Head over and sign up, fight and earn your spot in history!
Head over and sign up, fight and earn your spot in history!
*wrote this before the LK1 event on Jan16th
In a couple of days my brother Samuel Mongonia will be stepping into the ring against an opponent with twice his experience for Legacy FC’s LK1 event Jan 16th. In the weeks leading up to this fight, we’ve had one hurdle after another. It’s been one big battle from day one, but looking back I’m glad we’re at where we’re at. When you get in the ring, the allusion is that it’s just the fighter, but to quote my brother “it’s me in there, but it’s all of us”. What makes a great fighter isn’t solely his/her talent and hard work; it’s the village that builds the fighter. You can’t be a great fighter and a narcissist. I take personal responsibility for each and every person that I put in the ring. It’s a responsibility I don’t take lightly, and it often weighs heavy on my heart because each and every single one of my fighters is my friend and my family. In all honesty, it’s a big scary world out there. You’ve got a lot of promoters that are looking only to use your guys as tomato cans; my family is too precious to me to be someone’s kicking can. One reason I like tournaments, is because it allows you to get fights against high level guys and get attention, while fighting guys on neutral ground. When I book fights for my guys, I try to book good fights. Not easy fights, but fights that they’re prepared for. I pour my whole heart into my family, and those that are worth my time and being called family do likewise… We couldn’t do this without the all the people, from fellow fighter Jennifer Guerrero and coach Uriel Figueroa to the friendships and everyone whom walked with Sam every step of the day, and that includes the hobbyist’s like Brad and the morning crew that get up in the awful time of the morning to run and train in the freezing wet cold that is a Houston winter.
I whole heartedly believe that the key to our success isn’t one person, but all of us… all of Revolution. We must always remember a fast rise, leads to a fast fall. It’s about earning fights… it’s about building a legacy, and there is no substitute for experience. It’s been a long road for us, but all the hard work is worth it. Legacy FC is starting a kick boxing league called LK1 and Muay Thai Kingdom, has continued to be successful hosting good shows. So the future for Houston Kickboxing and Muay Thai looks bright.
what are you waiting for sign up and fight!!!
-The warrior’s heart
As usual, I love to ponder. This past week has given me some extra time to slow down and think; Time to think about family, sport, spirit and put pen to paper. This year we’ve been very active this year for our team. We just love to fight, doesn’t matter where.
I must admit that we are a society that is very driven and obsessed with victory, and our contempt for losing is unparalleled. Everything is about winning. If you don’t think so, go to a book store and take a quick look at the top sellers. Turn on the TV and watch some reality TV, everything we do is about winning, and I wonder how much of it has more to do with us compensating for our mental and spiritual inadequateness.
Seriously, I often find it interesting and perplexing how a fighter can loses a couple of matches and all the sudden the fans turn on them. “He’s a bum” or “he’s finished, he needs to retire”… I don’t get why we let couch-potatoes judge our careers. As if these guys know the sacrifice that fighters make. After all, how can you hold a scoring system that is judged like a beauty contest seriously against someone?
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
― Michael Jordan
And that’s where the lore of boxing comes in, were they have a long history of failures and underdog coming back to win or overcome life obstacles.
Speaking with a friend who just popped in from NYC, after training, we were just chatting a bit and he made the comment that “there’s a lot of heart in this sport”. This really resonated with me, because in Muay Thai… it’s not about the KO; winning is nice (don’t get me wrong, I like to win) but it’s about the fight. It’s about the exchange between two strong wills. It’s about who can dig deeper. It’s about two gods locked in immortal combat. It’s when we get to see the human spirit at its finest, and our resolve at its highest determination. Anyone can apply eight pounds of pressure to someone else’s chin, but it takes a champion to push forward and pressure an unrelenting opponent they just can’t seem to vanquish. Everyone gets knocked down from time to time, but champions get up. And that is the difference between success and failure; rather you have the heart and will to get up.
I was caught in the first round for a fight a couple of matches ago… and my buddy was telling me that when I got up he jump out of his seat, as if I had risen. Rising from defeat and refusing to fail is just as much as an accomplishment, and there is no loser in that kind of fight.
Greatness isn’t how many trophies’s, belts and titles you hold, it’s defined only by the size of your determination and perseverance.
Hey guys, just catching up with all the readers of The Fighters Life.
We’re a couple of days out from weigh-ins for Bayou City Throwdown, which will be hosted live at 2 pm Friday 22nd at:
OUTLAW DAVE’S WORLDWIDE HEADQUARTERS
6502 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Weigh ins are open to the public; come on down grab a juicy burger, some beer and come meet the fighters. All my Super Mongonia Bros. supporters, it’s Super Mario Theme!
I can’t tell you all how excited I am to finally get to fight in my home town after several years of exile. there isn’t really a lot of opportunities to Thai-box in Texas, let a lone Houston… however thanks to Michael Corley and Lou Savarese Promotions that’s all changing.
Houston is a great city, with a lot of talent… together, we’re putting H-town on the map.
If you need tickets, you can contact me on twitter @nmongonia or Facebook (Nethaneel Mongonia), or purchase your tickets online at http://www.savaresepromotions.com
170lbs Jaime Garcia(BushiBan) vs Don Rasika Dissanayake(MetroFC)
170lbs Paul Garza (Team Tooke) vs Don Mayora Dissanayake(MetroFC)
125lbs Elezar Escareno(MetroFC) vs Jacob Norsworthy(BushiBan)
135lbs Steven Vera(MetroFC) vs Jonathon Villareal(BushiBan)
145lbs Matthew Longoria(MetroFC) vs Donovan Carrasco(AthleticLab)
155lbs Eric Charalambous(MetroFC) vs Issac Cruzado(Fusion)
147lbs Oliver Jimenez(MuayThaiCorner) vs Robert Bailey(TeamTookeC)
140lbs Carlos Garza(SitSiam) vs TBA
160lbs Chris Jackson(SBA/Izzy) vs David Kelly(TheFightLab)
165lbs Jeremy Milbourn (TeamTooke) vs Elliot Bush(Paradigm)
165lbs Joel Haesecke(TBD) vs Gregory Sanzo (Revolution)
140lbs Jennifer Guerrero(Revolution) vs Caressa Kibler(Team SudYod) -NAMTF Tite
160lbs Nethaneel Mongonia(Revolution) vs Kebba Marenah(TeamSudYod)
110lbs Bebe Laced (4oz) vs Gabbi Maxwell(TBD) -NAMTF Tite
140lbs Tue Salianekham (Garland) vs Alex Chang(4oz)
NAMF – North American Muay Thai Federation
Results are up, go check it out.