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Jeremy Martinez Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

Rio Grande Boxing. My boy Porf tunes up the hands and my boy Lucas tunes up the body. Between them I am always ready to go. Mentally and physically.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Being a big fan of MMA and the love of competition.

3. What is your nickname?

I don’t know Batman seems pretty fitting though. Let’s go with that. Batman.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Knock ‘em out.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

It’s definitely not easy. I have 2 kids and a great woman and it’s hard knowing you wanna spend all the time in the world with them but half of your day is spent at work punching the clock the other half at the gym punching the bag. People think being a fighter is acting a fool and getting paid but it’s not. Not even close.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Ozzy Osbourne, Linkin Park to name a few and can’t forget about the local talent Lost Point etc.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Coaching the youth. I spend a lot of my time with the youngsters coaching everything from wrestling to football pushing them to make something of themselves and can’t forget about camping, fishing and hiking come on now I am a Colorado boy! 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

Again the youth. I come from a small community so I always try to push a percentage of what I make their way. So if I win that’s that many more jerseys, helmets etc. Also, I love watching them compete. Pushing them knowing they are giving it 100 percent. When i train I think about how hard they work and it drives me to push a little bit harder.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Haha come on now you know I’M Hungry lol but I like to eat pasta and salad the night before the fight nice and light. After the fight, a burger and a beer!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Let’s do it! I am not about all the disrespectful talk and nonsense when it comes to the fight, win or lose, I just want to put on a show and make it count.

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Todd Meredith Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train out of Fusboxe MMA. Head Coach Michael Sullivan, Coach Vic Brabo. Training Partners; Garrett Culpepper, Bo Yurko, Cody Moore, Chris Fullenwider.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Started Paying attention to UFC when Brock Lesnar came around. I had heard of him when he was wrestling in college so it got me to watch. I wrestled too and thought maybe i could do it.

3. What is your nickname?

I don’t have an official nickname. Shannon Culpepper calls me “tater Todd”.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

No preference whatever it takes to win

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

It’s hard to find balance I just figure I need to make the sacrifice now while I can because this will be gone one day.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, anything heavy or fun.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Snowboarding, hanging with my family playing cards, or board games or lawn games.

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My wife Christy, my parents.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I like sushi right after weigh ins then after my fight Good Times Burgers or something like that!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Let’s have fun and bring out the best in each other. 

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Vellore Caballero Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I train at Easton Training Center and Grudge Training Center with Tyrone Glover, Josh Ford, Bryan Youngs, Trevor Witman, Justin Salas, Tyler Toner. I also get time in at Factory X with Marc Montoya, Chase Hackett, and Nick Macias. 

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

 I wanted to have that real experience to make me a better instructor. I also wanted to learn about myself through the experience. 

3. What is your nickname?

No nickname.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

I’m a BJJ guy so I like the submission finish. If you knock someone out, it’s quick and they don’t know it happened even, but when someone consciously decides to stop, that’s the best feeling! 

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

 It’s kind of hard for me in some ways because I keep a lot on my plate it seems, but I’m so passionate about everything that I’m doing, it keeps everything going strong. That and I have the best team at home and in the gym!

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 Lots of different things…mainly hip hop stations on the satellite or slacker radio. 

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Riding Motorcycles

8. Who is your inspiration?

All of my teammates and coaches at Easton/Grudge. They’re all so accomplished and polished. Every day I learn so much.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Oatmeal with berries and walnuts/almonds. Sticks to the ribs!!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Come ready for a good fight!

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Gabe Flores Get’d Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

I am training out of Delgados boxing and mma with coaches Brian Seriah Wood, Joe Trujillo, and Henry Delgado.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I’ve always been competitive and ever since I saw Couture vs Liddell 2 I knew someday I wanted to be an mma fighter.

3. What is your nickname?

 I haven’t come up with a nickname yet. I’ve been joking around with the honey badger and mongoose… both are unassumingly vicious animals but when it comes, it comes.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

I’ve been practicing Thai boxing for the last year and feel like my KO power is as good as anyone in the division but I’m most comfortable on the ground. I’d rather make u tap with technique than expose myself trying to KO someone.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

I’m only working part time now to focus on fighting. This also gives me an opportunity to spend more time with my 2 boys who mean everything to me.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 I like to listen to upbeat tunes to keep me in a positive mood. My girlfriend introduced me to Dubstep and Techno so I’ve been rockin a lot of Skrillex and Bloody Beatroots. Can’t go wrong with Kanye or JayZ. Or some hardcore rock.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

I love movies. Any kind as long as it has a great story. I’ve seen the avengers 3 times already and plan on it again if there’s nothing else to do. When I’m with my kids it all about what they want to do. We usually spend the day at Chuck E Cheese or go swimming.

