TexasFighting.com will be at Heroes Fighting Championship

TexasFighting.com will be at the TAMMA Heroes Fighting Championship today for 9 rounds of Amateur MMA. In forming this company I don’t want to forget why it’s been put together. The heart and soul of fighting is in the amateurs. These are the unknown fighters who are striving to get their names on the headlines and make a name for themselves in this industry. They don’t receive any pay and most of them aren’t able to train full-time. These folks do it mainly for the love of the fight.

Tonight we’ll see a few of these fighters who wear this on their sleeve to a T. One of those fighters is a Texas Fighting favorite, Aaron Lanfranco. Lanfranco has an arsenal that truly makes him a well rounded fighter. He’s got his stand-up game down, he’s got good groundwork and he’s able to brawl. Since his first fight he’s been fighting amateur fights every month. If you ask him about his workout schedule before a fight he’ll reply with, “I do the same thing I always do, I work, hang out with my girlfriend and train whenever I can. To be honest, I just like to fight.” He’s just a relaxed and confident guy who’s always ready to face his next fighting challenge.

Be sure to keep an eye out for Lanfranco who’s fighting 9th on the card and the many others looking for a victory. The doors open at 6:00 pm and you can find the directions, the fight card and flyer here:  HEROES FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP.

We look forward to seeing you at the fight!

Chris Lopez, Jr.
Founder & MMA Hooligan

Interview with Texas Amateur MMA Fighter Jared “The Cajun Fighter” Reeves

After watching Jared “The Cajun Fighter” Reeves fight his first amateur fight at the Championship Showdown in New Braunfels, Texas, I knew I wanted to do a spotlight on him.  Yesterday, I spent an hour interviewing him and was impressed by his humble yet confident personality which makes a good combination for a new fighter who wants to make a name for himself in Mixed Martial Arts.  Reeves currently trains with CTC out of Austin and is set to fight on October 17th out in Dallas at Fight to Win which, if it is anything like his last fight, should be a good show.  Enjoy the interview!

~Interview Start~

Texas Fighting:  How long have you been training in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jared Reeves:  I’ve been training Jujitsu for about two and a half years or so. I startedJared Reeves Victory out at Austin Submission Fighting which is a small school out of a guys garage in South Austin.  I learned a lot and it taught me a lot of the basics of fighting.  A little over a year ago, I started out at CTC and my coaches have helped me get a lot more in depth in training.

Texas Fighting:  Is CTC a pretty big outfit, tell me a little bit more about where you’re training?

Jared Reeves:  It’s a Miletich school, which is only one of two in Texas.  They have one here and another one in Dallas.  It’s a great school with great coaches.  We’ve got my MMA coach Ernesto, Charlie the Boxing Coach, Jason Webster the Muay Thai coach, and Kamal Shalorus who’s a title holder at King of Kombat is our wrestling coach and Olympic wrestler.  The facility is really great, there’s a lot of high end equipment so it definitely helps out with training.  They also keep the facility running all the time so we don’t have to worry about little things like infection and stuff like that.  Everything’s always kept real clean so it makes it easier to train there.

Texas Fighting:  It sounds like they have a pretty well rounded training program there, tell me a little about what your training consists of and how often you train?

Jared Reeves:  I train 4-5 days a week at the gym itself Jared Reevesand I supplement the other days with running and stuff like that.  I don’t lift weights, I kinda haven’t got into that space yet but I’ll hopefully start pretty soon.  The problem we’re worried about lifting weights is, yeah it’s good for strength but we don’t want it to put me over the edge as far as weight goes.  My next two fights I have coming up I’ll be fighting at 155 but we’re actually thinking at the first of the year trying to drop down to 145, just because of the last weigh in I came in so far under.  Basically I spend about two days a week on Jujitsu, one day on boxing, one day on Muay Thai and then usually one day a week we’ll work everything together.  But, basically, everyday of training is always punching, always kicking, working on take downs – we work basically everything every day with a focus on one particular aspect of MMA.  It ends up flowing together really well, especially with our performance trainers who help us mix everything in to help maximize our efforts.

Texas Fighting:  In your last fight, did you fight at 155 or 165?

