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Our fighter features 10 questions closer to knowing them…

Zach Riley Got Ink’d Out

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

I train with Rude Effex fight team and syndicate striking, my coaches are Jeremy Garcia and John Brodie, my training partners are Nate Jones prentice Ingram Wayne Riddock and plenty other people around Colorado.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I became motivated with fighting because I love the sport.

3. What is your nickname?

Turbo Riley, fist of fury

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I would like to  Chokem’  out because I haven’t really put anyone to sleep that way.

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

It’s very hard to balance with my life because it’s really all I do.

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

I have lots of genres from tech N9ne to Tim McGraw.

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

Get tattoos and fish.

8.  Who is your inspiration?

Bruce lee and current champions Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I’m going to have to say spaghetti.

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

There is no advice I can give him really can’t wait to see him in the ring!

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Cat Zingano Got Ink’d Out

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

I train with Team Zingano-Black House MMA in Broomfield Colorado. My Coaches are my Husband, Master Mauricio Zingano. Muay Thai legend Sakmongkol, as well as Olympic meddalist Randi Miller. My training partners are Matt Simms, Kevin Hernandez, Cory Kuechler, Dan Bentz, as well as Pro Fighter and former F2W fight of the year opponent, Barb Honchak. I train with all our students and instructors during my camps. The diversity of styles and bodies keeps me challenged and alert. We train very fast paced and are hard to beat, so the level of competition I get from all the students helps me get ready.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I became a fighter because it was the perfect challenge for me. It is art to me, a way to express myself and the perfect outlet. I knew I wanted to fight when Mauricio informed me that there was MMA for girls too. I had wrestled and paid for it my whole life. I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t wait to get in to it, especially with all the work and enthusiasm I had put in to wrestling, which had never paid off except for experience and good memories.

3. What is your nickname?

My nickname is “Alpha” because I tend to be alpha. I am a leader, not a follower and often have my own unique way of achieving things, however practical or unorthodox it may be. In the cage, I take on the roll of “alpha” , and I believe we are engaged in a battle of survival. For 15minutes, I get to fight for dominance with this person where if we were in the wild, like mammals, we fight for the right of a territory, immediate reward, to the death. Everything endured and felt in MMA is worth that hand raised for 5 seconds. 

 

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I knocked out Takayo Hashi by slam and I tapped Angela Samora with an Anacanda choke, but other than that I’ve never knocked anyone out standing, and the rest I my fights have been TKo’s or submissions. I want a KO standing, that’s my MMA hopeful, purely for the experience.

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

Balancing family and training is definitely stretched to the limit. Both make me happy and both have stressors. Routine is very strict and my need for rest, pleasure, and relaxation are all extremely important. I have to have fun and be surrounded by positivity and I am unstoppable.

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

Everything I have on my iPod, someone else put there, it’s hit or miss if I like it and if it motivates me or not. I’m still in the era of “mix tape” haha

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

I like to be outside doing anything. I love playing sports, climbing trees, wrestling in the yard, jumping on the trampoline, camping, getting muddy and hunting. Trying new foods and traveling make me really happy and doing all this while spending time with friends and family.

 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

I am inspired by my Husband, Mauricio Zingano for the way he is always so strong and has it together. He is so important in so many ways, my rock. Also my son for being brave, curious and always encouraging. They are always on my mind and I am so fortunate to be so loved.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Every post weigh in meal is the best meal, I usually just continue to eat everything, like I have never eaten before. It’s no wonder I always gain about 8-15 lbs by fight time. Entree to dessert, I only stop when I’m asleep;)

 

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

My advice is to hold on, this is going to be a rough ride.

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Leandro Veal Get’s Ink’d Out

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

Grudge Training Center, Trevor Wittman

 What motivated you to become a fighter?

It started off as just a hobby since retiring from football in Sept. and I turned out to like it so here we are.


 What is your nickname?

o vilao/the villin without the A

 Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Whichever way he is delivered to me i’ll surprise myself.

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

Right now it’s hard, because I have a lot of businesses to focus on. but I’ve been blessed with the ability to make time to train. it’s hard, but I love when stuff isn’t easy..

 

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

Marcelo d2, Dead Mau5 ,Pretty Lights, Seu Jorge, Idan Raichel Project ,some lil Wayne, Wiz. I’m all over the map…

 Who is your inspiration?

