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Behind-the-Scenes of Creating a Live MMA Event

March 5, 2009
Ninja Ricardo (right) during the weigh-ins before his fight at Lonestar Beatdown. Ricardo won via anaconda choke in the 1st round.

Our very own Ricardo Talavera (right) during the weigh-ins before his fight at Lonestar Beatdown 1 in College Station, TX. Ricardo won via anaconda choke in the 1st round.

For the general public, attending a live MMA event can be a very exciting experience. Fans usually walk away satisfied as they take in the visual spectacle that is the explosive nature of Mixed Martial Arts. From seeing the fighters twisting their opponents’ limbs at unnatural angles for the submission to the brawl-for-it-all nature of combatants going for a knockout, there is no doubt that watching this sport live can be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the casual fan.

 
What most people do not see, however, is the amount of detail and hard work that goes into producing a live event. As a USACA-licensed Official for Lonestar Beatown, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of seeing all the effort that goes into providing a succesful experience for everyone involved. And it’s certainly not only the fans that the promoter has to worry about! Many other aspects behind-the-scenes have to be taken care of in order for an event to become successful. A portion of this includes compliance with athletic commissions, the relationship between the event and the gyms involved in training fighters, event promotion, and of course making sure everything flows efficiently when fight night arrives.
 
Here in Texas, as with most other states where MMA is legal, not just any Joe-Schmo-Dana-White-Wannabe off the street can be a fight promoter. One has to obtain an official promoter’s license before they are legally allowed to host an MMA event. This role is reserved for those who have the desire and wherewithall to complete the tedious application process to become licensed by the state athletic commission. The cost can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, all for the right to host MMA events. And just like promoters, all ringside officials must be licensed by the state as well. This includes timekeepers, referrees, scorecard managers, and judges.
 
Next, there is the task of setting up the fight card. This is placed in the charge of the event matchmaker, who always has a difficult task ahead of him. The reasons are numerous! First of all, matching up fighters isn’t just about finding two guys the same weight and telling them to go at it. There are other aspects to consider, such as the amount of experience, tangible skill-level, and the stylistic matchup between opponents. For this, the matchmaker has to create and nurture a relationship with the coaches & trainers of prospective fighters. It is through this and the trust implied that the matchmaker can truly gauge who should be fighting whom and whether they are truly ready to step into the cage. Once the bouts are set the matchmaker has to keep working as fighters can drop out at any time, for any reason. Nonetheless, it is the matchmaker’s job to ensure that the fans see exciting fights on the night of the live event, and enough of them to feel like they got their money’s worth.
 
Also, once the promoter arranges for the ideal venue for the event, the event has be marketed to a cross-section of casual fans, die-hards, and gym all across the local area. This typically involves a grass-roots effort of the fighters and the gyms they represent. Usually, those associated with the gladiators involved make up a healthy portion of the attendance. Above and beyond that, additional promotional channels include print publications and the all-powerful internet. Websites like txmma.com, mopthemats.com, and mma.tv do a great job of promoting MMA events locally here in Houston.
 
Finally, on the night of the live event, there are about a million things going on at the same time behind-the-scenes. From the officials and fighters all the way down to the ushers and medics, everyone has a place to be and a role to play. The fighters warm up with their coaches, the ushers make sure fans get seated in orderly fashion, the officials and ringside physician take their places, etc. The event can only go well through the cohesive teamwork of everyone involved. Remember, It’s not just knockouts and tapouts guys.

We’ll see you at the fights on March 28st!

 
 
12354951572lonestar8_c2 Lone Star Beatdown 8  brings amateur cage fighting to Houston on  March 28th 2009. The venue for the event is the Houston Arena Theater. Tickets – $20/$35/$50 now available at www.ticketmaster.com.
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Photos from Lonestar Beatdown 6

October 6, 2008

As promised, below are some photos from Lonestar Beatdown 6 in College Station this past weekend.

Special thanks to Karen Michelle for taking these awesome pictures. The rest of us were either too busy or too drunk to do the same. Cheers Karen, you’re a lifesaver!

Gallery from the Fights

Fights and Fun in College Station

October 6, 2008

Lonestar Beatdown 6 Results

170- Title – Kenny Burke vs. Justin Reiswerg
135 -Title – Andy Sandoval vs. Lance Schilling
170 – Frost Murphy vs. David Goolsby
155 – Jeremy Hontz vs. Justin Sitz
145 – Eric Hendon vs. Will Mathis
185 – Matt Steward vs. Brian Daricek
170 – Eric Brigman vs. William Michael Jackson
185 – Jon Pierre vs. Matt Goss
170 – Jordan Rivas vs. Brian Melancon
155 – Justin Harper vs. Derek Campos
125 – Barry Burdett vs. Joe Cruz

Weekend Recap

The juice is always worth the squeeze when it comes to promoting fight events in College Station. The Aggies love a good fight. This was not only evident by yet another successful Lonestar Beatdown, but also the stories that came out of this past weekend. Interesting is the word I’d use to define the crazy debauchery that marked our crazy times in CS. We saw a drunken kid in handcuffs running away from BCS police. We also saw BCS cops pepper-spray Hookah Station. And that was only the beginning.

It started out so innocently as a few of the guys and I hit up northgate after loading up on carbs at Olive Garden on Friday. The great thing about College Station is that drinks are phenomenally cheap. This explains how we drank shots at practically every bar in northgate. By the end of the night, we were hanging over Logan’s porch, hollering at every girl who was unlucky enough to walk by.

