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Congratulations to Brendan Schaub on his win against Gabe Gonzaga

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 26 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

There were a number of good performances on Saturday’s UFC 121 card, and because of a historic main event performance by Cain Velasquez and some other more higher profile bouts in between, Brendan Schaub’s three round decision victory over Gabriel Gonzaga was a bit forgotten by the end of the night.

But Schaub’s excellent display of striking against Gonzaga throughout three rounds was a testament to him as a prospect in the division, and the former NFL player and TUF 10 contestant let it be known he’s the real deal in the heavyweight division. And after a couple of quick finishes in fights over Chase Gormley and Chris Tuchscherer, Schaub said afterward that he was happy to get a longer fight under his belt.

“The last couple of fights I’ve been so unsatisfied,” Schaub said during the post fight press conference. “This one, I definitely thought I was going to get the finish. It just didn’t happen, but it’s always good to know you can go three rounds.”

“Look at my face; I’ve been in a fight. It’s definitely the best feeling that I’ve had in the UFC so far.”

Schaub now wants to make some noise in the heavyweight ranks, and he’s got the perfect opponent in mind.

“I’d love to match up with Frank Mir,” he said. “He’s one of the stars in the division, and I think I would give him a lot of problems.”

“It’s in Dana White and Joe Silva’s hands, but I think that would be a good fight for me.”

By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Brendan Schaub is the Fan Choice

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 22 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Brendan Schaub is the Fan Choice for the Tequila CAZADORES® Spirit Award for UFC® 121  As Seen on PRNEWSWIRE.COM

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ — Tequila CAZADORES®, the number-one premium tequila in the world(1) and Official Spirits Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), is proud to announce the 16th recipient of the Tequila CAZADORES® Spirit Award — heavyweight-fighter Brendan Schaub. As a former college football player, he is known for his superman punch and well-rounded fighting abilities.

Tequila CAZADORES and UFC invited fans (21+) to decide the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award winner for UFC 121.  Consumers had the opportunity to vote online at UFC.com for the fighter they thought demonstrated social responsibility, dedication to their art form, and good sportsmanship; the core values behind the Tequila CAZADORES brand and its sponsorship with UFC.

Brendan’s win will be announced LIVE on October 23, 2010, at UFC 121 in Anaheim, California, as well as on Pay-Per-View® during the fighter’s walk-out to the Octagon™.  Tequila CAZADORES applauds Brendan on his win and would like to thank the growing fan base for voting and supporting the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award.

Brendan Schaub was introduced to mixed martial arts at young age by his father who is a 2nd degree black belt in Karate andTae Kwon do. He grew up watching UFC and feels privileged for having the opportunity to fight in the Octagon and live out his dream. As the winner of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award, Tequila CAZADORES presented Brendan with a plaque and a check for a $1,000 donation made in his name to Doctors Without Borders. This organization actively provides health care and medical training to populations in about 70 countries. Brendan is appreciative for the opportunities he has been given and recognizes the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. This is the reason he chose to support Doctors Without Borders.

“We applaud Brendan Schaub for his exceptional accomplishments in and out of the Octagon,” said Fannie Young, vice president and brand managing director, Tequila CAZADORES. “His outstanding contributions to his local community and dedication to his craft make him the ideal recipient of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award. He truly embodies the core values of our brand.”

Tequila CAZADORES is the Official Spirit Sponsor of Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®). UFC is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization (MMA) that offers a premier series of MMA sporting events.  The Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award is an honor that is presented to the UFC fighter who best exemplifies social responsibility, commitment to the MMA art form, or good sportsmanship. Each month the winning fighter is presented with a plaque and a$1,000 check from Tequila CAZADORES to the fighter’s charity of choice.

