10 Questions with Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia in Preparation for STFC: Bad Blood

Elias 'Smash' Garcia

sPidA: Your stepping back inside the Cage February 22nd, how ready are you for this bout?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: I’m really excited about this fight, I feel like every day I’m evolving and I can’t wait to put my new found skills to the test.

sPidA: This is a pretty stacked card with a few titles on the line, anyone on the card you’re looking to see fight?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: Yea man, I’m looking forward to seeing Frank Trevino fight, I hear that guy’s a beast. Also I’ve had the pleasure of rolling around with Carlos Ferreira when he came to the gym and I have to say, that dude is LEGIT!

sPidA: This bout will be at 125lbs, is this your ideal weight?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: It is man, I did really well at 145, and 135 earning titles in both but man those guys are super strong. I feel like the 125 divion I can keep my speed and strength.

sPidA: Dana White stated he was looking to search for male fighters in the straw weight class (115lbs) would this be something you’d be interested in? Should Texas MMA promotions look into this weight class as well?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: You know, I make 125 extremely easy and I would definitely be interested in fighting at straw weight.

sPidA: You have an addition into your family (congratulations). If your kids wanted a career in combative sports, what would be your thoughts? Would they differ if it was your son or daughter?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: It’s funny that you ask that, my daughter is turning 9 this month and all she ever talks about is growing up and wanting to fight in the cage like me. Honestly, if that was her passion, for any of my kids for that matter, I will support them in anything they choose to do.

sPidA: You had your pro debut here in San Antonio (your home away from home), do you prefer fighting away from home or vice versa?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: To be honest it’s going to be a bit weird not fighting in San Antonio. I believe 8 out of my 9 fights were in S.A. so I always felt like I had home field advantage there. At the end of the day the cage is my home so I’m comfortable fighting anywhere.

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sPidA: This bout coming up, what can you tell us about your opponent? Have you been training specifically for him or are you looking to make him fight your fight?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: This will be my opponent’s first pro fight I believe. I’ve watched his videos just to pick up his habits but I never really train specifically for an opponent as I always aim to make them fight my fight.

sPidA: Your ammy career you had told us you only trained part time due to your active duty
schedule, is there any pressure now that you can train full-time?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: No, not at all. As far as pressure goes I never really feel any type of pressure. I know mentally that I’m always going to go in there and give it my all.

sPidA: Which would you prefer, a two fight contract from Bellator or a single shot to fight for the UFC on FOX?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: Whichever one discovers me and wants to sign me first. Haha

sPidA: Thank you bro for taking time for this, anything you would like to add before wrapping this up?

Elias ‘Smash’ Garcia: First off glory be to God who allows me to do what I absolutely love! My future baby
momma Gloria who backs me up 100%. I would also like to thank my coaches, especially Rudy Valenzuela who’s a huge inspiration, role model, and leader. My team, my manager Bryan Sosa over at Flex Sports Management, Castaneda PR, and my sponsors for this fight SWOLLE fitness apparel, TexasFighting.com, Rocks King of Supplements, OGC III, Mako Contracting, Mi Guerra, Eyez Low Entertainment, Elisha Dickerson, and TakeAway Gourmet.

STFC: BADBLOOD (MMA CAGE FIGHTS)
STFC: BADBLOOD

Promoter Spotlight: Jeff Bonugli of JC Productions

“It’s not about me. It’s about the fighters and more importantly to give glory to Jesus Christ.”

[Interview with Jeff Bonugli – Former fighter. Self-made businessman. Follower of Christ. | Interview and video by Chris Lopez Jr.]

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

Aaron Rosa -vs- Tony Melton
Cody Williams -vs- Randy Fuentes
Ricardo Palacios -vs- Leroy Martinez
Alexander Hernandez -vs- Victor Galvan
Jordan Morgan -vs- Gabriel Reynaga
Marcelo Lumakang -vs- Corey Bellino
Steven Zamora -vs- Ryan Spann
Julio Villarreal -vs- Christopher Lopez
Jay Peche -vs- James Hall
Jose Ceja -vs- Rene Gonzalez
Matt Mooney -vs- Juan Chapa
Raymond Moreno -vs- Brandon Ruiz

EL ORGULLO DEL VALLE

Special thanks to JC Promotions & Green Ghost Academy’s Sponsor Charlie Clark Nissan!

