Few athletes are able to reach the pinnacle of their chosen sport. Fewer still remain at the top for any duration. Carlos Condit is that rare athlete, an MMA fighter who has enjoyed the highest level of success for over a decade.
Condit began his professional fighting career at the tender age of eighteen and has since amassed a record of 29-7, taking out a who’s who of the sport along the way. He earned championship gold in the World Extreme Fighting championship, a title he defended three times until the UFC came calling.
Fight fans, especially those from the 505, will enjoy this excellent article by J. Hobbs, borrowed from the officialxfc.com website ubout local fighter and XFC warrior Joby Sanchez:
Joby Sanchez (4-0) has been a martial artist since the age of 7. The New Mexico fighter has studied several disciplines over the years, finding success with every one. One of Chavez Dojo’s most decorated students, Sanchez’s stand up and striking background is well documented. The 1st Degree Black Belt in Kajukembo Karate also holds a Silver Gloves Championship, with an impressive record of 32-3 as a boxer. Not wanting to leave any holes in his game, Sanchez competed in wrestling during his high school years. In 2009, Sanchez was the New Mexico State Runner-up in his weight class.
Josh “Big Country” Lanier (7-7 of Lovato Total Fitness) will be stepping into the cage to face one of his good friends, Henry Ramos, as the co-main event for Triple A MMA- Win to Get In, on Sunday, August 18, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, NM. Winners of the main and co-main events automatically win a spot on the next local Bellator card, which is scheduled for October 25, 2013, at the Santa Ana Star Center.
Rocky Johnson: The only fighter to stop UFC lightweight champ, Henderson, says its 'Smooth' Sailing for Benson over Pettis
At the end of this month, current UFC lightweight champion, Benson “Smooth” Henderson, defends his title in what is arguably the most important fight of his career. The August 31, title defense against Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is a rematch of their epic battle for the WEC lightweight title in December 2010.
Pettis edged out a unanimous decision victory in that fight, claiming the title for the now defunct organization however it was that fight that helped put both fighters on the map. Henderson, now on top of the world in the UFC, has not lost a bout since their meeting.
World Series of Fighting President and six-time world kickboxing champion and two-time Hall of Famer Ray Sefo participated in a national media conference call today along with several of the main card fighters to discuss the highly-anticipated World Series of Fighting professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event on Friday, June 14, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Headlining the fight card, in the welterweight (170 pound division) is a long-awaited rematch between superstar rivals, Jon Fitch (24-5) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Josh ‘The People’s Warrior’ Burkman (25-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
It’s a war between pedigreed wrestlers, battling for the WFF MMA Bantamweight Belt, as Jackson-Winkeljohn’s Anthony Sessions (5-8,) faces 2008 Olympic Wrestling Gold Medalist, Henry Cejudo (1-0, Fight Ready) at World Fighting Federation X, on Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Wild Horse Pass Casino, in Chandler, AZ.
Born and raised in Grants and Albuquerque, NM, Session wrestled from the time he was five years old throughout elementary, middle and high school, competing at the state and national level, where he won first place, twice. He also played football and baseball, and did gymnastics for about 8 years. When he was a senior, he and his friends, avid fans of the UFC, were inspired and bought some wrestling mats and started their own backyard fight club. After high school, Session took a job at the local women’s prison as a corrections officer, then moved on to the county jail, and then over to Milan Police Department.
Michelle "The Karate Hottie" Waterson (10-3-0 of Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA) will try to bring home her first belt, when she tries to take the Invicta Atomweight title from incumbent, Jessica Penne (10-1, Reign/Kings/Checkmat) at Invicta FC 5, on April 5, 2013 in the Ameristar Casino Hotel, Kansas City, MO. They are the main event on a card that is absolutely stacked with some of the best and brightest rising stars of women’s MMA (including two of the UFC’s newly signed female fighters, Sara Kaufman and Amanda Nuñes, who will each fight one more time for Invicta before their move to the UFC octagon.)
Rocky “The Angry Aztec” Ramirez (4-3-1, Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, and 1-1 as a Professional Boxer), will be making his Bellator debut against Brandon Halsey, on Thursday, March 7, at the Pechango Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA.
The event will be broadcast live, with the undercard showing on www.spike.com and www.bellator.com, starting at 8pm ET, and the main card showing on Spike TV, at 10pm ET.Ramirez is a man who was born to fight. His father Albert Ramirez (Roswell Boxing Hall of Fame) named him after boxer of legend, Rocky Marciano, and taught him to box from the tender age of 5. He continued to train throughout high school, where he played football for 4 years, as well as a year of wrestling. After high school and a year of college at NMSU, Ramirez joined the US Air Force and served for 4 years, as a specialty fireman.
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.
For the first time ever in Albuquerque, N.M., Boxing and MMA will take place in the same ring at the same event at Johnny Tapia Presents: Next Chapter Part II, which takes place on Feb. 1, 2013, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
The main card features local boxing legends Hector “El Huracan” Munoz, Tapia fighter Josh “Pitbull” Torres, Amanda “Boom Boom” Crespin, and undefeated professional boxing and MMA fighter, Brenda Gonzales. There will also be two MMA fights – in the K-1 style - one of which features Lynae Lovato (0-2 of Lovato Total Fitness in Albuquerque) who is seeking to earn her first professional win (and debuting at 115-lbs) against Ashley “Wonder Woman” Aguirre (0-1 of KO Fight Club in Las Cruces).
The concept to combine the two sports at one event was introduced more than a year ago, when Teresa Tapia (wife of the late Johnny Tapia, 5-time world boxing champion in 3 weight classes), brought it to her friend Lenny Lovato (while Johnny was still with us). They both felt it would be exciting and a good local draw, so when the invitation was issued for Lovato to include MMA fights on this card, he gladly accepted; “I really think it’s going to be a good success,” confided Lovato.
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