New Mexico MMA Had the Pleasure of Interviewing The Duke City Bike &
Brawl Main Event Fighter Jose Lujan. The Fight Will Take Place at The
Downs at Albuquerque Racetrack and Casino on Aug 23, 2008.
BY GEORGE MARTINEZ
New Mexico MMA- How's Training going at Sanchez Academy?
JL- It's Good, Real Good. It gets rough the last month and a half. We really turn it up.

NEW MEXICO MMA- HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TRAINING?
JL- I BOXED FROM THE AGE OF 8 UNTIL 11 YEARS OLD. THEY CHANGED THE BOXING
AGE TO 12, SO I STARTED TRAINING TAE-KWON-DO WITH MY BROTHER FROM 11
UNTIL 24 YEARS OLD. I COME FROM A FIGHTING FAMILY.

NEW MEXICO MMA- SO YOUR FIGHTING BACK GROUND IS BOXING AND KARATE AND
NOW YOU ARE MIXING IN NEW STUFF?
JL- YEAH WE ARE KNOWN AS A STRIKING SCHOOL, BUT WE WORK A LOT OF GROUND.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHAT IS YOUR CAGE FIGHTING RECORD?
JL- 5 WINS AND NO LOSSES.

NEW MEXICO MMA- YOU ALREADY FOUGHT MIKEY LOVATO ONCE RIGHT?
JL- YEAH HE HAD NEVER BEEN BEAT. I GAVE HIM HIS FIRST LOSS.

NEW MEXICO MMA- OUT OF YOUR FIVE OPPONENTS WHO HAS BEEN THE HARDEST?
JL- I RAN INTO THIS KID HERE IN GALLUP HIS NAME IS JJ SEDILLO, BOY COULD THAT
KID PUNCH, TOUGH. THIS KID I'M FIGHTING NEXT
(M LOVATO). I'M SAYING KID CAUSE THEY ARE A LOT YOUNGER THAN ME. ABOUT 10
YEARS YOUNGER. STRONG, HE IS REAL STRONG AND HIS GROUND GAME IS
EXCELLENT. HAS TO BE A TOSS UP BETWEEN THOSE TWO.

NEW MEXICO MMA- DID YOU WORK A LOT OF SPRAWLS FOR THIS FIGHT?
JL- YEAH JODY BROUGHT IN A 4 TIME STATE CHAMPION FROM HERE IN GALLUP. I
HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH HIM A LOT. I HAVE BEEN GETTING SLAMMED  A LOT AND
PUT IN SOME UNCOMFORTABLE POSITIONS, BUT IT'S BETTER TRAINING FOR THE
CAGE.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN FIGHTING?
JL- I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE WEC, AFFLICTION, AND UFC GET THE 125'S. THERE IS A
LOT OF TALENT AT 125 POUNDS. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE WILLING
TO DROP THAT WEIGHT. JUST GIVE US A CHANCE.

NEW MEXICO MMA- YEAH LOOK AT BOXING THEY HAVE THESE WEIGHTS.
JL- BOXERS FIGHT AT 115 POUNDS AND THEY ARE SOME OF THE BEST FIGHTERS IN
THE WORLD. I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE THE BIG BUCKS. I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE
FIGHTING MY JOB. I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS STILL POSSIBLE. I THINK I HAVE A COUPLE
MORE YEARS TO HAVE SOMETHING BIG COME MY WAY.

NEW MEXICO MMA- HOW OLD ARE YOU?
I AM 34 YEARS OLD.

NEW MEXICO MMA- YOU'VE BEEN IN SHAPE ALL OF YOUR LIFE, THAT HELPS. LOOK
AT RANDY COUTURE.
JL- YEAH 42 YEARS OLD AND HE HAS THE TITLE AND IS HEALTHY AS HELL.

NEW MEXICO MMA- ANY INJURIES?
JL- I CAN'T SAY I HAVE EVER FOUGHT AT 100 %.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO FIGHT IN THE CAGE?
JL- I WENT TO THE FIRST EVENT THAT CAME TO GALLUP. I REALLY NEVER PAID
MUCH ATTENTION TO IT. I'VE DONE CONTACT SPORTS ALL MY LIFE. I WENT AND
WATCH IT MAN. I SAID I HAVE TO GET ME SOME OF THAT. I HAVE TO GET IN THERE.
JUST SEEING THE FIGHTING AND BRAWLING. I DIDN'T REALIZE THE AMOUNT OF
WORK IT TAKES TO FIGHT. THE TRAINING PRIER TO THE FIGHT IS GRULING IT AIN'T
FOR EVERYONE.