Jared Reeves:  I was supposed to fight at 155. My fight Jared Reeves 3with Paul Silva was the only fight of the night that ended up with both of us really far on each side of the spectrum. Paul was about 5 inches shorter than me but he ended up weighing in at 161 and a half and I ended up weighing in at 148. So it was really far off as far as weight goes but he was a good sport and went in there and cut the last bit of weight that he could.  He ended up getting in at 156 and a half in 30 minutes. The boxing commission was cool about it and gave him 30 minutes to cut the last bit of weight.  It was better than it was going to be at 160 and that’s one of the main reasons we’re considering dropping down to 145.  My cut time was only 30 minutes and I normally walk about 170.  Twenty pounds in a week was a little difficult but I still had enough energy left over.  We are going to eventually try for 145.

Texas Fighting:  You mentioned that you’ve been involved in Mixed Martial Arts for two and a half years, where do you see yourself in the next two years?

Jared Reeves:  Two years, well luckily our gym has Jared Reeves 2good connections within the industry and I’ve been trying to make sure that I get in with as many leagues as possible.  The league that I’m fighting in on Oct. 17th is Fight to Win. They’re an organization that hasn’t done an MMA event in Texas yet. The one in Dallas will be their first one here in Texas.  They’ve been around Colorado for a while doing events there.  Fight to Win is a great organization and I’ve competed in two Jujitsu tournaments with them here in Austin and had a great experience both times.  They run things very well and are not afraid to take chances.  The venue that they’re using for the fight is at the Dallas convention center, which is a good size venue.  NAGA was held there, so it’s a good size venue and it will be a lot of fun fighting for them.  Three of our fighters fight for King of Kombat so hopefully I’ll try to get in with King of Kombat and Ron Hernandez.  I’d like to go pro, if my coach says it’s cool, by next summer.  We’re going to try to have three fights done by the end of the year and do another four or five at the beginning of next year.  From there I’ll just see what happens.  To be honest, I just wanna fight – that’s all I want to do!  As long as I have a place to fight and an opponent, I’m good to go.  I don’t care how long it takes for me – three years, four years, ten years to go pro, I’ll fight as many times as they want me to.  If they put somebody in front of me I’ll be there.

Texas Fighting:  How did you get into MMA?

Jared Reeves:  Originally I moved to Austin from Jersey for music, met my wife, moved here and was doing the music scene – stuff like that.  My wife and I use to watch UFC and the WEC a lot together.  I ended up quitting my band and she was like, “go do something.”  So she pushed me into it. We found a gym, I started training and just got hooked.  I trained for about six months, took a break for school and work – life happened, then came back and started going to CTC – I’ve been going steady ever since.   I just can’t get enough of it!

Texas Fighting:  Did it a take a little while to get use to getting hit?

Jared Reeves:  The hardest thing to get use to about getting hit in the face is the human reflex of turning your head and getting a way from it. It took a while to get use to it but luckily there are some really good guys in the gym that hit me in the face a lot so I got use to it quicker than others I’m sure.  I enjoy it a lot.   I also like to joke around when I train so when I get elbowed in the face or punched in the ribs I just start laughing.  It just doesn’t bother me anymore.  That’s one of the things that I was worried about in my last fight that I’d get on the ground and just start laughing (loud laughter).  Getting hit in the face gets me pumped up.  Whether it’s training in the gym or in the cage, I love to fight period!

Texas Fighting:  When you were younger did you get into fights much?

Jared Reeves:  I can’t say that I was this bad a@@ kid who was always in trouble.  I was raised in Cajun country in Louisiana but never really got into all that much trouble.  I always wanted to do martial arts when I was growing up but my parents were old school so they never let me.  I was always athletic though and played baseball all through high school, did a little bit of wrestling but I never liked the idea of getting pinned to the ground.  I’d rather submit somebody than get pinned. Growing up we moved around a lot.  My dad was an Engineer so we lived here [Texas], California, Louisiana, all over the place.   As far as the fight aspect goes, I believe anyone who has some form of martial arts growing up, whether it be wrestling or any martial arts, is at a great advantage.  For me, I have to take in as much as I can and fortunately I have a team to learn from.

Texas Fighting:  You mentioned that you like to fight, is that your only motivation?

