“I’ve never had an easy fight.” A few words with Jarret Jones. Interview by: sPidA

Jarret Jones, TX MMA Fighter A few words with Jarret Jones post his June 30th fight in Odessa,Texas . “Americas Most Wanted” a 24/ Seven entertainment event,taking place at the Far West Event Center (5850 West University Blvd #200, Odessa,Texas 79764) Great card with 10 bouts of what  promises to be a great night of Mixed Martial Arts action. For ticket info: 432-580-7979

sPidA : Since going Pro , you have fought some of the top guys in Texas Mixed Martial Arts , what ever got you into competing in Mixed Martial Arts?

Jarret: Yeah ive definatly fought some of the top welterweights and lightweights in texas since I turned pro in 2008. Some have went my way and others not, but I can honestly say I’ve never had a “easy fight”. I’ve always been an athlete and competed in many sports, I was raised to be football player, just like alot of guys who grew up in odessa. Which carried over to my agressive athleticism. So those years following graduation I was really looking for some kind of competition outlet and lifting weights at the local gym wasnt gonna fill that drive. When I came across fighting I was hooked from the beginning. The self discipline, intense training, and competition was what I had been looking for….and I soon found out that I was better at choking someone than trying to knock them out. (or maybe just enjoyed it more) So I really focused on BJJ from the beginning.

sPidA: Tell us ,what Team do you re-present and what gyms do you crosstrain in?

Jarret: I train at West Texas MMA in Midland,TX. I’ve been with these guys since the beginning and have watched thier school grow just as my fighting carrer has grown over the years. In that time I’ve went from white belt to currently purple and one day black all from my west texas brasa instructors kc whindam, jack burcham, and Jamie Lara. While the jiu-jitsu has aways been great there was not many mma fighters in the odessa/midland area when I began so I seeked out a place where I could train with some top level professional fighters. I found this place at octagon MMA in DFW. These guys have always welcomed me as part of the team and I spent many hours on the road traveling back and forth to octagon for training. Dallas is 6 hours from my home but the help that coach sayif saud and all the octagon fight team made all worth it. Octagon trains like professionals and as a team all the time and you can see by our team record last year that this method works. Coach sayif really cares about his guys and puts in the extra work for each individual.

sPidA: With over 10 Pro Mixed Martial Arts competions, have you set goals for yourself for this year? (2012)

Jarret: This is the question where I always say something like ” I’m going undefeated” or “this is my year” but, as I learned in the past that just puts more pressure on me. Honestly my goal is to do what im doing right now. Doing what I love, and doing pretty good at it. Of coarse as a fighter my goals are to be in a big time show like BELLATOR or the UFC because that’s the top and a chance to prove your a champion. But right now I’m just loving life and loving fighting. I’ve recently been able to quit my day job and can really focus on my training and my sleeping which is something I use to not get much of. I feel complete as a fighter and now I can just push myself as hard as I can everyday so that good things will happen.

sPidA: Having looked up your fighting stats I noticed you have won most of your fights by submission, do you prefer the ground game or is this mostly after feeling out your opponent that you decide to take the fight to the ground?

Jarret: All my professional wins are by submission and I would love to finish my career like that one day. I love jiu-jitsu, so I want to get them on the ground but I spend a lot of time working my standup so I’m comfortable there too. I’m not to much of a wrestler but thank goodness we fight in a cage, you can only sprawl and run away so much before I’m gonna get my arms or legs wrapped around you and it’s time to take a nap.

sPidA: With more promotions coming out in the DFW area, is this the perfect time for OCTAGON MMA to rise above and showcase there skills?

Jarret: Yes , OCTAGON MMA   is a gym with a awesome team and coach. If your a fighter or want to be a fighter this is the gym to go to in DFW area.

sPidA: Your coming off an unfortunate loss to an opponet you had already fought and defeated, How has this affected your mindset if any?

Jarret: Unfortunate loss is right, to tell you the truth that fight still keeps me up some nights. Not to take anything away from Brandon but I’m a better fighter than that guy as I had already proved the first time we fought in 2009. I was like you said, on a win streak but I made a mistake and it cost me a win but the sport is very unexpected. Doesn’t matter how the fight has played out, what round it is, or who the better fighter is your always one second away from a win or a loss. The more you realize that the more your see the urgency of getting the win as fast as possible. With that being said, I hope to get that rubber match with Brandon sometime in the future.

sPidA: Mixed Martial Arts is very time consuming, from training and getting prepared, what are some of the things you dislike about the sport? (If any)

Jarret:  The one thing that I dislike about fighting is that it keeps me from entering more BJJ tournaments. It seems every time theres a good tourny coming up I’m preparing for a fight. Its hard to do both when you risk an injury everytime you compete but I know I’ll be competing in BJJ all my life so I do what I can for now. I try to make all the local ones in my area and the IBJJF in Dallas. Even if im not competing in bjj tournaments I’ve got a gi on 4-5 times a week  and I’m training my ass off to help myself and help all my team mates at West Texas MMA. Ive recently started focusing more on judo. Both of my instructors are black belts in judo and I avoided the sport for 6 years now because it hurts so bad. I’d rather take kicks to the face all day than be on the wrong end of a judo throw but it has helped my game and gives me another goal in life to shoot for. So maybe judo tournaments are in my near future.
sPidA: Whats worst, Nerves while cornering a team mate or before your own fights? How do you deal with them?

