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DRUMROLL PLEASE.….Here is your answer key!

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY A:

You are a match with Patrick Patterson, Houston Rockets Power Forward.

Age: 23

Height: 6’9″

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Twitter: @pdpatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY B:

You are a match with Eric Garcia, Houston MMA Fighter

Age: 31

Height: 5’10”

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Twitter: N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY C:

You are a match with Jason Zucker, Minnesota Wild/Houston Aeros Forward

Age: 20

Height: 5’10”

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Twitter:  @jason_zucker16

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY D:

You are a match with Mike “The Truth” Jackson, Houston MMA Fighter

Age: 27

Height: 6’2″

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Twitter: @TheTruthJackson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY E:

You are a match with Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo Forward

Age: 34

Height: 6’1″

Hometown: Haleiwa, Hawaii

Twitter: @brianching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY F:

You are a match with Antonio Smith, Houston Texans Defensive End

Age: 31

Height: 6’4″

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Twitter: @AntonioSmith94

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY G:

You are a match with Whitney Mercilus, Houston Texans  Outside Linebacker

Age: 22

Height: 6’4″

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Twitter: @merci380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As a girl in this town, into sports or not, one has to admit that there’s some, umm…”hefty talent” among the male athletes ‘round these here parts. But how will you ever make up your mind as to which one of them is your ideal match? You don’t want to end up with the wrong guy, now, do you?

So here’s where I come in….as usual.

Instructions: Grab a pen & paper. 

– Take this quiz to find out which Houston hot shot you match up with the best. I will be posting the answer key on the next blog post.

– You will want to select the response that suits you best from his male perspective.

– Leave a comment, tweet me, or post on Facebook with the results of your quiz!

…And most importantly, no cheating!

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What is your idea of a perfect date?

A. “Pick her up, don’t have to wait long on her. Open her door. Dinner, drinks. Then grab something sweet and head back to her place towatch a movie and chill.”

B. “Dave And Busters or go-karts after dinner. I’d have to say the perfect date for me consist of dinner with a woman that isn’t afraid to eat!”

C. “Steak dinner and ice cream after.”

D. “Going to a comedy show then just chilling after.”

E. “Something active where we could still talk. Mini-golf, beach, go-carts. Then a nice dinner.”

F. “Dinner and a movie.”

G. “Candle-lit dinner on a boat, a calm nightly stroll on the lake while the moon and stars illuminate the sky.”

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What is your favorite post-game meal?

A. Peanut Butter & Jelly with Chips

B. Mexican food. A huge mixed platter of enchiladas, tacos, rice and beans.

C. Farfalle pasta with chicken from Cheesecake Factory

D. Fettucine Alfredo 

E. Pizza

F. Steak or Sushi.

G. Homemade wings.

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Where would you go if you could travel on a dream vacation?

A. “Fiji.”

B. “Jerusalem. I would love to visit The Holy Land.”

C. “Hawaii.”

D. “Somewhere in the Caribbean.”

E. “I would love to go to Australia again.”

F. “A beautiful island.”

G. “Venice, Italy.”

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What is your favorite music genre? Who is your favorite music artist?

A. R&B/Tyga

B. Soft rock, rap, R&B, Christian music/Phil Collins, Jeremy Camp, Chris Brown and Ne-Yo.

C. Hip Hop/Eminem.

D. Hip Hop/R&B/Jay-Z

E. All types. Rock/Linkin Park.

F. R&B/Blues/Soul/Anthony Hamilton

G. Drake

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Who is your favorite Super Hero?

A. The Hulk

B. My son. He has a collection of every super hero costume that you can think of.

C. Superman

D. Batman

E. Superman

F. Wolverine

G. Iron Man

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What is your favorite sport to watch, besides the sport you play?

A. Soccer

B. Boxing

C. Football

D. Basketball

E. Surfing

F. Basketball and Rodeo

G. Soccer

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What is a trait that you would want in your ideal future woman/mate?

A. “A woman who can cook.”

B. “A woman that will love me for me. Supportive and affectionate.”

C. “Outgoing and athletic.”

D. “Confidence.”

E. “Laid back and active.”

F. “A Christian, God-fearing woman.”

G. “Strong mentally and emotionally”

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Who is your favorite athlete of all time?

