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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)

125
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)

155
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)

170
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)

185
John Malbrough (UH MMA) vs. Matt Goss (Rising Sun Karate)

205
Jermaine Anugwom (AMMA) vs. Artineas Young (Hoger MMA)

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

*Fight card subject to change without notice

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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.

How to Throw a Proper Send-off

July 30, 2008

1. RESERVE a table large enough to seat a football team.

2. FIND several large cows to ensure enough steak to go around.

3. TELL a few select people and get them to tell all your close friends.

Elite/DNC Family

Elite/DNC Family

As you can see by the family picture above, a large number of Chris’ closest friends came to Taste of Texas to wish him off last Thursday. We’re sad to see him go but wish him success in the next chapter of his life. And no worries, Christopher has pledged to keep us posted on the life and times of DNC Dubai.

‘Lonestar Beatdown 2’ MMA Event Recap from College Station, TX

July 17, 2008

Okay Okay. Last blog about Beatdown 2. I promise. It’s just that it was SO MUCH DAMN FUN. Well…. except for the hours putting the cage up and taking it down. J/K. There is nothing better than doing some work with your closest friends for a good cause. We’re a family at ELITE. That’s how I feel anyway. So yeah, in light of Chris Reinig’s great work with the camera, I thought I’d post one last time with some behind the scenes footage from Mick Maynard & Elite Martial Arts’ Lonestar Beatdown 2. Stay tuned for the next event in College Station coming in September of 2007.