Matt Hume seminar - Dec 3, 2011 Bainbridge, WA

The Bainbridge island MMA seminar set for this Saturday is now officially closed... Apologies if you didn't get a reservation in time, I'll look to do a bigger venue for a future seminar!

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Genesis Fights “coup d’état” September 10, 2011


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Genesis Fights
Presents
“Coup d’état”
September 10th, 2011
Shoreline Community College Sports Complex

Genesis Fights has produced some of the world’s greatest MMA talent including Genesis Fights former champions, Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Caros “The Future” Fodor. “Mighty Mouse” and “The Future” were on hand last March for the crowing of the new champions in their weight classes and will return on September 10th to see which Genesis fighters will continue to reign supreme and follow in their footsteps to MMA supremacy.

Brent “Mankill” Knopp and Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire have laid claim to being “the next in line” to follow in their teammates footsteps to UFC and Strike-Force greatness. However, the rest of the Genesis Fighters disagree, and are set to stage a “Coup d’état” to unseat “Mankill” and “The Eternal Fire” while putting themselves on the path to the world stage of MMA.

Don’t miss the chance to see the new stars being born at Genesis Fights on September 10
th 2011. We will also take the opportunity see “Mighty Mouse” off and wish him success in his upcoming UFC championship bout against current champion Dominick Cruz. “Mighty Mouse” and “The Future” will be on hand to meet the Genesis Fans and sign autographs along with their teammates, UFC vet “Super” Mario Miranda and former Dream Champion Bibiano Fernandes!

Get your
tickets online now for the exciting Genesis Fights action, or by calling AMC Kickboxing and Pankration at 425-822-9656

See you at Genesis Fights!

Main Event
***Light Heavyweight Title Fight***
Brent "Mankill" Knopp VS Jourdain White

Co Main Event
***Lightweight Title Fight***
Anthony "Maddog" Matney VS Neal Anderson

***Featherweight Kickboxing Limited Superfight***
Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire VS Marcus "Showtime" Enriquez

**Bantamweight A Class MMA contender fight**
Joel Rydzak VS Brad Fullwood

**Catchweight 190lb Muay Thai fight**
Sean Wade vs Ryan Daley

**Bantamweight Women's A Class Kickboxing fight**
Hadley Griffith VS Priscillia White

*Welterweight MMA fight*
Dustin Windrick vs Mitchell Pierce

*Catchweight 220lb Kickboxing fight*
Bo Reedus VS Chris Wheeler

*Catchweight 140lb MMA fight*
Aaron Pierce VS Matt Depa

*Welterweight Muay Thai Fight*
Bobby Green VS Taki Uluilakepa

*Catchweight 160lb Kickboxing fight*
Tim Lewis VS Chris Stone

More bouts to be added including a Men and Women's Tag Team Submission bout!

Genesis Fights “coup d’état” September 10, 2011

Coup d'état
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A
coup d'état (English: /ˌkuːdeɪˈtɑː/, French: [ku deta]; plural: coups d'état)—also known as a coup, putsch, and overthrow—is the sudden, extrajudicial deposition of a government,[1][2][3] usually by a small group of the existing state establishment—typically the military—to replace the deposed government with another body; either civil or military. A coup d'état succeeds if the usurpers establish their dominance when the incumbent government fails to prevent or successfully resist their consolidation of power. If the coup neither fully fails nor achieves overall success, the attempted coup d'etat is likely to lead to a civil war.
Typically, a coup d'état uses the extant government's power to assume political control of the country. In
Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook, military historian Edward Luttwak says, "A coup consists of the infiltration of a small, but critical, segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder", thus, armed force (either military or paramilitary) is not a defining feature of a coup d'état.

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Genesis Fights “coup d’état”
September 10, 2011

Shoreline Community College Sports Complex

Tickets on sale now!


Genesis Fights "Eclipse" March 12, 2011



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Click here to get your tickets now!!

Tickets are going quick! Get the best seats now at:

Online - 
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By phone-
425-822-9656

In person-
AMC Kickboxing & Pankration
427 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033

Don't miss the "Eclipse"!

See you at the fights!

Matt "The Wizard" Hume
Genesis Fights


*Heavyweight MMA Title*
Brent “Mankill” Knopp VS Ryan Johns

**Featherweight Muay Thai Title**
Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire VS Jared Teer

***Flyweight MMA Title***
Luis Contreras VS
Kamm Freudenstein


****Bantamweight MMA Title****
Kris Zorer VS Billy Walker

Taurean "Black" Washington VS Naalij Redicks - Welterweight Kickboxing
Team Wise VS Team CCMA - Tag Team Submission
Zach "The Samurai" Mukai VS John Palmer - Featherweight A class MMA
Michael Briggs VS Marcus Enriquez - Featherweight Boxing
Manny Galvez VS JD Burns - Lightweight A class MMA
Aaron Park VS Kaleb Lawson - Middleweight MMA
Chris Dobson VS Armondo Best - Lightweight MMA
Manny Michels VS Jonathan Guy - 150 Boxing
Brad Fullwood VS Johnny Shadwick - Bantamweight MMA
Ricky Shanklin VS Dave Wolner - Welterweight Kickboxing


UFC Fighter Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson will be giving away an XBOX at Genesis Fights "Eclipse" on March 12th at Shoreline Community College! UFC fighters "Super" Mario Miranda & "Mighty Mouse" Johnson along with Strikeforce's Caros "The Future" Fodor will be greeting the fans and signing autographs. Hope to see you there!

*line up subject to change

Click here to get your tickets now!!

Genesis Fights "Eclipse" Update....!

4 Title fights scheduled for March 12th Genesis Fights "Eclipse"!

Fresh off his dominating victory at UFC 126, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson will hand over his Genesis Title belt to man who plans to follow in his footsteps.
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Tri City's Luis Contreras did battle with "Mighty Mouse" when he was only 16 years old. He returns as a man ready to take the title and be the next Genesis Title holder to follow "Mighty Mouse to UFC! His opponent, Cam Fuedenstein of Evolution Martial Arts in Tacoma is more than ready for the challenge and plans to derail Contreras's plans and make his own mark as the next Genesis Fights MMA Champion! Who will "Mighty Mouse put his belt and blessing on…..? You have to experience this one live and in person!

"Mighty Mouse" not only held the 125 title, but the 135 title as well until he stepped back to allow his training partner "Psycho" Scott McDonald to battle for and win the title. "Psycho" will be taking some time off but plans to do exactly as "Mighty Mouse" did and hand over the title to his own training partner and teammate, Kris "The Crippler" Zorer. Both sides of the ring, however, will have lineage from the legendary trainer, Matt "The Wizard" Hume, as Zorer's opponent Billy Walker comes in trained at C3 under Hume trained protege and former North American MMA champion Charles "The Punisher" Pearson! AMC and C3 are known for producing the most highly skilled and prepared fighters anywhere. Just ask "Mighty Mouse" and "The Punisher" and don't miss this fight!

After amassing a record 7th Championship Title, MMA standout Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire will also take on a steep and new challenge as he steps into deep water against Jared Teer in the 145 pound Muay Thai Title bout. If you are familiar with Pacific Northwest MMA, chances are you have seen "The Eternal Fire" work his MMA magic. Formerly a 155 pounder, Teer is dropping to 145 to attempt to claim the title. Teer is a Muay Thai specialist who went 5 rounds with Undefeated Strikeforce fighter Caros "The Future" Fodor in his last attempt at the title and only loss. Teer's experience with "The Future" was invaluable in his growth as a fighter and he has been on a tear, dispatching all comers since. Will "The Eternal Fire" work his magic in a new realm, or will Teer continue his tear to the Title… ? Come find out on March 12th and get your tickets now at www.genesisfights.com!

Brent “Mankill” Knopp had planned to go after the 185 Muay Thai Title and be the first man to hold titles in 3 weight classes, however, due to circumstances, “Mankill” will alter those plans. Mankill’s Middleweight Muay Thai opponent decided not to fight, leaving “Mankill” without an opponent or match. Another scheduled bout for the Heavyweight MMA #1 contender matchup faced off #1 and #2 ranked Clint Clemmon vs Ryan Johns. Clemmons, however, learned that he would be deployed just prior to his scheduled Genesis bout. Fate....? Naturally “Mankill” offered to jump back up to heavyweight and put his championship on the line against the much larger Johns. While Knopp was preparing for his 185 bout Johns coaches report that Johns was walking around at 240 ready for his heavyweight bout. Being a gentleman and confident martial artist, Johns has made a gentleman’s agreement to weigh in at 220 at Friday’s weigh in the day prior to the Championship bout. Johns will have a size advantage while “Mankill” holds an experience advantage and a deterimination to keep his heavyweight belt. David vs Goliath... no, much better, “Mankill vs Ryan Johns for the Heavyweight MMA title is on! Don’t miss it!