Saturday morning was the time to set up at TX Hall of Fame. That was a breeze with all the awesome Elite MMA volunteers. With lots of fighters, fans, and officials staying at College Station Inn we had an opportunity to chill and relax before what would be a crazy Saturday night of fights and drinks.

Lonestar Beatdown 6 was an awesome night of action that saw everyone from home team (Elite MMA – Westheimer) win. Frost “the Ice Pick” Murphy molested his opponent into victory by doing whatever he wanted including a rolling kneebar attempt and a mounted-triangle with a side of ground and pound. Jon Pierre gave his guy some brutal leg kicks in his win.  And Jordan Rivas fought through a very game opponent who hit like a truck en route to a split decision victory.

All in all, crazy good times. Most exhausting weekend ever.

Pics coming soon.

Lonestar Beatdown THIS Saturday – October 4th!

September 30, 2008

The 6th Lonestar Beatdown is returning to the Bryan/College Station area on Saturday, October 4th and will be held at the famous Texas Hall of Fame!

Texas Hall of Fame
649 N. Harvey Mitchell Pkwy.
Bryan, TX 77803
(979) 822-2222

TICKETS FOR THIS EVENT ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!

VIP Tables available by calling: 979-696-3971 ext. 702!

DOORS OPEN: 7PM

FIGHT STARTS: 8PM

Tickets also available at Tradition’s Bookstore and Cavender’s!

Lonestar Beatdown 4 and an Austin Vacation Weekend

July 17, 2008

We took an awesome vacation this weekend!

Well…. not quite THAT awesome but we did manage to party in four cities in one day!

From Lonestar in College Station to Houston to San Marcos to Austin to San Marcos to Houston!

You know there are people who always say they are tired of ‘the routine’ and are going to do something new crazy and exciting. Yet they usually end up doing the same old BS time after time after time…

And then those like us who just live in the moment and always have fun.

“You know we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening. Back then I thought, well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that; that was the only day.” – Field of Dreams

The weekend officially kicked off on Thursday with Joe Rogan’s stand up comedy show at Laffstop. He and The Amazing Racist were hilarious! And I guess we were too! By the time left that night, we had our very own fans thinking we were famous. LMAO @ silly starfucker girls! “Are you famous?” … lol.

Friday after a good day at work, my bro and I booked it to college station for Lonestar Beatdown. Little did we know that we were going to be the official timekeepers for the event. It definitely got really real when we got ringside and saw the cowbell, bullhorns, crowbars, and stopwatches. We did an A+ job, if I may say so myself. In any case, after 14 fights and several shots & beers afterward, we ended up tearing up Northgate until a pizza-devouring Eric Williams came by to collect his drunken students.

We stayed at the Hilton which seems like status quo for our out of town trips. Saturday morning was going to be sauna/hot tub relaxation time but we decided on going back to houston instead. We were back in town for a grand total of two hours. Just enough time to do laundry and pick up some stuff. Next thing you know and we were off to continue the mini-vacation weekend in San Marcos and Austin!

Saturday ended up being awesome also! Did the college thing. Saw a bunch of peeps we hadn’t seen in awhile. Adrian, Chris, Sam, Heather, Allison, Caitlyn, etc. etc. Everyone ending up driving to Austin where we met up with a bunch of people on 6th. street. After the Library, Aquarium, Moose Knuckle, and Maggie Mays, we ended out the night watching Bono in concert! I don’t even remember the ride back to San Marcos.

Anyways, back in Houston now. Going to end up the weekend with Sunday Funday Somewhere. Beautiful weather out….

Dungals 2008

July 17, 2008

FANTASIC job to the Elite MMA Competition Team at the Dungal World Championships in Pasadena. 1st, 2nd, and 4th place in the Absolutes as the very best in the tournament shows the level of training at our gym. My brother competed for the 1st time ever and got 2nd place. Jason, Hyper, Kevin, Frankie, etc. all medaled and did well. Anyways, pics below of the Dungal’s as well as the rest of last week.

pics from this past week


Wednesday – Kris and ?


Wild West – DNC Boys


Girls we stood up for 3am 59 Diner


Friday – George’s Pastaria w/ Lesli and Kris

Dungal World Championships


1st match ever


like a bear!


going for a rear naked choke


Kris won his 1st with a guillotine choke


Kris letting go after the tap


start of match


end of match ….triangle / 15 seconds


Kris controlling his 2nd match


Kevin winning his match outside


hot chick fight


gargantuan super heavyweight action


double leg


Frankie after his MFS battle


Kris after the finals with his bloody mouth


Me on the mat


Jason winning in the absolutes


Co-Champ: Hyper – Triangle


Co-Champ: Jason – Triangle


Elite MMA Competition Team

Renegades & Afterparty at Fix

July 17, 2008

Renegades on Saturday night was non-eventful. My hats off to Tim Snyder, who beat our man Steve Garcia for the featherweight title. No excuses from the boys at Elite MMA. Steve trained hard and was dictating the fight for the better part of 3 rounds but got caught with a well-placed left hook that hit on the button. What can you do you know? We as a group didn’t even stay for the rest of the event. In fact, I was bummed and didn’t event want to party at all at first. But well… let’s just say we mourned our loss at Fix.