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Q&A With Andrea “KGB” Lee

Posted on October 17, 2018 in Uncategorized

Andrea “KGB” Lee is a fighter I’m sure most of the fans who follow the sport closely have heard of. Andrea is on the brink of making her professional debut in the very near future after amassing an 8-3 amateur MMA record (27-5 overall in Muay Thai, Boxing, and MMA combined). Known for her country-girl antics and the famous cow(girl) hat, she promises to continue to bring the pain as she pursues her career as an MMA fighter and lays on some wise words for the up and comers: “Before you call yourself an MMA fighter, first, make sure you’ve been training longer than a week and make sure it’s really in your heart. This sport takes a rare person. Not everyone is cut out for it.”

Early Life:

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I grew up in the small town of Atlanta, TX. I was very much a tomboy growing up. Always preferring to play football with the boys rather than do girl things. I have an older sister, Cassie, two older brothers Greg and Chris and a younger brother Jacque; and of course a mom (Cheryl Taylor) and dad (Kent Lee). I graduated from Queen City High School where I played volleyball and was a competitive power lifter. Soon after I graduated, I moved 1 hour south to “The big city” of Shreveport, La.

Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I played volleyball and was a competitive power lifter in high school.

What is your favorite child-hood memory?

As a child my fondest memories are camping with my family and roping and riding the goats in our pasture. (lol). Yep, I’m a real life goat roper! Lmao.

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

My youngest brother is about 2 years younger than me. Being the rough and tumble tomboy that I was, I always seemed to be hurting him. On one occasion we were playing a late evening tackle football game. I was the linebacker and Jacque was the receiver. When he came over the middle to catch the ball, I tackled him into a pole and knocked his tooth out. (lol).

Getting involved in MMA:

How did you get involved?

Shortly after moving to Shreveport I was waiting tables at Buffalo Wild Wings. They showed MMA fights there often. I was intrigued and wanted to give it a try. My coworkers suggested that I find Donny Aaron at Karate Mafia MMA so I did.

What discipline did you begin training?

Boxing

At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

Donny recognized talent in me early on and pushed me to compete. My first competitive came in the 2010 Louisiana State Golden Gloves Championships. Mind you that I’d only been training for 6 months yet I still found myself making the finals in the state championship against a girl with years of training and 10 fights. In that match I got dropped with a straight right hand because I was off balance. I was more embarrassed and pissed off than hurt and after I took my standing 8 I went on to knock her out in the second round making me the Golden Gloves Champion with only six months training. That’s when I knew I was good enough to compete.

When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what what through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

I stepped into the cage for the first time against the Tx women’s Mma fighter of the year, 4-0 Jade DeHaas.

So I had my hands full in my debut. We battled three tough rounds and I lost a very close split decision. I still think I won that fight and so did 1000 booing fans.

What are 3 things you’ve learned while being involved in this sport?

This sport has taught me many things, but none more important than work ethic. I look at how some fighters train and diet and I just shake my head. Some of these fighters have all the talent in the world but will never make it to the big stage because their lifestyle does not match their dream. Hard work beats superior talent when that talent doesn’t work hard.

Current:

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

I train at Karate Mafia/ Relson Gracie BJJ of Bossier City. I married my coach, Donny Aaron, and together we run our gym.

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

My record is 8-3 MMA, 9-2 boxing and 10-0 Muay Thai. 27-5 overall. I’m entering the pros coming off an 11 fight win-streak between the combined disciplines.

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

They call me KGB because they say I look like a Russian chick. When we were fighting at the WKA Noth American Championships, a Russian coach came up to Donny and in his thick Russian accent asked if I was Russian because of the big KGB patch with the Russian sickle and hammer on my Thai trunks. Donny said no so then he asked if Donny was Russian. Again he said no so the guy got irritated and said “then Why KGB”? Donny said “man, because she looks like a Russian broad”. He looked me up and down and said in a most stoic tone, “she does” then he walked away. We’ve laughed about that a lot. Even the Russians think I look Russian.

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

I am a world champion in Muay Thai, and a national Golden Gloves Boxing Champion. I’m also a very decorated BJJ blue belt winning a national and world title as a blue belt. However, recently I have fallen in love with wrestling. If I have to choose between two practices and one of my options is wrestling practice, I’m dropping everything to wrestle. I absolutely love it and I know how important that aspect is in my success at the highest level.

What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

My proudest accomplishment is being the first fighter to win the Muay Thai Triple Crown. The WKA, the TBA and the IKF in the same year. My most memorable fight was my last Mma fight against Val Aspaas. It was in my hometown for the Legacy Flyweight title. She brought it man. We battled hard for three rounds. At the end she needed took 7 or 8 stitches above her eyebrow from a knee. But it was the gut check I wanted because she never slowed down. We got fight of the night honors.

Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

I went to NY to fight earlier this year and that was quite an experience. I felt like an alien with my cowboy hat and all. But I did meet Calie Cutler and James Gray from SFS on that trip and we’ve developed a strong training relationship with Calie and Amanda Cooper through that encounter so that trip to the moon ended up being worth it! Oh and I got the win, too. (lol) So did Cali!

If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

I think young people often get involved in MMA for the wrong reasons. There are many good reasons to train. But if you are doing it to be cool or to impress your friends then you’ll never make it. Before you call yourself an MMA fighter, first, make sure you’ve been training longer than a week and make sure it’s really in your heart. This sport takes a rare person. Not everyone is cut out for it.

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

I’d have never made it this far without people and sponsors who love and believe in me. I’d like to thank Stacy and Shawn Howell, Michael and Susie McGehee, Derek Eason, Lee’s Heating Air and Electric, Classic Stone, Golden Lotus Tattoo shop, Martial Arts Life, Champion Nutrition, Pro 27 athletics, Amber Elite, X-Ion-X energy bands and Mma RoadHog. Follow me on Twitter Andrealeeaaron or on Facebook by searching my fan page Andrea KGB Lee.

Future:

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

My immediate goal is to win the XFC’s flyweight title. I also want to simultaneously win a pro world Muay Thai title. If the UFC ever opens up the flyweight division id like to find myself in a position to be one of the first flyweights chosen.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it’s headed?

I think MMA is growing at such a rate that the sport has not even seen it’s best days. I am a little concerned with the women’s side of the sport. I remember when women’s boxing was hot for a short spell and then all of a sudden, nothing. I pray that wmma has lasting power that women’s boxing did not.

If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

If I could change one thing I wish they’d bring back soccer kicks/ head stomps and knees to the head of a grounded opponent. Sounds brutal, I know, but I think it was more pure in those days.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

10 years from now I see myself winding down my career. I think I can make a successful 10 year career and with a lot of hard work I can win titles and hopefully build up some sort of retirement plan. It’d be nice to be a 35 year old who had nothing else to do but teach Jiu jitsu and Muay Thai, in Hawaii. (lol)

Fun Facts:

Favorite Food/Dish:

Sushi

Favorite type of Music:

Country and Classic Rock

Favorite Movie:

The Karate Kid, the original version.

Favorite TV Show:

Vikings and Revenge

Favorite Quote:

“Fighting solves everything”. – Stevie Dement

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?

Donny and I have a 3 year old daughter. She will be an only child. (lol)

Best day of your life:

The day my daughter was born and the day I got married.

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I’m really a sweet person and I’ve never been in a fight. (Outside the ring/ cage)

Favorite Hobbies:

With a schedule like mine there is no time for hobbies. 60 hrs a week training plus a 3 year old to keep up with leaves me with little time for myself. On the rare occasion I get a day off or a short vacation, I love the beach and the lake. Even sitting poolside somewhere is as close to a hobby as I can muster.

Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Wolverine. I love his attitude.

Contact:

Facebook Page/Fan Page: Andrea KGB Lee

Twitter: @andrealeeaaron

Instagram: Andrealeeaaron

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): Donny Aaron (318-453-3730) and Kelly Carson. Both are on Facebook

Manny Pacquiao Will KO Marquez’ Dreams

Posted on October 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

Inside the ring, Juan Manuel Marquez makes many believe he is better than Manny Pacquiao. Outside of it, the pound-for-pound king just keeps knocking him out.

The two ring gladiators have dueled inside the ring twice, one in 2004 and the other in 2008. Boxing fans, judging from forum threads and blog comments, not to mention what some boxing writers are saying, prefer a third one in 2011. Marquez and his friends have also launched an intense publicity war, apparently aimed at securing a Pacquiao trilogy. Although Marquez appears to be in the mix of future Pacquiao ring partners, signs are all over place suggesting that there is no way he wins that war. Here are a few of them.

One, The Prizefighter

Marquez attracted no more than 5,000 live gate paying fans to his fight against Micheal Katsidis last week. Another fighter in that mix, Shane Mosley, had shown better ticket sales in his previous fights. Mosley may have been dismissed by some boxing experts as wanting, judging from his last two performances, in the ability to deliver quality boxing. The fact still remains that more paying fans have been turning out for Mosley than for Marquez.

