Pre Strikeforce Challengers interview with Lee Higgins. “…the impossible is possible.”

Got in a few words with Lee Higgins who, with a 2-0 Pro Record, is definetly getting what most dream of, an opportunity to showcase his skills to the World watching Strikeforce Challengers Feb 18th on Showtime. On with the show!!

sPidA: Lee, thanks for making time for me brother! I’ll make this as quick as possible and let you get back to doing your thing. You have a Pro Record of 2-0 and already have a dream fight in the spotlight. You feeling any pressure bro?

Lee Higgins: Well, when I first heard about the fight I was feeling a bit of pressure but now I’m just training for the fight. I mean Randy Couture is Ryans dad and he’s a big name but I’m not fighting Randy, I’m fighting Ryan and we both are going in with something to prove. I’m 2-0 and coming out of this 3-0!

sPidA: I hear that bro, awesome answer! What’s your strategy going into this fight? Your last 2 fights you have won via submission, have you been working anything more than the other?

Lee Higgins: We’ve seen a lot of videos of him and have a pretty decent game plan going into this. The game plan is just that, to go in there and win the fight.

sPidA: What gym are you fighting out of and who’s your coach?

Lee Higgins: Its Urban Jungle and were out of Houston, TX man. Tony Torres Aponte is the owner and head coach there. Its an awesome gym and we have a lot of people that make it great!

sPidA: You guys have some great fighters in that gym. Like Marc Ramirez who will be fighting later this month for the IXFA and you guys had Stephanie Alba making her ammy debut last month as well. Hows the relationship with the people in the gym?

Lee Higgins: Its awesome man. Tony is a great Coach and tells us what we need to go into the fights. He does a great job of breaking everything down for us. I’ll be honest and say I lost my first 3 fights as an ammy but we worked it out and I’ve had 4 straight wins since then. Whether I’m fighting, Marc fighting or Stephanie, the gym really supports us and that’s an awesome feeling.

sPidA: Your last fight you actually fought a friend of mine Gilbert Jimenez, he came in with a win streak and tons of experience. Getting that win, did it help boost your confidence as a fighter?

Lee Higgins: Awe man, he took that fight on a weeks notice. I have a lot of respect for the guy for stepping in like that. My opponent pulled out of the fight and Gilbert stepped in.Tough guy for sure and a win over him was great!

sPidA: Great brother so how’s the support outsie the gym? Is your girlfriend one of your strongest suporters?

Lee Higgins: For sure man. She’s awesome and really helps me out a lot. Just from her helping me and putting up with me being a jerk. I know I’m a jerk and this coming week is going to be terrible (laughs). She’s part of the team and she’s a trooper man.

spidA: You have a daughter, how would you feel if years later she wants to get into the fight game?

Lee Higgins: Awe man, she’s a beautiful girl and yea, if she were to grow up and want to get into the game, I would definitely support her. She’ll be able to do whatever she wants. I would just make sure she had the right direction you know

sPidA: After your fight, are you looking to maybe show some hospitality and hang out with Ryan and Randy Couture?

Lee Higgins: Awe yea man, I’m hoping to meet his father after the fight, if he’ll let me (laughs). I mean, everybody loves his dad. He’s done a lot for the sport so yea, I’m hoping to meet him afterwards and possibly have him sign something for me. (laughs)

sPidA: After the fight, you will literally have the TV world watching. Have you given much thought as to what to say? It’s not like everyday you get an opportunity like this?

Lee Higgins: Man, everybody’s got a story and I just want to let people know that I didn’t have it easy. An opportunity like this like you said doesn’t come around often so my words to the world will be “the impossible is possible.” If you have a dream, it’s there, you just have to go and get it make it happen!

sPidA: Man, that just gave me goosebumps. Great words, just want to say thank you bro for giving me these few minutes. At Texas Fighting we’re fan based. Myself and Chris Lopez Jr will be there covering the event and we’ll be supporting our Texas locals as well as you. Any last words man?

Lee Higgins: Absolutely, I just want to thank Tony and Michelle from Urban Jungle. They’ve helped me with my fighting as well as just being there for me to talk. Everybody at the gym, great teammates. There really good people man .I also want to thank my girlfriend Cori. I really appreciate her being there. My boy Phillip and you guys for giving me the opportunity to talk to you and helping me get my name out here. Thank you!

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

The River City MMA BATTLE “LIVE” commentary by Tim Kennedy and Aaron Lanfranco

PRESS RELEASE – San Antonio, TX Nov. 3rd, 2010

The River City MMA BATTLE “LIVE” in San Antonio, Texas and streamed “LIVE” to the WORLD over the internet!

