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Feb 22nd
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Home Blog MMA Team’s Nightmare: The Difference between a 2-0 Fighter and a Fighter with a 2-0 Record Listed
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MMA Team’s Nightmare: The Difference between a 2-0 Fighter and a Fighter with a 2-0 Record Listed

I’ve done the matchmaker gig in one of my several prior incarnations and I can tell you that it is one of the hardest jobs in all of sports. Things get even harder when you’re the guy responsible to match a pugilist in your own stable. Once a fighter decides to turn professional, the fighter’s “team” has the responsibility of charting a career path that is in their charge’s best interest. This is easier said than done as decisions are mostly based on experience level and this is where most teams falter.

A great example of how difficult this duty can be just occurred this past weekend at the South Texas Fighting Championship event in McAllen, Texas. The second fight of the night featured a Rio Grande Valley fighter in Raul Ramos taking on Eduardo "Teddy" Bustillos, from Saltillo, Mexico. Ramos was making his professional debut and, because he is from the area; Ramos had many supporters on hand. Bustillos was announced to have a record of two wins with zero losses.

I am sure that the team behind Ramos felt they had matched their fighter against someone he had a chance to beat. This perception quickly dissipated once the match began as Bustillos immediately imposed his superior skills and proceeded to batter the local fighter around the STFC cage. Ramos looked like a deer in headlights as his Mexican foe struck at will and walked through any type of offense Ramos attempted. It was a completely one-sided fight that was ended early in the second via submission.

After watching Bustillos apply his craft, I found it extremely hard to believe that he only had two professional fights under his belt. I approached one of his team members and asked about the fighter’s experience. This person advised me that the Mexican’s actual professional record is 14-0 but only two fights are officially registered. Those two fights happened to have taken place on previous STFC cards so the results are official, hence show up as his only bouts. The other contests allegedly took place in Mexico.

I’m sure Team Ramos will take this as a learning experience. This should also serve as a reminder that one never really knows what you’re getting from fighters that are based in other countries.

Sergio L. Martinez

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