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.
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)
I’d like to take today to highlight IFMA, Toyota tournaments and Lumpinee Stadium and Challenger Asia Superstar, The Fighting Pride of the Irish, The Son of Texas…
Michael “Chase” Corley.
The talented young man that put his work in overseas and abroad returned home to Houston in recent years to mentor many Coaches and Fighters in the Houston area, as well as UFC rising star Andrew “Highlight” Craig, who’s Muay Thai and boxing picked his opponent apart in his latest showing.
There is no doubt that there is one man, which we all want to see fighting in Lion Fights, that man, is the modern day James “Cinderella Man” Braddock, that man is Michael Corley.
Roni and I are a couple of weeks out from training at Sitmonchai; Roni continues to read great reviews about the gym and the people that run it.
Sitmonchai seems to be a fun gym that works hard and has fun, while treating everyone like family.
The funny thing is that the very things I thought would turn Roni off to the camp are actually the things she loves about it. the rooms are ringside and small, no hot water, it’s an old fashion outdoor gym and you train with the top fighters, the same way.
Everything about Sitmonchai is straight out of a Van Dam movie, HAHA, minus the cheesy montage.
I love the idea of completely emerging myself in the Thai camp life style, and jumping in there hard core.
I’m not here for the beach, AC’d gyms or to be a tourist, I’m here to work… And I love every minute of it.
Now, I don’t want to take away from anyone else who’s gone and trained in Thailand. there is nothing wrong with an AC gym, hitting up the beach, shopping and seeing the sights. but for me the reward is the work it’s self. I’m dead serious about my training, and I don’t take it lightly. well I do make jokes and laugh in training, haha. I’m not under any allusions that this will be easy, or make me 20x the fighter over night. for me it’s about the relationships and learning as much as I can, so we have material for us to implement over the next year.
This is definitely something I never thought would happen, growing up extremely poor. This has been something that we’ve been working on since late last year, and together, Team Mongonia is making it happen.
be sure to follow Garry, Greg, Roni and myself as we take on an adventure of a life time, here at the fighters life. Thanks.