Jared Reeves:  I want Mixed Martial Arts to be my full time job. I work retail and go to school like anyone else but what I really want to do is to fight for a living.  I want to go pro and do everything that I can or at least take it as far as I can take it.  That’s one of the things that I love about being an amateur, you have to want to fight.   I mean, you’re not getting paid, you’re not getting as much publicity, you have to make the publicity for yourself.   If you don’t go out there throw a show for everybody you’re just another fighter on the card.  But if you can go out there, make an impression, turn some heads, then that shows that you can get along.   Hopefully that’s what I did at my last fight and hopefully that’s what I’ll continue to do.

Texas Fighting:  Do you attend local MMA events?

Jared Reeves:  Not as many as I’d like to but, then again, MMA in Texas is still growing.  I want to get out in the scene as much as possible to network and let people know that I’m ready to fight.  This last fight was on a weeks notice which came out of nowhere.  I had even shied off training for about two weeks, then they told me I was fighting next week so I kinda had to get into the swing of things real quick.  If a promoter can call me up and say, “Hey I’ve got a fight for you next week” and I can go and do my business, that’s fine with me.  Also, Texas has really weird laws with pro and amateur events.  There has to be organizations that are separate which is great for the Athletic Boxing Gym. Also, Fight to Win, which is going to be out here soon and other organizations bringing amateur events out here to Texas.  One of the really cool things I like about Fight to Win is that they’re from a different state.  Not only are they trying to get amateurs noticed, they’re bringing amateurs from another state.  For example, this one coming up is actually the same day as the UT vs. OU game so what they’re doing is all the fights are going to be Texas fighters vs. Oklahoma fighters.  It’s also really cool ‘cus they’re comping us on everything, they’re basically treating us like pro fighters.  I wish they had more amateur organizations like Fight to Win and Athletic Boxing Gym.  Both great organizations that I’d love to fight in again but then again, I just want to fight!  Whatever organization will take me, I’ll be there.

Texas Fighting:  Who sets up the fights for you?

Jared Reeves:  My coach and I both work together.  We both aim to get our roots out as far as we can.  My coach Ernesto, who’s the head MMA coach out at CTC has really been taking care of all the amateur fighters. Most gyms place the amateurs as a second priority but our coach treats us all the same and gives us all the same respect. He’s taken care of us real well. The idea is to continue reaching out and get as many organizations as possible to continue to recognize us.

Texas Fighting:  How many amateurs come out of CTC?

Jared Reeves:  Our main amateurs are myself, Lindsey White, Gavin who fights at 170 – he’s an all around great fighter, we have a 185er, Nick, who’s an old school country boy – he’s going to be a real shock when they put him in the ring, Brian Delgado who’s really great at Muay Thai and has awesome submission.  These are the main amateurs and we should all be on the upcoming Fight to Win card. A bunch of great guys to train with, each bringing their own individual style.

Texas Fighting:  You mentioned that you’re married, how long you been married?

Jared Reeves:  I’ve been married for a little over a year now.   I love my wife to death, she definitely pushes me to work harder.  For instance with my dieting and cutting weight, which was hell, she pushed me through it and made sure I was eating right.  Everything from driving me to weigh-ins and everything in general she’s completely supportive.  It’s different being married but I couldn’t ask for anything more – it’s great.

Texas Fighting:  So you’re going to school as well, what are you going to school for?

Jared Reeves:  I’m going to school to be a teacher.   Right now I help out Ernesto at the gym sometimes, doing Jujitsu coaching stuff like that.  I was in school for nursing before but changed over to teaching and think that I’m really going to enjoy it.

Texas Fighting:  Another thing I wanted to ask you, you mentioned you came down here for music-tell me a little about that.

Jared Reeves:  I was in a band, played the guitar for about fourteen years or so, toured all over the country.  But after doing that for a couple years it just got old so I figured I would just quit while I was ahead.  I had fun with it but luckily I picked up fighting and haven’t turned back since.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any favorite pro fighters?

