Well here we are, fight week!! I am feeling awesome both mentally and physically. My head is in this 100%, I am focused, determined and bringing my A game.

It’s like the smaller I get, the stronger I feel. My cardio is top notch, I have been working at high altitudes since December; so if this fight goes the distance, I am fully prepared.

I had no idea being pro for less than a year I would get a title shot, but this is my sixth professional bout. This week’s agenda is cardio, cardio, cardio…

First off, I want to thank the owners of Rough House MMA & Fitness in Colorado Springs, Colo., Keith Wilson, Tori Adams and Donnie Liles.

My good friend, Angela Hayes, who trains at Rough House let us know we could come up from New Mexico to finish up my training there. Wow, what a great facility and coaches!!

My weight… I’m doing something a lot different and very special for this cut. I touched a little last week about working with a highly respected Olympic wrestler, coach and fighter who is guiding me through this experience (which I will take with me forever).

Her name is Tori Adams and she is taking me through a secret process of water manipulation. So far this is the best cut I have ever done. I do not feel weak, hungry or tired. I am busting my butt and feeling great!!

So after I hit the sauna and make weight on Friday morning we will be heading up to Denver for weigh-ins.

Rough House MMA is GREAT! If you are in the Colorado Springs area, you have got to stop in and check it out!! The coaches are inviting, everyone here is very helpful and supportive.

My amazing coach, along with most of the staff at Rough House aren’t just my heroes because of MMA, they are heroes because they also fought for our country and risked their lives for our freedom.

I have included some training pictures as well as bios on the coaches that have been helping me prepare for this fight. There are two boxing coaches that I would also like to thank, Yamar Resto (AJ) and George Armando Del Moral (Mondo). Also one of the grappling coaches, “The Blanket”.

So if you are in the Denver area this Saturday, please come by, say “Hi” and watch the fights! It will be at the Grizzly Rose, doors open at 1 p.m. and the fights start at 2 p.m. Lacey Schuckman and I are headlining this event, so you don’t want to miss it!!

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XOXO Little Patricia

My Coaches:

Donnie Liles:

Professional MMA Record 12-5
Fought on notable shows such as Strikeforce, IFL, Kickdown, Ring Of Fire, No Mercy and many others
Great Motivator who breaks technique down in a format that beginners and pros can understand
World Class Fighter with great ability and enthusiasm
His work ethic and dedication carry over in his coaching style
Pancrase Grappling Champion

Ben Westrich:

Level IV Combatives Instructor
Royce Gracie Purple Belt in BJJ
Gracie G.R.A.P.L.E Instructor (Gracie Resisting Attack Procedures for Law Enforcement)
2006 US Army Europe Combatives Champion 155 lb
2006 US Army Combatives Finalist 155 lb
Under 80kg Luta Livre Open winner for Germany
2007 US Army Combatives Finalist 170 lbs
2007 Battle for H Town Purple Belt Gi 155lb 2nd place
2007 battle for H Town Advanced 155lb Gi 2nd place
2009 4oz Fight Club 155 and 170lb Champion No Gi Advanced
5 Amateur MMA Fights all won via submission

Gabe Charboneau:

3rd generation practitioner 31 years in Filipino and other martial arts
Pioneer of the sport of NHB, grappling and full contact stickfighting in Colorado
Sought after Professional mma trainer with a focus on standup striking and clinch integration
Partner in Nuworld Management with a stable of 18 pro fighters
Has taught Military Police SRT teams, Police and Sheriffs departments, corrections and swat in empty hand, CQC and weapons.
Partner in Colorado’s largest MMA promotion Steel City Rumble and manager of the Colorado Fight League which hosts 10 other shows throughout the state.
Author of “Toa” Contrasts in the Island Warriors released in 2001.
Director of Business Development and Marketing for international Fight media firm Takedown Fight Media along with UFC Veteran Bill Mahood, Tapout Magazines Adam Villareal, and advisor Matt Lindland.
Driving force behind the Annual Colorado Fight League MMA Awards show held in December Annually.
A contributing writer to various publications and publicist
Has worked over the years with names like
TUF veteran Ran Weathers,
Sharkfights fighter Lionel Lanham,
Strikeforce IFL veteran Donnie Liles,
Decorated world class grappler undefeated MMA fighter Tori Adams,
Former Kickboxing champion Angela Hayes,
Up and coming pro fighters like Kreg Hartle, Ryan Axtell, Shawn Ramsey and more.