NEW MEXICO MMA- IS IT HARD TO GET YOUR TRAINING DONE WITH A REGULAR JOB?
JL- NAW. I GET UP IN THE MORNING AND DO SOME PUSH UPS, SITUPS, AND A LITTLE
BIT OF STRETCHING. I GO TO WORK, TAKE MY SUPPLEMENTS, AND EAT RIGHT, GET
OFF WORK AND DO A 2 OR 3 HOUR WORKOUT. THEN I ALWAYS FINISH OFF WITH A
RUN. I DON'T RUN FOR DISTANT. I RUN SHORT SPRINTS UPHILLS, UP AND DOWN GET
MY CARDIO GET THE HEART RATE GOING. A LOT OF THESE FIGHTS ARE IN SPURTS.
YOUR DANCING AROUND THEN BAM BAM BAM THEN YOUR BACK TO ROLLIN.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHAT DO YOU DO ON FIGHT DAY?
JL- I TRY TO RELAX.
NEW MEXICO MMA-DO YOU GET NERVOUS?
YOU KNOW MY WIFE STAYS AWAY FROM ME, BECAUSE SHE SAYS THAT I'M EDGEY. I
AM EDGEY. I KIND OF NEED MY SPACE. I GO THROUGH MY GAME PLAN, JUST GET
MENTALLY FOCUSED, STAY RELAXED, AND TRY NOT TO BLOW ANY ENERGY. DO AS
LITTLE AS POSSIBLE.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT YOUR OPPONENT?
JL- WELL LAST TIME I FOUGHT HIM HE CAME OUT LIKE HE WAS GOING TO STRIKE
AND HE SHOT IN. WHEN HE SHOOTS IN HE IS THERE LIKE (SNAPS FINGERS) NOW. HE
HAS THE FASTEST SHOOT I HAVE EVER SEEN. THIS GUY IS QUICK. BEFORE I KNEW IT
I WAS IN A SITUATION WERE HE HAD MY BACK AND HAD ME IN A REAR NAKED
CHOKE. I WAS LIKE WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON. I THINK I REALLY UNDER TRAINED
MY GROUND GAME. BEFORE I FOUGHT IN COLORADO ALL I DID WAS WORK GROUND.
FOR THE FIRST FIGHT WITH MIKEY I ONLY MAYBE WORKED GROUND 4 TIMES, BUT I
CHANGE THAT THIS TIME AROUND.

NEW MEXICO MMA- WHO ARE YOUR TRAINING PARTNERS?
JL- I'VE WORKED WITH ANGELO LINCOLN, RYAN CASTILLO, I WORKED A LITTLE BIT
WITH NATE SELLERS, JODY, CARLOS, AND PRESTON.

NEW MEXICO MMA- ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO YOUR FANS OR YOUR
FAMILY?
JL- I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY WIFE FOR EVERYTHING THAT SHE DOES. I TAKE A
LOT OF TIME AWAY FROM MY FAMILY TO TRAIN. MY WIFE TAKES CARE OF MY GIRLS
AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. HOPEFULLY I COULD GET A
CONTRACT, SO I COULD SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY. THAT IS MY DREAM,
MAYBE IT WILL BE A REALITY ONE OF THESE DAYS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK
SANCHEZ ACADEMY FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND HAVING PATIENCES WITH ME. I
OWE THEM A LOT. THEY REALLY WORK WITH ME, I'VE LEARNED A LOT. I TRAINED AT
JACKSON'S IN ALBUQUERQUE FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS, BUT THIS IS HOME. THIS IS
WHERE I AM PUSHED LIKE KNOW ONE ELSE COULD PUSH ME.

NEW MEXICO MMA-
YEAH I HEAR YOU, GALLUP IS HOME.. WELL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK JOSE FOR
TAKING THE TIME OUT TO SIT DOWN AND TALK WITH ME. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BIG
FIGHT. I WILL BE THERE LIVE IN THE HOUSE WATCHING IT. TAKE CARE JOSE AND IF
YOU NEED ANY THING PLEASE CALL ME. I WILL KEEP IN TOUCH AND I PROMISE WE
WILL HELP YOU GET THAT DREAM.

JOSE IS LOOKING FOR SPONSORS. YOU COULD GET A HOLD OF HIM AT SANCHEZ
ACADEMY OF KARATE IN GALLUP, NM.