CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, May 29, 2013 – At 8-5 overall, 26 year old Chris Pecero, aka American Revolution’s “Enigma,” stands as one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most experienced pro MMA veterans. Since entering the scene in 2010 he’s fought all over the place, from down in the valley to XKO out in Dallas and elsewhere at a clip of no less than once every four months – and oftentimes more – all this for the goal of providing excitement to the fans and to keep climbing his way to the top.
This Friday night Chris will look to climb yet another step up the proverbial ladder when he looks to defend his hometown turf against Adam Schindler at Legacy Fighting Championship 20.
We recently caught up with Chris to get his thoughts on the fight.
Legacy FC 20 Interview – Chris “Enigma” Pecero
Chris, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. How are you feeling heading into LFC 20 on Friday night?
I am focused on making sure I get the win. I don’t care whether it’s by knockout or submission. I’m ready for a long brutal fight but if the finish is quick, I’ll take it. All I wanna do is kill.
You’ll be fighting in your hometown down there in Corpus Christi. How would you say the fans see you and how do you see yourself as a fighter heading into this fight?
Well I’ve established myself as an always exciting fighter by winning numerous Fight of the Night awards and having some great finishes by KO/TKO and submission. My journey has had its up’s and down’s. From losing my pro debut to bouncing back with a 3 fight win streak topped off with a devastating KO… From losing my first title shot at 155 by controversial referee stoppage to winning TXMMA’s 2012 Comeback Fighter of the Year along with being crowned the XKO 145 lbs. Champion…. Bottom line, I’ll take on all comers and I believe I’m the best 145’er around. I’ll continue to make that a fact with every fight.
It sounds like you’re pretty entrenched in the fight game. What’s life like outside of the sport for you?
Yeah I’m trying to reach the next level in this fight game. There are a lot of other things that will come in due time. As of now, all I have time for is training for the next fight and spending time with my family. That’s all the time I have with two little boys, 2 years old and the other going on 4 years old. My wife and I do our best to keep them entertained and she also has the burden of taking care of me too. She’s the one who needs a break. <laughs>
Tell me about your last fight with Luis Vega. How did that go?
Luis (Vega) is the #1 featherweight from the valley area (RGV). We went the distance in another Fight of the Night performance that’s added to my list. It was not the outcome I’d hoped for losing by SPLIT decision! Everybody had kind words to say and felt that I did everything to come away with the judges’ decision… All I can do is move on to the next and make sure no fight is ever left in the judges’ hands. They are just not consistent and will never be. Luis Vega and I fought our hearts out and I’m sure people will see us fight again which will be an incredible rematch in the future. I wish him all the best and hope he has recovered from any injuries sustained during our battle.
Let’s talk about Friday night. What are your thoughts on Adam Schindler?
He’s a tough opponent with Strikeforce and Bellator experience. I fought one of his teammates in (Matt Mazurek) and I’m sure he’s looking to get some revenge for his friend but I have other plans. It’s gonna be a tough fight and he’ll be ready to bang and wrestle then bang some more.
Breaking it down, how do you think you guys match up on paper?
I would say that I am definitely the more technical striker. He has some power and according to him, I don’t have enough power to worry him. I’ve heard that before and those have been the guys that go down in the first. You have to respect everybody. He has good wrestling but I’m not a bad wrestler myself and I say I’m the better submission artist. We’ll see when we tangle up on fight day who actually owns the better qualities and walks away with the win. Pain goes through my mind when I think about this fight and I’m gonna be the one dishing it out.
You have some other teammates from American Revolution on the card right?
Yeah this time there are 4 of us from American Revolution fighting so we have had the entire team helping us. Big thank you to Dustin Adams, David Rodriguez, David Dominguez, Bill Vasquez, Lorenzo Gutierrez, Bill Eaves, and of course Patrick Ybarra, Jared Perez and Paulina Granados who will be fighting also. Us 4 have all been also training at Pro Performance Training Center. Our endurance, speed and strength is always being pushed by Michael Barrera and the Combat Training he puts us through. Hard work this whole camp with everybody. We are ready to go! It’s going to be exciting. The fans will get their money’s worth for sure. All those watching live at the venue and at home on AXS TV will enjoy some great fireworks that night.
Any last words?
Huge thanks to everybody who has helped along the way. American Revolution Muay Thai and Submission Center and the entire team have put in countless hours day in day out. We have arrived. Pro Performance Training Center and the staff there continue to help us grow into the next level athletes that we are. Rock’s Discount Vitamins and the entire staff always know what we need to stay on the right track. Armadillo Sport Chiropractic and everybody there is very knowledgeable and help me keep my body in tip top shape. Thank you to Deluxe Inn & Suites and Airport Inn & Suites for the continued support. Platinum Wraps and Signs. DJ Natural. I Heart MMA. Thank you to my day one’s – Swolle Fitness Apparel and Texas Fight Magazine. Thank you to Scott Casterline and the Team Sports Agency team for believing in me. Go Like everybody’s page and visit them at their place of business! Thank you very much to everybody who supports me and MMA all over. Thank you TXMMA and Mike Calimbas for your coverage. Thank you Legacy FC for putting together a stacked card for the fans. See you all May 31, 2013!