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The Path to the Black Belt

Tammy Griego becomes Gracie Barra New Mexico’s First Female Black Belt High atop the podium at the 2012 International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation Pan-Am Tournament in Irvine, Calif., Tammy Griego displayed another title, another medal and another championship for her already overflowing trophy room. What she didn’t expect to leave the podium with was the one thing she had been ...

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Band of Boxing Brothers


The Sanchez Family

Three brothers. All disciplined in the arts. Their westside Albuquerque family home, lies on a half an acre of land that can be deceiving at first glance. The father, greets us at the door. Once inside, he leads us through a small living room, then the narrow kitchen where the boys’ mother shyly stands and softly says, ‘hola’. In traditional ...

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Austin Trout and Louie Burke on Las Cruces PAL Gym History

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Recently, SouthWest Fight News had the honor of visiting the “Regular” WBA World Super Welterweight champion Austin Trout (24-0, 14KO) and his trainer Louie Burke, at the Sammy Burke Youth Boxing Center – Las Cruces Police Athletic League (PAL) Gym in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The building that houses the gym at 700 North Solano, has ...

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May Events

5/3 Bellator (Bryan Baker) 5/5  UFC on Fox 3: Diaz vs. Miller (John Dodson) 5/5 Roswell MMA (Steve Garcia) 5/11 Bellator (Travis Marx)(recap) 5/12 KOTC @ Buffalo Thunder  (recap) 5/12 Mescalero Warrior (recap) 5/19 Strikeforce (Isaac “Ike” Vallie-flagg, Quinn Mulhern) 5/26 UFC 146 Dos Santos vs. Mir (Diego Brandao) 6/2 Jackson MMA (more info) 6/2  Carlsbad 6/5 UFC on FX3 (Buddy Roberts, Henry Martinez, Tim ...

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April Events

April’s schedule is fairly busy and May-June are going to be stacked as well.   We will keep the schedule updated. 3/30 – Steel City Rumble 9 (Paul Ray) (Fight recap) 3/31 – WMMA (Lionel Lanham, Frank Gomez, Willie Parks) (Fight recap) 3/31 – Tapia Uprising  (Fight recap) 3/31 – OneFC (Donald Sanchez) (Fight recap)(Video) 4/6 – FIT NHB Smoker (Fight recap) 4/6 – ...

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March Events

A few notable tussles on the calendar for March 2012. As we learn more this post will be updated. UFC: March 3rd – UFC ON FX 2 – Alves vs. Kampman  (Australia) StrikeForce: March 3rd –  Tate vs. Rousey (Ohio)   March 2nd (Boxing) FIT NHB Smoker The Battlegrounds Series at  FIT NHB is a great amateur series on the first first Friday of ...

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Tim “Dirty Bird” Means preps For UFC on Fuel

I was lucky enough last weekend to talk with Tim Means, post training session with coach Tom Vaughn, and mid photo shoot, about his upcoming UFC fight, training, life, family and everything in between. Tim’s Current record is 16-3-1, with 75% of those victories by TKO. He currently holds both the Junior Welterweight and Lightweight belts in King of the Cage. I ...

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Fight Recap: Jackson’s 7 and KOTC

Jackson’s MMA Series 7 Recap: 1 Jose Caro defeated Pete Quezada via Submission (Guillotine Choke) 1 2:59 2 Riki Nobuta defeated Adam Soto Submission (Armbar) 2 1:42 3 Emily Peters-Kagan defeated Cortney Casey via Decision (Split) 3 3:00 4 Armando Montoya Jr. defeated Adam Gonzales Submission (Guillotine Choke) 3 0:58 5 Jodie Esquibel defeated Amy Riehle in a Decision (Unanimous) ...

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Jackson’s Series: Card Breakdown

Main event Michelle Waterson (8-3) vs.  Diana Rael (3-1) at 105lbs.  Michelle Waterson taking on the talented Diana Rael in the main event of this stacked Jacksons MMA Series fight card. Waterson and Rael are flyweight fighters and a fast paced firework-filled show is expected. Rael recently took out Chavez Dojo’s Angelica Chavez, utilizing a variety of techniques to upset Chavez before ...

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Training: Hill of Tears

[singlepic id=21 w=320 h=240 float=right]Copper Canyon is often refereed to as the “Hill of Tears”. Located off of Tramway and Copper you will find a great spot to exercise. We caught up with Cub Swanson,  Isaac Vallie-Flagg and Jake Murphy for a late morning workout. I try to do Copper Canyon every Friday because its a gauge for where my conditioning is and it ...

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