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It has been a very busy first quarter for Houston MMA. Legacy had two sellout shows, one on January 29th at the Houston Arena Theater and another one three weeks later on February 18th at the House of Blues. In addition to the events we launched Legacy Magazine and our daily fight show on channel 55.4 MiCasa Broadcasting starting at 10pm every night.
Mike Calimbas Lance Edwards Ross Enamait Barry Laminack Brandon Nowalk Chris Zebo
Our second quarter promises to be even busier than the first with events scheduled for April 9, May 14 and June 25th in Houston plus the launch of our Legacy Amateur Series in Dallas on May 28th at the Dallas House of Blues. On March 27th we will be supporting our hometown Houston Aeros with the first ever MMA appreciation night being hosted at the Toyota Center during the hockey game. Please come out and support all of your Legacy fighters and local gyms as this promises to be a good time. This is a great opportunity to help Houston MMA grow and we would love to have every gym in the area come out and show their support. We are able to get ticket prices discounted as low as $10 and they range all the way up to $30. The Houston Aeros also offer concourse tables to promote and advertise your gym. If you have any questions or are interested in purchasing tickets, please give Brett a call at 713-361-7955. The match starts at 4pm. In this issue in addition to numerous interviews with Legacy Fighters we had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Kassian with the Houston Aeros and Tony Hugoh with Detroit Lions. Both of these guys love MMA and we appreciate their support. Make sure you check out the technique section featuring two Houston area coaches, Bob “The General” Perez out of 4oz. fight club and Eric Williams from Elite Martial Arts on Westheimer. Last but not least I want to congratulate “The General” Bob Perez on his marriage to Jennifer Josey. They will be getting married on the April 9th show at the Houston Arena Theater in the cage at 730pm. It should be one to remember! We are having a pre-fight wedding/fight celebration at Michael Klein’s Jewelers at 6100 Westheimer from 3-5pm, it will be the perfect way to start the evening with BBQ and drinks all courtesy of Michael Klein’s jewelers. That’s all for now! See you on April 9th
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By Mike Calimbas To quote the recent words of UFC quote machine Chael Sonnen, opponents of Houston’s hometown hockey team must feel like they are “skating on really thin ice with really sharp skates” when going up against the Houston Aeros’ resident enforcer Matt Kassian. Growing up in the frigid north of Edmonton, Alberta, the twenty-four year old Kassian took up sports at a very young age. “I’m Canadian, and playing hockey in Canada is like breathing so you start pretty young. I started playing at about 4 years old I think,” says Matt. Also playing football, baseball, basketball, and even a bit of soccer, the self-described normal kid was attracted to hockey most because according to him, it’s a “fast, physical, emotional game” and he liked those exciting aspects of the game. “Big hits, big fights, big goal goals, and big moments,” that is his passion for hockey according to Matt Kassian. With that being said, perhaps it was fate that brought him to Houston, TX to play and skate for the Houston Aeros. After all, one of the city’s main mottos is “go big and go home” and you can’t bring them in much than 6’5 and 250 pounds! As the team’s resident enforcer, Matt has some big responsibilities for the Aeros as the man in charge of watching everyone’s back on the ice. ”You’re basically a police officer.” He says. “You keep everyone in line out there. If someone is giving your teammates troubles, you have to take care of it. Sometimes you stop something before it happens, and sometimes you stop things from happening again.” Judging by some of the vicious hooks, leg-trip takedowns, and all-out brawls we’ve seen from Kassian, to the casual hockey fan, it might actually look like he actually enjoys this fighting part of hockey. Little do they know he actually does, and he’s pretty good at it too. In an effort to improve on that aspect of his craft, the crafty Matt Kassian recently took up Mixed Martial Arts training as a way to better prepare himself for those times on the ice when he has to do some policing. He’s also using MMA training methods to further enhance his capabilities as an athlete as well. When I asked him why he took up MMA, Matt mentioned fighting in hockey as the obvious answer but also expressed that his MMA training adds much more than just that. “It works on your conditioning, hand-eye coordination, and the mental side of the game also. Basically MMA is an 12 | LEGACY MAGAZINE MARCH-APRIL www.legacyfights.tv
extremely valuable training tool,” Kassian says about what Mixed Martial Arts training brings to the table for professional athletes. Speaking about his experience with MMA off the ice and off the mats, Matt being a long-time fan and counts Georges St. Pierre as one of his favorites due to his overall technicality and methodical destruction of opponents, plus the fact that he is a fellow Canadian! All in all, is very passionate about MMA both on the mats and as a fan. “I love it all! I enjoy training in the morning and watching in the evening. I’ve always been more a fan of the brutal knockouts, but submissions can end a fight just as quick and can be just as exiting.” As far as his own athletic career, I did ask Matt Kassian if he could ever see himself stepping into the Legacy cage as a fighter. For the sake of his current professional career, he hopes that by the time he’s done with hockey that he is too old to be fighting MMA but then again, he also says you never know. In his own words, Matt says “I’d like to think I have a natural gift for this sport” and thinks fighting guys like Brock Lesnar would be a blast. Indeed Legacy could always use a few more aggressive heavyweights but for now, MMA and hockey fans can look forward to watching Matt Kassian kick butt in the rink for the Houston Aeros. Also be on the lookout for Matt as he is excited to be attending on April 9th at the next Legacy Fighting Championships at Arena Theatre. Let’s hope he doesn’t go to the fight and watch a hockey game break out!
