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May 29th Community Outreach Project a Success!

June 3, 2010

Several of our ninjas at DNC Worlwide have been  involved with charity efforts around Houston recently with the non-profit, Noah’s Kitchen. Working with them has really been inspiring. Looking back, I can’t believe that we’ve been involved in distributing over a thousand meals to Houston’s homeless population in the span of just a few short months. I’m very proud of Gustavo, Eddie, Kim, Ricardo, Angela, and Ashley for being an example to our entire network in joining me for those efforts.

This past weekend, DNC Worldwide was able to expand goodwill in Houston furthermore by working with Rich & Barry at thecagedoor.net. Together with some local businesses, we were able to organize a Houston MMA Community Outreach Project with some of Houston’s toughest fighters giving back to the community.

Please read the event wrap-up on thecagedoor.net.

There are some additional videos and outtakes from this event on my YouTube Channel as well.

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Press Release – Houston MMA Community Giving Back

May 18, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Houston MMA Community Giving Back

Houston, TX – May 18, 2010 –TheCageDoor.net, in conjunction with DNC Worldwide Network, will be teaming up with Houston area Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters for a local community outreach project here in Houston on May 29, 2010. 

Eight fighters (pro and amateur) have volunteered their time to team up and work together for the purpose of providing meals to the underprivileged in several areas of Houston. Many of these fighters have either already fought each other, or will be fighting each other in upcoming events.

“Often times in MMA, especially in the local scene, competitive fighters and fans can get caught up in gym rivalries and cage battles. The fighters who are helping us out with this initiative are showing the rest of the city that it’s ok to battle in the cage then work together outside of it,” said Richard Burmaster, co-owner of TheCageDoor.net.

The fighters will be meeting at the Mezzanine Lounge at 10:30am to begin making lunches. Once the meals are made and packed, they will then split up into teams and canvass Houston to distribute the food to the homeless population.

Barry Laminack, Co-Owner of TheCageDoor.net said, “When Rich (Burmaster) and I started the site, we said that we wanted to be a positive force in the Houston MMA scene. We feel now is the time to follow through with that, so we’ve partnered up with Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide and put this effort together. Oftentimes, the negative perception of Mixed Martial Arts and the fighters involved are that of thuggish and violent individuals, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Many of the fighters that have volunteered for this effort are some of the nicest and kindest people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.”

This pilot program will lay the ground work in the near future for a much broader and farther-reaching community involvement effort from the Houston MMA scene. TheCageDoor.net is already in the planning stages to combine efforts and work with the community (both local and MMA) in coordinating and promoting volunteer efforts for the real non-profit charities that do this type of good day-in and day-out. Fighters, fans, gym owners and everyone interested in giving back will have a chance to work with designated local charities.

“It is our hope that this combined effort between fighters who compete against one another, and train at different gyms, will set an example. What we want this to be is a catalyst for the entirety of the MMA community to get involved in their local communities. Fighters, fans, and everyone involved can make a difference. It’s about increasing awareness. Good people can really do great things if they put their minds to it.” said Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide.

The media is welcome and encouraged to come out and cover what is sure to be the first of many positive efforts from TheCageDoor.net and the MMA community as a whole. Please join us on May 29, 2010 from 10:30am until 2:30pm at the Mezzanine Lounge (www.mezzaninelounge.com), located at 2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150. The fighters as well as the event coordinators will be available for photos and to answer questions before, during and after the event.

About TheCageDoor.net

TheCageDoor.net is a Houston based website dedicated to covering the Houston MMA scene. The site was started in October of 2009 by Richard Burmaster and Barry Laminack and has experienced tremendous growth since its inception. The site, located on the web at http://www.thecagedoor.net, provides a mix of Houston MMA news, local fighter interviews, pre and post event coverage, live event updates, fighter blogs, a Houston focused MMA forum and a comprehensive Houston area gym and fighter database.

About DNC Worldwide

DNC Worldwide is a networking group for individuals dedicated to building a brighter future. We are made up of motivated, energetic professionals who aspire to be future leaders within our respective professions AND communities. We accomplish this by encouraging members to get involved and make a difference by becoming active participants in the professional, civic, and social aspects of their networks. Please visit www.dncworlwide.com for more information.

