Combate Americas is a new Spanish-language reality TV series and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) franchise dedicated to identifying and developing emerging, young fight talent from Mexico and other Latino countries around the globe.
Combate Americas has partnered with NBCUniversal-owned TV network Telemundo to deliver Combate Americas reality TV programming to a national audience in The United States.
Combate Americas is being produced by a multi-award-winning production team, including UFC creator Campbell McLaren and Matador Entertainment.
Production on the Combate Americas reality TV series will begin in Miami, Florida in March 2013.
Fighters selected to participate in the Combate Americas reality TV series will be required to live at a designated location in Miami, Florida for a period of 8 weeks.
During production, Combate Americas fighters will participate in daily training camps with an assembly of world-class boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and strength and conditioning trainers, and will be required to compete in MMA bouts sanctioned by the state of Florida.
Here’s an opportunity for up-and-coming Texas fighters to be a part of a Latino MMA Reality show that will be televised on Telemundo. The final casting will take place late March/early April. They are looking for Spanish speaking fighters between 145 and 185 lbs, ages 18-30 years old. If the fighter is chosen, they will cover travel, 8 weeks of living expenses, and the fighters will be paid to fight.
Right now they are just taking bios so no hard commitments up front. If interested, please send a headshot, quick bio, sherdog or mma.tv record, and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants who are interested must send these details before Thursday to be considered.
UPDATE: Along with the bio the fighter should include full name, height, weight, date of birth, city and state fighting out of, pro win-loss record and any notes of interest (if the fighter is a police officer or fire fighter or holds titles or high belt ranks in any martial arts, that is important) as well as one hi res photo and links to any fight footage and/or interviews available online.
Jeff Bonugli of JC Productions discusses JC’s first event coming to Pharr, Texas March 16th 2013. 12 scheduled bouts for this event with another possible add on and they’re giving away a car! He goes into detail about the future of JC Promotions, discusses fighter pay, dismisses his critics, and shares his passion behind it all.
“We’re going to change the way local promoters pay fighters!”
Jeff is someone who has my respect for all that he does, and has done, for local fighters in Texas. He cares about the fighters because he’s been in their shoes and deep down he’s still a fighter at heart. Enjoy!
El Orgullo del Valle – Full Fight Card (Fight Card Subject to Change)
Date: March 16, 2013
Location: 3000 North Cage, Pharr, Texas
I wanted to start the New Year off by talking about how Strength, Conditioning, and Nutrition play a vital role in mixed martial arts (MMA). Often times we see fighters, both amateur and pro; run out of energy in the cage. Good energy levels from bell to bell play an important role when it comes to whose hand is raised at the end of the fight. I’m sure many of you have seen a fighter come out for Round One with high energy, however; by Round Two or Three become sluggish and unable to defend themselves and ultimately loose the fight.
Fighters must find the right balance in their training and in their fight. Fighters should understand that strength, conditioning, and nutrition are also part of a successful game.
Joel Jamieson, founder of 8weeksout.com, is one of MMA’s top Strength & Conditioning Coaches and pioneers and is widely regarded as the nation’s leading expert in the science of physical conditioning for MMA. His no nonsense scientific approach and Precision Conditioning training system is helping to revolutionize how today’s top fighters get in shape and has been instrumental in the success of more than 20 of the world’s best fighters from the UFC, Dream, WEC, Shooto, K-1, PrideFC, and other major organizations.
In one of Joel’s articles titled “Ultimate Fight Conditioning – Push the Pace” he writes “regardless of a fighter’s weight class, every cell in their body needs a constant supply of energy to function. This includes the cells within muscle fibers, of course, and they need energy in order to do their job of contracting and producing the force it takes to throw strikes, go for and defend takedowns, attempt a submission, etc.”
He goes on to say “Dynamic sports like MMA that require an athlete to produce a ton of energy to support high levels of muscle force and power for up to 15-25 minutes no doubt rely on both aerobic and anaerobic energy production – there is simply no way that either system alone is capable of producing enough energy by itself. This fact is generally well known and accepted, but what’s often misunderstood, however, is just how important the balance between these two energy systems really is.”
He then breaks it down to three major components, developing your cardiovascular system to deliver as much oxygen to the working muscles as possible, training the muscles to become more efficient at using the oxygen that your cardiovascular system is able to deliver and finally incorporating a training method called pace work. For combat sports, this type of work should take the form of sparring or pad/work and the general guideline is simply to deliberately train at the maximum pace you can sustain without any real measure of fatigue.