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BÖNER BEER it is more than a name - it is an experience
Happy Hour was winding down at Fitzwilly’s, so it was on to the next bar for the taste-testing team of Böner Sun-Kissed Wheat Ale. It was in little ‘ole College Station, TX that this new craft brew was making its debut, and, the response at Fitzwilly’s was excellent. The owner wanted it in his other bars in Texas….and his out-of-state establishments as well. Customers couldn’t believe how flavorful but smooth the ale was. And, of course, everyone loved the brand name. Jokes and one-liners were flying. Laughter was everywhere. Talk about a feel-good beer. By the time the Böner crew hit the second bar,Duddley’s Draw---they missed the happy hour crowd, and the second-wave of customers wasn’t there yet. So Bob Lesch, CEO and creator of the brand, had a chance to pull up a stool and sit at the bar.
“Right then it hit me,” Lesch said, “after over two years of working on this, we could finally order a Böner brew at a bar. I couldn’t believe it.” He added, “It almost got emotional ..if they charged me $20 for that bottle, I would’ve paid it.” But even more amazing is ‘how’ this final product came to fruition. It wasn’t your typical home-brew fan wanting to build a brewery. In fact it was far from it. Rather, it’s a fascinating story of persistence, timing, market recognition and—quite frankly—luck. It all started with a t-shirt Lesch can’t remember the exact moment the brand name “Böner” hit him, but it was a long time ago. Almost 20 years to be exact. Living in Baltimore, Bob and his (now) wife Laurie were getting married and paying for their own wedding. One problem: they didn’t have a lot of $$$ saved. But he had an idea. “I told Laurie about my plan for a t-shirt, sporting a fictional brewery brand Böner Brewing---along with the slogan “Pop a Böner.” She agreed to give it a shot and we sold them via small ads in the back of the Baltimore City Paper, and, wholesale to tee-shirt shops in Ocean City, Maryland. Shirts were marketed throughout the Summer of 1991. By that November---with sales of almost $10,000 in shirts---Laurie and Bob had one heck of a wedding,” he said. More good news soon followed. Lesch was offered the Head of Customer Development and Research at Maryland’s largest financial institution. Taking the job was great for his career, but put a hold on the tee-shirt business. “I didn’t want them to run a background check and read about Böner t-shirts. You just never know how the brass would take it,” Lesch explained. So the brand and business took an 18-year hiatus. Fast forward to late 2008. Lesch is now living in Houston, owning a small financial services business. Lesch and a business colleague he had worked with for over eight years---Betsy Smith---were driving back from a client pitch in Louisiana. When driving for six plus hours, you talk about everything. Including ‘how’ you paid for your wedding. “My lord Bob, let’s do it again!” Smith exclaimed. 16 | LEGACY MAGAZINE MARCH-APRIL www.legacyfights.tv
Lesch agreed and after recruiting a third partner they both respected tremendously Dr. Wayne Wang - Böner was re-born, with its headquarters in Houston. The three partners started marketing the reborn Böner t-shirt brand in early 2009, using a variety of techniques. They wrote and filmed two videos that can still be seen on YouTube. “While sales were pretty decent, it was different in that we got instant customer feedback this time around,” Lesch explained, “people were asking about the beer….where can I buy it….is it real……stuff like that.” But the clincher was customer reaction to the second Böner video pushing t-shirts. Set in a bar, the actors---all volunteers---raved about “the beer”, using a slew of doubleentendres that would make the writers on Saturday Night Live envious. “Our actors mostly came from a Hooter’s restaurant across-the-street from where we filmed, Lesch explained, “Once production was completed, we gave a DVD to the Hooter’s store. As a joke, one of the managers played the ‘commercial’ on the restaurant’s multiple Flatscreens and the place filled with laughter.” And then a funny thing happened, customers started ordering the beer! When told that Hooter’s didn’t have it, customers drove across the highway to Killgore’s---the bar where it was filmed---to buy the elusive beer. “85 people in the first two weeks made the effort to get to Killgore’s,” Lesch said. “It was then that we began to seriously consider doing a beer.” “The extent of our knowledge about beer
when we started was that we drank it,” laughed Dr. Wang. “So the first step was learning everything about it; the market, the styles, the laws and regulations, production, you name it.”
“Craft beers produced in Texas are extremely popular,” Smith said, “so from a market potential perspective we loved it, but from a production side, we were forced to go outof state.”
One thing was for sure, the three partners did not want to go head-to-head with the Macro breweries, Anheuser-Busch, Miller/ Coors and the like. So no American lagers, pilsners and ‘light’ beer. Their brewmaster—Bob Klinetob—advised them to pick a base flavor profile that is ramping up in popularity, then play with it with different formulas and flavorings. The team decided on a wheat beer—a Belgian-style to be exact---and began experimenting. One year and 224 taste-testers later, the team had their recipe: a Belgian-style wheat ale that also has a touch of pineapple.
Why not just build your own brewery? Ever the numbers guy, Wang responded bluntly, “there were seven to 15 million dollar reasons not to build your own brewery.”
“You should not put an orange or lemon in our brew when serving,” Lesch added, “our philosophy is that if you have to add a piece of fruit to your beer, something’s wrong with it.” And what’s the little bits at the bottom of the bottle? Lesch laughed, “we course filter our brews, so you may find some bits of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. It’s not defective. You can swirl the beer to dissolve it.” He added, “we’re a real craft beer, not something watered down or filtered so there’s little taste. And the yeast is good for you!” Finding a Brewery to Produce It The partners tried. They desperately wanted to brew the beer in their home state. But it just didn’t work out. They approached just about every craft brewer in Texas, but each didn’t have the extra capacity to produce another line.
