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WSOF 10 Results: Branch Makes Quick Work of the K-OZ Middlweight Champion Jesse Taylor

WSOF 10 Results: Branch Makes Quick Work of the K-OZ Middlweight Champion Jesse Taylor

The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was the site for the next installment of the World Series of Fight.  The televised card featured three title bouts along with a solid supporting cast of matchups.  The event was televised on NBC's Sports Network.
 
The opening televised contest showcased featherweights as former All-American wrestler from Ohio State University Lance Palmer (7-1) faced Nick Lobasco (7-0).  Palmer wasted no time as he aggressively attacked Lobasco with strikes and took the undefeated fighter to the mat.  Palmer's superior ground game was evident as the former Buckeye began to pound the face of Lobasco, searching for a stoppage.  Palmer was able to complete a full back mount and managed a rear naked choke which caused Lobasco to tap out.  It was a great bounce back win for Lance Palmer.
 
Lightweights battled next as American MMA veteran Tyson Griffin (17-7) engaged Brazilian Luis Firmino (17-6) in a three round contest.  Both men attacked from the opening bell with Griffin winging bombs and Firmino countering his adversary's strikes with artillery of his own. The Brazilian seemed naturally bigger and stronger than Griffin and kept the submission pressure on throughout the opening stanza.  The American spent a good portion of the round on the cage floor but was able to defend against submission attempts.   Firmino showed solid striking abilities as he landed thunderous blows with his fists.  The second verse was the same as the first as Griffin swung for the fences and Firmino walked through the assault, taking the American to the mat.  Griffin managed to avoid submissions and came upright: The American landed hellacious uppercuts to no avail as Firmino just kept coming.  Griffin managed a full guard while on the canvas but the Brazilian kept his composure and soon took control.  The third round was a microcosm of the bout: Griffin found the mark with hard blows but Firmino's superior strength and ground game ultimately carried the round.   The judges scored a unanimous decision victor for Luis Firmino.
 
American WSOF Strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar (17-4) defended her belt against Japan's Emi Fujino (13-7) in a match slated for five go-rounds.   Aguilar asserted herself early with quick leg strikes and fast hands.  Fujino sought to land her own punches but was not able to establish range early.  The American bloodied Fujino's nose early with hard punches.  Aguilar's movement and striking was unmatched by the Japanese challenger. 

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Bellator 121 Results

Bellator 121 Results

Bellator returned with the "Summer Series" on the Spike television network.  The live event took place at the Windstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  The card held several intriguing matchups and here are the results:
 
Light heavyweight tournament contestants Egidijus Valavicius (26-10), from Lithuania, took on Brazilian Carlos "Big Dog" Eduardo (11-3) in a three round bout.  It started off as a standup match but Eduardo, a Jiu Jujitsu black belt, took the Lithuanian down to the mat.  Eduardo kept the pressure on and managed a back mount while Valavicius defended well.  Eduardo managed to transition to a full mount with ease and was in control of the round.  Valavicius was able to turn things around and landed some ground-and-pound but the success was limited.  The second round began with both men landing punches; right hands were landing for each man.  The Lithuanian employed a stiff jab that created space and kept him safe from takedowns.  The second was mostly fought vertically and the Lithuanian had solid success with his striking.  An accidental clash caused a bad cut over the right eye of Valavicius.  The final stanza saw the Brazilian landing hard crosses and hooks early.  Initially, the Lithuanian seemed hesitant, but upped his aggression with about two minutes left, landing hard knees to the body and punches to the head.  Valavicius closed strong and secured a split decision.     
 
The light heavyweight tournament continued when American Terry Davinney (10-6) met Cameroonian Sokoud Jou (14-12) in the three round contest.  Jou came out putting serious pressure and was able to control Davinney early.  The Cameroon-born combatant managed a side mount and began to land horrific ground-and-pound shots.  Jou managed a full mount and continued to land hard punches, allowing Jou a rear naked choke that caused the American to tap out in the first round.
 
Heavyweights Eric "The American Soldier" Prindle (10-5) and James "The Colossus" Thompson (19-14) met in a three round scrap. Thompson aggressively secured a takedown quick in the opening round and managed a side mount.  "The Colossus" landed hard shots and knee strikes which left Prindle defenseless.  The referee quickly stepped in and stopped the bout as the American was not fighting back.

