Vanessa Demopoulos Fighter

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Is it okay to fight like a girl?

That would be a compliment if being compared to this week’s guest, Vanessa Demopoulos. Vanessa is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, jiu jitsu fighter, author and exotic dancer. She has her first pro title fight on July 17 and she is excited about the chance to show her skills at LFA 85 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. One of the subjects we discussed is the differences in her training after switching to the Blackhouse Gym in California from Ohio.

“One of the things with traveling, so often and so much, is that you meet really cool people all around the country and all around the world and I love being able to stay in touch with them.”  ~Vanessa Demopoulos on how she fills her travel downtime

Vanessa was the first professional fighter guest on the show and she was great with sharing her stories and travel experiences. Make sure to check out her upcoming fights and you can watch several of her previous fights on YouTube. It was great meeting and hearing someone being so positive during the lockdown and looking forward to her future.

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Intro song “Road Trip” by Robin Tricker



WINLovethpatra YoungLFA 81 – Emmers vs. Barbosa
Jan / 31 / 2020
Decision (Unanimous)
Mike Beltran
WINNadine MandiauLFA 69 – Perez vs. Moreno
Jun / 07 / 2019
Submission (Armbar)
Jason Herzog
WINValerie SotoLFA 62 – Kenney vs. Cachero
Mar / 22 / 2019
Decision (Majority)
Aladin Martinez
LOSSItzel EsquivelLFA 52 – Rodriguez vs. Gutierrez
Oct / 19 / 2018
Decision (Unanimous)
Jon Schorle
WINEmme WeberIron Tiger Fight Series / Alliance MMA – IT Fight Series 79
Dec / 15 / 2017
Submission (Armbar)


WINAndrea AmaroTuff-N-Uff – Mayhem in Mesquite 11
May / 20 / 2017
Submission (Armbar)
Joe Sullivan
LOSSKatlyn ChookagianNAAFS – Night of Champions 2013
Dec / 07 / 2013
TKO (Punches)
WINMadeline Simmons KidderAAMMA 32 – Absolute Action MMA 32
Apr / 26 / 2013
Submission (Armbar)
WINGina BegleyAAMMA 29 – Absolute Action MMA 29
Oct / 27 / 2012
Decision (Split)

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Ed Soares Legacy

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Ed Soares is my guest today. Ed is the CEO of LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance). LFA is a fast growing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion based in Southern California. He also a manager of MMA fighters and started the Blackhouse MMA gym operations. As a husband and father of two daughters, Ed has to balance home life and business while traveling approximately 120 days a year.

“It’s really my team, our team, us working together is what makes us (LFA) successful.”

Ed and I chatted about the current lockdown situation we all facing and how it has affected his scheduled MMA events. We also discussed how travel has gotten better with the usage of technology and some of the airport programs available now.

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Ed’s listening choice while traveling for work is:

Ed listens to music when traveling. 

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LFA gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. Soares has been involved in the mixed martial arts industry since 1998, with the apparel line called Sinister Brand. Sinister became a sponsor of MMA fighters. Later, Soares co-founded his management company Tough Media Corp and his MMA gym Black House MMA, which have guided and facilitated the careers of some of the most legendary fighters in the sport. In 2017, Soares led the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.


He is the former owner of the clothing company Sinister Brand, and is a business manager for approximately 20 MMA fighters, including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho, former UFC Heavyweight title-contender Pedro Rizzo, former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, his twin brother UFC Light-Heavyweight Antônio Rogério Nogueira, former StrikeForce Light-Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, He also often serves as a translator for his fighters in post-fight interviews.

Additionally, Soares is co-founder of the Black House MMA fighting team, where many of his fighters train. As he is the manager for several of the highest profile fighters in mixed martial arts, he is currently considered one of the most influential managers in the sport.

Mike Afromowitz – MMA and Combate Americas

Mike Afromowitz is the Senior Vice President of Communications and Operations for Combate Americas.

“I have to be on the ground several days in advance. I need to get to that destination so I can fulfill that mission”

Mike has over 17 years of experience in communications, marketing and operations management in sports entertainment and media, and recent winner of the “Best Variety or Reality Show” at the 29th annual Imagen Awards.

He launched Combate Americas, the first-ever U.S. Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise and competition reality TV series, with UFC co-founder Campbell McLaren, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Bunim/Murray Productions and NBCUniversal’s mun2, in 2013.

The 10-episode Combate Americas reality series premiered on mun2 on Sunday, February 23, 2014, and became the first fight-themed program in history to win a major TV award – “Best Variety or Reality Show” – at the 29th annual Imagen Awards on August 1, 2014.

One of four executives who launched STRIKEFORCE ( as a regional MMA sports franchise in San Jose, Calif. in 2006, and developed it into the number 2 MMA franchise in the world, putting it into position to be sold to the parent company of number 1 competitor, the UFC, in March 2011.

Mike was also directly responsible for raising over $1 million in sponsorship fees and television licensing fees for STRIKEFORCE programming. Helped pave the way to a multi-year live event programming deal between STRIKEFORCE and SHOWTIME in 2009.

Created, developed,and delivered clear and consistent messages that strengthened STRIKEFORCE brand awareness, equity and loyalty. Produced multi-city media tours with talent, produced and staffed stunt events and media functions, and placed media coverage with top sports, business, entertainment and lifestyle media platforms.

Promoted and operated logistics at 14 live K-1 USA kickboxing events in Las Vegas, Nev., beginning in 2001, for ESPN2, Pay-Per-View and Fuji TV in Japan. Created all K-1 USA website editorial and copy for marketing and public relations campaigns.

Combate Americas is a Hispanic mixed martial arts (MMA) sports franchise and media company. The franchise includes reality TV programming, live events and mobile content. In the US, it can be seen on Univision and Univision Deportes; in Mexico on Azteca7; in LATAM on ESPN and on GOL in Spain and on RedeTV in Brazil.