A. Michael Jordan

B. Mike Tyson

C. Lance Armstrong

D. Muhammad Ali

E. Kelly Slater

F. John Randle

G. Myself

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STAY TUNED FOR “GIRL CHAT IV: ANSWER KEY”! 

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Picture this: you’re nineteen years old with no direction and a less than perfect past. You’re living in a two-bedroom apartment with twelve other dudes…yes, twelve. It’s Friday night and the fights are on Pay-Per-View, so you order some pizza, crack some beers, and sit down to watch the third matchup between Ken Shamrock and Tito Ortiz. Just another Friday night to most, but on this night, for Colin, the stars aligned, and a dream was born. As the night dwindled and the main event drew closer, Colin’s pulse was set on fire.  This was “the real deal, a real-life version of the Ninja Turtles” [Colin’s own definition of MMA] that was evidently too hard to pass up. Just one week later, he found himself at the newly opened [Pat] Miletich gym, began work on his craft, and “never looked back.”

But what happens when we dig a little deeper?

Colin’s story simply cannot be communicated in one post, but I need you to know it. Up until now, his story, in its entirety, has not been made public, and it is with extreme reverence and utmost respect that I impart just some of his story to you.

With his father, Kevin, in the oil industry, Colin, together with his sister Lindsay, and his mother, Lisa, moved around quite a bit in his younger years. “I grew up in Sugar Land [Texas] mostly…rich suburbs…I was spoiled early on, but my parents believed that you have to work for everything.” Much to his parents’ dismay, in the first grade, Colin began showing signs of anger issues. “I got in a lot of fights really early on. My parents threw me in therapy…they always thought there was something wrong with me. I was just an angry little kid, I guess.” After a few years of counseling efforts, Colin’s parents were able to pacify him, but it took its toll: “…I would hold in all my anger and get really depressed.” The turmoil with his family ultimately resulted in Colin being sent away to military school at the age of thirteen. He was bullied and picked on, ridiculed and harassed. “My roommate was a junior…his job was to look after me, and make sure that I was always in line. His idea of keeping me in line was beating me up at night in our room. [My schoolmates] got really creative with their hazing. Everyone thought I was a problem child, and I didn’t have any friends. It was a miserable time for me.”

The first summer back from military school, Lisa went into the hospital. “After I was born [my mom] was diagnosed with Hypogammaglobulinanemia [a primary immune deficiency disease]; I always knew there was something wrong with my mom, but she was always the strongest person I’d ever met in my life. I always thought she was going to outlive me.” When it was time for Colin to go back to school, he, to no avail, begged his father not to send him back, at least until his mother was out of the woods. Within two weeks of being back at military school, and just shortly after turning fifteen, Colin received the worst news of his life. “I remember getting this really eerie feeling…it was the weirdest thing ever; I could feel it in the air, and as soon as I felt it, my drill instructor came on the intercom and he was like ‘Wright! Come down to my office.’ I knew something was wrong.” Colin’s mother had passed away, and he hadn’t had the chance to say goodbye.

After a short time back home grieving his mother’s loss and experiencing the outpouring of love from hundreds for his mother, Colin was sent back. “It was one of my mother’s dying wishes that I stay at military school”, he tells me with a heavy heart. “I was sent right back. The beatings got worse, I got more depressed”, and he began experimenting with hallucinogenics and tobacco. Kevin eventually pulled him out and flew him home, but Colin returned to Texas to find more had changed than he would have ever imagined.