A point of contention: Is it the quality of a fight that sells or is it the prize in prizefighting that promotes quality? Obviously, them fight fans can answer the first. They pay for the brand-if they buy Toyota or Ford, for example, they know they are buying quality. If they buy a Pacquiao ticket, they know they are buying quality boxing. (Footnote: In the November 13 Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito undercard, Mike Jones gave everything he had in the second round against Jesus Soto-Karass. It was an effort to establish a brand. “True Mexicans do not quit!” is branding as well.) The boxers themselves, on the other hand, may respond to the second question. Professional boxers, we may add, sweat and bleed (some die) for the prize. A prizefighter who has no interest in the prize is like a businessman who has no business; he is like a politician who has no seat.

That is where we find Pacquiao – and all professional boxers like him. He will not settle for less than the top prize. He will not settle for Marquez.

Two, Proxy War

The ties between Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Marquez, and Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which promotes Pacquiao, have recently turned from hostile to nasty.

In 2001, no US promoter of consequence found commercial value in the little fighter from the Philippines, except Murad Muhammad. In 2003, Pacquiao beat Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, conqueror of then undefeated Erik Morales and Naseem Hamed, and everybody wanted to have a piece of Pacquiao. Shelly Finkel eventually snatched Pacquiao from the predatory jaws of Murad. In January 2006, Pacquiao avenged his defeat to Morales (another Mexican legend) and US promoters shoved each other not only to have a piece of Pacquiao, but to make sure that he does not slip out of their corrals.

Golden Boy thought it had Pacquiao locked in, only to find out that Top Rank, after a legal process and a court settlement, had the bigger slice of the catch. Since then, Golden Boy and Top Rank became adversaries because of one man. They snarled at each other in every occasion they found themselves facing each other-from boxing rings, to negotiating tables, to the courtrooms.

When Marquez associated himself with Golden Boy in 2006, Golden Boy and Top Rank were still in speaking terms. He probably had no inkling that any Pacquiao-Marquez match-up, from that point onwards, would also escalate into a Golden Boy-Top Rank proxy war. In fact, after 4 years of begging, he got the Pacquiao rematch he wished for. That might have been the highest point for civility between the two camps. It has been downhill all the way since 2008.

The other day, Arum has just called Richard Schaefer, Golden Boy’s CEO, “an idiot.” De la Hoya countered by suggesting that Arum has brought boxing-and the boxers-closer to extinction. “Thanks my peeps boxing is suffering and fights are not being made because of him,” he complained through Twitter.

Perhaps Shane Mosley has read the writings on the wall (Scheafer suggests he reads his contract instead.) He declared he has severed ties with Golden Boy, and in effect sent the message to his kind that the other side is where the money is. Although this may represent nothing more than a shift in loyalty from friends to oneself, this must be enough to please Arum and clinch that coveted Pacquiao prize. Anything that hurts the enemy is welcome.

So what gives? Excellent boxing by Marquez. Foxy career move by Mosley.

Three, Culture Sense

The call for a Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy blared in 2008, after both fighters successfully scaled one division higher from super featherweight to lightweight. Now, as Pacquiao shops for the second-best opponent given Floyd Mayweather’s assumed non-availability, that call has reached crescendo levels. It is not only because the mugging Pacquiao gives to his opponents has become too hackneyed as to inspire the longing for variety, as it were; it is also because protests over the outcome of two previous fights have yet to simmer down.

In the first bout, Pacquiao dropped Marquez thrice in the first round. Marquez got up each time he went down. He rallied in latter rounds to make the fight close, so close that fans remain divided until today as to who won that fight. Even the three judges who ruled the official outcome (a draw) differed in their scoring: John Stewart saw it 115-110 in Pacquiao’s favor. Guy Jutras had it the other way around, 115-110, for Marquez. Burt A. Clements scored it even at 113-113 (he eventually admitted he erred in his tally, crediting Pacquiao 5 points instead of 6 for the 3 knockdowns he scored in Round 1, and which otherwise should given rise to a final score of 114-113 and a majority win for Pacquiao).

In the second bout, Pacquiao again dropped Marquez once (in the third round). As in the first fight, Marquez bounced back. The fight went the full route and the outcome was decided once more by the three judges:  Duane Ford, 115-112-Pacquiao; Jerry Roth, 115-112-Marquez; Tom Miller, 114-113-Pacquiao. Official records thus tagged Pacquiao as winner of the second bout by split decision. None of these, however, meant everybody agrees with what the records say.

In a pre-meditated and obviously publicity-driven salvo, Marquez and his team wore t-shirts with prints that yelled “Marquez Beat Pacquiao Twice” minutes after he pummeled Micheal Katsidis last November 29 at Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. De la Hoya echoed what the t-shirts said, put audio into it, and went further: “Pacquiao forces his opponents, including myself, to lose weight and leave everything on the scale.”