Keith Wilson:

MMA, Wrestling, No-Gi Grappling Coach
2009 USA Women’s World Team Coach
2008 USA Women’s World Team Coach
2008 Freestyle Women’s Olympic Coaching Staff
Coached many High School State Champs and All Americans at all levels
Sunkist Kids Women’s Team Coach-7x National Champions
Personal coach of Clarissa Chun who is 2008 Olympic Team Member and a 2008 World Champ

Trained with and coached many of the top fighters in Colorado; Donnie Liles, Eric Fagyas, Vellore Caballero, Chilo Gonzales and James Funny
Also helped train Nate Marquardt, Duane Ludwig, Elliot Marshall, Christian Allen, American Top Team Fighters, and many others
Has the unique ability to pass on technique at the world class level in all styles
Has a great understanding of the game and all aspects of MMA
Can teach the grey areas and put it all together
Olympic team alternate-Greco Roman Wrestling
3-time USA Wrestling National Team Member
Bronze Medal-World Military Wrestling Championships
Sambo National Champion
5-Time Armed Forces Wrestling Champion
2005 North American Pancrase Wrestling Championships
2005 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Pan Am Championships silver Medalists-No-Gi

2010 Coach of the Year
Keith Wilson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Sunkist Kids) has been named 2010 Women’s Coach of the Year by USA Wrestling. This is the first time that Wilson has received this prestigious award.

Wilson served as a coach for the 2010 U.S. Women’s World Team in Moscow, Russia, which featured two medalists and earned a fifth place finish,

Wilson served as a World Team coach with the 2009 U.S. Women’s World Team in Herning, Denmark, which placed sixth in the team standings, with three athletes who placed fifth in their weight class.

Wilson was also a World Team coach with the 2008 U.S. Women’s World Team in Tokyo, Japan, which placed fourth in the World team standings and featured gold-medalist Clarissa Chun and bronze-medalist Tatiana Padilla.

He was also a coach with the 2009 U.S. World Cup Team, which competed in Taiyuan, China. The U.S. was fifth in the standings with a 2-2 team record. He was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic team staff, and has also coached at the Pan American Championships.

He has been a club coach with the Sunkist Kids since 2001. The Sunkist Kids captured the women’s freestyle team title at the 2010 U.S. Nationals, led by six individual champions.

The Sunkist Kids had five 2010 World team members in women’s wrestling – Alyssa Lampe, Jessica Medina, Tatiana Padilla, Kelsey Campbell and Stephany Lee.

Wilson is the personal coach for 2008 World champion and 2008 Olympian Clarissa Chun, and has worked directly on a regular basis with a number of other national-caliber women wrestlers.

Wilson is the owner and a coach at Rough House MMA and Fitness in Colorado Springs, Colo. His club specializes in wrestling, No-Gi Grappling, Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai, kickboxing, boxing and personal fitness.

A native of Virginia, Wilson was a Greco-Roman Team USA member competing for the U.S. Marine Corps. He also competed for the U.S. Army. Wilson wrestled on the college level for the University of Oklahoma.

Patrick Cross:

1984 Start in Martial Arts in Kempo Karate under Garland Johnson, Universal Kempo Karate. Colorado Springs, CO
1989 Resume training in Kempo Karate under Rick LeClair. Leominster, MA
1990 Start boxing training at Firehouse Gym in Worchester, MA
1998 Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai training start under Mike Brewer. Colorado Springs, CO
2000 First amateur MMA fight, win by submission at 40 seconds of round 1
2002 First Pro MMA fight Rumble in the Rockies. Win at 1:42 of Round 1 by submission over Jim Clark. Fort Collins, CO
2002 Reality Combat Fighting 20 Pro MMA fight. Win by decision over Dave Benefield. Layfette, LA
2003, ‘04, ‘08 TBA Pacific Northwest Muay Thai Camp. Awarded Hard Worker by Ajarn Chai
2009 MTV Made coach for Matthew Rodgers.

Other skills/training:
Patrick is pursuing an instructorship in the USA Thai Boxing Association under Ajarn Sirisute Chai. Patrick is currently a coach at Old School Boxing and RoughHouse MMA and Fitness in Colorado Springs, CO. Patrick coaches both amateur and professional boxers
Patrick holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Biology/ Exercise Science from Fitchburg State and has worked extensively with athletes from numerous fields. Patrick received the prestigious C.S.C.S. from the NSCA in 1997.

Tori Adams:

Proven technician and coach World class no-gi jui-jitsu competitor and wrestler2x University National Champion2004 Sunkist Open Champion Junior World Bronze Medalist in Freestyle Wrestling U.S. National Team Member

“Little” Patricia Vidonic’s “Road to the Championship Blog” is part of ProMMAnow.com’s ongoing series of blogs from professional MMA fighters who are giving readers a look at what it takes to live, train and compete as a professional athlete. Check back each week as Patricia chronicles her “Road to the Championship” and fights for the Beatdown MMA women’s 110-pound championship title on June 25.

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