My friends that have become my family over the years. We have all been through a lot in life and found our way to success. DJ Williams who is one of my closest friends. My family back in brazil who gives me strength all the way from there. some coaches from when I was younger ,who made me strive to be better than I ever thought I could become.

 

 Best post weigh-in meal?

A big plate of seafood. Damn I can’t wait.

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

You can’t train for a dude like me. I don’t fight because I have to or because I’ve been raised in that world. I fight because I Can. Amem

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Putting The Needle To Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson will face Prentice Ingram on June 2nd at Ring Of fire 43 Bad Blood. I got him to spend a few minutes and give us a look into his mind a couple weeks before the fight.
How did you get into mma?
Bought a Tapout shirt and instantly knew how to fight.
 
What is your favorite submission?
Apparently mount…. if you ever saw my first pro fight…
Do you prefer to keep a fight on your feet or on the mat?
I decide that mid-fight. Wherever I’m more likely to finish.
What does it mean to you to be a professional fighter?
Ummm…. I no longer do all this shit for free! No honestly – being a pro fighter is different to everyone. Some people just want to be able to make a business card that says pro fighter even though they have a record of like 2-9 and don’t know what a treadmill is. I dedicated my life to improving as a fighter, and I aspire to have the knowledge and experience of guys like Alvin Robinson, Duane Ludwig, my team mate Ryan Martinez, and the countless other guys that I look up to in this sport. Number one being my trainer Adam Martinez. I have a long ways to go both mentally and physically but the progress that I expect from myself represents what it means to be a pro fighter. I take it very seriously.
What separates you from the rest of the fighters in your division?
 I open mouth kissed a horse once.
Who is your favorite fighter in mma? 
Ricky Johnson, Nick Laney, Ryan Martinez, Rory O’Farrell
If you could have a dream fight with any UFC Pro who would it be against?
 Wow – good question… I guess at this moment I would say Leonard Garcia or Korean Zombie.
Going into your fight against Prentice Ingram, many people considered you a heavy favorite. Do you feel less or more pressure when going into a fight as the favorite? 
I think it depends who you ask as to whether I’m a favorite or not… I consider all of my opponents very tough and give them the utmost credit until we get in the cage and then I try to kill them. So it’s all the same to me.
What team are you training with for Ring Of Fire 43 Bad Blood?
I’m training at my home, Infinite MMA as always… but I’d like to throw out a thank you to Factory X and all the fighters there as well. And look for Chris Holland to upset Baroni baby. 
Have you done anything different to prepare for this fight knowing that Prentice is a submission style fighter?
Nope. I train like he will be tough everywhere.
What holes do you see in Ingram’s game?
I knocked a man out with an armbar once. The moral of that story? I don’t know, I just thought it was a good story. Anywhoo… I expect opponents to patch holes between fights, so I’ll discover where he’s weak on June 2. 
What is the next move for Tommy Thompson’s mma career?
Whatever my coach tells me. 
At the end of your career what do you want your legacy to be?
For my family, wife, daughter and team to be proud of me. The rest doesn’t really concern me. 
And Finally, you have been a part of Ink’d Out from the beginning… Can we count on you to defend your win at our event in Brush on August 25th?
I have a special place in my heart for Ink’d Out. Guy Thompson is a generous person and I appreciate how he helps me continue progressing in the sport. As far as the 25th I can’t really say either way for a couple reasons… first is that I am under contract with the Ring of Fire for at least the next 2 fights. Also I have never made any plans for my career, I have faith in my coach Adam Martinez so pretty much everything runs through him. But when presented with the opportunity to help Ink’d Out I will always do what I can. 
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Josh Cavan Get’s Ink’d Out

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

I train in Parker at Otomi Martial arts with Thomas Denny and Team WIldman.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Opportunity to make something of myself and not be normal. I was given empty promises three years in a row with minor league hockey. I came across Thomas Denny and Team Wildman one day at the gym and something told me to go talk to them. Two years later, here we are.

 

3. What is your nickname?

Good question. My brother Tyler gave me the name Iron Man after my first fight, then someone gave me “The Cubicle” one day at practice (which I hate that name) and lately people have been calling me Superman. I’m about to make it Josh “you won’t pronounce my last name right” Cavan.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Yes please. Whatever it takes to get my hand raised at the end of the night. 

