UnderGround Forums Went to the UFC Mexican trials this week!!

1/14/13 2:23 AM
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This past Tuesday the UFC held trials for the first time ever in Mexico, they were opened for fighters of all weight classes and hopefuls from all over the country and beyond (some people came all the way from Argentina) made the trip.

The cream of the crop of the Mexican MMA scene gathered for the event, there were also some familiar faces from TUF that are worth mentioning, one being Chuntyboy Torres and the Mexican Akbar Arreola.

Sean Shelby scouted over the 100+ group of people in attendance, paying attentive eyes and ears to every single grappling match and Thai pad hitting session. It should be said that his attention span seemed undiminished for the whole 8hrs that action was taking place.

There was a pre-selection process that consisted in sending an email requesting a spot on the actual day, the email was to be sent to any of three well know Mexican MMA coaches chosen for the task, they in return were to reply with the clearance of rejection to the candidate.

I was lucky enough to secure a spot and made the 12hr round trip to professor’s Mario Delgado dojo in Mexico City, which was the appointed venue for the event. Mario is a renowned Renzo Gracie black belt and a UFC color commentator for the Mexican FOX sport broadcast.

I was very glad to see so many old friends and the new faces that are making waves on the MMA circuits over here. I had to wait almost the entire 8hrs to step up to the plate and get my chance to grapple and hit the pads. I´m quite used to this sort of waiting, given that I´m a heavy weight, every time I take part in a BJJ / grappling tournament or every time that I have fought MMA I´m usually starting at the end of the events.

The deal was that anywhere from 10 to 20 fighters will be chosen for a whole paid 6 month long training camp at Greg Jackson´s school with the possibility of signing a contract with the UFC.

If you ask me, this goes way beyond mere marketing and falls right into helping the sport develop in a country well known for having great contact sports athletes and tradition. This sort of thing let´s you see how serious the company is in having the best athletes in the world joining their ranks.

We were not informed of an actual date that the decision will be made, they just said that they´ll get back to the successful candidates. I´m keeping my fingers crossed till then, I was far from being a 100% at the trials thanks to a nagging rib injury I sustained days prior to the casting, none the less I hope Sean saw something worth developing in me to be selected among the fighters making the trip, so all your prayers and good vibes are more than welcome.
1/14/13 2:29 AM
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that's awesome man. good luck to you and the other Mexicanos. Phone Post
1/14/13 2:31 AM
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UGCTT_Capnsavem -  that's awesome man. good luck to you and the other Mexicanos. Phone Post

Thanks mate
1/14/13 2:32 AM
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Cool opportunity you got man. I wish you the best! :)
1/14/13 2:37 AM
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Great post!


I really hope MMA takes off in Mexico like it did Brazil. 

1/14/13 2:43 AM
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Good luck Fabio

1/14/13 2:52 AM
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StephenLangdown - Cool opportunity you got man. I wish you the best! :)

Appreciate it
1/14/13 2:53 AM
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Matt Phillips - 

Great post!


I really hope MMA takes off in Mexico like it did Brazil. 

Thanks and even tough it´s being around for a while here I´m sure we´ll be hearing great things in the very near future
1/14/13 2:55 AM
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RickStorm - 

Good luck Fabio

Thanks Rick,
1/14/13 3:02 AM
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Good luck man! Very cool post and I hope you get on the show! Phone Post
1/14/13 3:02 AM
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Very excited to see the Mexican talent pool grow and come into the ufc. Phone Post
1/14/13 3:03 AM
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awesome that they are doing this. good luck to you!! Phone Post
1/14/13 3:10 AM
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That sounds awesome, respect to
Zuffa (and Jackson's) for their attempts to grow the sport.

Makes me wonder what kind of talent scouts they've got outside of Shelby and Silva. They should contact guys like Smoogy and get some sort of scout program set up like in all the other major sports leagues. Phone Post
1/14/13 5:36 AM
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Good luck!
Tell the everybody get on here. There's a Español section that could use more activity. Phone Post
1/14/13 5:48 AM
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Ta bueno Phone Post
1/14/13 11:06 AM
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Matt Phillips -

Great post!


I really hope MMA takes off in Mexico like it did Brazil. 

MMA in Mexico has been around for a while. my boy won a Cage Of Fire belt like in Tijuana like 6-8 years ago.. Phone Post
1/14/13 11:16 AM
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Thanks for the support guys
Edited: 1/14/13 11:39 AM
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great stuff


love seeing how much mma is growing in Mexico. There are already like 4 or 5 different orgs.

1/14/13 11:41 AM
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Hey Fabio, can you tell us some more about the Mexican MMA scene in general. I really don't know much about it.

Who are the other big camps besides Delgado's? Where are most of the events held? What are the main orgaizations? How popular is the local scene vs. the UFC?
1/14/13 11:43 AM
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Great post.  I LOVE Mexico and I love the fact that the UFC is exploding in Spanish speaking countries.


Thank you OP and keep us informed.  Buena suerte!

1/14/13 11:55 AM
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I can see a whole bunch of new Leonard Garcias propping up. This is a very good thing. Phone Post
1/14/13 11:56 AM
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good stuff

have any pictures?
1/14/13 12:21 PM
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1/14/13 1:13 PM
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Bueno Phone Post
1/14/13 3:45 PM
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