Past winners of the Tequila CAZADORES Spirit Award are:

  • Forrest Griffin - May 23, 2009
  • Rich Franklin - June 15, 2009
  • Randy Couture – July 13, 2009
  • Kenny Florian  – Aug. 7, 2009
  • Nate Marquardt – Aug. 28, 2009
  • Tito Ortiz – Sept. 19, 2009
  • Brandon Vera – Oct. 23, 2009
  • Cain Velasquez – Nov. 20, 2009
  • Frank Mir – Dec. 11, 2009
  • Brian Stann – Feb. 5, 2010
  • Brian Stann (culmination award) – March 25, 2010
  • Diego Sanchez – May 27, 2010
  • Kurt Pellegrino – July 1, 2010
  • Clay Guida – Aug. 4, 2010
  • Kenny Florian – Aug.  28, 2010
  • Matt Serra – Sept. 25, 2010

MC Hammer’s turnin’ this motha out

Posted by lex On October - 19 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

MC Hammer’s Alchemist Management Adds Six More MMA Stars to its Roster

Hip Hop legend MC Hammer entered the MMA world less than three months ago, yet he’s already Turnin’ This Mutha Out. His Alchemist Management team announced Monday evening they have inked another six mixed martial artists to their roster, with controversial middleweight Paulo Filho and trainer Trevor Wittman serving as their most significant additions.

Along with Filho and Wittman, Eric Lawson, Virgil “The Rezdog” Zwicker, Eliot “The Fire” Marshall, Cristiano Marcello and Milton “Miltinho” Vieira were also announced to Alchemist’s ever-expanding squad.

We’re thrilled to sign this top talent and we’re proud that these great fighters are seeing the value that Alchemist Management can bring to careers both in and out of the cage,” said Hammer.

In addition to the new Alchemist clients, Alchemist Clothing announced two significant fashion deals. Alchemist Clothing will be a proud sponsor of Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub for Saturday’s “UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez” extravaganza. Schaub will sport the “Warriors Prayer” T-shirt when he meets Gabriel Gonzaga inside the Honda Center in Southern California.

Alchemist also signed new client Trevor Wittman to a signature series shirt deal.

An MMA trainer for over a decade, Trevor Wittman opened Grudge Training Center in Denver, Colorado during 2009 and is considered one of the top trainers in the sport. Wittman tutors studs such as Schaub, Nate Marquardt, Eliot Marshall, Rashad Evans, George St. Pierre and Shane Carwin, among others.

Along with its seven newly-signed clients, the company represents a variety of seasoned MMA fighters who compete in UFC, Strikeforce, and other top MMA organizations. A list of Alchemist fighters can be viewed atwww.alchemistmgmt.com.

For up-to-date Alchemist Management news, be sure to follow the company on their Twitter account.

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Brendan Schaub preps for career opportunity

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 14 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

As seen on LA TIMES   http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/10/brendan-schaub-preps-for-career-opportunity.html

Earlier this year, Colorado native and Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub was just another UFC heavyweight prospect. Schaub’s first post-TUF opponent was relative unknown Chase Gormley in the third contest of an 11-bout card. A loss and Schaub could have found himself out of UFC altogether.

Seven months later, Schaub finds himself in an entirely different position. Schaub dispatched Gormley and next opponent Chris Tuchscherer in a mere 114 seconds and grabbed the eye of key UFC decision makers. Schaub was rewarded with a live pay-per-view fight against highly regarded former heavyweight title contender Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 121 October 23 in Anaheim. For Schaub, it represents a golden opportunity.

“I was hoping for a big name opponent,” Schaub says. “I wanted more upper echelon guys and I got it in Gabriel Gonzaga. It shows that the UFC sees signs of greatness in me. To put me in the pay-per-view portion of one of the five biggest pay-per-views of all time is a big deal. The way to show my appreciation is to put on a show.”

Schaub has done exactly that throughout his young MMA career, showcasing speed and precision rare for a fighter of his size. Every fight of his career has ended via knockout or submission and only once has one of his fights gone past the first round (a second-round TKO win over Jon Madsen on the Ultimate Fighter).

