XKO 16 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD FEATURING 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS

DFW’S TOP MMA PROMOTION XTREME KNOCKOUT RETURNS FOR THEIR 16TH EVENT AND TELEVISION TAPING FEATURING 2 CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHTS ON SATURDAY OCT 20TH!

CORONA in association with BACK ALLEY PROMOTIONS
XKO 16 OFFICIAL FIGHT CARD 
(Subject to Change)

155lbs XKO TITLE FIGHT – SPONSORED BY NEXBANK – UNDEFEATED IN XKO DONNIE “THE BOMBER’ BELL (5-2 THE GYM) vs UNDEFEATED FIGHTER BRAD MITCHELL (2-0 DALLAS JAWBREAKERS) – The vacated title will feature the best 155lbs fighters in XKO. This is a highly anticipated matchup between Donnie Bell a well-rounded fighter with a strong wrestling background and powerful striking faces XKO “Knockout artist” and MMA standout Brad Mitchell. Brad is the only fighter in XKO to beat XKO Champion Steven Peterson and “KO” premier fighter Chris Pecero. This promises to bring fireworks!

145lbs XKO TITLE FIGHT DOUGLAS FREY (10-8 MOHLERS) vs CHRIS PECERO (6-4 AMERICAN REVOLUTION) – Chris Pecero makes his return to the XKO cage after a “fight of the night” performance at XKO with UFC TUF Fighter James Vick. Chris Pecero recently stepped down from the 155lb weight class to pursue his career in the 145lbs division. Chris Pecero who has faced the top athletes in XKO (Chris Jones, James Vick, Brad Mitchell) is ready for another title shot. He faces MMA Veteran Douglas “The Pale Horse” Frey. Frey is a veteran in XKO and no stranger to title fights including his “Fight of the Year” performance for the 135lb belt. With both fighters at the top of their game this fight has “Fight of the Night” written all over it! “I am extremely excited about the matchup and believe it’s going to be a fun fight. He’s a very talented fighter” – Douglas Frey

135lbs ALEX RUSS (3-1 THE GYM) vs TRISTIAN GRIMSLEY (2-2 FITNESS FIGHT FACTORY) It’s hard to describe the excitement for this fight! Alex Russ is making his much anticipated return after over a one year absence from the cage. His last fight was a heart pounding championship fight with Steven Peterson that had the packed XKO arena on their feet the entire fight! Russ looks to return to the cage in top physical shape and ready to take on Tristain Grimsley. Grimsley is no stranger to XKO taking on some of the top 135lb fighters in the Metroplex and he did not hesitate to take this fight. Both fighters are hungry to get back into XKO square cage and are up for any challenge. If you want to see an explosive fast paced fight then this is your matchup!

185lbs ZACK BOARD (0-1 PHALANX MMA) vs BRIAN CHEATHAM (0-1 DALLAS MMA 300) Zack Board made his professional debut at XKO with an impressive fight against wrestler Beau Hohmann. Zack has not stepped back in the cage since that fight took place over a year and a half ago. Zack is a very well rounded fighter with great striking abilities. He takes on Brian Cheatham who is no stranger to XKO. Brian made his debut against JJ Holmes, fought a tough fight but eventually lost to the extremely talented wrestler. This fight will display great stand-up with both fighters wanting to keep the fight on their feet. “I have tried to match the two fighters here at XKO for over a year, but due to conflicting schedules and injuries I was unable to match them up. I believe that this matchup could be “fight of the night” and I’m extremely excited to see it finally happen on Oct. 20th” –Thomas Bussey

130lbs KYLE HESSLER (DEBUT THE GYM ) vs HOMERO GARCIA (0-1 MOHLERS, TEXAS FIGHT CLUB) If you are wanting to see a fast-paced action packed fight then this is your fight! Both fighters are coming in with solid striking and are the lightest on the fight card. Wanting to eventually move to the 125 division both fighters agreed to do a catch weight at 130lbs.This fight will be a battle of technique in striking and a good solid fight! With Kyle making his pro-debut and Homero coming back to redeem his loss this should make for an intense fight.

185lbs SHANNON WHITFIELD (DEBUT METROFLEX FT WORTH) vs ALFREDO LEIJA (DEBUT OCTAGON MMA) Fighting at 185lbs you can expect a knockout in this fight! Both fighters are heavy handed and are ready for war. Alfredo will be making his professional debut with some of the best trainers in his corner and fighting out of Octagon MMA. Shannon did not hesitate when taking this fight. Training out of Metroflex MMA he will defiantly bring his A Game. This matchup will be a classic striker vs wrestler and should get the fans on their feet!