Right here in Texas we have great strength, conditioning, and nutrition personal trainers who are making a difference for Texas fighters. The Muscle Factory, of San Antonio, is one of those training facilities. Roland Gonzalez, Owner and Head Trainer, of the Muscle Factory has been helping amateur and pro MMA fighters for years. Roland will tell you that “we are not here to replace the importance of stand-up, wrestling, or jiu jitsu, we are here to supplement it.”
Roland continues “We can help improve a fighter’s game by first improving their cardio and muscle endurance by incorporating a variety of exercise regiments that fit the fighter’s needs and lifestyle. Secondly, we would start a diet plan that would help with strength and muscle recovery that will help maintain fighter energy.”
“The only real way to make lasting changes, regardless of your goals, is to use a holistic (meaning whole body) strategy. Every muscle group, including the heart the lungs, nutrition and diet, and positive mental wellness all have to be included in your overall program.”
While at the Muscle Factory I was able to watch Roland put Ray “The Judge” Rodriguez, a pro mma fighter out of San Antonio, though one of his two hour work out. Wow….it was high paced! I was impressed with Roland’s personal attention to detail and motivation during Ray’s work out.
After his workout, Ray told me “Training at the Muscle Factory has made me a complete fighter. My size, strength, stamina, and speed have all improved greatly.” Ray also said “Roland Gonzalez is amazing at what he does, and is one of the most genuine people I have ever met in my life. He’s been at every weigh in and been able to help me put back on 15 to 20 pounds before my fight time.”
In closing I would say seek out a professional trainer who can help you with taking your game to the next level.
If you wish to contact Muscle factory please call 210-771-9044 or visit them at www.themusclefactory.synthasite.com
Have been able to watch Matt Mazurek fight once in his amateur career and just like anybody in the sport, the sky is the limit with this guy. Fighting out of Austin,Texas…He comes from great camp and has a great test for himself come August 25.”BLOOD & GLORY”in Robstown,TX…for ticket info call: 361-387-9000 LETS DO THIS!!
sPidA: Bro, how long have you been waiting on making your Pro debut?
Mazurek: Making my pro debut has been a life long dream. It has been in the back of my mind for as long as I can think. It was my moms last wish before she passed,that I take fighting as far as I can take it. I remember when I first started taking martial arts at the age of 6. My mom was a brown belt in taekwondo. She was one tough momma. I looked up to her for that. Now here I am keeping my promise.
sPidA: You had a great Mixed Martial Arts amateur career and actually won a title, whose decision was it to finally go Pro?
Mazurek: Winning that title was something I felt I had to achieve before making this jump. I WILL have another title at some point. As for the jump to the pro scene, it was both my decision and a team decision. My head trainers really felt I was ready for the jump once I won the AMMA Lightweight Texas Title.
sPidA: Your opponent for your debut is an experienced fighter in Chris Pecero, are you nervous going into this
Mazurek: As for Chris Pecero, I respect him as a fighter, but when we are in that Cage, it’s on.. I’ve been in the fight game for quite some time. The way I see it, he wont hit me harder than what my team does, he wont put me through anything I have not been through. When it comes to his record, it’s just a number. All I can say is he has not been locked in a Cage with anyone like me. August 25th, he will see first hand what I’m capable of.
sPidA: You have some pretty great guys to train with @ Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, how hard do these guys push you day in and day out?
Mazurek: Man, my team is the best! I wouldn’t change it for the world.. At Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu we are one BIG family.. Love those guys! We really do have some of the top fighters in Texas and the world. Training with these guys is extremely tough most of the time. They push me to the point where I feel like I’m gonna die (lol) but after it’s over, I know I’m that much better the next day.
sPidA: Are you training full-time for this, if so how often are you able to prepare for your Pro debut?
Mazurek: I was training full time for about 5 months. The fight world is crazy at times. Since March I have had 3 fights drop on me. In that time I got some great training in with some top guys. I was getting in about 6 hours a day of everything from ground to muay thai to strength and conditioning. Sunday was my only day off to relax and get some mental training and think about everything i learned through the week.
sPidA: Other than the typical muay thai and grappling, what other routines are you throwing into the mix?