It’s the sort of streak that can be both a blessing and a curse. Schaub’s training partner Shane Carwin had a similar streak of finishes but badly gassed in the second round of his UFC 116 title fight with Brock Lesnar. Schaub’s youth, athleticism and compact physique don’t suggest he will struggle later in a fight, but experience in longer fights is a benefit in and of itself.

“Everyone wants a quick knockout or fast submission but at the same time I need some experience,” Schaub notes. “Chris Tuchscherer is as tough as they come. He was 18-2 and had only been knocked out once. I was expecting a war into the second or third. You don’t plan knockouts; they just happen. With Gonzaga I don’t expect a fast one. I’m hoping to be able to show my hard work, my gas tank, and all the things I work on.”

Schaub is no stranger to Gonzaga. Schaub’s primary training partner Shane Carwin fought Gonzaga last year. In the preparation for that bout, Schaub mimicked Gonzaga to help prepare Carwin. Schaub studied videotape of Gonzaga and learned his tendencies. Now Schaub will have the opportunity to put those observations to use.

Gonzaga can be a tricky opponent because of his well-rounded skills. He has top flight jiu jitsu skills but also a powerful standup game that he frequently puts to use. It remains to be seen whether Gonzaga will be looking to take the fight to the ground.

“I’m not expecting anything,” Schaub says. “I’m going to go out and enforce my game plan. I’m not too concerned with what he is doing. When you apply a lot of pressure it opens up a takedown opportunity. I just go out there and react. The game plan is in the back of my mind but I relax and do my thing.

If Schaub can defeat Gonzaga, even bigger things could be in store for him in the future. Only MMA superstars Randy Couture, Fabricio Werdum, Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin have accomplished that task. At UFC 121 Schaub faces a potential career making - or breaking - fight.

-Todd Martin

Rapper/Humanitarian MC Hammer gives his support

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 10 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Nima Safapour expanding Alchemist’s list of fighters to Brazil

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 8 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


MMA has become a global phenomenon.  Promotions like the UFC are hosting events in America, Canada, Europe; and looking to expand their enterprise to South America, Asia, and the Near East.  As a result, promotions seek to find the best athletes globally that can display the most exciting and entertaining fights.  At Alchemist Management, we both understand and appreciate the direction the sport is evolving in.  Consequently, we have designated a division of our company that focuses on our international practice.  Due to my experiences living and traveling abroad combined with my professional network of contacts, the company has given me the responsibility to run this division of our business.

The foundations of MMA can be found in Brazil due to the contributions the Gracie Family have made to the sport.  Brazil continues to develop some of the best champions in various top promotions.  I traveled to Brazil to see how the sport has evolved.  During my stay, I visited various academies throughout the country, and attended different MMA competitions.

In the past, some of the top Brazilian fighters were from middle class to upper class families.  Due to the popularity of MMA, the sport has become an avenue to create a better life among some of the impoverished youth in Brazil.  It is a very similar mentality that the country shares with the sport of soccer.  Through sports, these kids from small towns in the Amazon and other cities look to change their lives by competing internationally in promotions like the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce, and Dream.  Jacare Souza, Charles Oliveira, and Jose Aldo are just a few examples of this trend.  What these young fighters face is unique from most other fighters in the world; youth, talent, drive, combined with third world poverty.  You can put a hungry lion on the other side of the cage, and these Brazilian fighters will come out blazing.

The biggest challenge that the Brazilian fight community is facing is that many times due to a lack of organization, fights don’t get recorded and tracked like they do in the United States.  It is common to find a young athlete who has fought many MMA matches, but his record shows him with only an amateur record.  This was a pattern that I found with almost all of the fighters I encountered.  For example, I met a very talented athlete who was only twenty-two years old.  He had nearly 20 fights with only 2 losses.  However, his record on the internet had him at 0-0.  A person with a 16-2 record could easily find a home in a large promotion.  However, with nothing recorded they have to work harder to get recognized by international promotions.