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JC Promotions is Coming to the Rio Grande Valley and Looking to Make a Generous Impact!

Jeff BonugliRGV, TX, January 7, 2013 — JC Promotions is coming to the Rio Grande Valley March 15th! They’re not only looking to bring an exciting event to South Texas but to become the new home for many of the local mma fighters all across Texas. The promoter has been involved in martial arts for close to 40 years, is a former full-contact fighter himself, and one might add, a large contributor to the local fight scene.

He’s hitting the mma scene hard and looking to make a generous impact. A concern he has expressed to us at TexasFighting.com is that he can remember “fighting for the same scraps the fighters of today are competing for.” While their are a few exceptions, according to JC Promotions, “most promoters don’t care about the fighters and all that is about to change.”

Knowing the financial sacrifice involved with training full-time, JC Promotions will offer a paid contract for the fighters who prove themselves in the cage. This contract will include a monthly training salary, on top of the purse involved in each fight. Perhaps the greatest innovation for fighters on contract will be an arrangement to also be paid during injury recovery.

JC Promotions: “One fighter will be fighting to win a contract and the other will be fighting to keep it. This will create the ultimate proving ground for the best of the best in Texas cagefighting.”

“More information regarding JC Promotions to come”

“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!!

 

“WE DO IT BIG IN TEXAS!” A few words with Ryan “RipTide” Hollis

A few words with a very confident and charismatic young man, Ryan “RipTide” Hollis. Here’s what he had to say about his pro debut for LEGACY 14 happening in Houston, Texas on September 14th. Enjoy!

sPidA: You’re making your Pro MMA debut, how long have you been waiting for this opportunity and how excited are you that it’s for Legacy Fighting Championships?

Hollis: I’ve been waiting for 11 to 12 years for this. I’ve always been a fan of Martial Arts. Fighting in general really. I’ve grown up watching MMA , Boxing , Kickboxing and studied several different martial arts. Everything from Jiu-Jitsu , Taekwondo, American Kempo and Muay Thai. LEGACY FC is for sure one of the biggest promotions in Texas and I’m very excited to fight on this card with all these Monsters!

sPidA: You’re an amateur title holder and now making your pro debut in front of a televised audience, any pressure stepping into the cage come Sept 14th?

Hollis: It is a lot of pressure. I have 2 different towns behind me though. The whole Island of Galveston TX is behind me, along with the town I currently live in Cleveland,TX. I’ve been promoting this fight like crazy! Going around selling tickets with my lady on top of training. I also just found out that I’m going to be a dad while also trying my best to be a great step dad. It’s going to be my first pro fight and on TV. Every day I hear about how “Danger” trains with beasts and how he’s a purple belt. Some people think he’s on another level. So there’s a lot of people I can’t let down. If I lose, I feel like I’d be letting down not only myself but my unborn child, stepson, my team and the great state of TEXAS. Can’t let this Louisiana guy come whoop up on me. So yeah, there’s plenty of PRESSURE!

sPidA: Your opponent is coming in with a lot of great exposure from MTV’s reality Caged Series. Have you been using this to your advantage?

Hollis: Of course. I’ve been using it for this whole fight camp. I’ve been promoting the fight using his credentials. Telling people to buy tickets from me to see me fight this MTV star and so far it’s been working! I’ve sold all my tickets! People want to see me fight this guy. I got to thank him for that. This will be his first PRO fight too which will be on AXS.TV. Which is fine with me because I have the chance of getting my first win on television!

sPidA: He stated that you’ve been very cocky, has he mistaken your confidence for cockiness?

Hollis: I’m not Cocky at all. I’m my own manager and public relations guy so I’ve said things at times for the sole purpose of hyping this fight. I want people to buy tickets and want to get them excited about watching my fight. I walk around at fights with my head down because I have a social disorder and I feel like no one would want to be bothered with my company. It has nothing to do with me feeling like I’m too good for anyone or that I’m a BAD ASS. I know what I can do in the cage BUT at the same time, I know what can be done to me. Not cocky just confident!

sPidA: Very well stated bro. You’re both experienced amateur fighters, why do you think people are saying he’s much more experienced than you?

