“Here I am keeping my promise” – Matt Mazurek Interview

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.

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“I respect everyone unless given a reason not to.” Justin Brooks Interview by: sPidA

sPidA: Tell us what gym you train out of and what all can one expect from training there?

Brooks: I train out of Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu.  Training here anyone can expect good tough training, man whether someone is there for competition, fitness or just to learn ,make them beasts in every aspect!

You will be fighting for a title going into Cage Quest, what were you expecting to get out of the show?

Brooks: To be honest I wasn’t really sure what to expect out of Cage Quest, I just wanted show people what we’ve got over here at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu and win a title! This whole thing has been an experience, that’s for sure!

sPidA: I’ve noticed personally a lot of fighters are shy and get nervous while doing interviews, had being on T.V made you nervous or is the fighting just that much distracting?

Brooks: Nah man I don’t think to much about the cameras, I always stay more focused on performing well and winning!

sPidA: I’ve noticed a lot of top level fighters going through the Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu Academy, can you give us a few names of those that have stopped by there at one time or another?

Brooks: Yeah there have been some good guys come through the gym and train! A few of the pro guys we have there everyday are Tim Kennedy, Drew Pendelton, Adam Schindler, Jon Hester, Derek Campos and these guys are animals! Guys like Tom Lawler, Eves Edwards, Dustin Poirier, Bubba Jenkins and others have come in and out of town and we’ve had the pleasure of them coming in to train with us, it’s awesome, everyday is tough!

sPidA: With the level of guys training there, does this motivate you guys?

Brooks: Yeah training with these guys definitely keeps everyone motivated! It doesn’t matter who you are or how good you are someone will always one up you at something or dang near die trying. Everyone on our team is very supportive of one another, we are a tight knit family and push each other a lot. That makes it even easier to stay motivated, it’s awesome!

sPidA: How would you describe your style, do you try and emulate to anyone or would you say its your own?

Brooks: I’m a striker and a grappler pretty evenly, I would say it’s my own style for the most part. There are some guys in the gym that are always putting it on me when we train and I do try to pick up the things that they do to me, like Tim Kennedy, I try to learn and do a lot of the stuff he does!

sPidA: How were you guys approached about Cage Quest? Was this something you wanted to jump on immediately?

Brooks: We were approached by a couple of our teammates that have fought for Kickass in the past and then told us about it. I wanted in on it from the start, I knew it would be a good way to get Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu’s name out there.

sPidA: The show has quite a bit of Central Texas Top Pro fighters coaching, having that experience, has it helped your game that much more?

Brooks: Yeah man they had a few Black Belt instructors come in and show us some cool stuff! I appreciate the effort all of those guys put in, no matter what anyone has told them!

sPidA: How has being on the show Cage Quest been treating you guys, have you noticed the publicity at all?(with the public?)

Brooks: Not so far man, the show airs on a San Antonio based network and I live in North Austin so no one around me directly gets to see it. Maybe the next time I go to San Antonio someone will recognize me, ha-ha, we’ll see!

sPidA: The finalist will be competing May 5th in New Braunfels , will you guys be going Pro right after or continue to get more experience?

Brooks: I won’t be going pro yet, I’m going to keep fighting amateur for now. There is a lot to be learned via experience and amateur competition is the place for a lot of that learning to take place. Plus I want to win a few titles first, not just in mma but in Muay Thai and Boxing too. After I have done that I will start thinking about what’s next for me.

sPidA: Its all business when you step inside the Cage but outside the cage, do you guys notice respect from others in the Mixed Martial Arts scene?

Brooks: Everyone that I have met is pretty respectful around the Mixed Martial Arts scene. I respect everyone unless given a reason not to, that seams like a pretty common outlook. Of coarse, there are always those people out there telling lies and trying to start trouble for whatever reason, not necessarily competitors but just people on the scene.

sPidA: Best MMA moment and worst?

Brooks: Winning is always the best moment! Worst would have to have been dislocating my elbow in training! Man that was no fun between rehab and being out of the gym for the whole healing process!

sPidA: Thank you for taking time for this,much appreciated, any last words bro?

Brooks: Thank you Spida for taking the time for this interview and for what you do for all the local Texas fighters and gyms and thank you to all of my trainers and teammates at Austin Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu!

What are your predictions for UFC 128?