Another issue that a competent manager needs to address when working with international fighters is having a good understanding of international tax law so as to create shelters due to the heavy taxes and fees that are in place for fighters competing abroad.  If the manager does not have the expertise in this area, ethically he should assist his client to work with a competent tax attorney or accountant.  There will be some initial costs associated with this service for the athlete, but the athlete will appreciate the long-term benefits from the tax shelters.

Three MMA academies that I was impressed with in Brazil were CM Systems, Evolve Gordo Jiu-Jitsu, and Brazilian Top Team.

CM Systems is a young but up and coming training center located in Curitiba, Brazil.  They are only about a year old, but their founder and head coach, Cristiano Marcello, has a rich history in MMA.  Cristiano is a Black Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Royler Gracie, and spent years also training with Rickson Gracie.  He was the first high profile BJJ Black Belt to become head jiu-jitsu coach at the prestigious Chute Boxe Academy in Curitiba.  He awarded black belts to Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Murilo “Ninja” Rua, and many other high profile figures from Chute Boxe.  He is also an accomplished MMA competitor with a 9-3 record.  Cristiano formed CM Systems with a focused vision.  For example, he personally travels to Manaus and the North East of Brazil specifically scouting for young talent.  He provides sponsorship opportunities for young fighters to have room, board, and food in exchange for them to train daily as professionals.  The style of MMA that he teaches is aggressive, well-rounded, and entertaining.  Also, because of his years of experience he has a sound vision on what the international market’s expectations are for Brazilian fighters.  If you ever find yourself in the South of Brazil, it is a gym that should not be missed.  Cristiano has an army of fighters that he is building under one roof.  I foresee CM Systems expanding in the years to come.  Below is a link to their website:


In Rio de Janeiro a gym with a strong reputation is Evolve Gordo Jiu-jitsu.  The head instructor is Roberto Correa de Lima, and his friends call him, “Gordo.”  Gordo has been involved in MMA and BJJ for more than 25 years.  Gordo trains such top UFC fighters as Rafael do Anjos, and he has also trained many great fighters like Renato “Babalu” Sobral.  Gordo is one of the most accomplished BJJ competitors and instructors in Brazil.  He has evolved his curriculum to MMA, and has found great success in the process.  His academy is located in the elegant suburb of Barra de Tijuca in Rio.  He has instructors that teach all the relevant disciplines for MMA.  His team of fighters have solid experience and focus.  His gym has the resources, expertise, and talent that any competent athlete would want from a facility.  Expect to see more high profile competitors coming from this gym.  Below is a link to the Evolve MMA website:

One of the greatest MMA schools in the history of the sport is located in the heart of Rio de Janeiro.  Brazilian Top Team (BTT) has a rich heritage in the sport that finds its roots from Carlson Gracie.  The legendary MMA pioneer, Murilo Bustamante, leads the team.  Murilo is the former UFC middle-weight champion and Pride veteran.  Murilo is still an active competitor and has been a BJJ black belt for approximately 25 years.  In it’s time, BTT has produced countless legends in the sport like Rodrigo Nogueira, Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, Paulo Filho, Milton Vieira, and many others.  They also currently have an exceptionally talented fighter whose name is Rousimar Palhares who competes in the UFC.  The gym is also filled with many young fighters from Rio and all over Brazil training to be the next generation of top MMA athletes.  BTT’s heritage, leadership, and resources are strong, and I know that we will see future champions coming out of that team in various weight categories.

As it relates to MMA management, one has to appreciate the added responsibility that comes with managing talented fighters that come from humble beginnings.  Sports management is an industry where personal and professional lines are regularly blurred.  For example, most of my athletes count on me to be their advocate and confidant. There are never any guarantees in this business, but

before I sign any fighter to Alchemist Management, I have to feel comfortable that I am in a position to fulfill my commitments to them. It is an ethical responsibility that is unfortunately sometimes overlooked in our industry.  So my advice is appreciate the added responsibility that comes with managing international fighters, be honest with your clients, educate them throughout the process, give them the tools to control their own destiny, and always give it your best.  If you can do all of that, it should be a rewarding experience for everyone.