Hollis: Yeah people talk about how he’s experienced and what not but I’ve had just as many fights as him. My amateur record is 11-2 which is exactly the same as his. Just because I started my amateur career late doesn’t mean he has been training any longer than me, If anything, I’d say I’m more experienced seeing how I have fought several fights where knees and elbows were allowed to the head and this will be his first. I’ve also had my fair share of street fights before I ever started MMA so I’m no rookie.

sPidA: How has your training camp been coming along?

Hollis: My training has been going great. I’m training at Hard Head Hitters / ONE MMA. I put on a lot of weight for this fight camp to add power. I know he’s going to try and grab me which is fine – I’m ready!

sPidA: I was able to meet you at a past LEGACY event, do you prefer fighting at an event or attending one as a spectator?

Hollis: I use to like going to events so I could watch people in my weight class or 1 above to keep an eye out. So if I ever had to fight them, I would have already seen them fight. It drives me crazy cause every event I’ve been to, I find myself wanting to be in the cage.

sPidA: I hear that from a lot of fighters. If ever given the opportunity to try out for a Reality Show (not MMA related) which one would it be?

Hollis: Maybe Big Brother or Survivor. They should make a caged 2.0 and bring it to TEXAS in my opinion and show less baby mama drama and more fighting. We do it BIG in TEXAS!

sPidA: Your training partner Charles Ontiveros left a great impression on his LEGACY debut. Are you looking to make a great first impression as well?

Hollis: He did great! Everyone knows Charlie is good. Nobody knows what I can do. When people talk about us or when I see posts about our camp, people see me as the wannabe, which sucks. I’m a different fighter and in a different weight class. We shouldn’t be compared. Honestly it’s cause I haven’t knocked anyone out yet. I’ve been submitting people so no one’s intimidated. So yeah, there’s a lot of pressure to live up to the hype and to show everyone that I am Ryan “RipTide” Hollis and not some punk kid. I will show that come September 14th.

sPidA: Tell us a bit about the gym you train out of, coaches, sparring partners and what makes it home?

Hollis: I train out of Hard Head Hitters in Cleveland, Texas and our sister school ONE MMA in Pasadena. I’ve trained here for a while and even before training here I fought for Charles Ontiveros’ promotion East Texas MMA. I’ve known them for a while and my sparring partners are mainly Charles Ontiveros Jr. and Mike De Leon. Mike just made his LEGACY Debut. The gym is only 14 minutes from my place and I’ve known everyone here for a long while now and it’s more like a family than a school. We don’t have a crazy amount of people here so there’s more time to get to know each other.

sPidA: Best of luck man and thank you for taking the time for this. Any last minute comments?

Hollis: I’d like to thank GOD, my team, sponsors and gym Hard Head Hitters, OneMMA ,Deviate Auto, Pound4Pound, OvrFlow Music, B.O.I Music, Southern District, TexasFighting.com. My lady for putting up with me during this weight cut and for helping me get these tickets sold. Love you. I look forward to see everyone come September 14th!

Televised Card
Welterweight title – Jeff Rexroad 5-1 v. Macaco 27 -13 – 5 x 5
125 – Josh Sampo 8-2 v. Antonio Banuelos 20-8 – 3 x 5
135 – Cody Williams 4-2 v. Steven Peterson 7-2 – 3 x 5
170 – Brandon Farran 7-4 v. Derrick Krantz 12-6 – 3 x 5
170 – Lester Batres 2-1 v. Jon Harris – 5-2 – 3 x 5
125 – Matt Schnell 0-0 v. Ryan Hollis 0-0 – 3 x 3
145 – Darrion Caldwell 0-0 v. David Armas 2-4 – 3 x 3
Prelims
170 – Ryan Spann v. Charlie Ontiveros – 3 x 3
205 – Yonny Osuna v. Chris Reed – 3 x 3
180 – Patrick Hutton v. Terrance Ferguson – 3 x 3
170 – Patrick Greene v. Kaileb Cummins – 3 x 3