So contract brewing—having a third-party brewer produce your recipe--- was the answer. Contract brewing has gained an enormous amount of momentum, in part due to Wang’s $$$ reasoning. After a three-month search, the team found a perfect contract brewer match: The Lion Brewery out of Wilkes-Barre, PA. Founded in 1905, Lion is the secondlargest brewery in Pennsylvania and the 15th largest in the nation. “They have a trophy case full of medals and awards for their brews,” Lesch explained, “ and they are ever expanding their capabilities and capacity, even though it’s substantial already. But as for the most important aspect—quality and consistency---they are second to none. We’ve been extremely pleased.” Getting beer to the people The beer business operates as a threetiered system. You have the manufacturer/brewer, the Distributor/wholesaler and the Retailer. The brewer cannot by law sell direct to the retailer. Distributors need to be signed. In reviewing their current stable of distributors, how did Böner get so many quality wholesalers in such a
short period of time? “Frankly, our brand name got us the initial meeting,” Smith laughed. “The curiosity factor from them was overwhelming. But once they tasted our brew, they knew this was a seriously delicious liquid that will get repeat customers. So we started negotiating deals one-by-one.” So What’s Next? Böner already has an impressive footprint in Texas. You can find Böner in Galveston, Kemah, Corpus Christi, Bryan/College Station and El Paso, and will debut in major cities Austin and San Antonio at the beginning of April. “We’re continuing negotiations with a slew of other Texas distributors as well,” Lesch said. “We hope to be in the entire state within six months.” Any other states on the horizon? “We’re already at the contract stage with a major distributor in Louisiana. You may soon be seeing Böners on Bourbon Street,” Lesch laughed. “We’ll just proceed from there.” And what about the t-shirts that started all this? “It’s funny,” Lesch mused, “ but t-shirt sales have actually sky-rocketed with the beer debut. They certainly feed off each other.” So the next time you pop a Böner, order a stiff one .the slogans are endless ..be amazed that the reason for this great-tasting brew was customer response to a t-shirt. What’s the old saying, ‘Only in America’!
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PREVIEW By Barry Laminack (TheCageDoor.net)
The April 9 Legacy fight card has shaped up to be one of the deepest fight cards in Legacy history. It’s packed with top 5 fighters and can’t miss prospects. Consider this primer a sneak peek into April 9.
Patrick Greene vs Mark Garcia After taking his last 2 fights on less than 24 hours notice, Mark Garcia finally gets to have a fight camp. How will that help this Muay Thai specialist? Patrick Greene looked very impressive in his loss to John Malbrough last time out at Legacy. He’s got a good mix of stand-up and ground, but he trains out of Revolution Dojo, a camp known for great MMA jiu-jitsu. Look for Garcia to try and keep this one standing as Greene is sure to want to take this one to the ground. Justin Murray vs Robert Garcia Murray is coming off a hard fought loss to Jordan Rivas. Though he lost, he looked about as well as one can while taking a defeat. I don’t know much about Garcia, but I do know he better be ready for a fighter in Murray who can stand and bang but is going to look to get him to the ground and finish him quick. Alex Morono vs Jeff Rexroad Rexroad is fresh off winning his fight of the night war against Ricardo Talavera. Morono is now 2-0 after beating the aforementioned Mark Garcia :40 seconds into their fight at Legacy back in January. Rexroad is probably one of the most well rounded fighters in Houston with KO power and a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. The fun part of this fight, Morono is also a complete fighter. He’s got a great left hook, good kicks and is very talented on the ground. Tim Snyder vs Alex Black If you had to describe Tim Snyder in two words, they would probably be powerfully fast. Not only does he have quick hands, he’s got power. Black is coming of an upset loss after getting TKO’d in his last outing. That loss didn’t sit well with Black, so expect him to be out to prove something in this fight. I also expect him to have his hands up the entire time they are standing. Justin Reiswerg vs Casey Hobson April 9th will mark the return to the cage for “The Handgrenade”, aka Casey Hobson. He’s probably one of Houston’s best kept secretes. That WAS how you could describe Reiswerg until he shocked the entire city when he submitted the highly regarded Rey Trujillo in his last fight. Put this one on your list for fight of the night candidates. John Malbrough vs Jonathan Harris Harris lost his last time out in his title fight with current champion Mike Bronzoulis. Malbrough is coming of another great looking performance where he beat Patrick Greene. Malbrough is one of those guys who really seems to have it all together in the cage. Harris can end the fight with one punch, or with one knee like he did in his 3 second KO over JR Fuller back in July of last year. Patrick Hutton vs Pat Biershwale Bierschwale finally turned pro and did so in winning fashion. Hutton looks to try and get 18 | LEGACY MAGAZINE MARCH-APRIL www.legacyfights.tv
back on track after dropping his last 2 fights. It’s no secret that Hutton has some of the best boxing in Houston, but Bierschwale is a San Shou fighter so he’ll be ready. In the end Justin Murray and RJ Knepp showed the blue print to beating Hutto, take him to the ground; so look for Bierschwale to take him to the ground and try and finish it. Angel Huerta vs Nate Garza A late addition to the card, Huerta vs Garza is going to be FUN! Huerta has some of the best pure stand up in Houston and he’s going to need it because Garza has never been finished on his fight. Can Huerta do what nobody else has been able to do and finish Garza with strikes? Garza has a granite chine and his stand up is well above average, but his biggest advantage in this fight will be his strength. I’d look for him to try and get inside on Huerta and fight this fight from the clinch. He does not want to be at the end of Huerta’s kicks (or punches). Alex Cisne vs Cleburne Walker This is going to a showcase fight for one of these guys. Both of them are highly respected as fighters and have great reputations. A win in this fight is going to look great on the resume. If Walker’s name sounds familiar it’s because he was on The Ultimate Fighter for a brief time. He fought to get in the house but lost after dislocating his shoulder in the fiht. Alex Cisne has the best kicks in Texas, just ask RJ Knepp, a guys who lost in the first round to Cisne after having his leg destroyed by said kicks.. Walker is susceptible to the kick as evident by his head kick KO loss to Mike Bronzoulis. Walker is no joke though, and has high level skills. This is one of those fights that could be a main card fight on a national promotion. Put this one on your radar for fight of the night. Andrew Craig vs Bubba Bush Craig is fresh of a dominating performance of one of Texas’ best and most highly regarded old school Texas MMA fighters in Jon Kirk. Craig made that fight look easy on his way to winning. Bubba Bush also has a win over a very highly regarded Texas MMA fighter in Chris Spicer. Nobody doubts Bush’s ability on the ground as a wrestler. He’s as strong as an ox and can take just about anyone down, but Craig trains under is Travis Tooke so the ground is his playground. In fact, trying to find holes in Craig’s game isn’t easy, he’s that good. Bush will be the stronger fight but Craig has the more well-rounded game. That said, you could have said the same exact thing going into Bush’s fight with Spicer and he dominated Spicer. Who ever wins, they are going to be the NEW 185lb Legacy champion. Daniel Pineda vs Ray Blodgett This fight has been in the making for a while now. Pineda has wanted to win the title at both the 145 and 155 lb Legacy division since winning the 145 lb title back in 2010. To do so he had to defeat Rey Trujillo and he did. Pineda submitted Trujillo in their fight, something Blodgett couldn’t do in his title fight with Trujillo (they fought at 155). Blodgett doesn’t get the respect he deserves as a fighter because he’s not flashy, but he is with out a doubt one of the best 155’ers in Texas. Pineda has a TON of experience in the ring and has fought some big names in MMA. Blodgett fights out of Elite MMA, a camp known for their groundwork. Something most people don’t know is that Pineda has great wrestling and can match Blodgett in strength, something many 155’ers can’t do. I expect this one to be on the short list for fight of the night.