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K-OZ Middleweight Champion and WSOF Title Challenger Jesse Taylor on Western Australia's Cage Ban

K-OZ Middleweight Champion and WSOF Title Challenger Jesse Taylor on  Western Australia's Cage Ban

I think it's bull shit! Excuse my language but I think it's ridiculous because it helps MMA. That's what MMA is all about. People fall out of the ring, especially with the grappling and wrestling. It (The Cage)  kind of controls you, it ads a whole new element. It's like a whole new weapon. It's a whole new part of mixed martial arts. You take away the cage and people are going to fall out of the ring.

Especially the wrestling and grappling. You get caught in the ropes! It's great for kickboxing and boxing but for mixed martial arts you for sure need a cage. With the cage, you can hold people there. You can beat people up there. It's a whole new element and I think you need it in MMA. I think because of the ban there is going to be alot more injuries in the ring. People are going to fall out. Your going to see in the fights, K-OZ is still going to be a great show but with the ring, guys are going to fall out. It's hard to ref a fight. Iv'e had a fight years back where I got caught in the ropes. That happens, you get caught in those ropes with the grappling element. So I think you definately need a cage.

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UFC Fight Night Results - Miocic vs. Maldonado

UFC Fight Night Results - Miocic vs. Maldonado

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night series continued its run with an exciting card televised live on Fox Sports 1 network.  The live event took place in Sao Palo, Brazil.  It was a great night of action and here is how it all went down:

Featherweights Rony Jason (15-4) and Robbie "Problems" Peralta (17-4) got things going on during the main card in a bout settled for three rounds.  Jason (Brazil) and Peralta (U.S.A.) focused on a vertical game early.  The American bullied Jason into the cage and worked knees.  After a brief trip to the mat, Peralta came quickly to his feet.  The Brazilian managed a hard spinning elbow but "Problems" took it well.  The American managed some solid leg strikes.  Both fighters grew tentative towards the end of the round.  Peralta opened the second with legs kicks that found their mark on Jason’s legs.    After a flurry from Peralta, Jason managed a takedown and was on top but had trouble securing the full mount.  The American saw a bit of trouble after Jason searched for a triangle but was not successful.  "Problems" managed to escape and come to his feet.  Again, the action slowed in the final minute but got heated with less than 10 seconds left.  The third featured more standup as both men attempted to take control.  Jason was determined but the American was able to secure a split decision victory.      

Welterweight s Demian Maia (18-6-1) and Alexander "Bad Boy" Yakovlev (21-4-1) continued the action in contest slated for three heats. Yakovlev, representing Russia, come out circling both sides while Maia, of Brazil, stalked.  Maia, a grappling wizard, succeeded a takedown and quickly held a full mount.  The Brazilian landed fists to the body and elbows to the face.  The Russian desperately wanted to escape but was not able to come to his feet, so Yakovlev survived to see the second.  Maia was able to take the Russian to the mat early in the second and again was in control via a full mount.  The Brazilian was peppering his foe with hard hammer strikes.  Yakovlev’s dexterity was evident as he escaped the grappler’s clutches and established his own mount.  The Russian managed some elbows but the round ended.  The last round saw the "Bad Boy" looking confident as he landed crushing kicks to the legs of the Brazilian.  Yakovlev landed some hard punches and appeared in control but Maia took the Russian down to the cage floor.  The Brazilian landed elbows and held Yakovlev down.  By the time the Russian was able to escape, it was too late; the fight came to an end and Demian Maia walked away with a unanimous decision win.    

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Bellator Pay Per View Results: Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Bellator Pay Per View Results: Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

For better or worse, Bellator’s first pay-per-view carried on as scheduled, if not with the original main event scheduled.  After the loss of the rubber match between Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler, the promotional outfit soldiered on by banking on the name of former Ultimate Fighting Championship start, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.  The skeptics, including yours truly, voiced reservations about the legitimacy of the card; the event was a shaky PPV event, even with Alvarez v. Chandler as the centerpiece.  Still, Bellator is looking to finally step out of the shadow of the UFC and plant their flag in the MMA world as a world-renowned promotional company.   The actual numbers will not be known until a later date, but in looking back, one does have to wonder if the entity’s brain trust is concerned with the outcomes.
 
