Tim Kennedy (15-4) is finally making the long-awaited transition from Strikeforce into the Ultimate Fighting Championship and although the road that got him there has not been easy to travel, Kennedy is just fine with that.
Twenty-Four Seven Entertainment presents “Enemy of the State” this Friday night, at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, TX; an evening of professional MMA featuring fighters from around Texas.
Shark Fights veteran Jarret Jones (6-6 of West Texas MMA) will face Mitchell Hale (6-4 of Future Fitness Fight Team) as the main event, with a match between another SF veteran, Anselmo Luis Luna (7-3 of Jackson’s MMA) against Damon Jackson (4-0, Bellator and KOTC fighter) as the co-main. Also on the main card is a title contention between Sherdog Prospect Ricky McCall (4-0 of Bushido MMA) against Neal Ewing (3-0, Dallas, TX), and another 11 matches featuring local fighters, sure to please the hometown crowd.
World champion BJJ black belt, Professor Rafael “Barata” de Freitas (5-0, Gracie-Barra New Mexico) will be making his Legacy debut this Saturday, March 1, at the Arena Theatre in Houston, TX, and broadcast live on AXS TV. Freitas is slated to face Chuck Liddell teammate, 12-year-veteran, and former WEC fighter Antonio Banuelos (20-9, The Pit) on the main card. We met up with the Professor after he finished working out with long-time friend, UFC fighter Diego Brandao, at the east side Albuquerque location of GBNM.
Nick Urso will be stepping into the cage as the co-main event at Jackson's MMA Series X, this Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. This will be his second professional fight at 135-lbs, as he faces Silver City's David Ruelas (1-1).
Originally from Chicago, IL, Urso (4-1 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) and his family moved to Florida when he was still a teenager.
Already accustomed to being the smallest in any of his classes, Urso had been taught how to defend himself by his father, well versed in old-school boxing and kickboxing, "my father is very knowledgeable, and doesn't train by conventional methods", who drilled it into him from the time he was a child.
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 arrangement.
Archuleta decided he wanted to try out the sport, and about 3 years ago, he began to train at Jackson's. "I immediately fell in love with it; I loved the attitude. I love to be around positive people, and that's what fighters are – positive and confident people."
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.
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 had outgrown the facility and moved to the 4th Street location increasing in size to 3000 square foot, and became known as Albuquerque Kickboxing. The location was great for the gym, and they doubled in size of facility and clientele within eight months increasing in size to 6000 square foot. Eventually the gym became known as Albuquerque Kickboxing & MMA.
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.
Leg Lock techniques have become a very popular trend that has elevated the sport of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Submission Grappling. Many great competitors have formulated their own strategic approach concerning this sector of the grappling game.
Offering his take on the subject Black Diamond MMA instructor and BJJ brown belt Dan Faggella has created his own fundamental learning system for anyone aspiring to master the concept of leg locks.
With the release of his new DVD "Leg Locks of Doom" Dan's remarkable translation on the topic gives all viewers a vivid perception of the hierarchy of constructing a leg lock game. Explaining the full background on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of development of this great DVD.
Explaining the benefit and details on this masterpiece Dan Faggella gives us an in-depth look of the concepts and development of this great DVD.
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 overweight, he heard about the dreaded Freshman-15, "I decided that would NOT look good on me."
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