MMA math staggers statisticians. Once they crack the secret to the sport’s algebraic code, unknown variables force them to withdraw their work and return to the whiteboards. Josh Emmett (9-0), a championed mixed martial artist, hosts the main event’s red corner at West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) 17: Emmett vs. Aveles on May 7, 2016, and, compounding his competitive drive with an exorbitant interest in investing hours with Team Alpha Male (TAM), he’ll formulate the winning combination to maintain ownership of his WFC lightweight belt, as well as, potentially, earn a place on the UFC’s roster. Emmett’s opponent, Joshua Aveles (22-11-2), possesses many intangibles that, if aggregated accurately, could overthrow the current champ’s reign, though Emmett estimates: his stock in MMA will continue to rise exponentially.
In his last appearance to WFC, WFC 16, Emmett’s circumference of supporters surmised, especially after his spat of sensationalism against former UFC participant: Christos Giagos, his ticket to march through the pearly gates of the UFC’s Octagon would be stamped. Sporting an unblemished record with infinite resources at his disposal, Emmett reckoned his age-old dream to tally up a body count in the UFC will, sooner or later, come to fruition,
“It’s always been my dream to fight for the UFC. I remember back in 2007; I think it was Tito Ortiz versus Rashad Evans, and I was there and a got a picture right next to the Octagon.” The way Emmett pronounced ‘Octagon’ solidified the eight sides of steel fencing truly meant something, “I was like, ‘One day.’ Now, almost ten years later, I’m hoping my goal becomes a reality.” If only, Emmett confessed, he tipped the scale further one way or the other, he may have already been subtracting the UFC’s similarly weighted studs from their senses, “It is just a little frustrating, but the lightweights have the most people on the roster. Maybe if I was a little lighter or a little heavier, I’d be in there right now.”
As stated, Emmett trains out of TAM in Sacramento, California, a team renowned for churning out champions calibrated perfectly for MMA, and he counts his blessings to be attached to a club that only operates in the black. In Emmett’s opinion, a huge factor in the team’s success this year connects directly to the quality of coaching. He acknowledged TAM’s abundance of leadership,
“Training has been going great because of the new coaching staff: Justin Buchholz, the head coach; Danny [Castillo] has taken over the wrestling program; [Chris] Holdsworth, the jiu-jitsu coach; Master Thong, working muay thai; I’ve been working two to three times per week with Joey Rodriguez, the boxing coach; and Urijah [Faber], putting all this together has been the best it’s ever been. I think it’s just setting us up for success. I don’t think we can lose.”
In addition to determination and talent, the UFC expects its gladiators to fill stadiums, and Emmett’s draw bends the needle to form an obtuse angle. Bordering on the cusp of a cult, Emmett’s followers flock to consume anything documenting his progression in the sport. Subsequent to the release of a video produced by Michael Placencia, otherwise known as Fight Mike MMA, the number of views over the course of several days, approximately 11,000, verified the collective willing to walk in Emmett’s wake:
He reminisced how the notifications on his social media outlets filled to capacity for a month after the show-stopping defense of his belt at WFC 16, chiefly after a multitude of rumors swirled around a possible appearance by Dana White, President of the UFC,
“Even after my last fight when everyone was Tweeting and Instagramming; things were just blowing up all over place, and I know Dana White had to of seen it because EVERYONE was tagging him. It was going on for like four weeks where people were saying stuff, and even after some of the [UFC] fights, people were saying, ‘Josh could beat this guy.’”
Leading into WFC 17, Emmett advised his audience to not draft their letters of recommendation for him to exit the regional circuit, at least not just yet. Across the cage from Emmett stands a precarious foe in Aveles, but Emmett has devised an algorithm to solve the problem of two trains moving toward one another at full steam. Quantifying the matchup, Emmett exclaimed,
“I believe Aveles is 5’11”, and he’s a technical striker, good takedown defense, and a pretty athletic guy. He wants to go in there and scrap, and seventeen of his twenty-two wins are by KO.” Filling up one side of the scratch paper, Emmett proceeded onto the other, “My style: I’m going to be faster than him; I think I’ll have a lot more movement than him. If I were just to stand in front of him and fall into his game, it may not be such a great night for me, but that’s not my style at all. I’m going to be looking to mix it up, change levels, feint. I’ll dictate the pace of the fight and the exchanges, but he is going to be a tough fight; I’m not overlooking him.”