Although the PPV show hosted some solid bouts, the fact remains that the two fights that will be remembered the most were won by faded MMA stars once involved with the UFC.  This fact presents a conundrum for the promotional outfit as, like it or not, Bellator has to continue to showcase Tito Ortiz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, even though it is completely obvious that both are well past their expiration date.  How much longer will people continue to tune in?   
 
The Ortiz victory is the bigger dilemma for the promoter, as he was really meant to be more of a name on one of Bellator’s most prized possessions, Alexander Shlemenko. In recent memory, Shlemenko has been advertised as one of the premier MMA fighters in the world and beating Ortiz would give the Russian’s resume some star power to help with this assertion.  During the actual fight, Ortiz looked slow and by no means anywhere near his former self.  Still, he was able submit Shlemenko in the second round of their fight. 

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UFC Fight Night 40 Result

UFC Fight Night 40 Result

The Midwest was the site for the legendary UFC Octagon when the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio presented world-class MMA encounters.  The night held many bouts which thrilled fans.  Fox Sports 1 network hosted the main television fight card.

The Fox Sports 1 telecast opened with lightweights Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (16-5) facing Hawaiian Louis “The Last Samurai” Smolka (7-0) in a three round match.  Cariaso effectively countered as things opened up in round one.  Smolka was looking to grapple but “Kamikaze’s” defense was up to par.  The action was slow with the Hawaiian landing a few strikes whie Cariaso countered with knee strikes of his own.  Cariaso was able to keep some distance towards the end of the first and landed good leg and hand strike combinations.  Smolka smothered “Kamikaze” with less than one minute left and the Hawaiian landed knee strikes with success.  Cariaso wrapped his arms around the neck of Smolka with less than 15 seconds, looking for a guillotine but was not able to seal the deal.  Cariaso came out aggressively landing punches in the second.  Smolka looked to grapple but ended up on the floor with Cariaso having the advantage.   Smolka was able to mount but Cariaso almost submitted via arm bar.  Smolka was able to escape and did some good work but Cariaso countered well in return.  With less than 10 seconds left, Cariaso secured a ninja choke which looked to seal the deal but the bell sounded giving the Hawaiian another round.  “Kamikaze” kept landing shots at will and seemed to be in control.  With less than three minutes in the final stanza, Smolka was able to control on the ground and landed a solid ground-and-pound.  Cariaso gained his footing and preceded to land shots.  Smolka landed great punches but Cariaso was able to hold his own, landing some solid shots to the face as the round came to close.  The judges awarded Cariaso the victory via split decision.

The second contest of the night featured heavies as Soa “The Hulk” Palelei (20-3) met Ruan “Fangzz” Potts (8-1).  Palelei measured "Fangzz" early looking for his moment to explode on his less experienced foe. "The Hulk" slipped a punch and took Potts to the cage floor where Palelei immediately established a dominant position. "The Hulk" completed the mount and pancaked Potts with a left hand punch that put "Fangzz" to sleep with 2:20 minutes left in the first round.  It was a powerful, but predictable, win for Palelei.

Neil Magny (9-4) and Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means (20-5-1) locked horns in a three round battle.  Magny was able to control the opening round with solid boxing and lateral movement.  Means, a lefty, kept pawing with his right jab which Magny kept parrying with his left and coming over the top with a right counter.  Magny landed a left that placed Means on the mat late.  Magny continued to stand up dominance in the second, employing the same tactics that made him successful in the first.  Means was able to take Magny to the floor late and had some success with knee strikes but Magny was able to come back to his feet.  Means started doing a bit better as the second came to an end but Magny was still in control.  Means was able to get close early in the third and landed a brutal left knee strike that hurt Magny, but Magny was able to recover and continued moving.  "The Dirty Bird" got a hold of Magny’s neck and attempted a ninja choke but Magny, again, escaped.  Magny took Means down and then wrapped around "The Dirty Bird’s" waist, not allowing much movement.  Magny secured a back mount on a second takedown and was looking for a rear naked choke while he used an effective ground-and-pound technique.  The fight came to an end and Magny earned a well-deserved unanimous decision victory.
Eric “New Breed” Koch (14-3) and Daron Curickshank (14-4) battled in the Octagon for a tilt slated for three rounds.  The southpaw Koch was looking to land his straight left hand early but Curickshank was able to avoid it.  Both men looked to be more interested in a striking match then a ground attack.  Curickshank landed some hard leg strikes to Koch's body and then put "New Breed" on the cage floor with a vicious leg kick to the head.  Daron followed-up with a vicious ground-and-pound attempt which included multiple elbows to the face.  Koch was helplessly taking punishment, causing the referee to stop the contest.   