Other great bouts include Genesis 170 pound champion Taurean "Black" Washington and the return of "The Samurai", Zach "The Samurai" Mukai. Marcus "Showtime" Enriques vs Michael Briggs, and many more!

Get your tickets now before all the good seats are gone!

Tickets online at www.genesisfights.com
By phone at 425-822-9656
In person at AMC Kickboxing & Pankration
427 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033

4 Co-Main Event Championship Title Bouts!

Plus a night of top fighters in exciting MMA, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Boxing and the ever exciting "Tag Team Submission bout"!

Genesis Fights "Eclipse"

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Genesis Fights "Eclipse"
March 12, 2011
Shoreline Community College

Tickets are going quick! Get the best seats now at:

Online - 
Genesis Fights online store

By phone-
425-822-9656

In person-
AMC Kickboxing & Pankration
427 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033

Don't miss the "Eclipse"!

See you at the fights!

Matt "The Wizard" Hume
Genesis Fights

Genesis Fights Republiq "revisited"!

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Fight Club meets the Night Club!
 
Party - Live Fights - Meet UFC, WEC and DREAM fighters, watch UFC 118 pay per view live!

August 28th at Republiq Night Club in Seattle.

Republiq has finally been granted their liquor license and the fight party is on!

Tickets available now!

More info coming soon.....

Added bonus! We will be showing the UFC 118 pay per view live before we start the live Genesis fight action!

Matt "The Wizard" Hume will host the UFC 118 broadcast event while his fighter, Mario Miranda takes on Jiu Jitsu ace Demian Maia. Matt will be on the phone in real time advising Mario's cornermen while hosting this event at Republiq!

At the conclusion of UFC 118, we will crank up the Republiq night club and host 6 live fights while the party continues in the club! The best part is that there is
no additional charge for the added UFC event!

Starting time for the UFC viewing is 7pm, Genesis Fights will begin at the conclusion of UFC 118.


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Tickets available now!

Genesis Fights - Republiq
 
Fight Club meets the Night Club!
 
Party - Live Fights - Meet UFC, WEC and DREAM fighters!

August 28th at Republiq Night Club in Seattle.

Republiq has finally been granted their liquor license and the fight party is on!

More info coming soon.....

AMC/CCMA Smoker "First Blood"!

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For advance tickets call 425-822-9656 or buy them at AMC in Kirkland.
No online tickets for this event.

AMC - Kirkland
427 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033
425-822-9656

This is a smoker event - no lineup will be announced and matches will be made until the opening bell!
Beginners testing their skills and vets sharpening theirs, you never know which AMC and local mma stars will show up!

Genesis Fights "ARMAGEDDON"

Click here for Armageddon Tickets
or call 425-822-9656 for phone orders.
Genesis Fights
"ARMAGEDDON"
Coming to Shoreline Community College
March 20, 2010!


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Armageddon Lineup:

KC Kim vs Alan Gonzales 165 Kickboxing

Zack Musser, CCMA VS Abe King, AMC, 215 KB - Kickboxing

Josh Goldade vs Justin Burkeholder 170 Kickboxing

Alvin Matic vs Robert Armas 135 MMA

Hadley Griffith vs Nika Kabiri 135 Muay Thai

Billy Hannan vs Trevor Mcquire 165 MMA


Hamza Salin vs Sean "Drama" Wade 185 A-class Muay Thai

Aaron Macomber vs Jesse Davis 145 A-class MMA

James Benson vs Brian "The Ripper" Roberge 170 MMA - #1 Ranking Match

Tua "HammerHead" Aiono vs Brent "Mankill" Knopp Heavyweight A-class Kickboxing #1 ranking fight

BJ San Nicholas vs "Psycho" Scott McDonald 135 MMA Title Fight

Eddie Dahlen vs Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire 145 MMA Title Fight



Season's Beatings!!

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Geneis Fights and West Coast Fight Team present:

"Season's Beatings"

When: Saturday, Decemeber 12, 2009, 7:00 PM

Where: Highline Community College

Tickets available now in our online store!

Don't Miss It!!!! Tickets are going quick.....

Update!!!

Taurean "Black" Washington has accepted Jason Crawford for his new MMA Superfight opponent. Crawford sports a 7-3 record and is one of the top contenders for Taurean's belt. Washington's is the 170 pound champion. After Jamen Olney dropped out of the Kickboxing Superfight vs Taurean, Crawford jumped at the chance to fight in the Superfight. The only catch...... This will now be an MMA SUPERFIGHT at 180 pounds instead of Kickboxing!!
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Taurean "Black" Washington vs Jason Crawford

Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire fresh off his Title victory at N.W. Fight Challenge will attempt to recapture the coveted Genesis MMA Title against tough and ready opponent Nick Ryan.
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Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire armbars his way to the title...


Undefeated
"Psycho" Scott McDonald takes on the experienced veteran Robert Morrison for the 135 pound title!
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"Psyco" Scott McDonald continued his winning ways at the last NW Fight challenge.

Brent "Mankill" Knopp steps out of his element and drops weight to take on undefeated military boxer Jon Jackson in a 205 pound limit boxing match! After destroying all MMA challengers in the heavyweight division, Mankill is up for a new challenge. Jackson plans to keep his undefeated status and send Mankill back to MMA!
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Brent "Mankill" Knopp polishes off a kickboxing opponent in his last outing.

Tickets available now in our online store!

Other matches include:
Eugene Mullens Jr. vs Jason Baker, 175lb MMA

Grover Collins vs Jeremy Rafeal Walter, 155lb MMA

Bobby MacIntyre vs Cliff Badger, 145lb MMA

Brandon Kortenbach vs Kevin Luvaas, 155lb MMA


Taylor Parker vs Zach Mukai, 155lb MMA

Leroy Horton vs Sean Wade, 185lb Kickboxing

Hadley Griffith vs Gabi Maxwell, 130lb Muay Thai

Chris Hackert vs Jeff Butterfield, 140lb MMA


Jon Jackson vs Brent Knopp, 205lb Boxing

Robert Morrison vs Scott McDonald, 135lb MMA Genesis Title Fight

Jason Crawford vs Taurean Washington, 180lb MMA Superfight

Nick Ryan vs Drew Brokenshire, 145lb MMA Genesis Title Fight

Special thanks to our sponsors – Dead Meat Inc, Dino’s Pub,

Liquid Lime, and UNIVERSALL


Tickets available now in our online store!




Genesis Fights/King of the Cage results!

http://www.nwfightscene.com/KOTC-Everett.htm

Results and pics at NWFightscene website, link above!

AMC’s Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Caros “The Future” Fodor had successful pro debut’s with first round submission finishes! AMC’s Tim “The Barbarian” Boetsch wins by submission in the 2nd round over tough, IFL veteran and Team Quest fighter Aaron Stark!

This is going to ROCK!!!

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King of the Cage / Genesis Fights at the Comcast Arena/Everett Events Center! August 15, 2009...

9 professional mixed martial arts bouts! Including UFC fighter Tim "The Barbarian" Boetsch vs IFL Fighter Aaron Stark!

The professional debut of Genesis Champions: Caros "The Future" Fodor and Demetrious "Might Mouse" Johnson!

Julia "The Jewel" Budd, the only woman to defeat women's MMA superstar, Gina Carano!!


Tickets at: www.comcastarenaeverett.com

King of the Cage / Genesis Fights Ticket presale on now!!!!!


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Ticket presale starts today and ends Thurday for the mega mma event King of the Cage / Genesis Fights, at Comcast Arena / Everett Events Center on August 15th! $22, $37, $62, and $97 . For presale tickets go to www.comcastarenaeverett.com/promo with 'KNOCKOUT' as the password. For regular ticket sales go to www.comcastarenaeverett.com to purchase tickets!!

Great news for Fight Fans in Washington!!


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We have good news! MMA mega promotion “KING OF THE CAGE” has jumped at the dropped opportunity by Rumble on the Ridge.

KING OF THE CAGE has requested to take the same date as the former co-promotion and lock in their own co-promotion with Genesis Fights! This means that fight fans will still get to see the professional debut of Caros “The Future” Fodor and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson on August 15th at Comcast Arena in Everett, WA!

This will NOT take place at Snoqualmie casino and will NOT be on the Rumble on the Ridge event. This will take place only at Comcast arena (Everett convention center)on August 15, 2009 in the KING OF THE CAGE / GENESIS FIGHTS co-promotion!

