THE INFO exclusive interview: Ryan Bastianelli

There was yet another INFO exclusive episode today when Combat Fitness Bantamweight Ryan Bastianelli dropped by to talk to Matt De La Rosa about his upcoming bout in the WCSC this Saturday night. Bastianelli (3-0) will take on John Blankenship (1-0) in his first bout in 2009. “Relentless” discussed the differences in his training camp … Read more

PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Eric Lawson

In one of his last hard training sessions leading up to his bout this Saturday, PRO MMA (promma.info) got a peek at one of Eric Lawson’s sparring sessions at Combat Fitness in Concord, California. The Strikeforce middleweight traded leather with champion Muay-Thai practitioner Caley Scott and UFC veteran Gil Castillo.

Lawson (8-2) had been set to take on American Kickboxing Academy’s Richard Montoya, however, Montoya was forced to back out due to injury. Derrick Thornton had been slated to take Montoya’s place but Waylon Kennell (4-1) will go toe-to-toe with Lawson on April 11th at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz.

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A Pro’s Take: Bastianelli on GSP vs. Penn and Varner vs. Cerrone

PRO MMA (http://promma.info) had the chance to catch up with ‘Relentless’ Ryan Bastianelli after his Wednesday evening practice in Concord, CA at Combat Fitness.

‘Relentless’ had been training for his bout at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds; however, he took a quick break from training last weekend to take in WEC 38 in San Diego, CA.

Bastianelli shared his thoughts on Jamie Varner’s performance against ‘The Cowboy’ and where he thought Varner stood on the score cards prior to the bout being stopped. Bastianelli also touched on the St. Pierre vs. Penn Welterweight title fight. The former ASU wrestler broke down the title fight and made a prediction.

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PRO MMA Training Camp feature: Ryan Bastianelli

Only two days away from his fight at Fight Quest: Battle Grounds in Bakersfield, CA; “Relentless” Ryan Bastianelli stepped into Combat Fitness in Concord, CA for one last training session.

In one of his last practices leading up to Saturday’s bout, the Oklahoma native worked out with teammate and Strikeforce Middleweight; Eric Lawson.

Bastianelli (3-0), a natural 135 pounder, faces off against Sacramento, CA resident Nelson Ocampo (0-5) at 140 pounds. Training for this bout has not been as routine as one would think. According to Bastianelli, Ocampo was not exactly the first or second opponent that he was originally scheduled to face.

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Year one with Ryan Bastianelli: PRO MMA exclusive

On an overcast morning in Concord, California, Ryan Bastianelli paces back and forth trying to warm up in the chilly December weather. He stops for a minute to take a sip from his protein shake while standing out in front of Combat Fitness.

“Relentless” Ryan has honed his craft at the northern California gym, helping him break into the world of professional MMA in 2008.

The 135 pounder hopes the impending new year will present challenging opportunities in his young career. While ’08 marked his first year as a professional, ’09 could be the year in which the Oklahoma native starts to make a name for himself in the Bantamweight division.

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