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Bellator 119 RESULTS

Bellator 119 RESULTS

The Casino Rama in Canada was abuzz as Bellator 119 took center stage.  The main event of the night was the Featherweight Tournament Final with three more bouts televised on the chief card via Spike Television network.

The main televised bouts kicked off with heavyweights as undefeated Raphael Butler (8-0) took on Nick Rossborough (23-18) in a fight schedule for three rounds.  Both men are considered finishers and things got heated quickly: Butler and Rossborough came out swinging and ended up on the ground.  Butler had some ground-and-pound success but let Rossborough come to his feet.  This would be a mistake as Butler was hurt with a hook that sent him to the mat.  Rossborough was looking for the rear naked choke but Butler illegally butted Rossborough, causing which a halt to the action.  Even though the foul occurred while Bulter was on his back, the referee recommenced the fight with both combatants on their feet.  Rossborough hurt Butler again with a left hook but the round ended.  The second left Butler controlling the contest on the cage floor, executing some ground-and-pound mixed in with failed submission attempts.  The final heat saw Rossborough looking exhausted and hitting the canvas quick.  Butler was able to take control with a side mount and landed shots sporadically.  Butler lackadaisically searched for submissions.  It was an uneventful round but one that was most likely won by Butler.  The cards resulted in a majority draw: Butler remains undefeated but it was a disappointing performance.     

Welterweights Marius Zaromskis (19-8) from Lithuania and Canadian Vaughn Anderson (16-2-1) continued the night in a three round tilt.  Both contestants came out looking to keep the bout upright.  The Lithuanian's boxing kept Anderson at bay and Zaromskis circled and shot punching from a distance.  The Canadian landed a headshot that hurt Zaromskis; the Lithuanian was able to dance away from trouble.  Anderson was sent to the mat by a hard body punch but was able to guard against a ground-and-pound attack.  The striking battle continued in the second with both men having their moments.  Zaromskis was the shaper of the two.  There was a stop in the action after the Canadian was hit low accidentally.     The Lithuanian began to crank up low kicks that found their mark.  Anderson tried to find his range but the kickboxing of Zaromskis clearly took control of the match.  Anderson appeared to be in pain and fading as the round came to a close.  The third was a complete round for Zaromskis as his superior striking told the tale, earning the Lithuanian his 20th MMA win via unanimous decision.       

The third televised match pitted Canadian veteran John Alessio (34-17) against American Eric Wisely (22-8).  The fight was at a catch weight of 160 pounds.  

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Hector Urbina Interview: TUF 19 The Ultimate Fighter

Hector Urbina Interview: TUF 19 The Ultimate Fighter

In its heyday, Monterrey was considered the "Detroit" of Mexico: it was booming with all kinds of industries, including car manufacturing.  The massive Mexican city became a hotbed for all kinds of sports and held immense wealth in its coffers.  Unfortunately, just like Detroit, Monterrey began to lose ground and many of the families in that area looked to migrate north to the United States.

Hector Urbina, a participant in the current season of UFC's Ultimate Fighter reality show broadcast on the Fox Sports 1 network, was born in Monterrey.  The Urbinas soon made their way to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas prior to heading out to Ohio.  It was in this Midwest state that Urbina began the journey that would ultimately define his professional life.  "I wrestled some in Ohio and MMA was the next best thing after my academic wrestling career was over," Urbina said from his temporary base of Mercedes, Texas.  "I was told that I could add punches [fighting in MMA], so I thought it was a sweet deal since you don't get in trouble for hitting people."