We contacted Pete Spratt, Tim Kennedy, Adam Schindler, Andrew Chappelle and Ryan Larson and asked the question: “What are your predictions for UFC 128?” Here’s their predictions…

Pete Spratt: Bones Jones – due to his size, speed and athleticism.
Miller – due to his vast UFC experience.
This will be Kamal’s 1st time in the UFC.

Tim Kennedy: Jones by just being awesome and Kamal by sprawl and brawl dec.

Adam Schindler: I’m going with Jon Jones with a TKO in the 3rd… He is in great condition, unorthodox and long, has great wrestling. I could see Shogun coming out on top too but I’m going with ‘Bones’ Jones on this one.Man, I really don’t want to pick against Kamal, but this one is tough…. I really like Jim Miller and I think he is much better than Jamie Varner or Bart Palaszewski… He has great submissions and good crisp boxing. That being said, I think it will only go to the ground if Kamal chooses. If he can catch him with a shot he wins, if not, I think Miller out points him on the feet… Either way, I’ll definitely Be Rooting for one of those Big overhands from Kamal to land cleanly!

Andrew Chappelle: I’m going with Jones and Miller. I think they are all really good but Jones is just such a stud! He has been blowing through game opponents like he was a varsity athlete senior beating up a brand new freshman. He’s special in the aspect that he is just superior over guys who are on already on top. I think his strikes will be land more, and be more effective, his greco is solid, and I do not see Rua taking Jones down, and even though it’s hard to say who would be better on the ground technically, you still have to give Jones the edge because he is such a freakish athlete.Miller is a stud. Mean, in shape, technically sound. I like Kamal as well. He is also a stud, but I just don’t think he has the tools to finish and dominate like Miller does. I am sure they will both be in excellent conditioning, I see Miller having the better endurance. Miller has more technique in all aspects of the game and is just as good of an explosive athlete as Kamal and can go longer.

Ryan Larson: Jon Jones is gonna shock the world, rd 3, tko. Jons reach and wrestling will confuse Shogun who will not be able to work offensively.
Kamal Shalorus is gonna wreck Jim Miller, rd 1, tko. Kamal always blitzes guys early and he is very prepared for this fight. I expect him to overwhelm Jim and crack him early.

—So what are your predictions for UFC 128?

Main CardMauricio “Shogun” Rua (205) vs. Jon Jones (205)Urijah Faber (135.5) vs. Eddie Wineland (135.5)Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Dan Miller (185)Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (229) vs. Brendan Schaub (245)Jim Miller (155) vs. Kamal Shalorus (155)Preliminary CardLuiz Cane (205.5) vs. Eliot Marshall (205)Edson Barboza (155.5) vs. Anthony Njokuani (155)Ricardo Almeida (170) vs. Mike Pyle (171)Kurt Pellegrino (156) vs. Gleison Tibau (155)Joseph Benavidez (136) vs. Ian Loveland (135)Nick Catone (194) vs. Costantinos Philippou (195)Raphael Assuncao (145) vs. Erik Koch (145)

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!

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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.

Strikeforce Houston Weigh-ins


“King Mo” Lawal, Rafael “Feijao” Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza, Tim Kennedy, Jorge Gurgel, K.J. Noons, Bobby Lashley, and Chad Griggs are set and ready for tomorrow night’s fights!

Courtesy of Strikeforce: Houston Weigh-ins

FINAL WEIGHTS
STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight World Championship
King Mo Lawal – 203 3/4 Pounds
Rafael Feijao – 203 1/2 Pounds

STRIKEFORCE Middleweight World Championship
Tim Kennedy – 185 Pounds
Jacare Souza – 184 3/4 Pounds

K.J. Noons – 156 1/4 Pounds
Jorge Gurgel – 154 3/4 Pounds

Bobby Lashley – 246 Pounds
Chad Griggs – 228 1/2 Pounds

NON-TELEVISED UNDERCARD
Daniel Cormier – 249 Pounds
Jason Riley – 256 1/2 Pounds

Andre Galvao – 170 3/4 Pounds
Jorge “Macaco” Patino – 170 8/10 Pounds

Vinicius “Draculino” Magalhaes – 144 1/2 Pounds
Rocky Long – 146 1/4 Pounds

Adam Schindler – 155 1/2 Pounds
Kier Gooch – 155 1/4 Pounds

Jose Santibanez – 154 1/4 Pounds
Reynaldo “The Truth” Trujillo – 155 1/4 Pounds

Chad “Robo” Robichaux – 131 Pounds
Humberto DeLeon – 127 Pounds

Chad Cook – 205 Pounds
Artenas Young – 204 Pounds