While advertising WFC 17 to the MMA community, it was interesting to extract from Emmett: No matter which number on the stat’s sheet is referenced throughout his title bout against Aveles, the only zero remaining intact relates to the one posted in his loss column. Emmett concluded,
“If anyone needs tickets, they can go to westcoastfighting.com, and they can enter the discount code: EMMETT, and they’ll get five to ten percent off the ticket. They can also hit me up on social media: Facebook (link here), Instagram (link here), or Twitter (link here), just because that’s how we make our money. If anyone is coming out to watch the fight or support me in the fight, I’d hope they buy the ticket through me because I hit different tiers. With the more tickets I sell, the more money I can make. I don’t want to fight for nothing because it’s a dangerous hobby to have.”
Mark the date, May 7, 2016, and search Google Maps for the McClellan Conference Center’s address because you will want to ensure a row and seat number when Emmett’s walkout music hits the speakers. Another emphatic victory could be the proper sequencing to unhinge the UFC’s door for his entrance.
Jake Collier Re-Signs with the UFC
UFC light heavyweight, Jake Collier (11-4, 3-3 UFC) , took to twitter yesterday, announcing a four fight contract renewal with the promotion.
The Missouri-born, Collier, amassed a 7-1 professional record fighting exclusively in his home state. Following his next fight, a 1st round submission victory over Gabriel Checco in the RFA promotion, Collier signed with the UFC.
Originally, Collier signed as a middleweight. His promotional debut took place in December of 2014 at, UFC Fight Night 58. A bout which he lost to Vitor Miranda via TKO (Head kick and punches) with only one second remaining in the opening round.
— Jake Collier (@Jakecollier88) December 7, 2017
In 2017, “The Prototype”, moved to the light heavyweight division. The move came after a three-year stint at middleweight that saw him go 2-2. Losing to the likes of Dongi Yang, while defeating Ricardo Abreu. His final fight at the lower weight earned him a performance of the night bonus in his, UFC Fight Night 88, TKO win over Alberto Uda.
Upon moving to light heavyweight, Collier has the same .500 win percentage with a record of 1-1. His debut at the weight originally scheduled him against John Stansbury. Unfortunately, Collier withdrew from the card due to injury. Devin Clark replaced him on, The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 24, and defeated John Stansbury by unanimous decision. Clark then fought Collier next, defeating him by unanimous decision. “The Prototype”s most recent bout, a victory over Marcel Fortuna in November at, UFC Fight Night 120.
According to, UFC.com, Collier is booked to fight UFC-newcomer, Marcin Prachnio at, UFC on Fox 28, in Orlando, Florida. The only bout booked to the February 24th card, of next year.
Prachnio, holds a record of 13-2, with 10 knockouts. He most recently fought for the Asian-based promotion, One Championship. The Karate practitioner comes to the UFC on an eight fight win streak, the previous four in One Championship. At twenty-nine, Prachnio is another, in his prime, European light heavyweight signed to the UFC this year (Volkan Oezdemir being the other).
FURY FC 17 Preview: UFC Veteran Roger Narvaez Set to Fight For Gold
Deep in the Hill Country of Texas, there is a storm of MMA action brewing on the horizon in the historic city of San Antonio.
In 1836 the most iconic siege ever to take place in the American West was waged between Santa Anna’s Mexican forces and a small band of Texans fighting for their independence at the Battle of the Alamo. On June 10th that tradition of never backing down continues as Fury Fighting Championships 17 takes place at the Shrine Auditorium with a card that was originally slated to have 20 bouts of MMA action. At the top of the bill, there will be a familiar face as former UFC fighter, Roger “The Silverback” Narvaez, looks to capture his first championship in the sport when he faces Antonio “Doomsday” Jones for the vacant middleweight title. The event will also feature a hot prospect, a kickboxing champion, and a grudge match.
Fury FC 17 will be broadcast live on FloCombat.com.
While the 33-year-old Narvaez (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has already realized his ultimate goal of getting to the highest level of MMA, fighting for a title has always eluded him. The 6’3″ fighter nicknamed “The Silverback” due to his abnormal 79.5″ wingspan, or monkey arms as he calls them was twice scheduled to fight for the Legacy Fighting Championship Middleweight Title against then champion Bubba Bush who now fights in the UFC. An injury caused the first fight to be canceled. Then a call up to the UFC to fight an unknown opponent on short notice put an end to plans for the another scheduled title fight.
