock pipe and supplies, VP sales, LSA firearms, Paragon/FCFA, Johnny D’s, the CCISDPOA and a special thanks to one of my partners Danny Garza.

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Texas Fight Schedule [2011 Archives]

Texas Fighting Schedule

Mixed Martial Arts



01/22/11 UFC, Ft. Hood (event closed to the public)
01/29/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
01/29/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
01/29/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
02/26/11 IXFA, Houston
03/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
04/08/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
04/08/11 Texas Cage Fighting, El Paso
04/09/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
04/09/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
04/09/11 Quality Entertainment, Austin
04/15/11 STFC, McAllen
04/16/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
04/22/11 Kick Ass Productions, New Braunfels
04/23/11 IXFA, Winnie
04/23/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso CANCELED
04/30/11 Savarese Promotions, Galveston
06/03/11 Kick Ass Productions, San Marcos CANCELED
06/04/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
06/10/11 24/7, Amarillo
06/11/11 Team Recon, Harlingen
06/18/11 Strikeforce, Dallas
06/18/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo
06/25/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
07/09/11 Martinez Brothers Productions, El Paso
07/15/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Frisco
07/22/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
07/23/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
07/29/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
07/30/11 Kick Ass Productions, Seguin
07/30/11 Undisputed MMA, Amarillo CANCELED
08/12/11 STFC, McAllen
08/19/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Odessa
08/20/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
08/27/11 King of the Cage, Lubbock
09/03/11 Immortal Kombat Fighting, Spring
09/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
09/10/11 24/7, Midland
09/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston
10/01/11 Martinez Bros. Productions, El Paso
10/08/11 UFC, Houston
10/15/11 STFC, South Padre Island
11/11/11 STFC, McAllen
11/11/11 Shark Fight Promotions, Lubbock
11/26/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso  CANCELED
11/26/11 Oscorp Enterprises, Pharr
12/02/11 Fight Game Championships, Frisco
12/03/11 Back Alley Promotions, Arlington
12/15/11 Triple A Promotions, Laredo
12/16/11 Legacy Promotions, Houston

Amateur Mixed Martial Arts

01/13/11 SWMMA, Grapevine
01/15/11 PCG, San Antonio
01/23/11 FTF, El Paso
01/29/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
02/04/11 ABG, New Braunfels
02/04/11 SWMMA, Arlington
04/16/11 GFP, Irving
05/06/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
05/07/11 24/7 Entertainment, Midland
05/14/11 USACA, Houston
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/21/11 915MMA, El Paso
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
05/21/11 TFC, Longview
05/28/11 USACA, Dallas
06/03/11 SPAMMA, Lubbock
06/11/11 UACA, Mesquite
06/18/11 PCG, San Antonio
07/01/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
07/29/11 USACA, Houston
08/06/11 PCG, San Antonio
08/12/11 USACA, Dallas
08/27/11 ABG, San Antonio
09/02/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
09/10/11 TRCAA, Victoria
09/24/11 915 MMA, El Paso CANCELED
10/01/11 PCG, San Antonio
10/22/11 USACA, Houston
10/22/11 SPAMMA, Snyder
11/04/11 Garcia Promotions, Humble
12/02/11 CDM, The Woodlands
12/10/11 915 MMA, El Paso

Boxing

01/15/11 Los Dos Laredos Boxing Promotions, Laredo
01/21/11 Southcoast Promotions, Victoria
01/22/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
01/22/11 Marines Promotions, Austin
01/27/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
02/04/11 Marines Promotions, Ft. Worth
02/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
04/08/11 Antonio Leonard Productions, Laredo
04/16/11 Marines Promotions, Edinburg
04/30/11 Paulie Ayala Productions, Ft. Worth
05/06/11 Savarese Promotions, Texas City
05/12/11 The Real Estate Council Foundation, Dallas (not open to the public)
05/19/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
05/28/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Temple
06/11/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
06/17/11 Cavazos Boxing & Golden Boy Promotions, Hidalgo
06/17/11 Prize Fight Promotions, Austin
06/23/11 Calm Before The Storm Promotions, Houston
06/24/11 Triple A Promotions, Robstown
06/24/11 Zeferino Promotions/Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
06/25/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
07/09/11 South Coast Promotions, Humble
07/16/11 Marines Promotions, Brownsville
07/16/11 Fighter Physique, El Paso
07/22/11 Class Act Promotions, Austin
07/23/11 Triple A Promotions, San Antonio
07/28/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
07/30/11 Marines Promotions, Nachodoches
08/04/11 Calm Before the Storm, Houston
08/05/11 Wolfe Pack Boxing, Winnie
08/13/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
08/13/11 South Coast Promotions, Victoria
08/19/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
08/20/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Dallas
09/03/11 Valley Promotions, Pharr
09/15/11 Goossen Tutor Promotions, El Paso
09/16/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
09/24/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
09/24/11 CNS Promotions, Corpus Christi
09/24/11 Marines Promotions, Harlingen – CANCELED
09/29/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
09/29/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
10/14/11 CNS Promotions, Grand Prairie
10/15/11 Nino Bravo Promotions, El Paso
10/21/11 Golden Boy Promotions/Cavazos Boxing, Pharr
10/22/11 Knockout Promotions, Houston
10/27/11 Black Gloves Boxing, Tyler
10/29/11 I Entertainment, Pharr – CANCELED
10/29/11 Texas Boxing Promotions, Waco
10/29/11 Paulie Ayala Promotions, Ft. Worth
11/03/11 Dallas Petroleum Club, Dallas
11/05/11 Marines Promotions, Pharr
11/11/11 Zeferino Entertainment, El Paso
11/18/11 Marines Promotions, Robstown
11/19/11 Top Rank, Houston
12/08/11 Savarese Promotions, Houston
12/09/11 Marines Promotions, McAllen – CANCELED
12/10/11 South Coast Promotions, Houston
12/17/11 Black Gloves Promotions, Dallas

MMA Event: South Texas Fighting Championships: STFC 9

South Texas Fighting Championships: STFC 9
South Texas Fighting Championships: STFC 9

South Texas Fighting Championships: STFC 9

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