King of the Cage and Genesis fights will bring you a night of unforgettable fights. Rumble’s own champions Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson, Drew The Eternal Fire Brokenshire, Zach “The Samurai Mukai, Taurean “Black Washington and Brian The Ripper Roberge will not be particiating on Rumble’s event, instead they have committed to King of the Cage and Genesis Fights!

Come back soon for updated matches and event info....!

Genesis co-promotion with Rumble on the Ridge off....

Dear Genesis fans, friends, fighters and family,

Please be aware that the Genesis Fights co-promotion that was to take place on August 15
th at Snoqualmie Casino along with the pro debut of Caros “The Future” Fodor and other named fighters is NOT happening as announced at our last event.

Genesis Fights allowed the announcement and flyers to be made in good faith, unfortunately, Rumble on the Ridge rescinded on the co-promotion AFTER announcements and flyers were made at our event. We are now in the unfortunate position to have to inform you of that situation. Genesis fights and the fighters want to make sure that our valued fans who received the flyers and/or heard the announcement are not misled by it. We truly appreciate you and believe that you are the best fans in MMA! We will always do our best to promote responsibly and ethically and provide you with the quality matchmaking and fights that are unique to Genesis Fights.

We will post an exciting announcement on just when and where our great fans can see the local Pro debut of Caros “The Future” Fodor, “Mighty Mouse”, “Black”, “Mankill”, “The Eternal Fire”, “The Samurai”, “The Ripper” and the other Genesis stars. Tune in to genesisfights.com, that announcement will be coming soon!


Thank you for your tremendous support at the last event, “Rise of Kings”. We hope you all had a safe and happy Independence Day and look forward to seeing you soon!

Best regards,

Matt “The Wizard” Hume


Happy 4th of July!!

Next Genesis fight promotion details coming soon....

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Rise of Kings results...see "Results" page

Check the "results page to see "Rise of Kings" results and photos by NW Fightscene.

Latest update to Genesis Fights "Rise of Kings"

Genesis Fights "Rise of Kings"
June 27, 2009
Shoreline Community College


Doors open at 7pm
Fights start at 8pm

Tickets at:

AMC Kickboxing and Pankration
427 6th Street South
Kirkland, WA 98033


Tickets by phone:
425-822-9656

Tickets at the door at Shoreline CC:

Line up:

135 Novice MMA:
Cole Runnalls vs Sonny Sen

170 Novice Kickboxing:
Mike Cable vs Ryan Greely

145 Novice MMA:
Shad Holt vs Jae Mandanas


185 Novice MMA:
Justin Borcherding vs Kyle Martin

175 Submission Wrestling:
Bobby Ritter vs Paul Stockler

155 Novice MMA:
Colt Ambora vs Kasey White

155 Novice MMA:
Chris Cardillo vs Tony Sablan

190 Novice Kickboxing:
Tyson Gill vs Josh Baker

Tag Team Submission Match:
Dex Montenegro and Nick Peterson vs Zach Mukai and Drew Brokenshire

160 A class Kickboxing
"Dirty" vs Peter Deyoung

195 A class Kickboxing:
John Jackson vs Sean "Drama" Wade

170 MMA Title Fight:
James Benson vs Taurean "Black" Washington


135 MMA Title fight:
Luis Contreras vs Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson

Champion vs Champion!
Don't miss it.....

www.genesisfights.com

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Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson interview:

Verbal Sparring:  Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
By Jay Tan

If you do a YouTube search for Demetrius Johnson, you’ll see footage of him wrestling Alan Calahan at the USA Wrestling National Junior Duals.  You’ll also find a highlight reel from his college basketball days with the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Mastodons.  And you’ll find his “I’ve Got My Strength Back” sermon, based on the story of Samson and Delilah.
None of these are the Genesis FIGHTS / AX Fighting / Rumble on the Ridge bantamweight MMA champion Demetrious Johnson.  With an ‘o.’
Known to his friends simply as “DJ,” Johnson is another young star on the rise from the Pacific Northwest.  As the reigning 135 lb. king of three different fight promotions, Johnson has a legitimate claim to be the toughest bantamweight fighter in the Pacific Northwest.

In January, Johnson broke his hand in a match where he claimed his Rumble on the Ridge 135 lb. MMA title.  At the time of the first part of this interview, he was waiting for medical clearance to begin sparring.  He has since been cleared to train and is preparing for a match at Genesis FIGHTS’ next event, “Rise of Kings, Emperors of MMA,” which takes place on June 27th at the Shoreline Community College.
In a two-part phone interview, Johnson offered insight and reflection on his passion for running, how it translates to fighting, and of course how he deals with being “the smallest guy on the scene.”

JT:  Tell us a little bit about your high school wrestling background.  Have you been wrestling all your life?

DJ:  No, I started wrestling in eighth grade and I did very well in that season.  I only lost one match the whole season, and then I took first in districts, which is the highest level you could get in middle school.  After that I went to high school and my freshman year, I got tore up.  Just mop the mat with me.  Sitting there with a black eye, bloody lip. And it was because I weighed 109 lbs. and I was wrestling 118.  I didn’t want to wrestle JV [Junior Varsity] 112, because I couldn’t beat the 112-pounder, but I could beat the 118-pounder.  So I wrestled my whole high school freshman year at 118, and got beat up, didn’t go nowhere.  My sophomore year, I started peaking a little bit. . . I took fifth [place] in state.  And then my junior year, I dominated and I took second in state.  And my senior year, I was supposed to take the whole state tournament and everything.  Went undefeated throughout the whole tournament season, and then I lost in the third round, to the semi-finals, to get to the finals, to a kid from Sedro-Woolley.  He pinned me.

JT:  That must have been a hard pill to swallow.
DJ:  No, I wasn’t that - I think we were both good.  I think I was better than him, but the whole season, I never fought off my back.  I’d never been taken down the whole entire season of wrestling, and I’m about to go against a freshman that has a very decent record, that’s wrestled all throughout the state and all this other stuff.  And then when I went against him, he took me down. . . And once he got me there, it was like “oh my God, I’ve never been here before.  How do I fight out of it?” . . . Because I had no idea how to fight from there.  It basically broke me, mentally.
I got up and approached my coach and he was like “well, oh well!”
And that’s just like MMA.  If you don’t train your ground game, when you fall to the ground with the guy, the first thing in your mind is “oh shit, I’m on the ground.  What do I do?” . . . And I told myself from then on there, if there’s anything I can do [to keep from] losing, I will do everything in my power not to lose. . . Because I’m not going to repeat that.  I’ve already had my loss, in my career, and as an amateur, I want to go through this circuit as 14-0. 

JT:  After wrestling your senior year, you ended up at Vision Quest.  Were you just looking for a workout or how did that pique your interest?

DJ:  Well, I got into MMA right after high school. . . I never knew about MMA until right after the first “Ultimate Fighter” came on. . . I saw how they were training hard.  I said “damn, they’re kicking the bag, [they’ve got] tough bodies.  I think I’m gonna try it.” 
So I walked into a gym, Vision Quest, which I no longer go to . . . I’ve always been working out at Vision Quest, ever since they opened. . . since my junior year.  My wrestling coach thought it would be good for me, because there’s a lot more wrestlers that go there.. . . And I just started punching the bag, kicking it.  And (former IFL / UFC fighter) Reese Andy looked at me, he said “hey, can you kick?”  I was like “yeah.”  He said “can you punch?”  I started punching.  He goes “you wanna do MMA?”  I was like “I’ll learn.”  And he set me up with AMC when the classes were at Vision Quest.  And I’ve been with AMC since then.

JT:  Was it the glitz and glamour that got you [interested], or did you know you were looking for release for your sense of competition after wrestling?

DJ:  I’d say competition.  I wanted to keep on competing.  I didn’t want to stop doing a sport and being fat and lazy on the couch.  And go to my 10-year high school reunion and be like “hey guys, I gained 80 pounds, and I’m fat.”

JT:  Was college in the decks for you, or were you going to work a scholarship for wrestling?

DJ:  I did have a couple of scholarship offers for wrestling, but I didn’t want to leave my family behind and go off and do my own thing. . . If I wanted to go to college and wrestle, I would have to go out of state.  One college that I went to was Southern Oregon Community College, but they didn’t have dorm rooms, so I’d have to rent an apartment out there and work out there and I didn’t want to do that.
So I went to Pierce College and I was working a job there too and working out part-time.  Just lifting, trying to get bigger, since I didn’t have to stay at 118 pounds in high school.  I didn’t take any scholarship offers.  I don’t regret or anything, because I’m in a better place now [with fighting than wrestling].

JT:  If I remember correctly, you spend part of your time at AMC South and part of your time at Kirkland, right?