8. Who is your inspiration?

I’m mostly inspired by any underdog. U can’t count anyone out ever. Every dog has his day and any man can meet his maker.


9. Best post weigh-in meal?

After weigh-ins I keep it light with avocado and carbs and a lot of electrolytes. After the fight it’s all Red Robin bacon swiss and mushroom. I also discovered buffets are a great way to indulge in every craving you have leading up to weigh-ins.


10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

I don’t do grudge matches and i do my talking in the cage. At the end of the day just put on a good show for the fans that support what we do. If they can walk away from the venue that night and say we had a helluva fight we did our job.

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Adam Schindler Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

 I train at Austin Muay Thai in Austin, TX. My training partners consist of Tim Kennedy, Derek Campos, Drew Pendleton, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Justin Brooks, Jon Hester Gracie Humaita, Donald Park and many others.. My coach is Elton Wells of Austin Muay Thai.. I’ve also trained in Houston with 4 oz fight club and Team Tooke… I still consider them training partners and good friends with guys like Andrew Craig and Daniel Pineda

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

 I was a competitive wrestler growing up and spent time in the military. While in the military I just needed to be competitive again. I thought I could do it and my girlfriend at the time is actually responsible for getting me into the gym because she actually really pushed me to do it.

3. What is your nickname?

 The nickname I have is Schindiggity… that name goes way back to when I was like 14 or 15 in high school, the older kids called me that.. I didn’t plan on it being a fight name but somehow through my twitter handle it caught on and stuck.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

 Man, U know I’ve choked a few opponents unconscious and got my first TKO last fight. I really like to choke people, lol but I’d have to say Knocking them out makes you look a little more primitive and beastly.

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

Well.. I don’t really have a family(of my own) My family lives in West Virginia, so I’ve been on my own in Texas for 10 years. So I pretty much can cater to whatever I want to do because I have no one else to account for. I am a full time student using my GI bill and I work security downtown on the Weekends, so it all works out well. I’m busy, busy, constantly so that probably adds in to a reason why I don’t have a family. But that’s just the path I’ve chosen. School and training is my life.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

I love Five Finger Death Punch, Slipknot and hard stuff to get me going, but lately I’ve been really getting into club music and Spanish music, it just relaxes me and lets me have a good time. My ipod is super diverse, it will go from old school Outkast, to Mumford and Sons, to 5FDP, to Drake and back around to David Guetta then the Black Keys. A little bit of everything.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Non-fight related.. hhhmm… That’s hard because nearly everything in my life IS fight related. But I’d have to say just spending time on the water. I love to swim, and boat and tube on the lakes & rivers in the Texas hill country.

8. Who is your inspiration?

 I’m not sure I’ve ever really had a single person who is my inspiration. My inspiration has always just been to be what others wish they could be. To go that extra mile and set myself apart from other normal people who don’t have the drive to be amazing. There is no ceiling for me to what I want to accomplish. A few experiences when I was younger where people thought they were better than me inspired me. It inspires me everyday to be a better person and strive for greatness.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

 Anything is good post weigh in, haha but usually I start with a bag of pretzels and a Pedia-lite. If I just go straight to a meal I don’t enjoy it because I get full too fast. About an hour after the pretzels and pedi-lite I’ll hit up some food. I’d say anything pasta related. Chicken, mashed potatoes.. I love chocolate, but that’s not good for you so it waits till post fight.

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Hands down, chin up

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Joey Banks Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

Grudge is my home with Christen Allen and Trevor Wittman , also work with Duane Ludwig at 303 Training Center.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

A Great sport that makes u push as hard as u can go and perfecting everything you bring into the cage.

3. What is your nickname?

“THE DON”

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

Doesn’t matter, whatever comes first.

 5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

Work a 40 hour week welding steel then training at night then family time .

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin , Techno , Hard Rock and more

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Games with my wife, family and friends , working on cars , etc.

8. Who is your inspiration?

My mother who is looking down at me .

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Chicken, Pasta, Bread

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

Take a nap before the fight , and oh yea don’t blink….

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Steven Simmons Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

 I train at Top Notch Gym. Coaches are Mike, Andrew and Mike Sr. Alirez. My main training partners are Will Ingersoll, who is an amazing help and fighter, Nick, Carlos and Andrew the coach. All amazing!