Jared Reeves:  I really like Amir Sadala, unfortunately with his last fight, they called it a little too early in my opinion. He’s one of those fighters that is a goof ball all around but you hit him and he comes back ten times harder.  Anderson Silva with his unorthodox striking, weird angles, no body gives him credit for his Jujitsu but he’s a black belt under Nogueira so when he gets to the ground he knows what to do.  I try to style myself around that as much as possible.   I do have a little bit of a height advantage with guys in my weight class and I’m extremely lanky so hopefully I’ll be able to do some of that unorthodox striking in future fights.  My boxing coach works us on coming from really weird angles and coming from a spot that people aren’t use to.  The way i see it is the more unorthodox fighter you are the better chance you’ll have. Gotta give props to BJ Penn and all the ground guys, the ground is my bread n butter so I gottta give props to them.  Also, our gym is sponsored by Pat Miletich who was great in his time.   I love his style of wrestling background.

Texas Fighting:  Any thoughts you’d like to share about yourself?

Jared Reeves:  I try to stay as humble as possible and don’t want to ever come off as cocky in any way. But what I will say is put me in the ring and I’ll bang with whoever you put against me no matter how big or how much experience – whether he’s 50-0, I don’t care because I love to fight.  Whether I win or lose.  Losing is part of the growth experience. In order to get better you have to lose.  No fighter will ever have a perfect winning streak – no one.  I’m also the kind of guy that doesn’t want it to go to the judges.  I’m either going to try to knock you out or end it by submission. I’m going to do my best to maintain control of the fight ‘cus I’m not going to give you the fight, you’re going to have to rip it from me.

Texas Fighting:  Anyone you’d like to thank?

Jared Reeves:  My wife definitely for supporting me through everything, my family who’s been really supportive, my coaches and everybody at CTC from the guys that work there to the guys that I train with and Paul Silva for bangin’ with me at the last event.

~Interview End~

Interview with Texas Amateur MMA Fighter Billy Buch


The other day I had the privilege of interviewing Billy Buch of the Gladiators Academy.  Billy is an up and coming fighter who has a growing fan base in his home town of New Braunfels, Texas.  Enjoy the interview!

~Interview Start~

Texas Fighting:  Where are you from?Billy Buch - Texas Amateaur MMA Fighter

Billy Buch:  New Braunfels, Texas – born and raised.

Texas Fighting:  What do you do for a living?

Billy Buch:  I’m a Ninja… seriously.

Texas Fighting:  How long have you been involved in Martial Arts and what is your martial arts background based in?

Billy Buch:  I started out doing Karate when I was 6 and have always done some sort of combat sport.  Later on I joined Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing. I’ve been involved in martial arts most of my life.

Texas Fighting:  Where do you train?

Billy Buch:  The Gladiators Academy in New Braunfels Texas with Kyle Cress and Jeff Bonugli. Come on by and check it out!

Texas Fighting:  What weight class are you in?

Billy Buch:  I’m a bantamweight fighter at 135

Texas Fighting:  What’s your fight record?

Billy Buch:  3-0 MMA.

Texas Fighting:  Have you fought in any other fights?

Billy Buch:  Some Kickboxing matches and Jujitsu tournaments.

Texas Fighting:  Did you get promoted to a new belt recently?

Billy Buch:  In Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing I’m a black belt. Just because you get a black belt in something doesn’t mean you stop. Belts to me, basically mean nothing. I mean it’s nice to be recognized and all but just because you have a certain rank in any discipline doesn’t mean you ever stop being a student. You should always be learning. Anyone can wear a belt but can you compete and win. That’s what really matters.

Texas Fighting:  Did you have to do a lot of forms in Soryu Karate/ Kickboxing?

Billy Buch:  We strayed away from the katas and forms and focused more on Muay Thai style kickboxing. Eventually I trained in a Muay Thai academy then ran into Kyle Cress and trained on the ground. The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has evolved so much that you can’t just be trained in one thing. You can’t just be a stand up guy or just a ground guy or even a wrestler.  You have to be trained in all three. It’s a basic triangle of martial arts that you have to have. MMA is a mix of everything. Even if you don’t like submitting people you have to know it. To be great you have to learn all three aspects of the game. As a fighter you can’t be great at one thing anymore, you have to be great at everything – well rounded.

Texas Fighting:  Do you consider yourself a well rounded fighter?