DJ:  Yeah, usually . . . what people don’t understand – there’s AMC Kirkland and there’s AMC South, which is AMC Pacific.  When I train, basically, my instructor, my teacher, was Steve Skidds and Luke Pitman.  And basically Drew [Brokenshire], Taurean [Washington], Brian [Roberge], us little core guys, we basically taught ourselves – not to fight, but that’s what training was like.
Usually, when I go up there on Saturdays, I try to get beat up a lot.  From Caros [Fodor], Trevor, Daniel [Eng], Matt [Hume] – basically, the big dogs, up there.  Because that’s the best thing you can do.  I think you learn from getting beat up. . . I was up there a few weeks ago and I was getting my hard sparring round in.  Me and Caros were just banging away.  Here I am, 140 lbs., and he’s a 180-pounder.  And we’re just going at it.  And after the fight was done, I asked Matt “tell me what I did wrong.”  And he just told me everything that I did wrong.  And I understood him.  That’s why I like going up there on Saturdays, up in Kirkland.  So I get beat up, basically.

JT:  I talked with Drew and he said the same thing.  That you guys drill with each other and beat each other up as the team down south, and then go on Saturdays and test your skills [in Kirkland].

DJ:  Yeah, and it’s funny, because you’ll see me and Drew – we’re main training partners.  I like him to hold mitts for me, because he holds them just perfect, the way I like it.  And same as for him for me.  When we fight, we fight a little bit similar; we have the same pressure, but he’s more stand-up, and he’s developing his ground game.  But me, I like to pressure in fights.  I used to be slick fighter, like “I’ll fight you when I want to fight you.”  So we’re both trying to get adaptable to our styles.

JT:  Am I right in remembering, you guys have a 10-pound difference?

DJ:  Yeah, there’s a 10-pound difference, but when he’s not cutting weight, there’s a 30-pound difference.  If I walk around, on a good day, at 144-145.

JT:  So you keep it down and he does the whole Ricky Fatton [Hatton] thing.

DJ:  You could say that, but [laughs] he walks around like 167, which is really good, and I walk around 140.  And I’ve cut down to 125.  I’ve fought twice at 125, but Matt wants me at 135, just to get used to the weight class up there.

JT:  Tell me your thoughts about being a part of AMC and training under Matt.

DJ:  It’s awesome.  It doesn’t get better than this.  One thing that I love about AMC is that there’s always somebody that can beat you up.  And what I mean by that is an instructor – I really don’t get a chance to spar Matt, Trevor, or Daniel, or Brad [Kurtson] as much as I wish I could, but I know that if I go up there and I’m like “shit, I want to spar,” if they want to, I know they’ll just mop me up.  Even though I mop all my opponents up. 

JT:  There’s always somebody higher on the totem pole, right?

DJ:  Yeah, there’s always someone higher on the scale.  Granted, they’re not my same weight, but I’ve been dealing with that my whole life and that’s just what [propels] me.  Five-four, 145 pounds.  There’s just not a lot of guys around here that weigh that much and are at my skill level. 

JT:  How long have you been training at AMC?

DJ:  I’d say I’ve been training MMA, like, four years now. 

JT:  And coupled with wrestling training, which certainly is no joke either. . .

DJ:  Oh now, so then you’re going back to wrestling.  So you got four years of MMA.  I started [wrestling] when I was in eighth grade – so about nine years total.

JT:  So that said, I would think by now you’ve developed your own kind of training philosophy or style.  What’s your outlook on training?  How do you approach it?

DJ:  Okay, so, it’s like, I think you train hard and the fight’s easy.  You train like a champion, you fight like a champion.  You train like shit, you fight like shit.  With us being down at AMC Pacific, where it’s just us little core guys, we have to learn to train ourselves hard, because we all don’t live by each other.  Like I’m in University Place, Drew lives in Piala, Taurean lives in Covington.  So does Brian.  And Steve – he’s an Alaska Airlines pilot.  So when we train, we’re not always together.
I don’t need a coach behind me, yelling at me, like “run your sprints.  Do this, do that.”  That actually irritates me a little bit.  I went to college and I could have finished school and got my higher education and went off and done something else, but I decided that I wanted to fight.  And I know what fighting comes with.  And it’s a job to be in top shape when you fight . . . You don’t need to babysit me.  But sometimes I feel that guys are in a world where they need babysistters.  Even pro guys.  If you don’t tell them what to do, they’re just going to sit at home like “oh, I’ll wait until the next time I’m fighting and not do whatever I gotta do.”

JT:  You’re really a self-started and you have to kind of make your own training and regiment, really. 

DJ:  As a regimen, Steve Skidds tells me what my lifting should be and what I should be eating and stuff, but as for somebody calling me, waking me up out of bed, and telling me to go to the gym, I don’t need it, and that’s how it’s been my whole life, ever since I was in elementary running.

JT:  What pro fighters has Matt brought in that you’ve trained with?

DJ:  I’ve trained with Rich [Franklin] and Chris Leben.  I got to wrestle with Jens Pulver.
Rich was pretty fun.  He’s a lot heavier.  I was trying to keep up with my pace and try to choke him out.  When I trained with Chris Leben, I didn’t roll with him, but doing stand-up with him, it was a little bit difficult with him, because it was when I was first starting, so I really didn’t understand the southpaw position, but. But he’s beef.  He’s huge.

JT:  Was it difficult to get over the size difference there?

DJ:  No, I’ve been dealing with that my whole life.

JT:  Tell me about that part, always being the smaller guy.  Did you deal with bullying as a kid?  

DJ:  When I was growing up, I didn’t really get bullied, but I was an easy target.  So everybody makes fun of me.  When I was in elementary, it wasn’t as bad.  Then when I got to middle school, I had a temper and I was one of those bad kids who stayed out late at night and did bad things.  Just to prove that – you make fun of me at all, ‘cuz I’ll beat you up.  Then, when I got into eighth grade, when I started learning, when I started maturing, nobody messed with me.  When I got physical, in ninth grade, the seniors, nobody messed with me.  They make fun of me, because I was short and I had big ears.  Like a mouse.  But nobody really picked on me at all.  Just being the smaller guy in the room, when I got ahold of them, I could wrestle them and they’re like “oh, you’re a small guy, but you’re not weak like a small person.”

JT:  When did you get blessed with the Mighty Mouse nickname?

DJ:  [Laughs] That came, probably, during when I had been training with Skidds and those guys. . . I’m the smallest guy at my gym right now, besides Scott McDonald, who is one of the new guys.  So I’ll roll with Brian, Taurean, Skidds, Drew, and I’ll give them fits.  . . . And so Skidds gave me the nickname “Mighty Mouse” because I’m small, but I always bring the fight.  I’m always gonna be there, wherever you’re gonna be at.  I’m not just gonna keep it on my feet, because I’m better than you, but I’ll beat you to the ground and submit you even though that’s your aim.  And so he nicknamed me “Mighty Mouse.”  And the way my ears are too, and my structure. 

JT:  I was gonna say, it really fits in there.  The whole thing about good things coming in small packages, right?

DJ:  Yeah [laughs].

JT:  For you, what’s the toughest thing about fighting?

DJ:  Honestly, I love training hard, I love running, I love lifting hard.  I’d say the toughest thing about fighting is the sparring hard. . . Because when you spar, you get hurt, you get bruises, and you can potentially tear something.  Or anything.  But people believe that you need to spar hard to get in good shape.  And I totally disagree with that, because yes, people say that I’m a freak when it comes to cardio, but I can tell you that I don’t spar hard when I get ready for a fight, because you get hurt that way. 
When I jump in the ring and I have to fight, I know that I gotta be in perfect condition, and I gotta make sure I train my body to be ready for that aggravating throwing and to work hard and not [get] tired when I throw hard.  And some people don’t train their minds to do that. . . My training is very strict.  I know what I need to do to get ready for a fight, and it’s the same thing what I did for wrestling. . . I [want] to make sure my whole body’s recovered, and make sure, when I fight, I’m at 110%.  Not with all the aches and bruises.  Because you don’t want to walk into a fight with aches and bruises.
Now, when I train, I take care of my body.  I pop my fish oil and my multivitamin.  I make sure I wrap my hands.   I wear kneepads.  I wear shinpads.  Because if I get hurt in practice, let’s say I break my hand in practice. . . That’s a huge setback, because now I gotta have surgery.  There’s another 40 G’s down the drain, because of surgery.  And now that’s the main rule.  When me and Drew spar now, we spar hard, but we spar with our heads.  We don’t try to hurt each other and break our legs. 
This body has to last me until I’m 39 or 38, because this is my career.  I stopped going to school, and if I don’t make it like this, it’s gonna be McDonald’s or Jack-in-the-Box, and I don’t want to go to any one of those.

JT:  Well, they also got Dick’s Burgers up there on Broadway too.

