Las Cruces, New Mexico – American Fight League will host Southwest Brawl 8 at the Las Cruces Convention Center on Saturday, June 30 at 6 p.m. for local mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.
The AFL has a new operation called, “Fight for a Cause,” and they will continue to work with Team Mia to help support the Ojeda family as their daughter Mia Ojeda continues her battle with cancer. AFL has also partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region for the event. To read more about this cause you can go here.
Ricky is ranked 4th of 30 active New Mexico Amateur Bantamweights. Before he steps in the cage on June 30th for the Southwest Region Bantamweight Amateur Title he sat down with FightBookMMA.
Ricky my man thanks again for taking the time to talk to me I know its fight week so I’ll keep this short.
This Friday at SWB8 you’re fighting for the Southwest Region Bantamweight Amateur Title, how do you feel about fighting for the title?
I’m happy and prepared to get my 1st title. Been working extremely hard getting my body & mind prepared for the pro level. This is my last fight as an ammy & I’m ready to make a statement.
Can you talk to us about this fight on why you had so many opponent changes?
Multiple opponents agreed to fight me & then within a week or 2 they would drop out. As far as I can tell none of them are injured but who am I to judge. All I know is I would never decline an opportunity at a title fight. That’s what I’m in this for.
You’re scheduled to fight Calob Ramirez is this fight still on?
Calob has also pulled out of the fight. He agreed & then backed out. So that left AFL a short amount of time to find an opponent. They got someone for me june 30th so im ready for whoever shows up.
Man so that makes 6 opponents now, these fighters are dropping like flies. How’s your training been considering all these changes?
Training is great. I don’t have fight camps. The whole year is fight camp. I have been training full-time for a while now & cant wait to show everyone where I’m at.
Nothing wrong with that you always have to be ready. Has AFL found another opponent for you?
They have not sure who yet.
Well who ever he is thank you for taking this fight in days notice. Ricky any added pressure being that your fighting close to home?
No pressure when you love what you do & you do what you love! Happy to be fighting close to home.
What can the fans expect in this fight?
Expect constant excitement & a technical display of controlled vicious force!
What’s in store for you in the near future in the MMA scene?
Look out for me making waves in the pros & giving the fans a show they wont forget.
Man I can’t wait when you turn Pro it’s time. Ricky its always fun and a pleasure talking to you. Lets catch up after this fight at Southwest Brawl 8 or before your next fight.
Are there any sponsors or anyone you want to shout out the floor is yours?
I’d like to thank my sponsors for all the support
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