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  • US Army Vet Conrad Padilla Working for the Trifecta at Jackson's MMA Series X

    US Army Veteran Conrad Padilla (2-0 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) is looking to add another win to his undefeated professional MMA career, when he faces Team Tompkins' Rolando Cespedes (2-1) for Jackson's MMA Series X on Saturday, December 1, 2012, at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. An Albuquerque native, Padilla graduated from Highland High School – where he played football, was on the swim team and ran track. A month after he graduated, Padilla joined the Army, and served his country for four years, in the airborne logistics division. He spent half of his term in Korea, which is where he decided to learn Tae Kwon Do, under a local Korean Special Forces Operator; he studied TK...
  • USCS Amateur Spotlight: Mean1 MMA's Justin Archuleta Shoots for Aragon Fight Promotions Title

    Justin Archuleta, amateur fighter out of Mean1 MMA, will be making his MMA debut at Aragon Fight Promotions' Cage Fighter V, this Saturday, November 3, at the Carlsbad Civic Center in Carlsbad, NM. He will be facing Jorrell Sparenburg (Hobbs, NM) for the promotion's 135-pound belt. Archuleta is a New Mexico native, originally from Albuquerque, then his family moved to Estancia when he was a child. He played football from YAFL in 4th grade, through high school in the 10th grade. It was in his sophomore year that he first became interested in MMA, when his father, Art - one of the owners of ABQ Lasik - had been approached by Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, to make a mutually beneficially ar...
  • Female Fighter Focus: FIT NHB's Brenda Gonzles Remains Undefeated in Combative Sports

    Keep your eye on Brenda Gonzales (3-0 of FIT NHB in Albuquerque), undefeated in both MMA and boxing, and the new King of the Cage Female 125-lb Champion. This woman is on her way up. Originally from Moriarty, NM, Gonzales was always into sports, playing baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball in high school, and spending much of her free time in the gym. It was about three years ago that she had her first taste of combat sports, when she visited FIT NHB for the first time, at the invitation of her boyfriend (and now fiancé) UFC fighter Tim "The Dirty Bird" Means. She instantly loved it, and FIT soon became her second home.
  • World Class Trainer Ray Yee Inspiring Youth at Albuquerque Kickboxing and MMA

    Albuquerque Kickboxing MMA has been a part of Northern New Mexico's martial arts community for more than ten years. Master/Sifu/Coach Ray Yee is in charge and is a longtime student of many martial arts including Wing Chun Gung Fu, Thai Boxing/Muay Thai, Inosanto Jun Fan Gung Fu/Jeet Kune Do, Judo/Jiu-jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling, Filipino Kali/Eskrima/Silat and Boxe Francaise/French Savate. It began in 2002 as Albuquerque Martial Arts Academy in a small 900 square foot suite on Lomas, and at first, catered mainly to law enforcement, military and their families. When the economy changed and growth slowed, Yee began to move toward teaching civilians and fighters. In 2006, they ha...
  • USCS Game Changer: Mick Maynard Discusses the Creation of Legacy Fighting Championship

    Lights, camera, action! It's center stage for fighters to showcase their talents in front of a worldwide audience. Each competitor that steps inside the cage aspires to obtain success in order to solidify their status as a Game Changer at their craft. In addition to the athletes that put everything on the line in battle, behind the scenes there are individuals that deal with their own grueling task in trying their hand at changing the landscape of mixed martial arts. Building a legacy is one tough assignment, but something proud owner of Legacy Fighting Championships, Mick Maynard has perfected very well which has set the tone in creating his own lane as a Game Changer in MMA.
  • Victoria 'La Reyna de Guerra' Cisneros Faces DJ Morrison at Saturday Night Fights at the Kiva

    Albuquerque's own Victoria "La Reyna de Guerra" Cisneros (6-13-2) will be stepping into the ring to face DJ Morrison (3-14-0) of Billings, Montana, at Chavez Crespin Promotions Presents: Saturday Night Fights at the Kiva on October 27, at the Kiva Auditorium in Albuquerque. Throughout her fight history, Cisneros has faced 12 champions or ex-champions, and only two of her losses have come by TKO.Born and raised in Albuquerque's South Valley, she grew up in the San Jose area, her father from Mexico, and her mother from Socorro. While in high school, at Albuquerque High, she participated in Army JROTC, where she was part of armed and unarmed drill teams and color guard, a...
  • USCS Amateur Spotlight: Tim Sosa Looks to Close Out Amateur Career With King Of The Cage Flyweight Title

    Tim Sosa, out of Albuquerque's FIT NHB, will be fighting potentially his last amateur match, as he faces Todd Hess for the inaugural King of the Cage 125-pound amateur belt, at King of the Cage: Heavy Duty, this Friday, September 21, at River Spirit Casino, in Tulsa, OK. Born and raised on Isleta Pueblo here in New Mexico, until he was 16, Sosa moved to Los Lunas to complete high school. "I sucked at sports; I mean, I played soccer and baseball, but sat on bench most of the time." At that time, the only combat he was interested in was the card game variety, although he was highly competitive even then, winning state championships. After high school, already somewhat overweig...
  • Jerome 'Synjrome' Martinez Represents New Mexico at MMA Fight Brigade: CO vs NM

    Jerome "Synjrome" Martinez (11-8-1 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA), will be representing New Mexico at "MMA Fight Brigade: Colorado vs New Mexico", this Friday, August 24, 2012 at the State Fair Events Center in Pueblo, CO. He will be facing Ramico "The General" Blackmon (7-1 out of Colorado Fight Factory) as the main event. Martinez truly represents New Mexico, as he was born, raised, and still lives in Albuquerque; he attended Del Norte High School and Freedom High School, where he played football and baseball. After graduation in 2000, he joined the United States Army, serving his country for several years as an Infantryman until 2009, as a guardsman and a reserv...
  • New Mexico's Nomadic Vadiano La Luz Makes Kickboxing Debut at 'Combat in the Cage 5'

    Vadiano La Luz is a name well-known in combat sports circles in Albuquerque, NM. A professional cagefighter and kickboxer, La Luz has been a part of New Mexico's martial arts community for the last seven years. La Luz considers himself a pioneer of intramural training and association around the area; choosing to train and teach at multiple facilities around town, giving and gaining everywhere he goes. He will be making his kickboxing debut at Combat Zone's "Combat in the Cage 5" on Saturday, August 25, 2012, at Westwood Fitness Sports Center in Sterling, IL, in an exhibition match against Westwood's own Head Kickboxing instructor, Brent Sisson.
  • KOTC Ignite: Ray Borg Prepares for Pro Debut Against Gene Perez

    FITNHB's newest and youngest professional cagefighter, Ray Borg, will be making his professional debut at King of the Cage: Ignite, which takes place this Saturday, August 11, 2012, at Buffalo Thunder Resort Casino, just north of Santa Fe, NM. Borg will be facing Gene Perez (3-2 of Perez Fighting Systems, and 1-0 as a professional boxer); all of Perez's wins have come by KO/TKO, both losses by submission. Originally from Tucson, AZ, Borg moved to Tucumcari as a teenager, where he got his first taste of MMA when he began training at Cullum Ground Fighting. He trained there throughout high school, learning everything he could from the Cullum brothers, training every day, five days...

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