DJ:  [Laughs] Dick’s Burger are not a go either.

JT:  I guess that kinda answers my next question.  If you had to make a living outside of fighting, what would it be?

DJ:  If I was to do something, it [would] be in the athletic department.  That would probably have to be it.  Honestly, I would like to be a high school coach, probably wrestling or cross country. 

JT:  Is running or fighting more your passion?  Do you still have that same passion for running?

DJ:  I did. 
Oh no, it really hasn’t taken away from running, because I use most of my running for my training for MMA . . . I used to run half-marathons and street races and stuff. . . Fighting – I look at it as my hobby and it’s my job.  So I take it very seriously. 
I ran ever since I was little, and in second grade, I ran [in a group] called track club.  Nobody coached you how to do it; nobody [said] you shouldn’t do it.  You basically go out on the track and you run the whole recess.  So while people were on the swings swinging or playing the monkey bars, I was running laps.  Constantly.  Every recess, for five years.  Every school year.  At the end of the year, the goal [was] to get 100 miles.  At each 25-mile mark, you get something.  25 miles you get something, 50 miles you get something, 75 miles, I remember you get a big pizza party, and 100 miles, you get a medal.  My last year, I had like 117 miles at the end of the year.  So I beat my old personal record. . . And that became a passion for me when I got out of high school. 
My mindset in running, it kinda rolls over to MMA for where I go in a long run or I’m running sprints for MMA training.  My technique comes back in running, and it’s like “oh man, I’m so glad that I love running, or this would be a pain in my ass.”

JT:  As a fan of MMA, who are some of your favorite fighters, or some of the best matches you’ve seen?

DJ:  My favorite fighter, hands down, would be Thiago “Pitbull” Alves.  I think his last fight with Josh Koscheck was really good.  How he didn’t get taken down at all, and he controlled the center of the ring. He had a pretty good game plan.  Rampage, he’s another one of my favorite fighters, just because of his attitude.  He keeps it real when he’s fighting. . . He has his fun.  He enjoys his life.  George St-Pierre, he’s one of my favorites too.  He’s more of a game-planner, but at that level, the UFC competition, you have to have a game plan.  You just can’t go in there and try to fight your way like that.

JT:  Who do you like in St-Pierre vs. Alves?  You looking forward to that fight?

DJ:  If I had to put down $100, I’m gonna pick Alves.  And the reason why is because Thiago Alves is a bigger guy and I think he’s gonna come up with a good game plan against Georges St-Pierre.  Because Georges St-Pierre does have a weak chin.  It’s been exposed.  Thiago Alves has real good power in both hands and his knees and in his kicks. 

JT:  Run me through your fight career, as far as matches goes. I believe your AMC site said you were 8-0 in MMA and 4-0 in Muay Thai?  When was your first match?

DJ:  It would have to be Brawl at the Mall III, so that was back in 2006. . .
Yeah, I remember how they went.  The first match was mixed martial arts against Oren Ulrich.  After that I did a kickboxing fight against Mike Richardson.  And the reason I did that was because Matt was like “okay, we know you can wrestle, but we gotta work on your stand-up.”  I did that one.  And then my third fight – it was actually a forfeit, so I don’t count that.  It was against Michael Aries, and I remember him showing up nine pounds overweight.  I said I’d still fight him, but he didn’t want to fight.  I think my next fight was at AX [Fighting], at 125 pounds. And this was when I first tried out 125 pounds.  I knocked out my opponent, Brandon Fields in 17 seconds.  
I won the Axe [title] first, then the Genesis Muay Thai title.  Then I defended the Axe title.  And then I fought for the Genesis [MMA] title.  And then I fought for the Rumble on the Ridge title.  And [that’s] all four belts that I have now.

JT:  Did you defend the AX title at all?

DJ:  Yeah, I defended it against Jorge Garza, and I armbarred him in the second round.  Because after I fought a kickboxing match, against Scott McDonald, I broke my rib.  And when I came back, Matt told me “You’re already exciting to fight.  You go out there and you bang, but now you have to start finishing people.” So right after Matt said that, I started finishing people in MMA.  I armbarred Jorge Garza.  And that was the first fight that I finished somebody.  After Matt said that comment to me.

JT:  So you’ve fought steadily four times each year, since your debut.  You’ve been busy, man.

Sometimes I’ll fight more in a year, and take it less [next] year.  But if you do a ratio, yeah, it’s like four times each year.
You’ve gotta stay busy.  Because I’m the type of person that, if I’m not hurt or not strapped for cash or anything, I just keep on training. . . Because I want to get to the next level where I’m fighting overseas or anything.  I basically told Matt “what do I need to do to get to Shooto,” and he said “you need to do this and this and this.”  And so far I’ve kept on doing that.

JT:  What’s the next milestone for you?

DJ:  My next goal is to become pro and fight overseas in Shooto. 

JT:  Thus far, what has been your best and worst memory of your fight career?

DJ:  Probably when Drew lost his belt to John “Prince” Albert.  Even though it had nothing to do with me, that’s probably my worst memory.  And the reason why I would say [that] is because John came in, and we didn’t overlook him, but the way he came in, and he did everything right; it’s like, that pisses me off because Drew should have been there.  And yes, things happen and stuff, but that’s my worst thing. . . because they never got a chance to fight.  Just like Caros and Taurean.  Caros beat Taurean twice with the same move, and the same sequence.  Guillotine.  But they never got a chance to fight.  Those are my worst memories – Drew losing his belt to John “Prince” Albert and Taurean losing to Caros.

JT:  What about good memories?

DJ:  My best one was probably when I defended my belt at AX and I armbarred [Jorge Garza].  And the reason why that’s probably my best memory is because of two reasons – one, that’s when Matt was saying “in order for you get to that next step, you need to start finishing people.”  And what did I do?  I finished that person.
And the second one was, that whole week, Skidds – we’re working on armbar from side control with the knee ride.  Over and over and over.  And once the chance popped up, I did everything perfect. Pushed the head down, circled around, armbarred him, pulled through, sat on my butt.  Had to break the lock, so I hammerfisted him in the face.  Once he let go, pop the hands up, and finished the armbar.  And then me and Steve had a big hug.  We were like “oh yeah, that’s what we worked on, baby.”  And it was just perfect.  Because we worked it and I wasn’t tired at all.  I could have fought somebody else that night, because I was in such good shape.

JT:  Tell me about your downtime.  What do you like to do when you’re trying to step away from the pressure of training and the ring?

DJ:  All I do is I come home and I chill with my girlfriend Destiny.  I like to dance a lot. . . Now that me and my girlfriend have calmed down, we don’t really go out.  But if I ever get a chance to go to an after party and dance, best believe I’ll be on the floor cutting some rug.
When she’s not here, I’m usually playing video games or working out.  And the video games I play are fighting games.  And zombie games too.

JT:  What’s worse – the 28 Days Later zombies or the remake Dawn of the Dead ones?

DJ:  I’m liking the Resident Evil zombies.  I know now, in Resident Evil 4 and 5, they’re not really zombies.  They’re the Lost Project, which is a whole different story.  But I like the whole background, how it’s a bioweapon.

JT:  How many zombies does it take to succumb Matt Hume?  How many before they turn him into a zombie?

DJ:  I’d have to say 24.

JT:  How about Matt Hume and Resident Evil zombies?

DJ:  That’s a good one.   If Matt Hume has the virus that Albert Wurtzker has, I think Matt Hume would destroy anybody in the zombie world.

JT:  Who do you think would win in a match between Matt Hume and the cartoon Mighty Mouse?

DJ:  Umm, Matt Hume. . . I think he’ll take his back and choke him out.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is scheduled to fight at the next Genesis FIGHTS event, “Rise of Kings, Emperors of MMA,” on June 27
th, at the Shoreline Community College.

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135 MMA Title fight:
Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson vs "Dynamaite" Jeff Scott Bailey

170 MMA Title Fight:
Taurean "Black" Washington vs James Benson

195 A class Kickboxing:
Sean "Drama" Wade vs John Jackson

160 A class Muay Thai
Peter Deyoung vs Shilo Laws

Tag Team Submission Match:
Zach Mukai and Drew Brokenshire vs Dex Montenegro and Nick Peterson

190 Novice Kickboxing:
Josh Baker vs -Tyson Gill-

155 Novice MMA:
Tony Sablan vs Chris Cardillo

155 Novice MMA:
Kasey White vs Colt Ambora

175 Submission Wrestling:
Paul Stockler vs Bobby Ritter

185 Novice MMA:
Kyle Martin vs Justin Borcherding

145 Novice MMA:
Jay Mendez vs Shad Holt

170 Novice Kickboxing:
Ryan Greely vs Mike Cable

135 Novice MMA:
Sonny Sen vs Cole

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Undefeated Genesis Fights, Axe Fighting and Rumble on the Ridge Champion, Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson defends his title against (37-5) Victory athletics standout, "Dynamite" Jeff Scott Bailey. Dennis "Superman" Hallman stated, "Bailey has beaten every other 135lber in the Northwest, so the fight between him and "Mighty Mouse" will truely determine the best 135er in the Pacific Northwest!