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ROAD TO REDEMPTION
At six-foot-five and over three hundred pounds, Tony Ugoh usually stands head and shoulders above his athletic competition. A lifelong Houstonian, Tony began as an offensive lineman with North Houston’s Westfield High School then headed to the University of Arkansas. In college, he was a two-sport athlete moonlighting in track (throwing discus) while developing a thirdteam All-American career as a guard on the vaunted Razorback offensive line.
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Through hard work and a desire to perform, Ugoh’s skills found him getting drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 2007, a team where he spent much of his young career as a starter at left tackle, protecting Peyton Manning’s blindside until injury found him on the sidelines. Now seeking a fresh start with the Detroit Lions, Ugoh stands on the road to redemption. Through a newfound passion for Mixed Martial Arts training, Ugoh hopes to adapt an entirely new skill set in order to thrive in football while possibly preparing for a post-NFL fighting career. I recently spoke to Ugoh about his beginnings as a Mixed Martial Arts fan and why he suddenly found himself training in the sport. A fan of the Legacy Fighting Championships, Tony can also be found ringside at Legacy’s events at the Arena Theater when he’s in town. Legacy: Getting right into it, as far as fighting, how long have you been involved with the sport of MMA? Tony: I’ve been watching for about three years now. I guess about a couple years ago, I went and trained at Bam Bam Martial Arts for a few weeks and that’s when I got my first taste of the Mixed Martial Arts world. Legacy: Do you have any specific fighters you like watching? Tony: Actually, yeah I do. I’m a HUGE fan of Anderson Silva. I love watching him fight and I also love watching Brock (Lesnar) fight, especially early in his career. I know his career hasn’t been that long but I just love watching him fight. I know he’s had a couple of down fights, his last two or whatever, but I still look forward to seeing him. Legacy: I understand you’ve been cross-training using MMA principles with Eric Williams over at Elite MMA. How did you get hooked up with them? Tony: Basically last year, I was out (of football, due to injury) for a little bit so I wanted to find a place to train. I was at Bam Bam for a little bit and I liked what I was doing there but I only did the Muay Thai class. I wanted to find a gym where I could do both (striking and ground) so I went online to look for jiu-jitsu places. What sold me on Eric and Elite was the fact that they also have BONA Fitness right next door. I was also going to do some training with Keith (Scruggs, Owner of BONA Fitness) for football, strength and conditioning and all that. The fact that I could go right next door and train with Eric also works out great for me. Legacy: How do you think training principles from Mixed Martial Arts helps you in preparing for football? Tony: With being an offensive lineman, power coming from your hips is a big deal. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is also really good and translates well. Learning how to roll around and actually use your weight properly is a big help - like figuring out how to anchor your weight down. That’s great. It is definitely a chess game on the mats when you’re thinking and moving around at the same time. It also helps -continued on page 22
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with your overall strength manipulation and learning how to control somebody else’s body. There’s a lot of grabs and stuff that go on in there (with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). On the Muay Thai side - striking, being able to throw in your punches is good to learn. The punches aren’t exactly the same (as in football) but getting to know your body a little bit more and learning where your power comes from really helps. Legacy: How do you compare the two sports in terms of how to prepare; how you train? Tony: That’s kind of tough because I never really fought. I train, yes, but I’m pretty sure your mindset is a lot different, more intense right before a fight. The fight aspect of it is a lot more intense in general. It’s the same in football before games but we’re padded and most of the time not really worried about getting knocked out or submitted. In that respect, it’s definitely different. Legacy: There’s a lockout possibly looming next year in the (NFL) league with the union and owners already going at it. If football isn’t an option, any chance we could see you in the cage at Legacy here in Houston someday? Tony: Actually, the funny thing is a little after I started training I was talking to my wife and I mentioned that when I was finished playing football, if I’m not too old or my body too banged up, I’d like to give it a shot. She wasn’t too excited about it but I think she’ll support. If I’m not too old and my body’s not too banged up, I’d definitely like to try and get in the cage. Legacy: Any chance fans could see you watching ringside at one of these local Legacy cards at the Arena Theater anytime soon? Tony: Yes. I went to my first one in January with my wife and we had a GREAT time. Keith Scruggs actually told me about the show initially and I told him I want to know whenever there is another one in Houston. Whenever there is, me and my wife are there. As long as I’m in Houston, we’ll definitely be there watching the fights. Legacy: Do you have any parting words for Houston’s diehard Legacy MMA and NFL fans? Tony: Just thanks to the fans, especially on the football side of it. Without them, there would be no us so keep supporting us (fighters and football players) and the sports you love.