Contact: Barry Laminack
e-mail: barry@thecagedoor.net
phone: 832.545.4419
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Chatting with Ricardo Talavera on the Eve of his Fight at Legacy Fighting Championships

November 6, 2009

Ricardo from Lonestar Beatdown 2DNC Members, Houstonians, and MMA Fans everywhere,

We’re sitting here with our very dear friend and fellow ninja, Ricardo Talavera, who is finishing up final preparations for his Mixed Martial Arts fight at the Legacy Fighting Championships, this Saturday at the Arena Theater in Houston.

Ricardo, how are you feeling heading up to this fight?

Oh man, I feel very, very good. Very well prepared, physically and mentally.

You’re set to take on Danny Taylor of Bushi Ban. How much do you know about this guy? Do you feel that there is anything specific you need to prepare for?

I dont know much about Danny Taylor. He fights out of Bushi Ban, a very good and well-known gym. Bushi Ban is a very good gym, their fighters are pretty aggressive, they like to bang, love to strike and come ready to fight. So, to prepare for this fight i have been including a lot of Muay Thai training, Boxing and of course always to my basics, BJJ. I have been preparing to take care of Danny anywhere. If he wants to bang, then we bang, if he wants to clinch then we clinch, ground, he’ll be crazy. Whereever he wants to go, i am going to make sure he pays for it.

Who’s helped you prepare for this fight overall? What team are you training with and how have those guys prepared you for Danny?

I fight out of ELITE MMA. I train under Eric Williams and Hai Nguyen mainly, however, for this fight we have also included the instruction of Romelle Agra to take care of my Muay Thai training and also Pat Swan for my Boxing. To add to this, Coach David Campbell has been the one taking care of our conditioning out of hell training. plus of course all my teammates at Elite MMA that some how have given me and helped me through out my training.

Any predictions on how the fight will end?

Lights out. whether I choke him out, or KO him.

Are you looking forward to any other fights on the card?

Definitely, I want to see my teammate Sting Ray Blodgett kick some ass. I also want to see Robo’s fight to see what the whole fuzz is all about.

Anything else you’d like to say to your fans and loved ones before you step into the cage?

To my beautiful wife and momma to be. I am sorry for all the long and lonely nights i have put you through, Thank you for your love, patience and support. I love you.

And to my fans, thank you for the support and push through out the years…let’s get this win over with and go eat and party!!!

Ricardo Talavera is an Undefeated Professional MMA Fighter with a 1-0 record.  He is also a Petroleum Engineering graduate of West Virginia University and a die-hard Mountaineers fan. When he’s not fighting, Ricardo works as a software consultant for the oil & gas industry. You can hear more about the life and fights of Ricardo Talavera by following him on Twitter.

Supporting Casino Night on July 18th for VCSA After-School Tutors Program

July 13, 2009

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As a sponsor of cultural diversity and educational initiatives, DNC Worldwide  is proud to support the Hoang Nguyen Foundation, founded by our friend Hai Nguyen. Named in honor of his father, who passed away after battling cancer in April 2002, this charitable organization will be hosting a VCSA fundraiser next Saturday, July 18th, 2009 that we should all make an effort to attend.

Proceeds from this ‘Casino Night’ charity event will go towards continuing an educational program for  needy children. By doing your part to parcticipate (and have fun while doing it), you can be a huge help in allowing these kids keep their after-school tutors. A very worthy cause indeed.

There are two ways to help out guys. First, you can buy in on one of three Texas Hold’em poker tournament tables. Buy-in ranges from $50, $100, and $500 and there  will be crresponding prizes for the winner of each table. Examples of prizes ro be awarded include $200 in Animal Fightwear clothing, a free 6-month memberships to Elite MMA (a $900 value) to a big-screen television. If you’re not into gambling, a tax-deductable donation may also be made directly to VCSA. Either way, you’re helping a good cause.

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Date: Saturday, July 18, 2009
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Frank-N-Stein’s Bar & Grill
Location: 9907 HW6 South, Sugarland, TX 77478
Phone: (281) 568-5593

More details by enlarging the flyer and also by reading the official press release via Hai Nguyen of the Hoang Nguyen Foundation and Anh Nguyen of VCSA.

