DMX's opponent speaks up.
When word hit the net that DMX was going to fight at Thunder Promotions MMA event later this year many believed that it was just another in the long line of the Dark Man's crazy antics. However the fight is actually legitimate. HHB caught up with DMX's opponent, Power Moves Entertainment CEO Eric Martinez to shed light on the upcoming showdown.
12:00 PM ET October 1, 2009
Contributor: Branden J. Peters
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This fight between you and DMX has the internet going nuts. People are scratching their heads wondering how and why it came about. Speak on your relationship with DMX and what made the both of you hop in the octagon.
Yeah I know and let me get one thing clear right now, we are not fighting MMA. We are boxing for 3 rounds. I have nothing but the greatest respect for fighters on all levels and hope that no one thinks we are trying to make a mockery out of the sport. We are simply two guys who want to get it on. The promoters reached out to us and we set it up, it's going to be a lot of fun. It's unfortunate that there is going to be people who think it's a joke or make fun of it; but it's not that serious, really.
A lot of people know you in the Latino community and the corporate community but you are also heavily involved in film and music as well right?
Yeah primarily my focus right now is the movies, I am reading for a lot of roles right now. I did Love Lies Bleeding with Christian Slater and Jenna DeWan, did a couple of episodes of In Plain Sight on USA Network, did a little work on Gamer. This business is so crazy so you have to take what you get; I am also working on a few independents. Trust me no one in the movie or music business did it without someone giving them a break. Being in Albuquerque, NM the movie business is really booming and it's good to be able to work from home. I'm really just trying to build my resume, I want to work on good projects and have a good team with me. On the music end, Powermoves Entertainment is my company and we are right now just doing marketing, branding, promotions for artists; some major, some independent. This is a business where you have to be flexible, not only with your career but goals.
Were you a big MMA fan before this whole thing came about?
I love the sport! Dana White has done an excellent job in really promoting it to a level no one could have imagined! I had the pleasure of having lunch with him and was amazed at how he deals with the fighters, the business, and the haters, just everything. Diego Sanchez is one of my favorite fighters and I think he has a really good shot at beating BJ Penn. I think they are both awesome, but I really like Diego chances in this one. Greg Jackson trains Rashad Evans and Keith Jardine as well as GSP right here in Albuquerque! Like I said, I am a fan and have nothing but respect for these fighters.
You are a pretty big dude. The dog is giving up a lot of weight to you; does that give you an advantage in the fight?
Actually I'm shorter than X and probably 15lbs lighter, but I am doing a lot of cardio and doing my best to be prepared. I stay in pretty good shape to begin with, but I'm definitely going to be ready for anything.
Do you see this as a onetime promotional thing or are you guys serious about getting into MMA?
LOL! Yes this is definitely a onetime thing! I think I can speak for both of us when I say that. I'm not looking for a career in the MMA. All of those guys are a different breed! God Bless them all! Like I said earlier, we are just two guys who want to get it on, let's see what happens.
So who is going win the fight? Are you going to do a Muhammad Ali and predict a round it's going to end in?
Who knows? They say that whoever is the best prepared, right? So I am going to make sure that I am fully prepared. Again, a lot of people might think it's a joke, even with Butterbean and Tank Abbott. But there is nothing wrong with being a competitor, nothing wrong with doing what you love, nothing wrong with mixing it up a little.