To Roger, the secret to grabbing the attention of the world’s biggest MMA promotion is fighting for several different promotions. He fought for six different organizations winning all of his fights before getting a call from the UFC’s former matchmaker Joe Silva to ask if he was ready to make the move. Narvaez feels that fighting for multiple shows tells the UFC that a fighter is ready to fight whoever and whenever. His first fight for the promotion was a loss to Patrick Cummins at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque where he fought at an altitude of over 5300 feet sea level, something he says will not do again unless he is training at altitude. To put it bluntly, he plainly states “the altitude in Albuquerque sucks.” After a win against Luke Barnett, he faced Elias Theodorou. In that fight, he broke his arm before ultimately losing, and was then cut by the UFC.
At this point in Narvaez’s career, his goals now are different:
“The next goal for me, to be realistic, is to make as much money as I can. I love fighting, but at the same time, I have a family that I am trying to support. That is always first and foremost now…[and] Fury is doing a pretty good job of taking care of me…This is a really big deal for me. I am probably training harder for this fight than I have ever trained before. Part of that is with age comes knowledge and experience and I am doing everything I need to do the right way to get ready to come home with that strap, but that strap means ever thing…I didn’t quit fighting with a broken arm, it is going to take something pretty drastic to get me stop. I don’t think the guy I am fighting is going to be able to break my will or test my heart to where I am not going to be able to pull through…coming home with that title is a big deal.”
That home is one of a fighting family. Narvaez’s wife Brandi is also a fighter who recently made her professional debut at Legacy Fighting Alliance 7. His stepson is a gray belt who competes in Jui-Jitsu year round, his daughter also trains in the sport. They understand the hard work that their dad puts in more so than the average fighter’s family. As he puts “it’s not normal, but it is normal to us.”
The prospect to keep an eye on is Two-time Alabama state wrestling champion turned lightweight MMA fighter, Alec Williams (5-1 MMA) from Birmingham. Williams will be looking to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes on Travonne “Prince Scorpion” Hobbs. In his last fight, Alec relied on his wrestling and got it in his head that he did not want to stand and trade with his opponent. That mentality ultimately not only cost him his undefeated record but also to sustain four broken bones in the right side of his face.
“I didn’t get knocked out, I still got the takedown after I broke those four bones. I know it is going to be pretty difficult to knock me out…Honestly, the loss kind of took any pressure off. Before I was undefeated, that loss was going to be a big change and now a loss is just another loss.”
For this fight, Williams says he has been working with MMA legend and former UFC fighter Pete Spratt on his stand up and will not make the same mistake twice.
Also featured on the card is the first Brazilan World Cup Kickboxing Champion, welterweight Washington “Washingthai” Luiz. Originally slated to fight Nickolay Veretennikov, “Washingthai” Luiz will now take on lesser known Danny Ageday. With a new opponent on just four days notice, the man who has aspirations to become a champion in GLORY Kickboxing is not fazed.
“I did my whole camp studying my first opponent who is a striker like me, but I do not feel harmed by the change. I’m ready for this war…The main reason for my change to the USA is the opportunity to be in the biggest events in the world I have already fought the biggest events in Brazil in kickboxing and MMA. I have fought in big events in Europe and now my challenge is the biggest event of kickboxing, GLORY. But I also love MMA and when a fight appears for me, I do not refuse.”
The grudge match at Fury FC 17 comes to us from the flyweights division’s Mark “The Sparrow” Plata and David “Gallito” Miramontes. These two men were scheduled to fight previously but Plata had to pull out due to his wife giving birth to twins. According to Plata, that is where the beef began.
“The day my twins were born he was messaging me talking about how this was not a good reason not fight and that I just did not want to fight him. My kids were in ICU at the time and he just keeps messaging me over and over…it upset me at the time because they were dying, they were trying to survive, but it just added more fuel to the fire. Then he kept asking promoters to fight me. He asked two or three different promoters to set it up. I got tired of him asking for me. So then I was like, alright cool if you want it that bad, let’s do it…His fighting style matches his personality. He tries to be a bully, and that’s cool, I don’t mind shutting bullies down.”
Titles, champions, prospects, legitimate bad blood…what more you could ask for in a local card?
This is an event not to miss and thanks to Fury FC having a deal with FloSports, you do not have to.
Tune in for all the action live at 6:00 PM CST on FloCombat.com this Saturday.
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