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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.

Houston BJJ Championships

July 28, 2008

Good afternoon everyone… how’s the work day treating you?  I for one accomplished my most productive task of the day when I visited my mother’s house for lunch and hand washed my car.  Not bad for a Monday work day huh?  Now to the topic of this post which is the Houston Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championships that was held on July 26th at Legends Sports Complex.

First off, I have to congratulate those who won and those who competed for there were some hard fought matches.  Competitors from Elite included Jason Soliz, Elliott, Frankie, John Pierre, Pilot Joe and myself.  Now I’ve only competed in one other tournament (Dungals ’08) but with that as a reference and with the opinions of other grapplers there I can safely state that the tourney was poorly ran.  For instance, stopping a division and starting another in the same mat space to finish the division at a later time is just plain idiocracy.  To have grapplers warm up/cool down all day long is just ridicolous but that is no excuse for any one of us but just more of a nuissance.  Now that I got that out, a recap of my matches and the lessons learned.  Videos to follow.

First match started right off the bat following the singing of the national anthem which shocked the whole division since it is a general thought that the kids started first.  Warm/Cold we rolled nonetheless and the match summed up with me going for 3-4 submission attempts while my opponent won on points.  Lesson learned, get back to Fundamentals!!!  2nd match went well with me winning via points.  3rd match lost by submission to the guy that won the white absolute division.  My one match in No-Gi was a dissapointment due to inactivity on my end.  I was at the bottom of half guard throughout the match and didn’t work hard enough to win. LESSON BEING TRAIN HARDER and with more emphasis on points and guard work.  Here are some pics of me from the tourney (thanks Frankie!)

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.

‘Lonestar Beatdown 3’ Back in College Station

July 17, 2008

Wow, what a fun, frenzied, and furious weekend it has been so far!

After a very busy week, I hurried home to meet up with Andy & Spencer to head up to College Station for Lonestar Beatdown 3, promoted by Elite MMA and Mick Maynard. We ducked, dipped, and dodged our way through Houston rush hour traffic and got to College Station just in time to get to our posts. I had to role of guarding the blue corner and walking fighters to the ring. 15 fights, good friends, and a fun night taking over College Station..

Here are the pics from the night…

10/6 Elite MMA Test

July 17, 2008

A few pictures from the Elite Martial Arts Test on October 6th. CONGRATS to everyone but especially to Ed Liem, who earned his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Jordan Rivas, who earned his brown belt. A special note to my brother as well. He got his first stripe!


The Test Crew


Kris getting launched en-route to earning his first stripe!


Alaina and Thales watching Papa Jordan get his brown belt!


Prudhomme earns his blue belt!


Armbar.


Thales Rivas – 2020 Mundial Gold Medalist.


Junker’s Secret Move.


A tired Eric P.


Setting up the Omo Plata


Ed getting killed by Eric, Ratinho, and Hai to earn his black belt!


Elite’s Black Belts.

Also… A few extra pics from last week….


Octavio “Ratinho” De Souza & I at dinner (Emporio Brazilian Cafe – outstanding food!) after the Battle of H-Town Tourney last weekend.


Patti & Stephen’s visit to Houston from Boston


Amanda and friend (from the new Sherlock’s in River Oaks


Patti & Amanda (Bostonians) & our friend from Queens, NY