De la Hoya rued one condition recently raised by Team Pacquiao for Pacquiao’s next fight: 147 pounds, no catchweight, no exceptions. “One more proof they are avoiding me,” says Marquez.

Three months after Pacquiao stole Marquez’ super featherweight crown in their 2008 rematch and an eternity of the latter’s plea for a trilogy, Pacquiao travelled north and picked up David Diaz’s lightweight belt along the way. Marquez suspected it was Pacquiao’s way of avoiding him; so he set himself off to run after Joel Casamayor’s lightweight title and, after winning it, put himself in position to forever taunt Pacquiao to accept his standing invitation for another ring date.

Two years ago Marquez said: “I will fight Pacquiao any where and in any weight division.”

A month after the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch, Marquez visited the Philippines, ostensibly to shoot a product endorsement. It was also an occasion for him to face Pacquiao outside of the ring, and lost no time taunting the Filipino. “Bring out a paper and pen. Let’s sign the contract now,” he dared Pacquiao in front of TV cameras. The Filipino in Pacquiao responded with a smile. Marquez probably did not know it, but being hospitable to guests is almost sacrosanct a culture in the Philippines. By the same token, no visitor may abuse it.

It was almost unthinkable to sell a product that has been touched by one who freely applies candor to the point of being arrogant. Marquez lost his endorser job but may have gained Pacquiao’s eternal derision for him.

Two years after the Pacquiao-Marquez rematch, boxing history has been written and re-written, but the Marquez dream for three never died. In an amazing run that may never be equaled, Pacquiao has blitzed past the opposition at the higher divisions. In two years, Pacquiao crushed bigger opponents and grabbed titles at the lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and super welterweight divisions. Pacquiao became the only boxer to have won world titles in 7 different weight divisions. After he annexed his eighth title at the expense of Antonio Margarito last November, Pacquiao has also become the only boxer to have broken Pacquiao’s record.

It looked like Marquez could not keep with Pacquiao’s pace. He tried to foray at welterweight against Mayweather. He failed. But he has been winning elsewhere. He kept his dream alive.

At the press conference that followed Pacquiao’s TKO win over Miguel Cotto in 2009, Pacquiao was asked how he rated himself on account of his record-breaking performance. He replied: “I’m just an ordinary fighter.”

At the press conference that followed Marquez TKO win over Katsidis last week, Marquez needed no question to be asked. The world saw what he wrote: Marquez beat the ordinary fighter twice.

Pacquiao and Marquez are two opposing styles inside and outside the ring. Marquez gives Pacquiao problems both inside and outside the ring. Unfortunately for Marquez, it has just become too tough for him to dream on and land that cash-rich third bout with the king. Up until the day he is toppled down from this throne, neither Golden Boy nor Marquez will get to decide whose dreams will see the light of day.

Three dreamers are currently in a state of bliss: aside from Marquez and Mosley, Andre Berto is it. A few days ago, Arum said he will soon confer with Pacquiao to pick the lucky one. Arum also offered to clarify that in the grand scheme of things, “I inform. He decides.”

I have offered two guesses as we wait for “The Decision.” One, Mosley did something to please Arum. Two, Marquez has done everything to displease His Highness, the ordinary fighter.

Herbal Baldness Supplements – Put Them on Your Shopping List For More Hair

Posted on October 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

You may never really think of herbs as being hair loss fighters and hair growers, but they can really do just that if you target buying the right ones.

For centuries many tribes in different lands have used various herbal extracts as treatments for their hair. These same herbal extracts are still around, except now in our day many companies are able to take them and turn them into wonderful treatments for baldness.

You will do yourself a huge favor right now if you use them, especially if you are losing a bit of your hair. Men and women of course must take different herbs in order to treat alopecia. One great product that can help you to achieve this is Provillus.

The Provillus people realized a very important thing when it came to developing an herbal hair loss treatment. They didn’t exclude women in this. There is both a men’s as well as a women’s formula.

Inside this product you will find various herbal extracts such as saw palmetto, nettle root, pumpkin seed, ginseng and green tea. These all will contribute to stopping the fall of your hair as well as regrowing hair that has been left dormant.

Green tea is a preferred herbal treatment for women in that it doesn’t cause the side effects that other herbs can lead to. At the same time green tea is a unique product that can stop the formation of dht in women’s bodies. Yes dht is produced by testosterone and most often affects men, but women who are having hormonal imbalances or childbirth can be affected by.

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