MMA Pictures from Lonestar Beatdown 10 in Houston

June 6, 2009

Several of our DNC guys had a chance to participate in the USACA MMA event production of Lonestar Beatdown last evening at the Arena Theatre here in Houston. It was a terrific night of fights and results can be found on mopthemats.com. Highlights of the night included a near-brawl in the stands, a riveting 3-second knockout in the last fight of the evening, and a win by a ninja protege, Julian Vega. Julian trains under ninja Jordan Rivas out of Elite MMA Baytown aka “The Dirty Dirty Elite.” Good job to Julian, the two new champions Gilbert Jimenez & Jeremy Hontz, and the rest of the combatants who fought their tails off last night!

Pictures from Lonestar Beatdown 10

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During the near fight in the stands

During the near fight in the stands

Hooters Ring Card Girls with the Lonestar Title

Hooters Ring Card Girls with the Lonestar Title

A 3-second KO

A 3-second KO

 

Artineas Young's Victory
Artineas Young’s Victory
Mick Maynard presenting LSBD title to Gilbert "Pitbull" Jimenez

Mick Maynard presenting LSBD title to Gilbert "Pitbull" Jimenez

Exciting fights!

Exciting fights!

Elite MMA's Julian Vega & Robert Yamashita plotting the afterparty

Elite MMA's Julian Vega & Robert Yamashita plotting the afterparty

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And the decision goes to...

LSBD 10 is in the books!

LSBD 10 is in the books!

Lonestar Beatdown 10 in Houston this Friday, June 5th

June 3, 2009

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Lonestar Beatdown 10 is coming to Houston, TX this Friday, June 5th.

The card will be a strong one for the Arena Theatre crowd as LSBD has put together THREE title fights for this event. Plenty of ninjas will be on hand as officials for the event, which is sure to bring some fireworks. Elite MMA’s Julian Vega also makes his MMA debut against Vicente Gama of Rising Sun in a match that is a sure bet to NOT make it to the judges scorecards!

Ticket Information – There is literally not a single bad seat at the house at this venue and tickets are going quickly. You can still get yours at www.arenahouston.com. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fights start at 8pm.

 

 

Full Lonestar Beatdown 10 Fight Card

  • 145 USACA Title – Jeremy Hontz (Twin Wolves) vs. Dominic Rodriguez (4oz. fight club)
  • 155 USACA Title – Greg Bellomy (Gracie Barra) vs. Gilbert Jimenez (Powerhouse MMA)
  • 170 USACA Title – Kenny Burke (Westside MMA) vs. Nathan Schaefer (TX Gladiators)

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Bobby Powers (B3 Sports) vs. Andy Sandoval (Death Row MMA)
Martin Garcia (Gracie Barra) vs. Ed Rosino (Bushi Ban)

135
Marcus Dupar (Rocky Long MMA) vs. Ben Oliver (Elite MMA)

145
Alex Black (Bushi Ban) vs. Mario Valenzuela (Sub Boxing)

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Aaron Croon (Team Tooke) vs Arnold Gutierrez (Legion MMA)
Vicente Gama (Rising Sun Karate) vs. Julian Vega (Elite MMA Baytown)
Cesar Gonzales (Silverback MMA) vs. Waylon Ward (Kuk Sool Won)

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Travis Moore (Twin Wolves) vs. Michael Szanyi (World Martial Arts)
Justin Murray (Bushi Ban) vs. Alex Morono (Gracie Barra Woodlands)
Dominik Bukovicky (Elite MMA) vs. Jeremy Morris (World Martial Arts)
George Cisneros (Team Martinez) vs. Mike Castillo (McCalls MMA)
Jonathon Harris (Sub Boxing) vs. Robert Ezzell (Bradford Combat Academy)

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John Malbrough (UH MMA) vs. Matt Goss (Rising Sun Karate)

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Jermaine Anugwom (AMMA) vs. Artineas Young (Hoger MMA)

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Jayson Pilosi (BVMMA) vs. Tim Escobedo (Legion MMA)

*Fight card subject to change without notice

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.