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For Terry Johnson, V3Fights 65 is a family affair

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          Terry Johnson’s wife Ariele holds the bags when he breaks his first sweat before each fight.

          His twin sons Terrell and Daniel are following in their dad’s footsteps and getting ready to compete in their first jiu jitsu tournament.

          And for Rheagen, Daddy’s welterweight bout with Latral Perdue at V3Fights 65 on Nov. 18 will be the first fight she will see in person.

          So, when Johnson tells you that his MMA career is a family affair, he isn’t kidding. Why even four-year-old Cayden has been known to write notes of encouragement and stick them in his gym bag.

“They look up to the LeBron Jameses and the Steph Currys of those sports and whatnot, but when it comes down to combat, Dad is pretty good,” Johnson said. “Dad is probably their favorite fighter. Then you go with the Conor McGregors and the Georges St-Pierres and guys like that. At least in our house, I’m the biggest MMA star in the world.”

The 32-year-old is hoping to win over more fans when he makes his pro debut against Perdue.

Johnson was 5-4 as an amateur, and prior to that, he spent 12 years kickboxing. He says he has been training hard at UFC Gym in Germantown, Tenn.

He has been working on all facets of his fighting with many teachers, including Conrad Polz (former All-American wrestler at the University of Illinois), Torian Whitlow (noted muay thai practitioner), Austin Lyons (bantamweight MMA fighter) and Brian “The Law” Hall (flyweight MMA fighter).

It seems like a lot of work, but it’s nothing compared to the long journey Johnson has taken to be here. Once upon a time, he weighed 315 pounds. He was just out of school, working nights and eating fast food late at night. As he put it, his life had no direction.

When Ariele got pregnant with the twins, Johnson knew he had to make some big changes. He had visions of his kids running around on the playground and not being able to keep up with them.

Coincidentally, a friend invited him to his gym. That’s where he watched some kickboxers spar. It was love at first sight. He started working out, sculpting his body and losing weight. A coach, however, told him he had potential. So, Johnson redoubled his training with the goal of becoming a pro kickboxer.

There were some ups and downs on the way down to 170 pounds. The battle of the bulge was a tough fight to win.

“I went out and started running, started training at the gym twice a day and lost about 80 pounds because my first fight,” Johnson said. “We had to get to at least 210 before we were looking at any type of a fight and I decided to whatever I needed to. I ate grilled chicken and spinach for a year straight to make sure I could lose the weight. I was running twice a day, training twice a day, completely changed my life from the guy who was working at the animal hospital and was up at 3 a.m. eating (at International House of Pancakes).”

He eventually landed at 170 pounds, and he works hard to stay there. He hopes all his determination and sacrifice will serve as a powerful example for his children.

“I want them to see that every cheeseburger that I skipped out on for a piece of chicken breast or every dessert I could have had or every snack cake or cookie I could have had I drank water or ate almonds,” Johnson said. “When I could have been sitting at home, doing nothing playing video games or just laying around just watching TV, I was out with my Nikes or my ASICS or whatever shoe I’m wearing and I was out running to get the sweat off because I knew I had to be a certain weight and I had a job to do at a certain date.”
Johnson said: “I want them to be able to see that the hard work is the only reason my hand is getting raised. I want them to see that with hard work, you’ll get your hand raised in any race or competition.”
 

KYLE HUGHES LOOKS TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 TONIGHT

KYLE HUGHES LOOKS TO IMPROVE TO 3-0 TONIGHT

 

Kyle Hughes (2-0) is one of the fastest rising stars in MMA in the mid-south area!  He got started in the sport when he was fifteen years old and has his first fight at sixteen.  Fast forward three and a half years and he made his professional debut with V3Fights and won in dominant fashion via submission against Alex Casteneda! 

TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS COLLIDE

TWO FORMER CHAMPIONS COLLIDE

In September of 2016 Greggory Hussey won the V3 amateur featherweight title in the main event in Memphis, TN.  In his post fight interview he announced that he was turning pro. 

Two months later Reggie Adams won the vacant title and held it until his professional debut a few weeks ago.  These two will now battle it out as pro’s on October 14 in Tunica, MS. 

V3FIGHTS 63 SET FOR OCTOBER 14

V3Fights will once again make their way back to Tunica, MS on October 14 for their 63rd show.  Headlining the card will be Kyle Hughes and Seth Anderson.  Both fighters own a win over their opponent’s teammate (Anderson over Alvin Williams and Hughes over Alex Casteneda) and want nothing more than to avenge their teammate’s loss. 

Acclaimed Tampa-area MMA Promoter and Matchmaker John Prisco Returns with V3Fights 61

Acclaimed Tampa-area MMA Promoter and Matchmaker John Prisco Returns with V3Fights 61

John Prisco, the well-known Tampa-area mixed martial arts promoter who launched the highly-successful XFC, will make his return to the scene tomorrow through the highly-anticipated V3Fights 61 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Danny "Dirty" Durnavich Eyes Victory in Final Amateur Bout This Saturday

Danny "Dirty" Durnavich Eyes Victory in Final Amateur Bout This Saturday

Danny “Dirty” Durnavich (6-1), originally from South Chicago, will be making his final appearance as an amateur fighter when he meets Raheam "Rambo" Forest (4-4) in V3Fights 61 at the Tampa Convention Center on Saturday.

V3Fights 61 Card Preview

V3Fights 61 Card Preview

The V3Fights 61 official main card and undercard has been announced and the event will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Tampa Conventional Center in Tampa, Florida.