Eric Lawson’s Fight Path

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 8 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS



Even in telling the story now, Eric Lawson thinks the whole thing is almost too coincidental.

There he was, walking down a hallway of a building he had rarely been in on the University of California-Davis campus. He was close to finishing his economics degree, and he likely would soon be moving away to find his first job.

Wrestling was just a memory. He had been a longtime practitioner of the sport, but he had stopped competing as a freshman at UC-Davis to concentrate on BMX racing. But, through acquaintances, he knew a guy on campus named Urijah Faber, who would later go on to mixed-martial-arts fame in the WEC.

At the time, neither had been inside an MMA cage. Lawson was walking through this random hallway when he heard a voice he knew was Faber’s in a room nearby. He wandered over, said hello and noticed Faber doing research on a computer.

“He said, ‘Hey, come look at this guy. I’m going to fight him,’” Lawson toldMMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “It was all still kind of new (in 2003), and I didn’t know what to think. He said, ‘You got to try this. You would love it.’”

Within months, Lawson would start his own MMA career with precious little training and soon become a Strikeforce stalwart. The 29-year-old, who during the day works in the field of mortgage loans, is 9-3 and looking for his next opportunity after a late cracked rib suffered during a sparring session knocked him off this weekend’s Strikeforce card.

But the 185-pounder remains one of Strikeforce’s most notable development projects, having won five of his six fights with the promotion. He hopes to rebound from his recent loss to Wayne Phillips at a February show.

He’s built for it, with a family background in wrestling, a lifelong hobby of thrill-seeking and the natural ability that helped him go from economics student to MMA fighter in just a few months.

All, really, because he knew Faber, and Faber took a fight.


Lawson comes from a family of big people.

His father is about 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds. A brother, at his athletic peak, was about 6-foot-3 and 265. A sister was also athletically skilled at 5-11 and 185 pounds and went on to become an NCAA All-American throwing the shotput before appearing in three Olympic trials in the event.

And there was Lawson, who jokingly calls himself the runt of the litter, at 6 feet and walking around at 200 pounds.

“Sometimes I think it helps me (in fighting) that I had to sometimes fight for scraps at the table,” Lawson said with a laugh.

From an early age, he was trying to find anything that would provide a thrill, such as BMX racing, motorcycles and skiing. His family had a background in wrestling, so he also trained and participated in the sport while he was building homemade BMX ramps and looking for competitions.

When he was a freshman at UC-Davis, he had to make a choice because he couldn’t pursue both wrestling and BMX. He was burnt out on wrestling, so he chose the latter. In fact, he might have taken it on professionally if he hadn’t made a visit to a BMX friend near the end of his college studies and seen the somewhat unappealing conditions in which the pro BMXers lived.

As a native of the San Francisco Bay area, Lawson hoped to finish his degree and look for a job in the area. He had only a passing interest in MMA, and that came only because some of its earliest UFC stars were wrestlers.

Then he heard Faber’s voice in a secluded hallway.

A quick learner

On his computer screen, Faber was studying Jay Valencia, who would be the opponent for his first professional fight in a November 2003 Gladiator Challenge show. Faber encouraged all his friends near or on the UC-Davis wrestling team, including Lawson, to join him on the next card.

The promotion needed one more fighter, and five of Faber’s friends, including Lawson, wanted a shot. Lawson was closest to the weight class needed for the fight, so he got the chance.

The only problem was, he didn’t know anything about MMA fighting.

“I just wrestled with Urijah’s guys for a few weeks before the fight and went out and did it,” Lawson said.

Even more coincidental, Lawson’s first fight was on his birthday, Feb. 12, 2004. He earned a second-round rear-naked-choke victory and started his new fighting career.