Getting to know your body a little bit more and learning where your power comes from really helps.
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Legacy Fighters Doing Work Inside and Outside of the Cage
By Mike Calimbas “Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: the fights are bare knuckle. No shirt, no shoes, no weapons. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.” Legacy fight fans, did you know that the gladiators you see doing battle inside the Legacy Fighting Championships also have in common with you when they are not doing work inside the confines of the Legacy cage? Most of our fans see our fighters as modern-day gladiators but the reality of it is that they’re mild-mannered regular salt-of-the-earth human beings when not playing supermen inside the Legacy cage. We caught up with some of these modern-day gladiators to give you an inside allaccess look at their lives outside of training and beating people up for your viewing pleasure. Here’s an inside look at some of your favorite athletes and their daily working lives. A loyal husband and father in addition to being a recent recipient of fight of the night honors, Paradigm’s Jeff Rexroad is very good at dishing out his form of Legacy cage beatings. What is lesser known is that Jeff actually spends most of his time keeping the city safe from violence rather than just causing it an officer for the Houston Police Department. Rest assured in knowing you have a well-qualified Legacy representative keeping our city safe! With hands of stone and nerves of steel, Legacy’s Featherweight Champion Daniel “Pit” Pineda is used to breaking down his opponents. He’s also a full-time con24 | LEGACY MAGAZINE MARCH-APRIL www.legacyfights.tv
struction worker working on residential and commercial projects in and around the Greater Houston area. Houston has always been known as a rough-and-tumble oil boom city. Did you know that equally rough-and-tumble fighter Ricardo Talavera ended up in Houston to work in the industry? That’s right, despite the fact that he looks like a professional Hitman for hire, this Legacy fighter actually works as a Software Analyst and holds a degree from the University of West Virginia in Petroleum Engineering. As gifted at working on automobiles as he is at working over his opponents in the Legacy cage, John “Maniac” Malbrough is a proud small business owner here in Texas with Malbrough’s Mobile Mechanic Services. Operating out of Kingwood, TX, John uses his mechanical talents to care of automotive needs all over Northeast Houston and will do a great job for those clients that mention themselves as Legacy fight fans. A lifelong martial artist, “The Chosen One” Angel Huerta not only trains in MMA, but also lives and breathes martial arts in his day-to-day life. Having over fifteen years of experience as a multiple-time Sport Karate World Champion and as a veteran of such events as Chuck Norris’ World Combat league, Angel is the Head Instructor of his own successful karate academy, Millennium Martial Arts. Outside of training and teaching others in the art of combat, the said-to-be-goodlooking fighter (according to the ladies) also plies his time as a model for print and promotional work. These gentlemen and many more of our Legacy fighters love to do work, inside and outside the cage. So just as in the movie Fight Club, be on the lookout in offices and workplaces everywhere as you just might find yourself staring at a bona fide Legacy MMA fighter. You might not want to mention it though. Always remember the first rule of Fight Club!
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By Mike Calimbas On April 9th, perhaps the most highly anticipated showdown in the history of the Legacy Fighting Championship will take place in the main event as it pits champion versus champion in Daniel Pineda taking on the undefeated Ray Blodget for his Legacy lightweight title. With their individual futures hanging in the balance, each of these exciting fighters the highest of motivations heading into what should be an epic battle at the Arena Theater. In the case current Legacy featherweight champion, Daniel “The Pit” Pineda, he heads into this championship bout with the unmatched momentum of coming out victorious in two Legacy title bouts already in his past two bouts, defeating over Levi Forrest (former welterweight champion) and Ray Trujillo emphatically by submission. With a win in this bout, The IV Ounce Fighter Pineda would hold the distinction of being the most dominant fighter in Legacy Fighting Championship history. Perhaps that is why he called out the current lightweight champion immediately following his Legacy victory over Levi Forrest this past January. Hearing that challenge, Ray Blodget of Elite MMA gladly accepted. Heading into this first of the 155 title, the undefeated champion also has motivations of his own as he also seeks to gain distinction as Legacy’s most domination champion. A largely quiet-natured fighter, Blodget prefers to do his talking in the Legacy cage, earning the distinction of Fight of the Night candi-
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Blodget date in past Legacy matchups against Rey Trujillo, Aaron Barringer, and Kierre Gooch. Seeking to continue his winning ways, Blodget has added even more training to his already loaded schedule at Elite MMA but traveling to California to work with Freddie Roachâ€™s team at Hollywood Boxing along with Eddie Bravo and others at Legends MMA. More prepared that ever, Blodget is looking to add Pineda to his list of defeated foes and do so by being the most prepared fighter he can be as he takes on his biggest challenge yet. Stylistically, what fans can look forward to in this matchup are two well-rounded fighters who put it all on the line, title or no title. Not once in the Legacy cage has either champion been in a boring matchup and both can end the fight on the feet or on the ground with a dizzying array of Muay-Thai and boxing based strikes and on the floor with much ballyhooed skill sets in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Wrestling. Being perhaps evenly-matched all-in-all in terms of the weapons they bring to the table, this matchup could come down simply to who wants it most as both them these men battle for the future of their Legacy. (pun intended) Who wants it most? Who will win and stake the title of most dominant fighter in Legacy history? Buy your tickets now and find out on April 9th during the main event of the Legacy Fighting Championship at Houstonâ€™s Arena Theater!