2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

 Warriors of the past putting forth the morality and valor a fighters life should contain and the level of dedication that seemed to be unseen that was required to develop such character. It astonished me and made me ask, what is my fate and story as a warrior among men and life? So here i stand in the shadows of others pursuing my ever changing character.


3. What is your nickname?

 I am “The Lost Soul” because from bell to bell one must be lost in order to find something. I look for something within myself.


4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

A KO is also so humbling and surreal. Every time it seems to be “did I really hit him that hard?”, but a choke is something I have yet to grasp, so in turn that would be nice as well.


5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

First and foremost, fighting is spiritual, it is another world or realm and in order to get through from side to side you need something, and God is ever present. I am for the most part a loner, but the people in my life understand this is me and my life a passion so we work around it. My girlfriend understands and is a huge support, as well as has passions of her own, so we work around it and we don’t get a whole lot of time together which is hard but the time we spend is precious. Same for the rest of my family. Love them all dearly.


6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight? 

 Silence is golden my friend, but we always have something playing and most times I don’t care I’m focused, but love me some techno!


7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

Little league football with my old man and friends. Loved the smell of fresh cut grass, and to this day reminds me of those Saturday games.


8. Who is your inspiration?

 I don’t idolize or look up any fighter or warrior i am my own inspiration, but the warriors of past I choose to fight alongside if I were game to their level….the Samurai, Achilles and the Greeks, Alexander the great, all levels and all areas.


9. Best post weigh-in meal?

 Usually, would be some natural whole wheat pasta with chicken and light natural Marinara sauce. Along with a protein shake and oatmeal.


10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

 Next? Right now there is no next, i have a date with Cavan and I’m living it now. All I can say for past, present, and future is I want and crave WAR. In fighting as a whole I want to be remembered as the embodiment of war itself. Not one fight remembered, but ALL because of its nature and static energy. Thank you for your time and consideration to put a light of emphasis on me….the always rated under-dog! Peace be with you!

 

 

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Chris Holland Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?

 I train at Factory X, coached by Marc Montoya Muay Thai, JJ Pugsley BJJ, and Wade Brinkman S and C. I train with the best, Chris and Brian Camozzi, Chase Hackett, Marcus Edwards, Adam Stroup, Aaron Trujillo, Randy Caruso….the list goes on and on.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

 I wanted to participate in more physical things, my men’s hockey league wasn’t enough.

3. What is your nickname?

 The Hammer

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?

 Knock’em out ALL NIGHT long!

5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…

I have a full time job and an 11 yr old daughter, its tough and I’m spread thin. But if you want something bad enough, you find ways.

6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

 I like lil Wayne, Metallica, disturbed, Eminem, some Counrty too. Anything with a story.

7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

 GTL

8. Who is your inspiration?

 My daughter, I want more for her.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

 Sushi baby!

10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?

 If the left hurts…go down! LOL

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Tommy Thompson Get’s Ink’d Out

1. Where do you train and who are your coaches and training partners?
 I train at Infinite Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Loveland, CO. My coach is Adam Martinez, and my training partners are Ricky Johnson, Nick Laney, Ryan Martinez, Rory O’Farrell and a few other fighters, and then a ton of talented guys that have yet to compete in MMA.
2. What motivated you to become a fighter?
 I missed the competition of wrestling, and got into MMA 6 or 7 years ago. I took about a 2 year break and then realized I might start to regret that down the road when I’m too old to compete. This is the time in my life that I can still fight so I’m going hard until I can’t anymore. 
3. What is your nickname?
 The Gun
4. Knock’em out or Chokem’ out?
Whatever feels right at the time.
5. How do you balance fighting with the rest of your life? family, work, spirituality…
Well you see I’ve been a little busy with my Real Estate company called ‘Champion Realty’ (look it up on Facebook, www.facebook.com/championrealtycolorado) or message/call me for all your Real Estate needs. Also I have a 4 month old daughter, so making time to train would be difficult for your average person but when you are tougher than the Pink Power Ranger and harder to kill than Charlie Sheen, anything is possible. 
6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?
 Before training, probably a little ‘Rage Against the Machine’, ‘Nas’, ‘Biggie’, ‘AC/DC’ or something like that. After training I tone it down with some John Mayer or Bob Marley.
7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?
Well I used to say video games, cooking or movies… but now if I’m not training I’m doing something ridiculous to make my little girl laugh.
8. Who is your inspiration?
My family. Well especially my daughter because I need to get rich somehow in case she’s anything like me and I have to spend a lot on lawyers.
9. Best post weigh-in meal?
 IV fluids
10. What’s the best advice you can give your next opponent?
 Lay on your back and let me take knee-on-belly, I’m really weak from that position.

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