Soon after the revelation that he could utilize his love for wrestling and hitting people to make a living, Urbina embarked on his career as a cage fighter.  Regrettably, the South Texas product learned that making a living in the sport was a lot harder than he initially realized.  Feeling exasperated with his situation, Urbina took a break.  Like all other ironies in life, midway through his hiatus from the grind, the Mexican-American received the call that could possibly change his entire outlook.  Urbina evoked, "I wasn't getting any fights as I'd only fought once last year.  I took a little 'me' time and went to Myrtle Beach [South Carolina], Ohio and Indiana, and of course, this is when the call [to be a participant on the Ultimate Fighter televised series] came.  I went to the tryouts and I was picked as a second alternate so my chances were slim but I still cut some more weight."  Urbina continued, "I got the call on the Monday that the weigh in was on a Tuesday, so I boarded a plane to [Las] Vegas weighing 200 pounds and got off the plan at 193 [pounds].  I was in the sauna when some guy passed out and I saw my ticket in; I was on weight and I got to fight the next day and I made it into the Ultimate Fighter house."

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Bellator 118 Results

Bellator 118 Results

The Ovation Hall at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey held Bellator 118.  The promotion was shown on the Spike Television Network, included many great bouts and was headlined by an interim bantamweight championship title match between talented combatants Joe Warren (10-3) and Rafael Silva (21-3). 

Here are the televised results:

The opening bout featured a Light Heavyweights tournament opener as “Crazy” Mike Mucitelli (6-0) and Liam McGeary (6-0) locked horns.  The contest was scheduled for three rounds.  The fight was over in less than 20 seconds after McGeary landed a lightning-quick left hook bomb that put Mucitelli to bed.  The referee immediately stopped the bout after “Crazy” hit the floor as if he had been shot.  It was an impressive win for the undefeated McGeary.
Bantamweights followed as Thomas “The Diehard Kidd” Vasquez (7-0) and Marcos Galvao met in the cage for a three round bout.  Galvao, a former Brazilian Jiu-Jujitsu world champion, began as the stalker and after a few strikes, the Brazilian managed to take Vasquez to the ground.  Vasquez should good defense and managed to get to his feet.  Vasquez focused on keeping the fight erect as he moved in and out of range while scoring with punches.  The lighter "Diehard Kidd" used angles and tried to keep the distance.  Galvao managed to cut the escape routes and took Vasquez to the mat, but his success was limited.   

In the second, Vasquez kept moving and changing guards as he attempted to land punches.  He did not seem fully committed to landing anything with power and was more focused on just scoring.  Galvao kept stalking and was able to slam "The Diehard Kidd" to the cage floor.  Vasquez was able to defend well early but the fight lacked excitement as it needed sustained action.  The Brazilian managed to keep the fight on the mat, and though he had limited success with the ground-and-pound, Galvao was still in control as the round came to a close.  The final stanza was a microcosm of the fight: Vasquez attempted to keep it a boxing match but was ultimately take to the mat where Galvao searched for submission opportunities.  The contest came to an anticlimactic end and Galvao was awarded a unanimous decision by scores of 30-27.  

Power puncher Russian Andrey "The Spartan" Koreshkov (15-1) and American Justin Baesman (14-4-1) met in a welterweight tournament semifinal three round combat.  Both fighters made prefight statements that suggested a striking match.  Koreshkov came out pressuring the American and landing hard kicks and punches.  Baesman kept moving but the Russian was able to cut the distance.  With about 80 seconds gone in the opening round, Koreshkov landed a flying knee that shut Baesman’s lights out, prompting the referee to immediately stop the session.  With the win, Koreshkov earned his way to the tournament finale.   

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Bellator 118 Main Even Breakdown: Silva v. Warren

Bellator 118 Main Even Breakdown: Silva v. Warren

This Friday, Atlantic City, New Jersey will be the site for Bellator’s latest installment.  The promotion is loaded with many great bouts and is headlined by the interim bantamweight championship title, five-round match between MMA veterans Joe Warren (10-3) and Rafael Silva (21-3).  Reigning champion Eduardo Dantas is injured, so recent tournament winners Warren and Silva will meet in the cage - the winner eventually settling things with Dantas. This is the premier bantamweight match that the promotional outfit can produce pending the return of the champion.  A total of four fights will be televised on the Spike Television Network.
 