Undefeated Muay Thai Champion Michael "Knockout" Wanaka goes for his 2nd title against Isreal Velasco in a Heavyweight Kickboxing Title fight!

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Genesis "Hostile Takeover" quick results

Quick results from "Hostile Takeover":
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UWGP USA finals Caros "The Future" Fodor defeats Blaine Macintosh by arm bar in rd 1. 

Heavyweight Title Fight:

Brent "Mankill" Knopp defeats Leo "Big Daddy Diesel" Hoover by 1st round KO.

Title Fight:

John Prince Albert defeats Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire by arm bar in round 1.


170 #1 rank match:

Brian "The Ripper" Roberge defeats Taylor Ruscin by split decision!


145 Ranking match:

Zach "The Samurai" Mukai defeats Chris "Country" Jensen by unanimous decision.

Josh Baker defeats Aaron Bollyard by KO in round 1.

Shane Hurst defeats Kris Zorer by rear choke in rd 1

Drew Dambreville defeats Bob Guertin by unanimous decision

Jason Baker defeats David Alverez 
by front choke submission in round 1.

Nika Kabiri defeats Amy Springer by unanimus decision.

Sean Wade defeats Justin Burkholder by unanimous decision.

Weighed in and ready to fight, its on!!!

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Leo "Big Daddy Diesel" Hoover wants the belt, Brent "Mankill"
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Genesis Fights "Hostile Takeover" 
Featuring:
UWGP USA finals AMC's Caros "The Future" Fodor vs Team Quest's Blaine Macintosh! 

Title Fight:

Brent "Mankill" Knopp defends his heavyweight title against the dangerous and powerful Leo "Big Daddy Diesel" Hoover who KO'ed his last Genesis opponent in 12 seconds of the first round! 

Title Fight:

Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire defends his 145 pound title against Dennis Hallman trained standout John "Prince" Albert! 


170 #1 rank match:

Coming of his recent title victory at Snoqualmie Casino, AMC's Brian "The Ripper" Roberge   takes on Rich Franklin's training partner, undefeated, Taylor Ruscin!


145 Ranking match:

Former champion, Zach "The Samurai" Mukai returns to action against Team Quest trained Chris "Country" Jensen!

Full Card: 

*Jason Baker vs David Alverez 170 Novice MMA
*Justin Burkholder vs Sean Wade 180 Novice Kickboxing
*Nika Kabiri vs Amy Springer 140 Novice Kickboxing
*Drew Dambreville vs Bob Guertin Novice Kickboxing 205
*Kris Zorer vs Shane Hurst 140 Novice MMA
*Josh Baker vs Aaron Bollyard Novice Kickboxing 185
*Zach "The Samurai" Mukai vs Chris "Country" Jensen 145 A-class MMA
*Brian "The Ripper" Roberge vs Taylor Ruscin 170 MMA #1 Ranking fight
*Drew "The Eternal Fire" Brokenshire vs John "Prince" Albert 145 MMA Title fight
*Brent "Mankill" Knopp vs Leo "Big Daddy Diesel" Hoover MMA Heavyweight Title fight
*Caros "The Future" Fodor vs Blaine Macintosh 155 MMA UWGP USA finals

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Caros "The Future" Fodor Interview

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Verbal Sparring with Jay Tan: Caros Fodor

Life rarely turns out how we envision it to be. Whether we achieve our goals sooner or bigger than we anticipate, or if we lose direction, wind up in a different world, and fill our lives with people, places, and priorities that we never thought possible, more often than not, we realize “this is how it was supposed to turn out.

Caros Fodor was not a wayward soul who spent time looking for his direction in life. He identified his vision of it at a young age, committed to a life in the military, and pursued it. When he discovered that it wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Caros found himself another path. Ironically enough, he found it in mixed martial arts, a sport known, ironically enough, for giving direction and purpose to wayward, angry, confused young men who never had the discipline or dedication that Caros demonstrated in his adolescence.

Going a few rounds of verbal sparring with me, Caros talked about growing up as part of a “team” of adoptees, the disillusionment about life in the military, and how mixed martial arts has given him direction and a clearer definition of self.

JT: Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and your martial arts background.

CF: I’m from Shoreline, WA, just north of Seattle. I wrestled just my senior year, JV. It was pretty much pointless. I didn’t really even do anything. I just did it for the exercise before I went to boot camp.

JT: Did you know you were going into the army?

CF: Yeah, when I was twelve years old, I signed up with this auxiliary military group and I made up my mind that I was going to do the whole military route. When I turned 17, my mother signed for me to go in underage, and I went into boot camp about six days after high school graduation. I did the reserves to help pay for college and stuff like that. But then, while I was in boot camp, 9/11 happened.

JT: So you knew you were going to be a military man since age 12?

CF: Yeah, I was planning on making a career out of it until I got in and went overseas into the war and stuff. I was in it for six years and it really wasn’t what I wanted to do.

JT: Can you talk us through the formative years? I’m really curious, because making a decision like that at such a young age is somewhat unusual.

CF: Me and all my brothers and my sister were all adopted. It was just my mother. There was no father figure. So I went into a military group and a lot of my peers . . . they were all going straight from high school into the military. Everybody I looked up to was doing it; and ever since I was younger, watching RAMBO and stuff, it was what I was into. So I just made up my mind really young that that’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to be a sniper and wanted to be a drill instructor. I was planning on making a career out of it, until I got in and saw what it was really like. It’s still great. It just wasn’t for me.

JT: How many brothers and sisters do you have?

CF: Adopted, I have two brothers and one sister. And then, biologically, I have two sisters and one brother.

JT: What was that like growing up?

CF: It was pretty cool. . . The home I was adopted into was a foster home for autistic kids. My biological sister is autistic. My real mother [had me with my father, who is Caribbean]. Her parents are extremely racist, from Nebraska. So instead of dealing with that, she put me up for adoption. She knew my adopted mom through my sister, so I kinda went over to that side. But growing up, they kept me around my blood brother too. We were like best friends, and then around age 10, they told us that we were brothers, not just friends from the neighborhood. So that was pretty cool. We’re still pretty close. . . I see them for the holidays and stuff too.

JT: If you can, tell us more about your relationship with [adopted brother and Alderwood MMA fighter Ben Fodor].

CF: Growing up, me and Ben were just totally opposite people. We absolutely hated each other. We could not even be in the same room. We went after each other and got into fights. . . My mom would always cry trying to separate us. I was bigger, but genetically, he was just a specimen of life. He’s really big, so it was a fair fight then.
It wasn’t until I left for the war that we even actually said goodbye to each other. I came back and we were still not close at all, until I started competing in MMA. He came to my first fight and six months after that, he was training at a separate school. Because we couldn’t be together in the same school. So he started training in Charlie’s Combat Club, and he started fighting. . . [now] he’s at Alderwood MMA. And through MMA we’ve developed a relationship now. We’re definitely closer than we ever have been in the past.

JT: When he went to your first match, was he rooting against you?

CF: I don’t know. Secretly, I’m sure he was [laughs].

JT: Was boot camp as hard as you envisioned it to be?

CF: Physically, it was really hard, but mentally, the hardest thing for me was being away from my family. First time being far away from home. . . I was 17; I was the youngest marine, like, three years in a row in my platoon. . . That was more challenging than the actual physical and mental drain down there.

JT: And you were in Iraq?

CF: I was there for the invasion. They called and I got sent over to Kuwait in February of 2003. We invaded, I believe, March 19th. Then I came home about a month after we took Baghdad.

JT: You didn’t have to go back and do other tours?

CF: No, I was actually very lucky to only have to do one tour over there. . . I came back in the summer of 2003. That’s actually how this whole MMA thing started. Growing up, from one year old to 19, I had never once been in a physical fight ever in my life. And I came home from the war and I was all pissed off. I was drinking a lot and, just, being this shithead for quite awhile. And then, from June of 2003, when I came home, until about September of 2004, I had been in 20 street fights. Just in that one period. We had this kind of crew that we were running with, and we would all just get obliteratingly drunk. And we used to do the stupidest things ever, like going to frat parties and picking fights.
That went on for quite awhile, until January of 2005. I remember there was like eight of us, from the little crew we had. Because we were fighting so much, we were like “well, maybe we should start learning how to fight for real, so we can finish these fights quicker, instead of having them drag out.” And that’s how we ended up at AMC.
I’m sure [Matt Hume] will remember when . . . because we all came in together. We all sat up in the loft and he walked up. In reality, we were just a bunch of punks trying to figure out how to end the street fights quicker, but it just took a couple months of being around them and a lot of it changed. Matt and Trevor [Jackson] were just really good influences in my life. And I saw how responsible men are actually supposed to act. I’d gotten into thinking that I wanted to compete and I started.
Pretty much all eight of my friends whom I started with quit, but I stuck with it. I’ve been there for over four years now. I think I was involved in one fight after since I’ve been there.