145lbs CASEY HUDSON (1-2 ARLINGTON,TX) vs JAIME ANAYA (DEBUT COBRA JIU-JITSU) Casey Hudson returns to XKO looking to get his first win inside the square cage. Hudson a “fight of the night” nominee is a very talented fighter losing very close battles. He is an excited fighter who has a great wrestling background but has been focusing on his boxing. He takes on XKO newcomer Jaime Anaya. Ayana will be making his pro-debut after a stellar amateur career. Ayana has had many of his battles go the distance just like Casey Hudson. I see this fight going to the judges with a split decision!

135lbs SKYLER CAWDREY(1-1TEXAS FIGHTING SYNDICATE) vs PATRICK YBARRA (1-0 AMERICAN REVOLUTION) This is a fight that not only the fight fan wants to see but the fighters are buzzing about. Cawdrey is an exciting fighter that will entertain the fight fan. He comes out and gives it 120% everytime. Ybarra is another fighter looking to make an impact at XKO. He is traveling to the Arlington area with training partner and XKO title contender Chris Pecero. Both fighters are experienced and well rounded. This could be another “fight of the night” matchup!

155lbs JESSE PALMER (1-0 OCTAGON MMA) vs TBA

When: Xtreme Knockout 16 – Saturday OCT 20TH, 2012 Pre-Fight Party at 6pm, Fights start at 8pm.

Where: THE GYM COMBATIVE SPORTS ARENA 921 W. Mayfield Rd. Suite #112 Arlington, TX 76015

*Official XKO Weigh–ins: Friday, October 19th at 3pm at The Improv Comedy Club in The Arlington Highlands, 309 Cutis Mathes Way Suite 147, 817-635-5555. ALL MEDIA WELCOME, family, friends and guests welcome! Come out and support the TOP fighters in Texas and watch as the fighter’s “face off” for the first time before they step into the cage! (FREE – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)

Tickets are available for purchase at THE GYM, Rustys Billiards and www.xtremeknockout.com – $30 general admission and $35 when purchased at the door. Ringside Reserved starts at $75, VIP tables start at $400 (limited tables) CORONA beer, MMA Merchandise and Concessions are available for purchase at the event!

“The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas!” Xavier Soto Interview

A few words with Xavier Soto out of Austin, Texas, coming off a great Amateur Mixed Martial Arts debut. He is set and ready to step inside the Cage August 4th in San Antonio. For more info, visit PremiereCombatGroup.com. Here we go…

sPidA: You will be stepping inside the Cage for Premiere Combat Group once more, what has kept you from competing since your debut?

Soto: I don’t know where to start man I had an opponent on the May 19th card for PCG but that fell through due to him having an injury then had another fight in Houston and the guy backed out for some unknown reason and then this card and another guy backed out so I appreciate Jesus stepping up I’m not an easy person to prepare for by any means.

sPidA: On your amateur debut you looked calm and collect, very agile for a big guy, what do you owe that to?

Soto: I owe all of that to my training partners at Rubicon  Fight Sport a lot of smaller faster and very agile guys I have to be fast just to catch them and I have a few guys for the size but the little guys are a big factor but what helps more is all my training partners hit like Mack trucks.

sPidA: What were you doing before Mixed Martial Arts? Were you involved in any other sports?

Soto: Yeah I’ve always been involved in many sports. From football to swimming but I’ve always been involved in martial arts from a very young age.

sPidA: What do you know about your opponent, after this bout are you looking at a possible Heavyweight Title?

Soto: All I know is he trains out of Ashcraft TDK in San Antonio he’s 6’2″ and he is a heavyweight that’s about it. Man I can’t catch a break I’m getting nothing but hometown boys to fight LOL but after the fight if everything goes according to plan yeah I’d love to ask for a title shot!

sPidA: What does your training consist of, you looked comfortable with your striking, are you well versed in your ground game as well?

Soto: Well my training consists of a lot of conditioning running, circuits, body conditioning and plyometrics, then on to Jiu Jitsu, MMA, Muy Thai, Judo, Catch but stand up is my main focus I just love KOing people and making fans anywhere cheer for me but the ground doesn’t concern me I’ve been training Jiu Jitsu for damn near 20 years and for the past 6 months I’ve been training under Ronny Lis he’s . . . It’s easier for you to just look him up LOL.

sPidA: With it being this difficult to find opponents, what would you like your fighting schedule to be?