Mazurek: Well, I don’t really wanna give too much about my fighting style… Just know, come August 25th there are gonna be some BIG hits going on..
sPidA: You will be competing outside your home town, will this play a factor in your Pro debut, how do you personally deal with something like this?
Mazurek: I actually love fighting out of my home City. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love fighting in Austin but when I fight outside my home town I feel more relaxed. Its weird in a way. I feel like all the pressure of having all your close friends watching and wondering what they are thinking is gone. I get to come to his home town and add fans to my book (LoL). I know I’ll get some boos in the crowed but when they see just how hard I go I’ll make believers out of them. Austin Fighters are tough and We’ll make a name in this sport..
sPidA: The sport of Mixed Martial Arts has really changed over the years, do you see any major changes in the sport in the near future?
Mazurek: I tell ya, Mixed Martial Arts has progressed so much over the years. I really don’t know where the sport will go 20 years from now, but what I can say is I don’t see it slowing down anytime soon.
sPidA: With so much talent at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu, who would you say pushes you the hardest?
Mazurek: Of all of my brothers in the gym, the one that stands out the most would have to be Tim Kennedy. He is a beast! He pushes everyone in the gym. It’s kinda a love/hate relationship LoL.. You hate being in there with him but at the same time it’s awesome because you get the chance to train one on one with one of the top 10 fighters in the world.When you’re in there with him, it’s all pressure all the time. He does not let off until you hear that buzzer. It’s great though. I know training with him will make me that much better.
sPidA: SCENARIO: You get attacked one day while leaving the gym, who would you rather come help you: Steven Segal , Joe Rogan or Ed Oneil (Al Bundy) and why?
Mazurek: LOL, well I’m gonna have to go with my boy Steven Segal. He can kill people just by looking at them LoL. I saw a video of him where he had 14 guys attack him at once and he kicked all of their butts like it was nothing. So, if I was in the situation where I needed help, he would be the one I’d call.
sPidA: Thank you much for taking time for this bro, I was granted Cage Side access for this one (unlike many out there) So I will see you there come August 25th, any last-minute words?
Mazurek:Hey, thank you brotha. I just wanna say that this fight is for my momma. I know she’s gonna be in there with me. Also my coaches,my girl and my sponsors (Thank you)… everyone that loves Mixed Martial Arts, spread the word on TexasFighting.com and help support your Texas fighters.
I attended the KING OF KOMBAT 7 “Judgement Day” this past Saturday. Although Ron Hernandez (CEO) put on a decent event and got me in, I only stayed for three fights due to horrible seating (standing actually) in general admissions area.
While at the event I met a couple B3Sport members, Texas Powerhouse, Duece King and a few other fighters. I also shot some video footage so keep an eye out for it, as it will be up shortly.
#1 Jacob Austin 2-1 (Elite MMA) winner by guillotine 56 sec in R2 over Randy Gray 0-2 (Solidarity MMA)
#2 Edwin Figueroa 3-0 (Janjira Muay Thai) winner tko ref stopage 24 sec R1 over Christian Sanches 15-8 (Citadel C4 Fight Team)
#3 Garrett Bennett 3-1 (Grapplers Domain) winner by tapout 2:17 R1 kimura from guard over Ryan carranza 1-5(Solidarity MMA)
#4 Eric Gerber 4-0 (Grapplers Domaian) winner by Ko 21 sec R1 over Michael Barreras 3-1 (Albuquerque Kickboxing)
#5 Steven Carl 7-2 (Grapplers Lair / Team Hard Drive) winner by tapout due to guillotine 59 sec into R1 over Conan Cano 5-1 (Team Xtreme).
#6 Johnny Bedford 16-1-1 (L.A. Boxing/Mohlers BJJ) winner by split dec. over Rocky Long 17-20 (Revolution Dojo)
#7 Mike Jackson 9-2 ( High plans JJ / Extreme Fitness & Nutrition) winner by tapout due to guillotine 4:38 R1 over Ryan Larson 4-1 (Relson Gracie Austin)
#8 Chris Trammell 8-2 (Capitol Punishment/Boxing Brothers) winner by split dec. over Sean Ward 5-1 (Grapplers Lair)
#9 Lightweight Championship Bout
Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez 14-7 (Guy Mezger / Lion’s Den) winner unanimous decision over Deuce King 8-5 (Grapplers Domain)