This Friday two Laredoans will make their way to Houston, fighting in a mixed martial arts card, but what makes a person want to climb into the ring and leave another person to a bloody pulp, and know they could be on the receiving end of that beating. For two Laredoans, one loved to fight while the other was looking to get into shape.
Max Trevino says when he walked into Sonny Luque's Laredo Mixed Martial Arts academy for the first time, he weighed over 300 pounds and was just looking to get into shape, little did he know it could kick-start a his time in the ring.
"He helped me get down to 230 and i said hey why not. It's fun. I get a kick out of it."
For Carlos Alonzo he was drawn to the sport at an early age and it has become a way of life.
"I joined this sport because it was something i really looked forward to exploring and learning more about."
"You have to completely dedicate yourself to the sport if you really want to make something out of it."
Friday the two men will climb into the ring taking on opponents looking to beat them into submission. While both men have different styles they love exchanging blows.
"I love the striking but I don't mind taking to the ground as well. The ground is fun too but I always slam and bang."
"I definitely like to counter a lot, but i feel more comfortable on my feet."
Trevino still has one piece of business to accomplish before Thursdays weigh-in, drop 10 pounds in less than 24 hours. While it may seem a daunting task to a normal person, to a fighter it is just another fight.
"It's nothing i haven't done before and i know i can do it again. I'll be there ready to fight and give them more."
Both guys say there is only one thing on their minds at this point, seeing their arm raised at the end of their fight.
“It's very hard. It's tiring and makes you want to give up but not giving up makes you the better man."
"It became something i definitely fell in love with and here I am. I hope to do this until the day I die."
Alonso and Trevino will leave early tomorrow morning for Humble Texas where they will weigh in for “Cage Combat 12” at the Texas Civic Center. The fights kick off Friday night at 7:30.