Soto: To be honest I’d love to fight 6 times a year at least so I can stay in shape year round to get and keep a buzz about me going and to keep me training and in the gym and constantly getting better.

sPidA: You fight out of Austin,Texas…seems like just a few years ago the city was booming with Mixed Martial Arts events. What do you feel has happened and how would we be able to change this?

Soto: I don’t know man, to me we are a great music city with food and clubs as well as people but I can say the same about San Antonio as well. What helps are headstrong promoters and good hearted people like Jennifer. She is an awesome person and PCG is a great company to fight for. MMA should be about putting on great fights not trying to make a ton of money. Promoters should worry about action packed cards and exciting fights. The sport should come before money and that’s how it will survive in Texas.

sPidA: With difficulty finding opponents, do you find it as hard to find people to spar with?

Soto: Yeah really hard but even harder to find guys to fight I got a core group of guys who kick my ass on a daily basis and can push me around, but the reason I looked so good against Odie was due to my gym, trainers, training partners but mainly Daniel Jolly that dude is going to be in the UFC very soon and a world champ shortly after getting there trust me but outside of those core guys I don’t trust anybody else.

sPidA: With the sport going strong, can you see yourself in the big promotions (UFC/BELLATOR etc) in the future, who are some of the guys fighting now that you look up to? (other than training partners)

Soto: Of course I wanna be champ in the UFC but as far as who I look up to in the UFC are the likes of Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Shogun, Rampage, Forrest the list goes on. Two main idols of mine are Bas Rutten and Evan Tanner (R.I.P.) who I’ve trained under and learned many things from.

sPidA: Thank you for the interview man, looking forward to you putting on a great show, any last comments or thank yous?

Soto: . It was my privilege man thanks to TexasFighting.com for this but yeah I have a training partner fighting the same night in Shreveport Louisiana for their 145lbs title so shout out there thanks to Daniel Jolly for training me also Ronny Lis, Thiago Wellington ,Paul Nixon ,Britton Wells, Laren ,Warren ,Van ,Garrett ,Nael ,Coach Charles Izzard to my beautiful girlfriend Shaylah for pushing me to be the best and my parents for putting up with all this and for all the people who helped me training and even giving gas money for me to get to training it helps a lot. Wanna thank Ronny Lis Jiu Jitsu ,Chute Kombat ,Rubicon Fightsport ,Tsunami Judo ,UT Judo Club ,The Enlightened Warriors ,Graven Images ,Sign Express thanks Texas Fighting thanks Spida and see you guys soon on August 4th if you don’t have plans to go your missing out make it and you wont regret it I promise! Peace , Xavier “The Texas Hand Grenade” Soto

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“I wanna fight, I’m a fighter that’s what I do!” William Campuzano Interview

William Campuzano

Spoke with William Campuzano about the unfortunate incident involving Chad Robichaux pulling out of the fight today for LEGACY FC. The Fight Card is still stacked and we hope to see William Campuzano in action soon! Here we go…

sPidA: What all happened at the weigh-ins and was their any sign of illness on Robichaux behalf?

Campuzano: No, he looked weak but nothing out of the ordinary. I was pretty drained myself.

sPidA: He did miss weight and no title was on the line, how upsetting was this and how much more damage were you looking to hand out?

Campuzano: Him missing weight was very disappointing. I really wanted the glory of having a Title fight!

sPidA: It’s unfortunate that this bout will not take place, being sidelined, is there any other bout in the card you are now looking to watch?

Campuzano: The whole card looks great, I’ll be there watching all of them.

sPidA: You are atop the 125lb weight division here in Texas, with that being said many are wanting to fight you,your thoughts?

Campuzano: I don’t know, I usually have a tough time getting fights, that’s why I haven’t been really active. Guys run their mouth but never sign a contract.

sPidA: No doubt you were looking to climb up the 125lb weight division, if it were possible, would you take a last minute replacement for a Title shot?

Campuzano: I wanna fight, I’m a fighter that’s what I do!

sPidA: We do not know the state that Chad Robichaux is in and we do wish him the best in his recovery, any last comments to your friends, fans and family?

Campuzano: I am really sorry for everyone who bought tickets to come watch me fight. I’m speechless and know tickets, travel and hotels don’t come cheap. Lo siento.