Billy Buch:  Yes, I think I’m pretty well rounded. My stand up is there, my ground game is there. We train in everything and we train hard.

Texas Fighting:  As an amateur you’re obviously not paid so what motivates you to want to fight?

Billy Buch:  I like to compete – bottom-line. This is basically the most competitive sport out there, you don’t rely on anyone else but yourself. It’s one human being vs another human being to see who’s the best fighter that day. I believe that’s the best competition you can get.

Texas Fighting:  What does your workout consist of and how many days and hours do you work out?

Billy Buch:  I usually work out Monday-Saturday for 3 hours a day. Come close to fight time, I’ll usually do two 3 hour classes and head out to the football field to run sprints. I do a lot of cardio and sparring.

Texas Fighting:  Who do you train with?

Billy Buch:  Mostly I train with Kyle Cress of the Gladiators Academy.  I also train at Rodrigo Pinheiro Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Pete Spratt at his place. Mike Rangel of kNOw Pain Mixed Martial Arts. It’s also fun to do drop ins at other schools. Great way to pick up some new techniques.

Texas Fighting:  What are your thoughts on the future of MMA?

Billy Buch:  It’s definitely growing fast. I’m pretty sure it’s overtaken boxing. Most people that train in some sort of a combat sport don’t just train in one style, they train for Mixed Martial Arts, which has become a style of it’s own.

Texas Fighting:  What are your goals in MMA?

Billy Buch:  I’d like to take it as far as I can take it. I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon. I’m 28 now so I’ll go as long as I can compete.

Texas Fighting:  Do you think you’ll ever become a full-time trainer?

Billy Buch:  Eventually yes. I already do a little now here and there. I would love to be able to make a life out of this but I will always be a student. There is never a top spot. You can be a black belt at whatever but there is always something to learn from someone else. When it’s my time to give back full-time to the sport then it’s my time to give back.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any advice for young kids wanting to be Mixed Martial Artist?

Billy Buch:  I would have to say, start as early as you can. 6-7 years old is a good time to start in Collegiate  Wrestling or a Jujitsu class. Maybe around 12 is a good age to start for stand up. Get a good base in Jujitsu or wrestling. Anything is definitely possible.

Texas Fighting:  What do you think of women in Mixed Martial Arts?

Billy Buch:  There are some good girls who are top athletes competing now, so good for them.  I don’t mind women fighting, some may say they are against it but if they want it and put in the effort, why not?

Texas Fighting:  What are your thoughts on drinking and smoking?

Billy Buch:  Close to fight time I wouldn’t recommend any drinking or partying. In Mixed Martial Arts, cardio is everything. Smoking is definitely out of the question.

Texas Fighting:  How much does weight lifting play a part in your training routine?

Billy Buch:  Personally I don’t do a whole lot of weight lifting. I’ll do a few weight exercises with kettlebells and dumbbells but mainly a lot of combat training like running, sprints, caring other peoples body weight, hammer drills. Then again I fight at a lighter weight class so I do my best to stay lean by doing lots of cardio.

Texas Fighting:  With your experience as a fighter in the ring, do you find yourself getting into fights on the street as well?

Billy Buch:  No comment.

Texas Fighting:  What is your favorite way to finish a fight?

Billy Buch:  I don’t like the straight brawler crazy style. I like to use technique as much as possible. If I’m going to go for a submission I don’t want it to be a boring submission, I want to use nice technical stuff that people haven’t seen. On the flip side, who doesn’t like a good head kick knockout.

Texas Fighting:  Who’s your favorite Pro Fighter?

Billy Buch:  I’m definitely a BJ Penn fan, Miguel Torres and Nick Diaz.

Texas Fighting:  Do you have any sponsors?

Billy Buch:  MMAOverload.com, 210 Fight Gear, Honor Fight Gear, Kingpin Fight Gear, and Mr. Lucky’s Tattoos.

Texas Fighting:  Any shout outs or thanks to anybody? Anyone you’d like to give credit to?

Billy Buch:  Anyone that’s helped me or trained me. Chris Lopez, Jeff Bonugli, my trainers, NSC, people that have been there to support me. My friends and family.

~Interview End~