JT: Was there a frustration in that the armed forces wasn’t what you wanted it to be, that drove you, when you came back?

CF: I guess I had a pretty bad case of PSD [Post-traumatic Stress Disorder] after the war. I was only 19 and I was drinking more than you ever should. It was just a shitty time over there, for sure, and I was just confused in the head and taking it out. . . I was full of anger, I guess, and just got into a fight. The summer I came home, I enjoyed it quite a bit. The rush of it, and the aftermath – and with drunk people, it just spreads and it turned into bullshit.
The armed forces wasn’t . . . I’m definitely glad I did it. I learned so much about life and people and reality. I took a lot from it. It’s just that the experience over there, and the games that happen, and all the bullshit – it’s definitely not for me.

JT: I think that’s one of the big lessons in general about life: you realize that things are often 180 degrees from what you envision it to be as a kid. Loss of innocence is a son of a bitch for anybody.

CF: Absolutely. That’s totally the truth.

JT: What do you remember about those early years training and the first couple of matches?

CF: [My first opportunity to fight] was nine months into my walking into AMC. I was really nervous, because other than that one year of wrestling, I’d never really competed on a one-on-one level in front of an audience. . . And I was fighting a guy from our school. He was bigger, and I knew who he was. . . I’ve never even seen footage of it. No one recorded it. I ended up losing a split decision. And that was devastating.
But the fight was on Saturday, and I was in the gym Monday training. Matt said I could fight again on his next card. I signed up and fought against a guy who was a wrestler. He beat me in a unanimous decision. The first fight was really close. It was real controversial and I could have won. The second fight, he got me in the nose in the opening round and it just totally freaked me out. I just got my ass whooped my second fight, straight up.
And this phobia kinda started, because I’d lost my first two fights and I was really starting to think. But I was in the gym again on Monday after the fight . . . training and trying to get better. Trevor, the secondary coach, he kinda . . . took me under his wing, and started working with me. And I haven’t lost ever since he started that. . . I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m on a seven-fight win streak.

JT: Four years of training – that’s a long time, and it’s certainly a great establishment. Tell us about the changes you’ve seen in yourselve.

CF: As a martial artist, it’s unbelievable. I’m ten times what I was in my first fight. And now Matt has all these real famous pros coming over; I’m able to test myself with them. I’m just so thankful to be able to be with Matt at AMC. To have him and Trevor as coaches, because they’re just world class. It really shows when I get to go with the pros who come in. I’m not where I want to be, but I’m definitely on the right track, I think.

JT: Matt [has always been known as] one who always let his actions speak louder than his words. It seems to be a running theme with AMC guys.

CF: Absolutely. He never talks shit ever. He’s just an animal. He runs through absolutely everybody that ever comes to the gym. It’s amazing to watch him. And he’s got answers. I’ve never seen him stumped by a question. He just flicks his finger and he has an answer right away.
We always joke that people have one thing that they’re supposed to do in life and he’s definitely found it. That’s just what he is, a fighting machine.

JT: What’s Trevor like as a coach? What’s he helped you develop in your game?

CF: He’s great too. He’s Matt’s #1 student, so he has the whole AMC style. Tutoring-wise, he’s a little different. You think of Matt like the father and Trevor like the older brother. . . Matt’s the head dog that handles all the pros. Trevor’s teaching the class and the up-and-coming amateur fighters.

JT: Kinda like Yoda and Obi-Wan Ben Kenobi maybe?

CF: Yeah, kinda. You have the master and the second master. That’s pretty much exactly how it is.

JT: What about yourself? Tell us about your own approach and philosophy to training. What’s your belief, whether it’s about visualization or a lot of guys subscribe yourself to the approach of “kill yourself in the gym so it’s easier in the ring?”

CF: Yeah, that’s pretty much the mentality I take with it. I train like how Matt has instructed us to train in the past. That’s pretty intense. In training, to make the fight easier, you sweat . . . and fight it out in the gym. I take everything extremely serious. Especially losing my first two fights, I know what defeat feels like, and I’m definitely not trying to feel that anytime soon. I put a lot of work into getting ready for a fight. . . People don’t need to sit there and tell me to do my cardio. I do it on my own just out of fear of. . . I don’t want to get tired in a fight. I like to go real hard, getting ready for a fight. I don’t want to get in a fight and get shocked, so I’m going to spar pretty hard and try to avoid injury . . . That’s pretty much Matt’s way, that’s pretty much the AMC way of training.

JT: What would you say is harder, boot camp or training for a fight?

CF: I mean, there’s different aspects. Physically, training for a fight, without a doubt. But boot camp is a little different. You have sleep deprivation and food deprivation. And then the stresses of combat and stuff. So it’s a little bit different, but truly, getting ready for a fight, like a professional should . . . training for a fight has to be by far the hardest.

JT: What about mentally?

CF: It’s almost right about the same levels, because I always get really nervous for fights. Because I know anything can happen in a fight. I trained hard and I don’t want to let people down. But compared to boot camp, it’s probably about the same.

JT: Have you gotten used to performing in front of crowds?

CF: Yeah, just about three fights ago is when, finally, for the first time, I remember going in the ring and touching gloves and actually thinking. . . about my opponent; and when a punch comes, I can start doing planned moves, instead of, before that, like my first five, I swear, it was just instinct. When you get hit, you just counter back, just out of instinct. But now, I’m to the point where, when we’re across from each other, my heart rate’s down. I remember seeing people in the crowd. I’m actually focused, and my game plan is right there. I think I’ve reached that point. I hit that about on my fifth fight, and it’s still been there ever since. So hopefully it never goes away.

JT: Would you say it helps you to enjoy the fight a little bit more?

CF: Yeah, definitely, because I’m not so wigged out. And performance-wise, it’s amazing. . . I’m able to focus; that’s just absolutely a necessity. I don’t know how I made it through my other ones without it. I think it just comes from time, being in front of an audience and just stuff like that. I’ve got it now and I don’t want to lose it.

JT: What would you say is the best and the worst memory of your fight career?

CF: The worst would be, probably, losing my second fight. Because that was an utter beating. I was held down, my face was all messed up, and I had all my family and friends there. It was my second loss in a row and everyone was telling me I shouldn’t do this sport, that it wasn’t for me, and what was I doing. That was pretty tough to get over.
If I win [my next match], that’s going to be my biggest moment, because there’s a lot riding on this fight, and I’ve been working hard. This is one of my toughest opponents, so if I win, then on March 21st, it’ll be my happiest moment.
Besides that, probably, when I beat Taurean Washington for the second time and I got my third belt. Matt and Trevor were in the ring with me and we got a picture of all three of us together with the three belts. That was probably one of my happiest moments.

JT: Tell us what you know about Blaine, and your thoughts about this match.

CF: Normally, I never try to look into it, but I broke down about a week ago and I tried finding out a lot about him. But there’s nothing really out there about him. I taped his last fight on our card out of Bellevue, so I have that footage. I think he’s 5-0; he has to be close to that. He’s a submission guy; he’s from Team Quest. Just based on his last fight, I think he thinks he has descent hands, because he wasn’t afraid to throw ‘em, but I don’t think that’s his specialty. He has a pretty good guard. He does a lot of rubber guard. . . He had at least five catches of submissions on the ground . . . So he’s definitely very flexible. Likes to use his hips and is always flinging them around, trying to catch whatever he can.

JT: What about downtime? What do you like to do when you’re away from the gym and you’re trying to decompress?

CF: I work, so my schedule is that I wake up around 7:00 in the morning. I take a lunch at 11:00. I go lift weights or I run. Do my sprints. Come back to work at 2:00. Get off at about 4:30, and I got straight to AMC. We start training at 5:00 and we get out of there about 9:00. So my only downtime is on the weekends and off-season. I’m still kinda stuck in that rut of going out, clubs and drinking. But it’s nothing like it was; my mentality is completely, just totally different than how it ever was. But I still like to go out and have a good time. Fight time, I kinda cut back on that and just hang out.
Now the [AMC team], we’ve got a pretty tight group and we see each other almost every weekend and hang out, watch fights, or talk about our up and coming fights. Stuff like that.