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continued from pg 40 for places in the country--don’t seem to capture any real essence of the places they’re named after. No cows mooing in “Amarillo”, no rusting factories rotting away in “Detroit”, no wind or verticality in “Shy Town” (a lesserknown nickname for Chicago). Only “California and the Slipping of the Sun”, in its wistful atmosphere of lethargic organs and Albarn’s droning voice drowning in a synthesized smog suggests the Golden State sun setting.
fatigued sentiment of road weariness, of the mundane transactions of checking in and out of hotel rooms, of unpacking and repacking your bags, of watching the world pass by in an immaterial blur through the car window. And like the streaming blur out the window, nothing on this album really captures your attention. You almost wish they would have pulled over long enough to reflect for a
minute. But these songs just amble along listlessly from one place to another. Gorillaz have humored the idea of a physical release of The Fall in coming months. But why bother with the repackaging of a mediocre album when people can download it for free?
The road Gorillaz traveled on this album is certainly inward, not outward. The landscapes and cities of America are in the backseat of this road trip album. It seems another affect of being on the road takes the wheel in this conceptual voyage. It’s that feeling of fogginess you get from passing through numerous places without ever stopping long enough to figure them clearly in your mind; the
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A LOOK BACK: By Barry Laminack (TheCageDoor.net) Mark Garcia vs Alex Morono Mark Garcia took this fight on 24 hours notice. When he heard that Alex didn’t have anyone to fight after David McClung had to go to the emergency room, Mark stepped up and took the fight anyway. The fight started off with both guys looking to work from the outside. Once they engaged, the fight went to the ground and Morono’s superior ground game kicked in and he submitted Garcia via arm bar 41 seconds into the first. A good win for Morono who move to 2-0 as a pro. John Malbrough vs Patrick Greene Patrick Greene made his pro debut and he looked really good going against John Malbrough, a guy riding a 4 fight win streak. Though Greene showed flashes of greatness and will no doubt make some waves on the scene, it was not to be his night. Malbrough settled down in the second round and in typical John Malbrough fashion, he methodically moved the fight to a point where he could end it. Once he got mount on Greene with those heavy hips it wouldn’t take long before the referee would have to step in and stop the fight. Malbrough ups his record to 2-0, but I have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear of Patrick Greene. Jordan Rivas vs Justin Murray I think everyone that knew about these two fighters expected this fight to take place on the ground, as both fighters have a very strong BJJ pedigree. It was a pleasant surprise to see both guys willing to stand and bang a bit. Heck, they even mixed in some solid clinch work to showcase ALL their skills. The final round was back and forth and fought mostly on the ground. Both guys scored well in the round, but in the end the judges would give the split decision victory to Jordan Rivas. Angel Huerta vs Andy Sandoval This was billed as a stand up battle, and for the most part, it lived up to the billing. Huerta opened up with a sidekick to the midsection that seemed to rattle Sandoval, but Andy managed to settle into a nice rhythm after that. Angel would kick it into high gear in rounds 2 and 3 and the man they call “The Chosen One” would finally catch Sandoval with his hands down as he landed a well timed and well placed head kick that KO’d Sandoval. Huerta would end up winning TheCageDoor.net knockout of the night honors. Rey Trujillo vs Justin Reiswerg As far as hype goes, this fight flew under 32 | LEGACY MAGAZINE MARCH-APRIL www.legacyfights.tv
the radar on such a stacked card, but those in the know felt that it had all the making of a barnburner. Trujillo came out in typical Trujillo fashion. He was full of energy and looked good early on. The fight made it’s way to the ground, where Reiswerg would take over and really put on a show. Rey is very tough to submit, but that didn’t stop Reiswerg from trying. Round two was fought on the ground as Trujillo tried to work from the guard some. Round 3 would prove to be the end of the fight as Reiswerg capitalized on a mistake by Trujillo and got him to tap via arm bar at 1:08 in the 3rd. This was a statement fight for Justin Reiswerg, and what a statement he made. Reiswerg’s arm bar would earn him TheCageDoor.net submission of the night award. Ricardo Talavera vs Jeff Rexroad This one was pegged early on as a strong candidate for fight of the night…and that’s exactly what it delivered. Skill wise, both guys are very similar. Both are above average strikers with solid ground games. What we also found out is that both of these guys CAN TAKE A PUNCH! Rexroad dropped Talavera with a great right hook, but Talavera never panicked, kept his cool and was able to slow the pace a bit while he recovered. The same thing would be repeated in round two as Rexraod, the man known as “The Executioner”, was executing some beautiful striking and dropped Talvera a couple more times. Again, Talavera would keep his wits about him and land several clean and well placed strikes of his own that would bloody up Rexroad pretty good. Rexroad would put the exclamation mark on the round as he once again landed some clean strikes that sent Talavera to the mat just before the bell. Round three was just an all out BRAWL! Both guys came out with a lets do this look on their face. After a couple of exchanges, Talavera was able to get off several shots in a row that sent Rexroad reeling. With his back against the cage, Rexroad would return fire and as they separated, both fighters faces were bloodied up. The rest of the round would see both guys going for the KO. They traded and traded and only stopped because of the bell. After the bell, they both stood in the center of the ring and hugged. It was a great fight and really a shame that anyone had to lose, but in the end Jeff Rexroad would earn a unanimous decision victory. The fight would also win TheCageDoor.net fight of the night.