Jarret: I gotta go with nerves before my own fights  but im pretty calm before I walk out these days.I know I’ve put in the work. Nerves and anger get in your head and make you forget your game plan. This is the charachteristic of a true professional, ready to go to war and confident in his skills. I would say the worst part is about right now, 4 weeks out. I think so much about the fight that sometimes lose sense of the rest of the world. All that really matters is my training to win this fight. Sometimes I”ll start my drive to the gym and start thinking about my fight. Going over scenarios in my head, picturing the win, imagining my hand being raised and  1/2 an hour later without any recollection of the drive I’m sitting in front of my gym with hands gripped and knuckles tight on the steering wheel, my heart is racing, forehead already sweating but I use that energy to go inside and just bust ass to make it a reality.

sPida: If you were given an opt to come out as a character in a video game (other than the UFC) which one would it be and why?

Jarret: Ha! I have to admit im not much of a video game guy. That stuff turns your brain to bologne but I remember playing Mortal Kombat as a kid. Scorpion is pretty awesome. I wouldnt have to judo if I had that cool thing that shot out of my hand. “Get over here”

sPidA:  LoL That would be pretty cool! Thank you for your time man, any last words bro before we wrap this up?

Jarret: Yeah for sure, I have to thank my awesome wife for supporting me to shoot for my dreams. Its a pretty crazy idea thinking you can make a living through training and fighting but with her support I can do anything. Thanks to all of my instructors and team mates at west texas mma for putting me through tough rounds everyday. Every one else who has helped me prepare, Brad Barnes & Bruno Bastos over at Rhino BJJ, Coach sayif at Octagon MMA, traininerydag partner Clay Hantz. Fabian butler w/ 24/7 entertainment for all the awesome local shows. And finally all my athletes at Basin CrossFit. You guys come in everyday and let me yell at you and put you through fitness hell and its making my dreams come true. Anyone in the Odessa/midland area I welcome you to my gym Basin CrossFit most awesome and motivating group of people youll ever workout with. www.basincrossfit.com Thanks for the opportunity sPidA!

 

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Bellator XX coming to San Antonio Texas!!!

San Antonio hosts Bellator XX on Thursday, May 27th, at the Majestic Theater  in the heart of downtown.  The Alamo City has played host to an increasing number of top-level MMA events in the last 2 years, and this card will be no exception.

Main Event

The main event features middleweights Bryan “The Beast” Baker and Eric Schambari, both of which have previously fought for the WEC several times, before it was absorbed by Zuffa.  Expect a battle of epic proportions, because each has a 12-1 record and a long history of fighting at the highest levels.

In addition, it should prove to be an interesting match-up because it seems to be an example of a grappler/striker scenario, but one that will be decided on the ground.  Out of Schambari’s 12 professional victories, 7 of them came by way of submission.  Baker, on the other hand, has 6 TKOs. For anyone who is an avid fan of the ground game, this fight will be a must-see, because it has a good chance of becoming a technical interplay between jiu-jitsu and ground ‘n’ pound.

TexasFighting.com will be there interviewing fighters and mingling with the fans as well!

UPDATE from sPidA: and we will have 3 locals making the card… Ralph Kelley (EliteXC) will be going into battle with (UFC) Eddie Sanchez. This one should be a battle of will. Heavy strikers on this one. We also have (Army Combatives/Salazar BTT member) Andrew Chappelle going into battle against Ryan Larson. Two Texas standouts, both hungry for a victory. And last but not least, Aaron Rosa (Strikeforce) will be battling Robert Villegas (HDNET Fights). This in my opinion should have happened years ago. Two of Texas top 205’rs. Rosa a striker gone grappler and Villegas BJJ Blackbelt under Draculino with great striking skills. I have personally worked with both and I’m eager to see what they both bring into the Cage! People,you don’t want to miss this card! Definitely one for the records!!!

sPidA @TexasFighting.com

Tickets are on sale and available at Ticketmaster.com. For more info on the fight card visit Bellator.com.


MMA Event: STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED

STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED
STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED

STEELE CAGE 2: RELOADED, November 7, 2009 at the DR PEPPER arena in Frisco Tx. 7:30 pm. Contact Drpepperarena.com for tickets

Fight card:

CLEBURN “THE SPARTAN” WALKER Team Lutter vs. TJ WALDBURGER Grappler’s Lair

]SETH CLIFTON Southeast Asian Academy vs. DERRICK “D-ROCK” KRANTZ] Team 515

REX RICHARDS Octagon MMA vs. DOUG ” THE CARTHAGE KILLER” WILLIAMS Team 515

IRA “THE HURRICANE” BOYD no affiliation vs CLAY “TWEET” HANTZ West Texas MMA

JUSTIN WENOKUR Star BJJ vs JAMES “DANGER” HOLLON FIghter’s Forge

TBA vs ROY SPOON Dallas Jawbreakers

ANDREW GOLDTHWAITE Janjira/Octagon MMA vs JAMES SIMPSON Big Spring MMA

JOSH “THE POOL BOY” SMITH NTMMA vs JASON PAINTER Warrior MMA

JARRET JONES West Texas MMA vs CHRIS “THE SPEED KING” BROOKS Archangel MMA

Texas Fight Fest 15 “Fight Against Hunger”

