Colleen Brown: In Her Own Words What It Takes To Make Being An MMA Wife Work

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What True Love Looks Like

So being the wife of a professional mixed martial artist in the UFC is amazing, fun, entertaining, crazy, different, unique, stressful, and hard!
Matt and I have 2-year-old twin boys which definitely makes everything about his career that much harder but everything about life a lot more enjoyable.  There’s a few different reasons why having kids makes things a bit harder for the wife.  For example, rest is a very important part of Matt’s career and especially during a training camp. It’s important for him to have time to rest and recover, which means that I don’t get to sleep in too often.  This has definitely been an area for arguments with me and Matt because of course everyone likes to sleep in, but its all about communication and when I really need a couple extra hours I tell Matt and he has no problem getting up early with the twins. Of course spouses who don’t have kids wont have this problem but if and when they do it’s definitely important to let your spouse get the rest he or she needs because they are putting their bodies through extreme workouts almost everyday and without the rest their body won’t be able to keep up with their mind.
Another really tricky area is dieting. For most people, we can say “I’m going on a diet” and try to eat clean and healthy. But for a fighter, it’s not a diet its a lifestyle. It’s important for the spouse to understand that it’s not easy for the fighter to eat salad when he is craving a pizza but you have to be there and support him and not tempt him. It really is a lifestyle change for the spouse too, unless he or she was a total health freak before they met but for me, I didn’t even eat salad when I met Matt so filling the fridge has been a huge challenge for me and I’m still trying to get better at it…its all about trying…if you don’t try you wont be helping the situation at all and you will only make it harder on the person you love who is trying everyday to become the best he or she can be.
Trust. Matt travels a lot, especially lately.  I’m sure everyone can understand how hard it is for your husband or wife to leave for weeks at a time, but its even harder with kids. But I trust that Matt is doing what he needs to do for his career which supports our family. Trust is also important in regard to traveling for the relationship.  Matt is gone for weeks at a time and it can get lonely but he trusts me that I’m not off being a bad wife and I trust him that he is being a dedicated faithful husband.  I think that this is harder for new couples  it was harder for me when matt and I started dating because the relationship was new and he was going off to Seattle, Hawaii, Ohio (we lived in Vegas at the time) and I didn’t fully trust that our relationship was solid enough to keep him from giving into temptation. Luckily it was and now its a lot easier for me to be comfortable with him leaving to all these different cities and even countries. But in the beginning of a relationship I would tell the spouse of a fighter to be open with each other and if there’s any doubts or questions be up front about them. Dont snoop thru emails and phones, just be straight up and honest with one another. Tell each other your worries and fears about being away from each other for extended periods of time and you will work thru any potential issues.
Finally I would say patience is a must when you are the spouse of a fighter.  Sometimes I want Matt to do things at a time when he will be training, or I want him to go to a doctor’s appointment for the kids at a time when he is out-of-town for a fight, and sometimes he is just too tired!  Its frustrating but I try to be very patient and understanding. Fighters seriously put their bodies thru SO much and when a fighter is at the peak of their career the spouse really needs to be patient and understand that there WILL be time, maybe just not ‘today’

MMABeats:  As you can tell the life of an MMA fighters wife isn’t always easy but when you truly love someone it can and will work. Thank you Colleen for taking time to tell me what your life with Matt is like.


XFC spotlight on Fighter Zach Underwood

(Tampa, FL) – Xtreme Fighting Championships is returning to the state of Kentucky with a fully stacked lineup that is now scheduled to include recent Featherweight signee, Deivison “The Dragon” Ribeiro against challenger Zach “Thunderwood Underwood in the feature bout of the evening Live on AXStv. Ribeiro joins his teammate Sapo Santos, as the two Brazilians make their XFC debut on April 19th at XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest.

Ribeiro (23-8) has been fighting since 2005 mostly in his home country of Brazil, until recently moving to South Florida where he began working with American Top Team and Sapo Fight Team. At 24 years old, Ribeiro promises to be one of the most dominant fighters in the XFC Featherweight division for years to come. The Brazilian enters the cage in April following wins in 4 of his last 5 fights.

Zach Underwood (10-4) will be the underdog in the bout and will have to make up the experience factor. However, what Underwood lacks in number of fights he makes up for with time spent in the cage with 10 of his bouts going the distance, including his most recent win over Bellator vet Chris Coggins. Underwood is one of the top Featherweights in the region, following a career that started in the Lightweight division. He is one of the toughest fighters to be featured in the XFC, having only suffered 1KO loss in his pro career while delivering 3 TKO’s of his own.