Time Kennedy Strikeforce

Kick Ass Productions, LLC. based in San Antonio, Texas in association with Online Studios and extremeTVnetwork is producing “The River City MMA BATTLE” at the Historic Municipal Auditorium with 24 Professional MMA Fighters and 12 exciting bouts inside of the cage. Tickets are available at TICKETMASTER or and start off at $10.00 each. Frank Vecchio one of the logistics coordinators for extremeTVnetwork commented that “The seating is fantastic here! If you’re in the balcony or on the floor the view is great!”

The Municipal Auditorium is being transformed into the ultimate MMA SHOWCASE with a special area opening up for ticket holders on fight day at 4:30 PM for the fans to shop and look around at vendors coming in. The Main doors open up at 6:30 PM and the Pro MMA Fight is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM. “We are bringing in additional lighting, atmosphere, and video cameras turning the Municipal Auditorium into a big studio as we stream LIVE to the WORLD and to our huge 20×40 foot video projector” says Richard Quiroga the host of the LIVE Web-Stream.

The River City MMA BATTLE will also be recorded as a pilot for a potential reality show being directed by Damon Callazo, Executive Producer for Smartmonkey Productions based in California. “Off The Mat will give full access behind the scenes to what it takes to produce a PRO MMA Event.”

Our MAIN EVENT will be Richard Odoms a local San Antonio Police Officer and Pro MMA Fighter vs. Darrill Schoonover former Ultimate Fighter are scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3.) Please note that the fight card is always subject to change and pending final approval from TXDLR.

We are dedicating the show in recognition of the Wounded Warrior Project, to raise awareness of their sacrifices and enduring spirit, this inspires trainers, students-athletes, coaches, fans and loyal supporters of Mixed Martial Arts. We have made special arrangements to bring in a large number of our United States Armed Forces that night in support for the Wounded Warrior Project. They will have special floor seating and be able to be recognized for their spirit and dedication on the path to recovery.

We will kick off The River City MMA BATTLE by presenting our Nations colors being presented by the United States Air Force Honor Guard followed by our National Anthem displayed on a huge 20×40 foot jumbo screen on the main stage starting at 7:30 PM CST. Our ring announcer will be Jeff Houston and our host for the live web-streaming Pay Per Live Show will be Richard Quiroga joined with Tim Kennedy and Aaron Lanfranco both PRO MMA Fighters giving you the play by play and insight to Mixed Martial Arts.

The River City MMA BATTLE timeline:

Friday – 1:00 PM CST /November 5, 2010

Event: Official Weigh-in for The River City MMA Battle (event is open to the public.) This will also be streamed “LIVE” at no charge at www.extremeTVnetwork.com.
Location: The Radius Center, 411 E. Martin, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Media Ops: Photographs/ VO/VSOT/VOB/MOS/ Fighter Interviews

Saturday – 4:30-7:00 PM CST /November 6, 2010

Event: MMA Showcase
Details: This is for the ticketed fans to shop for the latest MMA Gear, meet gyms and more
Location: Basement of Municipal Auditorium
Media Ops: Photographs, VO/VSOT/VOB/MOS

The River City MMA BATTLE “LIVE” in San Antonio, Texas and streamed “LIVE” to the WORLD over the internet!

Saturday – 6:30-7:30 PM CST /November 6, 2010

Event: Pre-Show for The River City MMA BATTLE “LIVE and ONLINE”
Details: Richard Quiroga our host along with Tim Kennedy and Aaron Lanfranco both PRO MMA Fighters will go over the fight card leading up to the Pay Per Live Show at 7:30 PM. The Pre-Show can be watch free online at www.extremeTVnetwork.com.
Location: Main Stage of the Municipal Auditorium
Media Ops: VO/VSOT

Saturday – 7:30 PM CST /November 6, 2010

Event: The River City MMA BATTLE
Details: Tickets still available through TICKETMASTER and at the Municipal Auditorium box office the day of and start off at $10.00 each. You can also watch the event via your computer or Smartphone through www.extremetvnetwork.com using our Pay Per Live system for $14.95.

Tim Kennedy: “Cage fighting compared to the military is a breeze.”

Pre-fight interview with Tim Kennedy for the Strikeforce Houston event on Aug. 21st.

