By CALEB SLINKARD
Three members of Chop Shop Mixed Martial Arts, a Greenville-based mixed martial arts gym, will compete on May 11 in Ascend Combat’s Mayhem 3 in Shreveport, La.
Terrell “The Pain Train” Henson will bring his 4-2 MMA record to the fight card, and Greenville’s Chris “El Guapo” Gutierrez, who holds six titles and a 12-5-1 record, will defend his bantamweight title.
Chop Shop MMA currently has an amateur and professional fight team, according to owner and head trainer Rob Stucker, comprised of 16-20 and five individuals, respectively.
Chop Shop MMA has produced some of the top fighters in the state, both men and women, since opening five years ago.
“It is so expensive to do amateur fights in Texas, so we often go out of state to fight,” Stucker said. “We have fighters who hold the male and female titles at 135 and 145 in Missouri. We have fighters who have competed in Lousiana, Oklahoma, even the Virgin Islands.”
This is probably the last amateur fight for Gutierrez, who has won six titles at 145 pounds. If he wins, Guiterrez will probably turn pro, according to Stucker.
Henson, who holds Texas powerlifting records, came to the Chop Shop with an 0-2 MMA record, and has since won four in a row.
“He came to us 0-2, and by your third fight, if you haven’t made a statement, it’s difficult to keep going,” Stucker said. “He came to us, we revamped him and got his confidence up, and he’s been on a win streak ever since. He’ll be up for a title in some show soon.”
Michael “Stiff Right” Cross was set to make his debut Saturday, but his opponent dropped out due to an injury.
Ascend Combat was created by promoter Kim Addison. The fights are filmed and shown on a Shreveport television station.
“We’ve competed in Ascend Combat three or four times,” Stucker said. “Addison does a great job. She’s always expanding her show and getting better; props to what she is doing.”
Chop Shop trained fighters have competed as often as every two weeks, although injuries do take their toll from time to time.
“We keep pushing forward, trying to do what’s best for the guys,” Stucker said.
The event will take place in the Shreveport Convention Center, beginning at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call Kim Addison at 318-402-6644 or Brian Addison at 318-402-7073.
“We would appreciate any support we can get,” Stucker said. “These guys are incredible. They all have jobs, and they don’t get the recognition they deserve. I know I’m not the easiest person to work for, but they come in and word hard. We would like to get Greenville behind them.”
Chop Shop MMA teaches a variety of mixed martial arts, and has classes geared toward children and individuals looking to get in better shape. To keep up with Chop Shop MMA, check them out on Facebook. Results from the Saturday fights can be found on www.ascendcombat.tv.