With the Lightweight divisional ranks established, both Ribeiro and Underwood will have the opportunity to solidify their positions in the Featherweight division as the XFC looks to determine the top contenders at 145-pounds.

XFC President John Prisco finalized the bout with an official statement. “I’m excited to have signed Ribeiro, and to have lined him up for his first fight in the XFC. I have seen this guy in action and immediately after watching I knew that he is one of the toughest, most impressive fighters I’d seen. I’m excited to have him fighting in the XFC, he’ll be a great representative for our organization,” Prisco proclaimed. “Underwood is a really tough guy, he’s going to bring the fight to Ribeiro, and he’ll bring it for three rounds. He hasn’t finished many fights, but he hasn’t been finished often either. If he can take Ribeiro to the judges he’s got a chance at earning a huge win!”

Xtreme Fighting Championships journey’s to the Bluegrass state for XFC 23: Louisville Slugfest on April 19. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and ThroatPunch Ind. Apparel and will air live on AXStv from the Kentucky National Convention Center beginning at 9pm. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit Follow the promotion for daily updates and news on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’.

Article by N. Ganster



Joseph “Crush” Corneroli XFC Debut 2-22-13

Joseph and the Team Pitch Black folks

Joseph and the Team Pitch Black folks

I recently had the opportunity to interview Joseph “Crush” Corneroli who has his XFC debut on February 22, 2013 in Charlotte, NC. This debut has been six months in the making. Joseph is a welterweight with an MMA record of 8-1.

MMABeats: What is like training at Upstate Karate, with what are in my opinion some of the best fighters in the world ?  

Joseph: It is awesome! The sparring is very high level. When you are training with UFC fighters it is going to be at a high level. Two of my training partners are UFC fighters, Stephen “Wonderboy”  Thompson and Josh Janousek. The trainers are always pushing for me to give my very best and that keeps me progressing and improving.

MMABeats: What is your Martial Arts background ?

Joseph: Seven years ago I started training in kickboxing at Upstate Karate and 4.5 years ago I started training in BJJ  and MMA and training with Team Pitch Black. And 4 months after that i had my first MMA fight.

MMABeats: Are you an instructor at Upstate Karate or just training with Team Pitch Black ?

Joseph: I am an instructor, I teach Kempo Karate and adult and kids BJJ. I generally teach 5-6 classes a day. When you are an instructor you are showing others the techniques and by doing that you are more aware of what you have to do to get the move right, it makes you a better fighter and instructor.

MMABeats: I have heard that this fight had been previously scheduled. How does it feel to finally get this fight scheduled and know you are finally getting to make your debut ?

Joseph: It is nice to know I am finally going to get to fight. My opponent Ricky Rainey is a good striker and athletic but his only advantage will  be his reach. I feel like it is a good matchup.

MMABeats: What is on your Ipod that you like to  listen to while you are working out?

Joseph: All  kinds of music is on my Ipod. It isn’t necessarily work out music but I enjoy all kinds of music.

MMABeats: What do you do for fun?

Joseph: I enjoy hunting and camping and hiking and spending time outdoors. I also really enjoy spending time with my family.

MMABeats: What are some of the goals you have for your future in MMA ?

Joseph: To take it as far as I can and fight the best and become the best PERIOD !

MMABeats: What advice would you give to young people wanting to start training and fighting in MMA ?

Joseph: Find a good school or gym. Do research on the instructors and find the very best instructors you can find that will help you reach the goals you have for yourself.  Check out their martial arts pedigree. Also be willing yo work hard and have dedication and a solid work ethic. If you do not show up to practice do nt expect to see positive results.

 Thank you for your time Joseph!  I can not wait to watch you fight next week on AxsTv.

Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC

Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC.