fight analysis on the Jan. 29 fights Brian Melancon vs Derrick Krantz Mid way through round 1, Melancon must have seen something in Krantz’s game because he started peppering his leg with kicks. After kick number three landed, it was obvious Krantz was starting to be hurt by the constant barrage. As the fight went on, Krantz began to gas and his hands dropped lower and lower. At one point he was gasping for air with his mouthpiece hanging out. Both fighters were tired going in to round three but Krantz was running on empty. Melancon would control the round just as he did the other two, even opening up a nasty cut over Krantz’s right eye. Melancon dominated in the fight and won via unanimous decision. Daniel Pineda vs Levi Forrest This was a “meet in the middle” match. Daniel Pineda was coming up from 145 and Levi Forrest was coming down from 170. Pineda is the 145lb Legacy champion. Forrest is the former 170lb Legacy champion who gave up his belts to drop to 155. Going into the fight, Levi looked a lot bigger than Pineda. Pineda threw several lead hooks and a few head kicks (common in a righty vs lefty matchup). After several exchanges, Forrest looked to have the fight in hand as he got Pineda in a TIGHT standing guillotine. Somehow Pineda managed to pop his head out. Shortly after that the fight would end up on the ground where Pineda would grab on to an ankle and QUICKLY force Levi to tap. Pineda won and during his post fight interview in the cage he said that he was gunning for Ray Blodgett (the current 155lb title holder). Joe Christopher vs Mike Bronzoulis Bronzoulis had said privately before the fight that if he didn’t TKO Joe Christopher he would quit MMA. Bottom line, Mike Bronzoulis is still an MMA fighter. In patented Mike B fashion, he opened up with a head kick and then went to work. Using solid stand up and great take-down defense Bronzoulis would control most of the first round, only because Christopher was dead set on getting a single leg take-down, taking a LOT of damage in the process. Rounds 2 and 3 were actually of the rinse and repeat variety as again Christopher would go for a single, get stuffed and not give it up only to have Bronzoulis pepper his face and body with strikes. Early in round 3 Bronzoulis had opened up a deep cut. The Dr. was called in to the ring to have a look and would stop the fight to prevent any further damage or injury.
By Mike Calimbas For those out there that have long-enjoyed gaming in the ultra-competitive fighting genre, few games have matched the loyal following of the EA Sports ‘Fight Night’ series. Since 2004, four editions have been released to feed fan frenzy and allow them new ways to knock out their friends. The latest edition entitled Fight Night Champion was recently released on March 1, 2011. Slated to take a somewhat “darker” turn from previous installments, this latest edition is meant to show the brutal side of the sport of boxing, as evident by it being the first EA Sports game to receive a M (for mature) rating. Indeed this edition showcases more blood and brutality than previous years, clearly showing gamers everything from cut, scares, and gashes, along with blood flowing down a fighter’s face, all the way down to their trunks. Fight Night Champion also introduces an all-new control scheme, labeled ‘Full-Spectrum Punch Control.’ This method allows players the opportunity to use flicks of the right stick to throw punches, eliminating the need for complicated gestures, as required in Fight Night Round 4 and previous editions. In addition, several other modifications have been added as the all-powerful haymaker has been replaced with a power-modifier, which is accomplished by hold down the assigned button while throwing heavy punches. Tweaks to the blocking and dodging system have also been modified. Overall, the game play mechanics and interface has been improved and allows for players to utilize a more refined strategy than just furiously smashing away at buttons. Also, a re-refined physics animation system has allowed for much more detailed graphical performance as well. As far as challenge, Fight Night Champion delivers in that the AI is smart. In fact, this may be the first game in the series where you’ll notice that not all computer opponents play the same way. Muhammad Ali will jab and dance at you while Mike Tyson will try to take your head clean off. The fighters react to situations and try to win instead of making the same dumb old moves. Well… sometimes they do but then again, human opponents can be just as stupid sometimes. That’s just being realistic. In addition to all this, EA Sports has added a new wrinkle to this edition of Fight Night by adding an all-new story mode entitled Champion Mode. This storyline has you living out the rise, fall and rebirth of fictional boxer Andre Bishop. The five-hour story is a compelling mixture of cut scenes and boxing matches with perhaps every boxing movie cliché thrown in. With it, fights suddenly have meaning. Special situations weaved into storyline create that effect, with you having to win by KO after breaking your hand, for example. While sometimes tedious, overall, it really does create an enhanced gaming experience. I’d suggest getting your hands on this game by buying or at least renting it via Gamefly for the distinct pleasure of claiming the title of Fight Night Champion amongst your friends.
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Johnny Cash From memphis to hollywood: bootleg volume 2 By Chris Zebo In the past month, Sony Legacy released two double-CD Johnny Cash bootleg compilations. The first of the series, Bootleg Volume 1: Personal File, delivered Cash to us as he would have delivered himself to a mirror, with 49 intimate tracks the venerable Man in Black recorded at his leisure and mostly in the privacy of his own home. Listeners are treated to Cash pared down gritty and beautiful; just the man and a guitar accompanied by personal stories about when and why some of the songs were written. The tracks, all together, are like a last testament (except that they were composed years before his death in the seventies)--a biographical undertaking Cash stored away in a private box probably knowing that they’d become a part of his history one day. Released at the same time as Personal File, From Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Volume 2 is very different in approach. The second volume is also a double-CD (with a staggering 57 tracks) but with more of a didactic air about it that might, on the surface, appeal more to musicologists than fans. But From Memphis delicately bridges the often unnegotiable chasm between historian and fan in ways that both stimulates curiosity and appreciation at the same time. For fans, you get to hear rare early recordings of Cash classics, such as a demo version of “I Walk the Line” that was home-recorded and sounds remarkably close to the hit version produced for Sun Records in ‘56. You also get to hear gems that only a seasoned historian would unearth, such as an early cover of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” and an incomplete cover of “Brakeman’s Blues”--the classic yodeling number that Jimmie Rodgers--“The Father of Country”-first penned in the twenties. For historians, and even for fans wishing