Tim Kennedy sits down with Jacob Calbillo from TexasFighting.com and talks about his past military experience and his upcoming fight with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship. He also discusses how his military experience has shaped his MMA career.
Interview/video by: Jacob Calbillo

Special thanks to: Andrew Chapelle, Ranger up, CTC and Mario Esfiha

Strikeforce: The Aftermath

Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko left the sold out Sears Centre and the many watching on primetime network television believers in the legend that is Fedor. With a singular punch that ignited the crowd and sent Brett Rogers crumbling to the mat, Fedor cemented his status as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Brett Rogers was noticeably nervous in the ring but landed the first significant punch of the fight, a straight jab that bloodied the nose of the Russian. Fedor never panicked. He was taken to the ground and punched multiple times to the head. He remained expressionless. The stoic fighter took Brett Rogers’ best shot and never blinked. Was the fight a defining performance for Emelianenko or was he exposed a bit by the bigger striker?

I left the fight impressed with his skill set, power and resolve but now there is no doubt he is capable of being defeated. Brett Rogers seemed a bit rattled but may have exposed some of Emelianenko’s weaknesses. Rogers landed straight, stiff jabs, like the one which cut the nose of Emelianenko, all night. Fedor comes at you in bursts and lands quick, looping punches. A good boxer can beat him to the shot with a good, straight punch, much like Rogers’ first strike. In geometry, you learn the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. If you can be disciplined and throw straight punches, it may also be the shortest distance between victory and defeat.

Fedor is not physically imposing and Brett Rogers seemed to be able to get up off his back at will. Emilianenko’s jiu-jitsu and submission skills may be offset by a good wrestler may be able to control where the fight goes and impose his will on Fedor. Even with Fedor TKOhis outstanding, multifaceted game, a fighter who is controlling the cage will feel more comfortable and confident than the one continually making adjustments. Wrestlers who are able control the action dominate the MMA landscape and a great wrestler with size would give Fedor fits.

It ‘s sad to realize Fedor is wasting time with inferior talent and an inferior promotion. We could have seen Fedor/Lesnar or Fedor/Couture headline a dream fight card, instead we saw Fedor fight an average heavyweight, again. A move to UFC would have put all debate to an end and likely the end of The Last Emperor.

Photos courtesy of Sherdog.

Fedor: Still the best?

Fedor vs Rogers Strikeforce

This Saturday night, “the pound for pound best fighter in the world” Fedor Emelianenko (30-1, 1 no contest) will make his US national television debut as Strikeforce/M-1 Global presents: Fedor vs. Rogers on CBS. Fedor Emelianenko is the consensus top heavyweight fighter in the world and is set to face Brett Rogers, an undefeated up-and-coming star. They are both coming off crushing knockouts of former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Andrei Arlovski. Brett Rogers will likely want to stand and throw bombs with the Russian champ and the Sambo master will likely be happy to oblige. Rogers has one punch knockout power but the difference will be Fedor’s unmatched all-around skill. Fedor can stand and trade or use his judo/sambo mastery to put Rogers on his back, where he has excellent submissions. If Emelianenko decides to take Rogers to the ground, Rogers will also have to ward off a ground and pound expert. Rogers has never had to fight off the ground and it may be interesting to see if his size will present some issues for the champ. While Rogers will be looking for one big shot, Emelianenko should be able to put his full arsenal to use to defeat the much larger challenger. Barring a shocker larger than Kimbo Slice’s epic loss, Fedor should walk out the champ.

However, can he still be considered the best in the world? Emelianenko has won 26 straight fights in a 9 year period but has not faced the steady diet of Fedor Belttop tier competition one would expect from the best. The former Pride World Heavyweight Champion last fought with Affliction and fought Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, two former UFC Heavyweight Champions. He submitted Sylvia in under a minute and survived a match up with Arlovski, who landed punches and kicks at will. As Fedor backed into the ropes, seemingly in trouble, Arlovski went in for a flying knee. Instead he ate an overhand right punch to the jaw, which sent Arlovski falling into the fetal position in midair at 3:14 in the first round. After the now defunct Affliction promotion went under, many insiders believed Fedor would undoubtedly appear in the “Octagon” but it was not to be. In a decision that left the MMA world in disbelief, Fedor decided to join the Strikeforce lineup, signing a 3-fight contract. The move would immediately beef up its thin heavyweight division and bring added credibility to Strikeforce. His decision left the world wondering whether he will ever sign with the UFC. The burning question: How can a man, considered to be the best in the world, fight inferior competition, still be considered the best in the world? College football teams beating up on smaller conference teams will not get the same respect another team that plays the best every week will. The same should hold true for MMA. If you want to be considered the best, you should have to beat the best.