TAMMA Oct 10 - Texas Fight Fest

TAMMA – TEXAS AMATEUR MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Texas Fight Fest 15 “Fight Against Hunger”
October 3rd – San Antonio, Texas
Cowboys Dance Hall @ 5PM
more info: 210-842-5843
www.cowboysdancehall.com

Tickets available at: TicketMaster.com

Championship Showdown Post Fight Results


The crowd showed up early for last nights event.  Everyone present was anxious to see a good amateur mma fight.  There were quite a few fighters representing their fight clubs and avid fight fans present to watch.

These were the fighters on the card (winners shown in yellow):

Featherweight (145 lbs)
Lindsey White (Austin), 28 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Rigoberto Serrano (New Braunfels), 28 yrs, 0 – 0

Lightweight (155 lbs)
Jared Reeves (Austin), 22 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Paul Silva (Kyle), 29 yrs, 0 -0

Middleweight (185 lbs)
John Aguirre (San Marcos), 23 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Jeramiah Quintanilla (New Braunfels), 24 yrs, 0 – 0

Heavyweight (290 lbs)
Michael Rosenberg (McAllen), 25 yrs, 0 – 2 vs. Tim Davila (Kyle), 23 yrs, 0 – 0

Welterweight (175 lbs)
Lester Clark (Austin), 29 yrs, 1 – 1 vs. Bobby Hernandez (Kyle), 24 yrs, 0 – 0

Welterweight (175 lbs)
Aaron LanFranco (Austin), 23 yrs, 3 – 0 vs. Nael Chavez (Austin), 30 yrs, 2 – 0

Flyweight (125 lbs)
Amadro Estrada (Lockhart), 30 yrs, vs. Brandon Powers (New Braunfels) 20 yrs

Lightweight (155 lbs)
Timothy Griesheimer (Austin), 26 yrs, 0 – 0 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez (New Braunfels), 22 yrs, 0 – 2

Main Event: Bantamweight Championship (135 lbs)
Billy Buch (New Braunfels) 28 yrs, 3 – 0 vs. Todd Gentry (New Braunfels) 32 yrs, 4 -4

While there were a lot of great amateur fighters on the card, there were a few that TexasFighting.com recognized as individuals who fit the bill of future professional Mixed Martial Artists.  Each of the individuals that stood out to me were focused, driven, in tip top condition, and displayed good sportsmanship.  Those fighters were: Jared Reeves of CTC in Austin, Texas, Aaron LanFranco of Puros Chingasos out of Lockhart, Texas and Billy Buch out of New Braunfels, Texas, representing Gladiators Academy.

First off, Jared Reeves.  For his debut, he came off as a very calm, very easy going guy. But, the thing that got me the most, was that he appeared to be more of a pretty boy than a fighter.  Boy was I wrong!  If my misjudgment is a common one, then any fighter who misjudges him in the ring will surely be in for a rude awakening.  Reeves, who’s only 22 years old, definitely got my attention the moment the fight started by maintaining his composure and controlling the fight.  And when the fight was over, he looked like he was ready for more.  I’m definitely looking forward to his next fight.

Jared Reeves won the fight by tap out in the 1st round!

Now on to Aaron LanFranco.  LanFranco displays a fighter’s spirit through and through.  He’s confident almost to the point of being cocky.  He can brawl, yet still show great technique.  After this fight he now has a 4-0 amateur record.  Bottom-line, at 23 years old, I have no doubt about this kid making a name for himself in this industry.  He’s a great fighter!

Aaron Lanfranco ended up taking the win on a TKO.

Billy Buch is definitely a star in the making.  Those who know Buch (Boo) either love him or hate him.  Out of all the fighters, Billy Buch represents himself and his sponsors with a level of maturity that you seldom find in an amateur fighter.  Billy shows a drive and love for the sport as if he’s already a pro.  If you’re interested in learning more about Billy check out his interview by visiting: Billy Buch ‘s Interview with TexasFighting.com.

Billy Buch went the full five rounds with Todd Gentry and won the fight by decision.

During the MMA event I also met and talked to some great folks like UFC fighter Pete “Secret Weapon” Spratt from San Antonio, Gary Cunningham with King of Kombat/Zero Overhead Productions, and Mark Bader of PureFight.org.  Also, the event wouldn’t be as crazy and loud without the HOOLIGAN section.  You know who you are – true lovers of the fight!  You’re recognized by your chant “Ole, Ole, Ole.”  Great meeting and seeing you all.  Also, be on the lookout for more 1 on 1 interviews of some of the fighters mentioned…

Till the next round,

Chris Lopez, Jr.
Owner, TexasFighting.com

Video credit to Mark at Purefight.org