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

MMA is a huge part of my life now. I still work full time and go straight to training afterwards, go home, recover, then back to training. I have a very good support system with my family, girlfriend and friends. It’s overwhelming how much they support me and understand when they don’t get to see me as much as they’d like (or as I’d like). After fights, I do my best to focus my time on spending as much time with them as possible.

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

A lot of variety, depends what I’m in the mood for but mainly heavy metal, dubstep and rap.

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

I don’t have much down time at all. When I do, I’m usually napping, watching movies or playing video games because I’m beat up and sore from training. 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My family. We have stuck together through everything. My mom and dad have always been so supportive of my brothers and I. I feel bad for them: I’m a fighter, my brother Sean is a pilot and my brother Tyler is a hockey player. They are always worrying about one of us. My brothers are always working so hard to achieve their goals, on days I don’t feel like training, I think of them and it gives me that extra push. 

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Lots of water and a healthy meal. I still have a job to do.

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

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Michael Matthews Get’s Ink’s Out

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

I train at the commerce city rec and Westminister la boxing my coach’s are mike Silva, Keith Schmelzir, and Jeff Myer’s.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I always did martial arts since I was little but maybe 10 years ago are so I want to try and become the best in the whole world.

3. What is your nickname?

I have two Michael the psycho Matthews and Michael the lion Matthews but I like the first one better.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I would like to knock them out but everybody is so tough and I end up getting the submission’s instead.

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

 I go to work in the morning and get off around 5-6 p.m. then I start training right after work I get my son on my weekends so I train when I can when he is around and my spirit is something I am still trying to master.


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

I listen to rock music right now my favorite is disturbed.

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

I don’t really have any other interest maybe playing on the computer. 

8.  Who is your inspiration?

I have different people to inspire me for different reason’s but I guess my father is one of the main ones.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I like to eat anything so I really don’t have a preference.

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

My next opponent is really good I don’t have any advice to give him but a lot to learn from him but maybe let’s just go in there and have some fun!!

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Adam Stroup Get’s Ink’d Out

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

 I train at factory x. My coaches are Marc Montoya, JJ Pugsley and Andres Hermida and my teammates are Chris Camozzi, Brian Camozzi, Chase Hackett, Nick Macias, Joe Warren, Marcus Edwards, Wes Tressel, Tony Miller, Randy Caruso, Bryant Craven, Aaron Trujillo, Randy Rowland, Chris Holland, Nicholi Navarro, Kelly Brown, Brittany Boone and Alexis Clinger. 

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

I really enjoy the challenge of a fight.

3. What is your nickname?

No Nickname…

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

I want to knock’em out but I always end up choking ‘em out. 

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

I try to make time for my personal life but with work and fighting my days are busy.

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

Old school rap or metal 

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

I like to watch Bronco games with my family, eat pizza, drink a lot of beer.

8.  Who is your inspiration?

My dad and my uncles. They instilled toughness and the fighting spirit in me.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

I still eat pretty clean after the weigh in , but after the fight I eat a Philly cheese steak, a dozen wings and a big ass Coors light. 

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

Bring it on.

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Roger Minton Get’s Ink’d Out

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

American Top Team Altitude, Coachs: Deryck Ripley, Austen Ford, Ethan Day, Training Partners: Bobby Lashley, Alex Huddleston, David Ross, Tony and Jorge Dominguez.

2. What motivated you to become a fighter?

Watching Matt Hughes wrestle in high school then go to the UFC.

3. What is your nickname?

The Joker, I’m funny guy till it’s time to shut that cage door.

4. Knock’em out or Chokem’  out?

Neither, I want to break bones.

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

When I’m not training I try to spend has much time as I can with my kids and sometimes take them to the gym with me. I find fighting to be spiritual, like the Samurai.
6. What’s in your ipod when you are training for a fight?

Slipknot, Fort Minor, Rise Against, Jay-Z, and DJ Khaled
7. What is your favorite non fight related pass time?

 Shooting, six years in the infantry and growing up in the south hunting, you develop and foundness for it.
8.  Who is your inspiration?

Big Nog and Frank Mir, very talented fighters, but also very intelligent. They tend to have a cerebral approach to their fights.

9. Best post weigh-in meal?

Chicken fajitas, get protein, carbs, veggies and don’t have to put a bunch a junk in your tank.

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

Tap or Snap!

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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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