Lawson has split his time between Gladiator Challenge and Strikeforce. His Strikeforce debut came in November 2007, when he was 3-1, and it remains his most memorable fight.

Two fights earlier, he had lost by triangle choke, so when he was again locked in the submission move against Josh Neal, he tried his hardest to not tap out again. In fact, he went about three minutes without tapping and earned praise from the announcers and plenty of cheers.

He went on to win the fight in the second round, and it provided confidence that he had the endurance and knowledge of MMA moves to continue winning. He won his first five Strikeforce appearances before losing this past February, which had him very motivated for Saturday’s card before he suffered his injury that is just serious enough to keep him from fighting.

Lawson’s story, though, underlines the relationships and coincidences that often begin MMA careers.

“If I hadn’t bumped into Urijah, I have no idea what I would be doing,” Lawson said. “It was just so crazy how it happened.”

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Virgil Zwicker the co main event in Strikeforce Challenger Oct 22cond

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Heavyweight star Lavar “Big” Johnson (14-3), of Madera, Calif., will continue his courageous cage comeback against aggressive-minded Virgil “RezDog” Zwicker (8-1) during a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), on Friday, Oct. 22.

Zwicker, a 6-foot-2, 28-year-old, is a member of the San Pasqual band of Kumeyaay Indians.  He won his initial eight outings, including a second-round TKO over Ovince St. Preux on Sept. 26, 2009. In his most recent start last April 25, Zwicker dropped a decision to Cody Goodale

Zwicker grew up and still lives on the San Pasqual Indian Reservation near San Diego.  In his younger days, he seemingly fought every day against guys from other reservations and street thugs from nearby Escondido. The pavement punchouts ultimately got him into trouble, but he turned his life around when he followed in a brother’s footsteps into the MMA gym.

“I was a tough guy who wanted to fight all the time,” Zwicker said. “I definitely had a reputation.”

Once he got into MMA, Zwicker distanced himself from the rabble-rousers and is now married and the father of two young children, Duke and Maniya.

“I am proud that I could separate myself from everything,” said Zwicker, whose nickname “Rezdog” is in reference to the reservation.  “I got out of the rut and expanded my life. I’m very happy where I’m at. Now, I can focus on my family and career. Fighting has created many opportunities and opened doors for me I’d never had on the reservation.

“I am beyond excited to be able to fight for STRIKEFORCE. I’ve always wanted to perform on the big stage and prove my ability, and this is my chance.”

The Alchemist’s very own Alex Soto featured on MMAdiehards.com

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 7 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS


Alex Soto’s fighting roots can be traced back to the schoolyards of Tijuana.

Soto was just a kid then, looking out for his bullied cousin. He confronted his cousin’s tormentors and told them to leave his relative alone. When the bullies refused, a woman opened up her yard and allowed Alex and the ten boys to settle their dispute with their fists. Soto agreed to take on the group, but only one at a time.

“I went one after the other,” Soto said of the battles that followed. “I went ten kids in a row. I gave them all a broken nose or punched them out and just kept going, one after the other.”

Despite always believing he could be a great fighter, it wasn’t until years later that he would be inspired to take a more dedicated approach to the fight game. And it was all because of his cocker spaniel.

One day, Soto was wrestling with the dog and thought to himself, “This is it. I’m tired of just sitting around. I’m getting older. It’s either now or never, so I’m going to go for my dream and try to be a world champion.”

Making that dream into a reality did not come without a fair share of bumps in the road however.

Soto sought out a jiu-jitsu gym in Mexico soon after the grappling session with his canine companion, but met with several misfortunes that delayed his progress. His car was stolen and he was unable to train after severely twisting his ankle. However, he remained determined.

“I gave it one last shot,” Soto said. “As soon as I got married, I told my wife that I wanted to be a fighter. So I did it and in a year I managed to put up five fights and the title.”

It would once again be Tijuana serving as the launching ground for Soto’s budding MMA career. He competed in a couple of bare knuckle amateur bouts in the bars of the border city for which he earned $50 a fight.