A former Bellator featherweight champion, Warren's primary choice of combat is wrestling-based.  After losing his featherweight trinket, Warren dropped down to bantamweight and this decision is paying off: the ex-champion has won three straight on his way to this title match.  Understanding that in order to add to his odds of success, Warren has worked tirelessly on developing as a striker and has aligned himself with a team that has specific experience in this area.  It will be interesting to see how much more his vertical game has improved come May 2nd.
 
Silva, a Brazilian, is a highly skilled grappler and no slouch when it comes to punching and kicking.  He is also highly experienced in the MMA world and has won his two Bellator appearances; he submitted Rodrigo Lima via rear naked choke and defeated Anthony Leone by decision over three rounds.  Although he can hold his own while on his feet, there is no question that Silva prefers to stifle and weaken his prey while on the cage floor prior to committing to the kill. He has his work cut out for him, as taking Warren to the ground will be no easy task, especially considering that the Brazilian is a late replacement.
 
Stylistically, the match breaks down as a torrid affair, but it is important to remember that Silva took this bout on short notice.  One has to wonder about his conditioning and what effect this will have on his plan of attack. It is realistic to believe that Silvia will come out hard, as having to go five rounds on short notice is difficult even when one has been specifically training for that many rounds for several weeks.  The Brazilian will show a sense of urgency and try to smother Warren into a mistake in order to setup a quick submission attempt.  Although Silva has the skills needed to win, it would seem that Warren is fresher and has a little more to his game at this stage of his career.  It will be a struggle early but Warren will end the night with his hand raised in victory.  

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UFC Fighter Frank “Sitkayan” Trevino Interview

UFC Fighter Frank “Sitkayan” Trevino Interview

The battle of the bugle consumes the American landscape with every possible fad diet and "do nothing but still lose massive amounts of weight" miracle pill out in the billion dollar market today.  With the chaotic lifestyles commonly employed by the average patriot of the Red, White and Blue, little time is spent achieving optimum health via traditional standards: healthy eating and daily exercising.  The very thought of this proven approach is enough to send most fellow compatriots into a tizzy tirade.  Still, there are those who decide to do things the old fashion way.  

For Frank "Sitkayan" Trevino, the undefeated MMA fighter and newly-minted UFC prospect, martial arts training was simply a way to get into shape.  The South Texas resident, who was born in Reynosa, Mexico, never planned or imagined that his weight plight would lead to a career on the cusp of stardom.  Trevino explained, "I used to be big, man; I mean, I was really overweight.  I just wanted to drop some pounds so I decided to start to exercise and got to training.  I started to learn Muay Thai; that was my first training.  I never thought about being a professional prizefighter.”  Trevino continued, “Even as a kid, I was never into boxing or anything like that.  I use d to like karate because of Bruce Lee, but [martial arts] didn't really interest me.  I had no motivation or drive for it.  That's why I always say that I accidentally became an MMA fighter, man.   I was just trying to lose some weight."

Things began to change about seven years ago when the Mexican-American striker's home gym had a visitor.  A young fighter, providing vague information, entered Trevino's training domain looking to get in some rounds and practice Muay Thai techniques.  This individual claimed to be inexperienced and, after Trevino agreed to do a "light" sparring session, the unknown man proceeded to attempt to take the South Texas native's head off.  Trevino recalled, "This guy claimed he was new, only had one professional fight, didn't have much experience and just wanted to get some work in on Muay Thai.  I agreed to help him and the next thing I know, it was on. I frustrated this guy so much that he was humiliated... he sucker-punched me after the first round was over.  We had another round and I held my own again; the guy left the gym [very upset].”  "Sitkayan" added, “We came to find out later that, if I’m not mistaken, his name was Robert Villegas and I believe at the time he was like 6 and 0. The [sparring] video got leaked out and after that, I started getting a lot of calls and people telling me I should consider being a professional MMA fighter because [Villegas] was a known MMA fighter.  I sat down and thought about it and decide to pursue it but I never thought I'd get far.”      Trevino’s choice to seek a career as a professional MMA fighter slowly began to manifest itself as the right decision.  His career being in August 2008 and "Sitkayan" fought his first 10 contests exclusively for the South Texas Fight Championship (STFC) promotional company.  Trevino went on to capture the STFC welterweight championship and was perfect as a professional.  

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