JT: It strikes me that AMC seems to keep tight together away from the gym, as well as inside the gym.

CF: It wasn’t like that in the beginning, but it’s turned into a real tight group. Especially since Matt’s got these cards coming. We’ve got a pretty good circle of about eight guys that really try to pull everybody in, and its turning into a really great thing.

JT: Besides Matt and Trevor, who would you say pushes you the hardest at AMC?

CF: Probably myself. There’s another trainer, Brad Kertson, who’s absolutely amazing. He and Trevor are pretty much on the same level. When Matt’s there, even when he looks across the room and I can feel his eyes on me, I start going as hard as I can. I don’t know what it is about him but I always try to go 110% for him. But other than that, I push myself pretty hard mentally. I think I’m more judgmental on myself than most people are.

JT: Educate us on the Pacific Northwest fight scene. MMA has been up there for a long time, obviously.

CF: There are a lot of famous fighters around. There’s Josh {Barnett}, Jeff Monson, Maurice Smith, Matt . . . There’s a bunch of sister schools who came up from Matt, who went out and started their own schools, like Charlie’s Combat Club and Aldenwood, and stuff like that.
I think the amateur circuit is really big. . . . I’ve heard of other places that don’t have that good of one and fighters are short. There’s cards going on all the time, from Spokane to Olympia. . . I can’t really say. . . because I’ve never been somewhere else to look at the fight circuit, but from what I’ve heard from other people, Seattle’s got a [comparatively] pretty big circuit.

JT: Do you think that we’re going to see an influx of that on the national and international scene pretty soon? Guys getting signed to Zuffa or over in Japan

CF: Oh God, I hope so!

JT: [Laughs] Of course. You plan on being one of them.

CF: I’m just kinda rolling with Matt. I have total faith in him. We’ve never even had a real conversation about what the plan is, but I know that whenever he decides I’m ready, hopefully it’s going to be something big. And he’s got really good connections. I know he’s got good plans.

JT: If you had to make a living where you would never throw another punch or another kick, or you couldn’t do submissions, what do you think you would do?

CF: Actually, I wanted to be a homicide detective. I applied to a couple different agencies, and I was real close, but all the stuff I did when I came back from the war, being stupid, actually disqualified me for quite awhile. I was disqualified a week before I fought Taurean the second time. Neither department was going to hire me, and they both told me to go back and straighten myself up and come back in a couple of years. And that’s when I kinda made a decision to – I was with Matt, I’m training at a great school. I’m young, have no real big injuries, and can recover, so I’ve decided to try and make a run at this and see how far I can take this. But if something happened, whatever, bodily injuries, I couldn’t fight anymore, I’d definitely want to be a homicide detective.

JT: That’s both an adamant answer and a serious job too. You don’t rest too much during life. It doesn’t sound like that’s your style.

CF: Yeah, well, we’re only here once. Again, I watched a bunch of movies when I was younger and it got me hooked. I’ve seen THE WIRE too many times.

JT: Give me some of your top movies. You’re clearly an action / Jim Belushi / Schwarzenegger kind of guy.

CF: When I was younger, MISSING IN ACTION, RAMBO, a lot of horror movies, like FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, Freddy Krueger. Growing up as a real young kid, there was no rules as to what we could watch. So I was on those since six years old. HEAT is a big one. THE WIRE is awesome. GENERATION KILL, about the Iraq war, is great. All the great action movies.

JT: Who would win in a fight, Chuck Norris or Matt Hume?

CF: Matt Hume. No question

JT: [Laughs] For the record: “which he said with no hesitation whatsoever”. . . How would he beat him?

CF: Probably knockout with a knee to the head.

Caros Fodor squares off against Blaine MacIntosh of Team Quest on March 21st, at Genesis FIGHTS: Hostile Takeover, at the Shoreline Community College. The winner of that match will go on to fight in the lightweight Unified World Grand Prix, facing challengers from Shooto (Japan), Golden Glory (Holland), and Adrenaline MMA (Midwest U.S.).

Tickets are on sale at www.GenesisFights.com


Genesis Fights "Hostile Takeover" matches almost complete..

Genesis Fights "Hostile Takeover" card almost complete:

UWGP USA finals AMC's Caros "The Future" Fodor vs Team Quest's Blaine Macintosh!

Brent "Mankill" Knopp defends his heavyweight title against the dangerous and powerful Leo Hoover who KO'ed his last Genesis opponent in 12 seconds of the first round!

Drew Brokenshire defends his 145 pound title against Dennis Hallman trained standout John "Prince" Albert!

Other matches include:

*Nika Kabiri vs Amy Springer 140 Novice Kickboxing

*Justin Burkholder vs Sean Wade 180 Novice Kickboxing
*Trevor Smith vs Jordan Mclaughlin 205 Novice MMA

*Drew Dambreville vs Bob Guertin 205 Novice Kickboxing
*Kris Zorer vs Danny Lloyd 135 Novice MMA
*Eric Kennedy vs Anthony Macabalitao 145 Novice MMA

*Josh Baker vs Aaron Bollyard 185 Novice Kickboxing
*Nikohl Johnson vs Heidi Otterbein 130 A-class Muay Thai
*Zach Mukai vs Chris Jensen 145 A-class MMA
*Brian Roberge vs Taylor Ruscin 170 MMA #1 Ranking fight
*Drew Brokenshire vs John "Prince" Albert 145 MMA Title fight
*Brent Knopp vs Leo Hoover MMA Heavyweight Title fight
*Caros Fodor vs Blaine Macintosh 155 MMA UWGP USA finals

*Card subject to change

"Hostile Takeover" more matches!!!

Nika Kabiri vs Amy Springer Novice Kickboxing 145
Justin Burkholder vs Sean Wade Novice Kickboxing 180
Trevor Smith vs Jordan Mclaughlin 205 Novice MMA

Drew Dambreville vs Bob Guertin Novice Kickboxing 205
Kris Zorer vs Danny Lloyd 135 Novice MMA
Eric Kennedy vs Anthony Macabalitao 145 Novice MMA

Josh Baker vs Aaron Bollyard Novice Kickboxing 185
Nikohl Johnson vs Heidi Otterbein 125 A-class Muay Thai
Zach Mukai vs Chris Jensen 145 A-class MMA
Brian Roberge vs Taylor Ruscin 170 MMA #1 Ranking fight
Drew Brokenshire vs John "Prince" Albert 145 MMA Title fight
Brent Knopp vs Leo Hoover MMA Heavyweight Title fight
Caros Fodor vs Blaine Macintosh 155 MMA UWGP USA finals

*Card subject to change

Hostile Takeover update!!

Drew Dambreville vs Bob Guertin Novice Kickboxing 205
Josh Baker vs Aaron Bollyard Novice Kickboxing 185
Nikohl Johnson vs Heidi Otterbein 125 A-class Muay Thai
Zach Mukai vs Chris Jensen 145 A-class MMA
Brian Roberge vs Taylor Ruscin 170 MMA #1 Ranking fight
Drew Brokenshire vs John "Prince" Albert 145 MMA Title fight
Brent Knopp vs Leo Hoover MMA Heavyweight Title fight
Caros Fodor vs Blaine Macintosh 155 MMA UWGP USA finals

*Card subject to change

More matches added to "Hostile Takeover"!

UWGP USA finals, 2 Title fights, #1 Rank fight, Women's A class Muay Thai and many more to be added in the coming days!

Nikohl Johnson vs Heidi Otterbein 125 A-class Muay Thai
Brian Roberge vs Taylor Ruscin 170 MMA #1 Ranking fight
Drew Brokenshire vs John "Prince" Albert 145 MMA Title fight
Brent Knopp vs Leo Hoover MMA Heavyweight Title fight
Caros Fodor vs Blaine Macintosh 155 MMA UWGP USA finals

*Card subject to change

Genesis "Revenge DVD Now Available!

"Revenge" is now available on DVD and can be purchased in our online store or at AMC!

"Hostile Takeover" set for March 21, 2009!

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Unified World Grand Prix USA finals and 145 Title fight set for "Hostile Takeover!

UWGP USA Finals
Caros "The Future" Fodor (AMC) vs Blaine Macintosh (Team Quest)

Featherweight Championship 145
Drew Brokenshire (AMC) vs John "Prince" Albert (Victory Athletics)

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Genesis Fights "Hostile Takeover" returns to Shoreline Community College on Saturday March 21, 2009.


Hostile Takeover will feature the finals of the U.S. Segment of the Unified World Grand Prix of MMA.
Finalists: Caros "The Future" Fodor and Blaine Macintosh are set to do battle to see who will represent the USA on their quest to become the first UWGP champion!1

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