“I would have done it for free,” Soto claimed. “But $50 is always a bonus.”

Soto graduated to the professional ranks in July 2009, fighting in California and finishing his first three foes in the first round with the longest bout lasting just under two and a half minutes. Then, in February 2010, he returned to Tijuana and set foot inside the Ultimate Warrior Challenge Mexico cage for the first time to square off with Enrique Briones.

“That was just a battle,” Soto said of the fight. “It lasted three rounds, non-stop. (We went) back and forth, just beating each other up.”

“That was the most important fight I think I’ve had so far,” Soto added. “It showed that I had heart. It showed that I had chin, the cardio and the will to win.”

The fight was at 145-pounds, but Briones was a big featherweight and Soto was small for the division. His struggles with the larger opponent helped Soto realize that bantamweight was the ideal division for him.

“135 is definitely my weight class,” said Soto. “I would make a lot of trouble for anybody at 135.”

After battling his way to a split decision win over Briones, Soto was awarded an opportunity to fight submission specialist Rafael Salomao for the UWC bantamweight crown. With just seconds left in the opening round, Soto scored the TKO victory and claimed the championship.

“I had to be very patient with him,” Soto said of Salomao. “It was a very technical fight. It only went to the last ten seconds of the first round. That was our game plan, the last thirty seconds to just give him hell. That would give me time to avoid submissions.”

Since his April victory over Salomao, Soto has remained inactive. The UWC was originally targeting August for Soto’s return to the cage, but then pushed the date back to October. He had to turn down that opportunity, as it conflicted with his and his wife’s first wedding anniversary.

“They’re having an event this October,” Soto said. “After that, I’m probably going to have either a title defense or fight somewhere in the U.S. because I’ve been itching for a fight ever since April.”

Beat downs on the playground weren’t the only form of fight experience Soto had upon entering into mixed martial arts training. He joined the United States Army after immigrating with his family to the U.S. and spent time boxing during his years in the service.

“It wasn’t really sanctioned or anything,” said Soto. “We would just find people to box around the different battalions.”

While the 25-year-old describes himself as a striker due to his involvement with boxing, he has also won two jiu-jitsu tournaments in Mexico.

Currently, Soto spends his days training dolphins in his fulltime job with the U.S. Navy. Once he’s done swimming in the ocean, he heads to Und1sputed Point Loma, where he trains under Manolo Hernandez. Hernandez is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the former senior instructor at Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den in Chula Vista.

“I train with a lot of guys that I think are up-and-coming,” Soto said. “I train with Walel Watson, Mike De La Torre.We’re in the top six for rankings in Mexico. We’re definitely tough guys who are all coming up.”

Now sporting a record of 5-0, the champ feels he’s ready to step up to the big stage and is just waiting for his opportunity.

“Hopefully I get found,” said Soto. “Or I meet the right person to get there.”

In the meantime, Soto is thankful to those who have helped him get this far.

“I just want to thank Und1sputed, my gym that I train with,” Soto said. “And the organization in Mexico, Ultimate Warrior Challenge, for providing fights down there and giving good quality shows. And Ranger Up.”

MC Hammer Performing at the Hip Hop Music Awards

Posted by CherieCarlson On October - 4 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

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When MC Hammer blew up in the late 80s, the Oakland, California-native took rap music to a new level. Widely considered to be one of the first “mainstream” rappers—when it wasn’t cool to be one, Hammer’s stage full of dancers and trademark parachute pants made him the most entertaining rapper at the time.

The 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards kicked off on quite the high note on Saturday, October 2 in Atlanta as Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and Diddy opened with ‘B.M.F.,’ one of the year’s biggest hits. To the surprise of those in the audience Rick Ross’ set then segued into an unexpected performance from  MC HAMMER, who danced frantically with a group of dancers as he performed ‘2 Legit 2 Quit.’

Make sure you tune in Oct 12th and watch him do his thing

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