Jesus Villegas Taking It To The Next Level At VICTORY

Jesus Villegas Taking It To The Next Level At VICTORY

Next weekend, make sure you come out to watch future stars, Jesus “Sweet Hands” Villegas & Chris “El Dirty” Sanchez battle to move up in the Bantamweight division. Both fighters typically fight at 145lbs but look to make a statement at 135lb division as they started their Mixed Martial Arts career in 2015. Living in Chicago at 22 years old and training out of Fight VFS Academy in WoodDale, Villegas grew up swimming, cross country & wrestling background, “I’ve been in sports all my life but before sports at 11 years old, I started with traditional Martial Arts, Hapkido, then 2 years later Jiu Jitsu. I started wrestling & kickboxing shortly after that.”

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Villegas came off a tough loss in 2017 and looks to stay in the winning side going forward, “I love to compete so every fight is important to me. Got to keep winning. Other than that, I just been training and growing to get better and not to take another loss.” Villegas was set to face Fight Card’s current Featherweight Champion Tony Wheeler last November, when the match was cancelled due to the champion’s injury. “You train for a fight and homie (Wheeler) pulls out the week of, (I was) pretty bummed but it happens.”

With the fight a little more than a week a way, Jesus is not looking past his opponent, “So apparently, he’s dirty” Villegas jokes, “I know (Sanchez) is a boxer and he’s tough but I see my hand raised at the end. Either first round TKO or 3 round domination. Honestly, I’m just thinking about dominating him, both in standing and on the ground. I’m ready to perform. I just want names and W’s stacked up, turn pro and make some money.”

Villegas looks to make it to the next level with Chris Sanchez in his way next Sunday, May 5th at Joe’s LIVE in Rosemont. Doors open at 4pm with bell time at 5pm. General Admission is $35 & Level Seats are $50. Order online now at www.FightCard.net

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Newcomer Amanda Garcia Makes Her FightCard Debut In Honor Of Her Military Brother's Memory

In just 9 days, the premiere MMA promotions in Chicago will host the biggest event to kick off the summer early with FIGHTCARD62:VICTORY. Putting on the best events in the area, FightCard looks for upcoming fighters to display their talents in front of their loyal fanbase. Whether a veteran fighter looking to make it to the next level, a "Rise Of The Gladiator" contestant looking to get the experience or someone stepping into the cage for the first time, knowing this moment will change their life forever.

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On May 5th, Amanda Garcia will make her Fight Card debut against another first time fighter, Ifu Aniemeka, as both look to make a statement to the other fighters in their division, "I fight because it's what I love to do, no matter where life takes me, I always find my way into a fight gym. I'm happiest when I'm training and striving to be a better Martial Artist."

Training out of Victory Martial Arts Forest Park, Garcia carries the Fighter Nickname of "9 Lives", "...Because I just keep coming back" she laughs, "I've had a lot of setbacks but I've finally made it. This fight for FightCard is incredibly important to me. It's my debut as a fighter."

"This fight is for my husband, Cesar Garcia (also a FightCard Fighter) who was the first person to believe in me and support my dream and for my brother, Terry Lisk, who gave his life protecting this country so we can all pursue our dreams." Garcia states. Lisk and his unit was hit with indirect fire during combat operations in the volatile Anbar province west of Baghdad in 2006.

Amanda has a Tae Kwon Do background and trains in Boxing & Muay Thai. Her match against Aniemeka will be a Muay Thai Kickoxing bout at 130lbs. "If it weren't for the headgear, I'd win by knockout with spin kick but I guess I will have to go all 3 rounds and win on points."

Come out to Joe's LIVE in Rosemont on Sunday, May5th. Doors open at 4pm. First fight starts at 5pm. Support these two warriors as they step into the cage for the first time. General Admission is $35 & Level Seats are $50. Order Tickets at www.FightCard.net

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New Mexico's Womens Atomweight Invades the Midwest For The Championship

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New Mexico's Womens Atomweight Invades the Midwest For The Championship

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On May 5th, Fight Card will host their 62nd event VICTORY at the famous Joe’s LIVE venue. With so many exciting fights on the card, one in particular is a very important match on the card. The match is the for Fight Card Entertainment’s vacant Women’s Atomweight Championship. “This is a very special match for our company as this is our first ever Women’s Title match. We have tried for years (seriously) to get a Women’s Championship match that would include great fighters like Nicole Brown, Esli Kilponen, Perla Vargas & Sylvia Reyes to name a few but the stars never aligned for any of those. I couldn’t be any more excited for the two women to step in there on May 5th to fight for our title.” FightCard co-owner Brian Angelo

This match up will have Forest Park native, Anna “The Honey Badger” Somers coming with a current streak of 2 wins to take on New Mexico’s striking undefeated fighter Shania Arredondo. Training with Team FITNHB, Shania comes off of two TKO finishes to her last opponents as well as a cancelled bout from last March. “I love fighting….I’m good at it” Arredondo smiles.

With a balanced background in boxing, wrestling, BJJ and Muay Thai, Arrendondo plans on leaving Chicago with more baggage when she looks to bring the title to her hometown of Belen, NM. “This fight is very important being Fight Card’s 1st Women’s Title. It’s going to be fun and should be a good fight with Anna (Somers). I know she must be a tough if they’re bringing an opponent from out of state but I’m going to finish her one way or another.” Arredondo states.

Don’t miss history in the making for VICTORY on May 5th at Joe’s LIVE in Rosemont. Tickets are still available at www.FightCard.net

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Takeover Q & A With Miguel Luis

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Takeover Q & A With Miguel Luis

Some people have to search long and hard for motivation, this is not the case for professional fighter Miguel Luis. Chicago’s own Luis is in a perfect place in his life right now, all cylinders are firing, and on November 19th Miguel plans on all his hard work to pay off in a big way.

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Takeover Q & A With Feroz Khan

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Takeover Q & A With Feroz Khan

Sometimes, timing is everything, as it would turn out Feroz Khan was just graduating high school as the UFC and MMA were exploding with popularity. Khan is a true go getter, he has worked for everything he has, and on November 19th he looks to show everyone that he is here to stay.

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