to gain a better understanding of his early career, From Memphis to Hollywood offers rare glimpses into Cash’s radio show years and the burgeoning career that was slowly blooming around him. For example, short advertisements he voiced for his Saturday afternoon show in Memphis are interspersed among early songs on the first CD. And in these short segments, one hears an unconventionally wavering--almost bashful-Cash, a persona that reminds us that even though he was larger than life in his later years he was flesh and blood like us once. In “Home Equipment Company Advertisement”, Cash’s immediately recognizable baritone voice reads an advertisement to listeners in a straightforward, uninspired tone. At the time, he was a salesman for the company, selling Venetian blinds during the day so that he could subsidize his music career. Home Equipment Company “graciously” bought Cash airtime in return for plugs. “You know, folks,” he says impassively in the 1:16-long track, “even without air conditioning, you can make your home several degrees cooler this summer--and for the summers to come--with Home Equipment Company’s Cool Glow Awnings.” It’s these grainy black and white aural photos from the past that add color not only to Cash’s humble crawl to the top but also to early country music’s workingman history. Disc two of the set was mined from the vaults of Columbia records (Cash signed to the label after leaving Sun in ‘58). Bsides, outtakes, and unreleased singles comprise most of the offerings, but you slowly come to comprehend a tangible departure from Memphis to Hollywood as the tracks play on. It’s in these 25 tracks that we begin to hear much more production behind the recordings. Unlike the barren, one-man-and-guitar intimacy of the Memphis years, the second disk begins to shed light on how Cash embraced new record-
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ing technologies and the capacity for multitracking, which is evidenced by layers of mixed instruments and backing vocals. It wasn’t long after Cash moved to Tinsel Town that he started recording songs for movies and TV, too. And in tracks such as “The Girl from Saskatoon”, a swinging song with doo-wopping female background singers, you can almost imagine it soundtracking a montage in a sixties TV romance. Even if he did shower and shave more often in Hollywood, he unabashedly kept some dirt under his fingernails to show his new
(and larger) audience that he came from roots--and that’s not easy to do in LA, a town notorious for uprooting. But, as we know today, it wasn’t always easy for him. When Cash moved to Hollywood and embraced the bright lights, he also embraced drugs and alcohol--a turbulent period of his life where the “Man in Black” acquired his eponymous dark side and fought for years against his inner demons. You can’t really discern the darkness from the music on CD two, but knowing that time of his life as we do now, it’s quite a listening experience to compare the guise of joy and beauty in those songs with what we know they belied.
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By Brandon Nowalk Nobody in Battle Los Angeles seems to realize how hilarious the movie is. The opening newscast reveals how much of the world has already been devastated by alien attack, intoning, “We cannot lose Los Angeles.” Because that would be the last straw. Later Aaron Eckhart tells his men, “We are not losing one more civilian!” Apparently the others were acceptable losses. Michelle Rodriguez tells him, “You remind me of my older brother. He never smiled, either.” I’m with them. Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle Los Angeles is one of the worst films I’ve ever seen. We open in media res to get a brief glimpse of LA on fire before flashing back a whole day, lest we get a long enough look at the spectacle that is the entire point of the film to nitpick its CGI. It’s not enough to say Battle Los Angeles is derivative. The doubtless blockbuster profits this deathless roar makes at the box office wouldn’t cover a tenth of the royalties it owes to the action, war, and sci-fi films it rips off with the diminishing returns of a cheap copier. There’s some of Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down in the military sequences, District 9 and Skyline in the sci-fi, and the worst tendencies of Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay in the general formula. Battlestar Galactica fans have seen the power and potential of alien apocalypse stories, and the whole scenario has been navigated more intelligently by gamers. But you don’t go to see Battle Los Angeles for the story. You go for the same reasons you see 2012 or Independence Day: what would it look like to see the world blown up? Apparently, it would look spellbindingly boring. We’ve seen explosions, incendiary devices, and the demolition of skyscrapers, often, and with more resonance, in real life on the news or Youtube. Liebesman made a movie about cybernetic aliens attacking Los Angeles and squanders all the potential on run-of-the-mill military weapons. Our bad guys use bullets, fire cannons, operate airships. The result of the profound dearth of lasers, futuristic technology of any kind, and imagination in general is the dull, lifeless color palette that seems to be taking hold in the gritty realism school of absurd sci-fi. The direction is deliberately chaotic, but it’s time to put the urgency argument for shakycam to rest. Any runner can tell you shakycam is an affectation. What’s more, the story is no more than a Support Our Troops banner like the one that comically survives attack in a ruined Santa Monica street. We see children crying, civilians being brave, and Marines sacrificing their lives to save the world. It’s uncomfortable to watch a film with this naked a fetish, but our heroes lap up the glory more like promotional posters than real kids. They persevere through every attack, but numbed by nihilism, we quickly grow jealous of their fallen comrades, wishing the mission could go on without us as we drift into the sweet, peaceful release of death.
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Brittany Marshall Legacy: How did you get your start as a ring girl? Brittany: With my job at hooters. My managers words were “how do you feel in a bikini?” Legacy: Which one of your jobs has required the least amount of clothes? Brittany: Ringcarding. Can’t give it all away for free! Legacy: What do you like to wear when you aren’t working? Brittany: I’m a kick back girl so I’m just in some Jordans and some tight yoga pants and a cute shirt. Legacy: Have you ever trained MMA? Brittany: Yes one time at a gym and I hurt my “precious girls,” (my bobbies) so I think I will stick to holding the cards. Legacy: Did you grow up in Houston? Brittany: No. I was actually born in the Dominican Republic. Then moved to Chicago with my mother and somehow wound up in Spring, TX. Legacy: What are some of your short and long term goals? Brittany: I have one long term goal - to live a long healthy, fun and knowledgeable life. And doing that all while becoming a weather girl. Legacy: What do you look for in a guy? Brittany: There is something about a guy that looks rough on the outside – muscles, 6-pack, nice teeth, a couple scars here and there - but inside is the biggest teddy bear and loves his family, especially his mother. Oh yea and he has to be able to wink cause that’s one thing that I was never able to do and it’s just so sexy to me. Legacy: Do you have a favorite round card to carry? Brittany: No, because every fight ends differently. Some are knockouts, some submissions and some fights that go all the way. So everybody ends up being every number but I always start doing round 2.
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