This is the true story of a father who has had his children kidnapped by his ex wife and her mother.
    This is the short version, and there are some really bad details, in 2010, after suffering my wife’s infidelities, alcoholism, and abuse of me and my sons, she ended up in jail for domestic assault and we separated. I was given custody by the judge and her visitation. I retired from the army and moved to Austin. During the last 2 years, she failed on many occasion to see her kids, her and her mom were investigated by Child Protective Services for abusing my sons, and my sons told a court ordered psychologist of the abuse and alcoholism and that they wanted to live with me. on more than one occasion my sons were brought back to me with bruises and cuts from discipline sessions. eventually, my wife had a major breakdown and Child Protective Services ordered supervised visits; she was not to be alone with her own kids anymore. This past june I dropped my sons off at my wife’s mothers house for summer break and never saw them again. My wife and her mother abducted my kids to Mexico and have demanded money from me to even hear my sons voices. My wife’s brothers, who live in Texas, confided to the police that they helped them get to Mexico.
    My oldest son is supposed to be medicated daily and receive quarterly checkups/treatment for early signs of Scoliosis, which is a curving of the spine . I have reason to believe my sons are back in Texas and have provided the police and FBI with the proof. I also have sufficient proof to believe my sons are in danger. they are with people who have a history of alcohol and abuse. I have no doubt they are not in school or getting the needed medical attention they need.
    Yet, as I sit here 221 days later there are no charges filed or warrants issued for my wife and her mother. Even NBC news is investigating the story now because it is mind-blowing. the kids were last seen in Tarrant county but the District Attorney there says they “cannot establish the abduction took place there” or that “she committed a crime” even though her brothers admitted it all to the police and she texted me it all. District Attorney  Joe Shannon says it is a civil matter despite it inarguably violating state law Interference with child custody which is a felony, extortion, and the federal International parental abduction act. I contacted Hill county where we met for the drop off, Williamson county where I live, Bell county where the judge issued orders, and Travis county for Austin city limits where I live and each one said they don’t have jurisdiction.
   So as it stands, an abusive mother has illegally abducted her kids and fled the country from Texas, yet according to Texas it didn’t happen in Texas and it wasnt illegal despite the judges custody orders, Child Protective Service orders, and a writ. also of interest, my sons are listed on the national and state databases as abducted and lists their mother as the abductor. yet, the District Attorney still says there was nothing criminal? Isn’t child abduction illegal?
    I plead, as a father who loves his sons more than his own life, if there is anything at all you can do…please help my sons, help me.
Thank you for reading this,
A Concerned Father,
Stephen James
I know this guy very well. Please if there is anything at all you can do to help get the word out about this PLEASE do. He is a very loving father and a retired military service member. He would literally give everything he has to get his kids back. He loves them and just wants them home safe with him where they belong. Thanks for taking time to read this and think about doing something to help, After 221 days of the boys missing he is to the point of having to start selling his belongings tocontine searching for his boys. PLEASE HELP IN ANYWAY YOU CAN !

Michael Chandler, BellatorMMA Lightweight Champion

Michael Chandler, BellatorMMA Lightweight Champion.

Press Release: XFC Increases WMMA Division Events

PRESS RELEASE: XFC announces increase in WMMA divisional bouts

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XFC Women – WMMA

Xtreme Fighting Championships has been at the forefront of WMMA since 2008, when it introduced their WMMA division with world class boxer, turned MMA fighter, Chevelle Hallback.  Instant popularity of female fights in the XFC began to spread throughout the MMA industry, and the company known for finding the Next Generation of MMA Fighters followed up their promise of finding and building rising stars, by signing Marianna Kheyfets following their Open Fighter Tryout in 2010.  Soon after, Kheyfets had her first fight live on national television to the HDNet viewers and thousands in attendance at the St. Pete Times Forum. Kheyfets went on to win 5 straight fights, quickly becoming a fan favorite and leaving HDNet viewers wanting more WMMA. Her success secured a spot not just for herself, but for other female fighters in the industry to have an opportunity to fight live on TV at future XFC events.

Blast ahead, three years later, where the XFC has now significantly increased the number of women on their roster, featuring three of the industry’s most solidified weight classes (Atomweight, Flyweight, & Strawweight). Now moving into 2013, the promotion has announced another significant increase, in their efforts to remain one of the leading supporters of Women in mixed martial arts. At XFC 23 in April, the XFC announced this morning that they are scheduling, 2 female bouts on the live side of the AXStv broadcast of XFC 23 in April. Something that no other promotion on national television is currently doing.

XFC President John Prisco has announced a tentative agreement between Stephanie Eggink versus  newly signed Angela Magana on tap, not only as part of the announced female double header, but also in the co-main position at XFC 23. Additionally, Angelica Chavez of the Chavez Dojo in New Mexico will make her XFC debut on the same card, with her opponent expected to be named in coming weeks. Prior to the April event, XFC fans will also see women’s MMA action in February at XFC 22, where Amateur phenom champion (now Pro) Pearl Gonzalez makes her XFC and national television debut against Suzie Montero at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

XFC has already added Eggink, Magana, Gonzalez, and Chavez to the growing roster here in 2013, and the promotion is rumored to be adding several more fighters to each weight class, in preparation for title fights that could take place before the year’s end. To keep up with the XFC women’s divisions, bout announcements, and signings, visit and follow the promotion daily on Facebook and Twitter ‘@OfficialXFC’.


Thank you to XFC for supplying this article and information.

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