This weekend one Laredoan will travel into Mexico with a chance to bring back a mixed martial arts championship and with it a boost to the MMA scene in the Gateway City.
Sonny “El Loco” Luque will compete in Combate Extremeo for a chance to bring home gold and maybe some respect for this growing sport in Laredo.
"Laredo's huge in boxing they have a lot of great boxers, a lot of great champions and I think it would be great for Laredo if we can bring a mixed martial arts champion onto the scene."
After 14 years spent in the ring “El Loco” knows this could be one of his last chances to snag a belt.
"I got another two to three years left with the sport and I figured this title shot is coming at a good point in my career and is giving me that extra spark of life to give me that little boost."
As he nears the end of another training period he admits the burden these fights puts on his body before he even steps in the ring is getting to be more and more.
"It's tolling on your body. The waking up early, going for a run, the not eating, not having a social life. After 10-15 years of doing this man, it kind of puts its toll on you."
With the consequences of not making weight are more than just missing out on a fight.
"We're on a contract, so if I don't make the set weight, I don't get paid. If I don't get paid, my bills don't get paid.”
Four years ago Luque started the Laredo Mixed Marital Arts Academy and he sees his future there, getting just as jacked up for his students fights as his own.
"That actually ignites me just as much as when I fight. We've got a couple up and comers that are 18 or 19 years old that are really good and showing a lot of promise. So who knows. Maybe in the next few years we'll see one of those guys in the UFC from Laredo Mixed Martial Arts."
Luque will be looking for his third straight victory Saturday night at Combate Extremo in Saltillo Mexico. He will fight in one of the main events against Antonio “The Dragon” Ramirez for the Mexican Lightweight Championship.