On the day of his arrival, and just six months after his mother’s death, Kevin lowered a boom on his fifteen-year old son: he had been seriously dating another woman for the past month. Colin’s first meeting with the new woman in his father’s life did not go to plan: “I got the cold shoulder from her immediately, you could tell that she didn’t want to have anything to do with me.” After their initial meeting, Kevin asked Colin what his thoughts were on the match. He replied, of course, with reservation: that his mother had just passed six months prior, that this woman was ten years his junior, that this woman had four children of her own. Nonetheless, Kevin exclaimed, “Well, I think she’s awesome. I think I’m going to marry her!” A month later, the pair was engaged. “My dad would leave home for days at a time, and leave me at home by myself. He would be over at her house hanging out.” [Keep in mind Colin was just sixteen years old at this point in time.] Colin and Lindsay moved into the city with their father to join their new stepmom, Lori, and her family. The relationship between Colin, his father and stepmom was tumultuous, and he felt trapped. “It infuriated me on the inside.” He became apathetic with regards to his education after changing schools so many times and with all the problems at home. The only bright spot was a budding friendship with his now best friend, Andon. A huge fight ultimately resulted between Colin and his parents, and it got physical. Lori had brought up his mother, Lisa, during the argument, and Colin lost it. After a physical altercation with Kevin, he packed his bags and went to bunk with Andon.

Kevin hired a private investigator to locate his son’s whereabouts, and eventually convinced Colin to come home. More therapy and family counseling were not far behind. “The shrinks always wanted to send me away…I was like, ‘screw this, I don’t want to do this anymore.’” Yet, somehow, Kevin convinced Colin to go for one more session. It was a normal ride to the shrink’s office. “We pull up…no cars in the parking lot…he drives to the back [of the lot]…there’s a black SUV, and my dad puts the car in park.” Colin says his dad got emotional. “He said, ‘I’m so sorry…these men are here to take you’. I totally blocked him out…and got out of the car.” The men in the SUV threaten Colin to ensure his cooperation, and he complies; they take him to the airport, and put him on a plane bound for Utah.

For the next four months, Colin was trapped in the middle of the wilderness with a handful of other kids. Think “Hunger Games” without the creepy child slaying. Essentially, Kevin had arranged for “Wilderness Therapy”. Basic survival lessons, no showers, no electricity, no utensils, no nothing until you finish your tasks and “graduate.” Talk about a paleo-lifestyle. “They give you a tarp and wool clothes, blindfold you, put you in the back of this SUV, and drop you 60 miles into the middle of the wilderness.” Surprisingly enough, Colin calls this “the coolest experience” of his life. “I’ve made over 100 bow-drill fires…we would eat lizards, they taste like dry steak.” Check out the sweet knife that Colin forged by hand during his time in the wild. [see photo]

After Colin’s cameo on “Survivor: Utah” was complete, Kevin had another delight in mind for his son: “you’re going to boarding school.” “Literally, I graduate, we go to some burger joint, we get on a plane, and we go to Iowa”, he explained. An extremely strict and uniformed school, as you might guess, was not where Colin was to excel. After two years of near torture for the seventeen year old, Colin was kicked out of school after being picked on and goaded by one of his instructors.  He had only half a credit missing to earn his high school diploma. Despite his best efforts to complete his education, he discovered that the boarding school credits did not transfer, and he was forced to drop out out of school completely.

After a short stint living with his grandmother and saving up money doing odd jobs, Colin returned to Houston and moved in again with his friend, Andon. Slowly but surely, ten others moved in to the small apartment. “It’s been a struggle to get back on my feet ever since then. I’m really thankful that I got into mixed martial arts because it really focused my energies. I’d felt so disconnected from everything, all these shrinks told me I was screwed up; I didn’t have a high school diploma, all the jobs I got sucked…I got into training. I work at a bar; I work at the gym, but [fighting] is what I’m focused on.” Currently, Kevin is willing to help his son finish his education, but Colin is finding it difficult to hit the ground running: “I’m trying to go back to school…education means everything in my family. It’s frustrating…I’m struggling to find that balance between trying to train, study, and work. It’s too much.  It really is.”

We talk briefly about Colin’s sister, Lindsay, who was able to escape the problems with her schooling and parents that Colin could not. I ask what his father thinks about his MMA career choice. “He thought I was crazy! He was so pissed off. He was like ‘This is so stupid, you can’t do this and expect to make any money’.” But Colin says after his last couple of wins in the cage, Kevin is coming around slowly but surely. I ask if Kevin will be in attendance for Colin’s fight this coming Saturday. “I don’t know,” he hesitates. “Probably not.” The disappointment in his voice is evident, so I switch topics. What of his relationship with his stepmother, Lori? “[Our relationship is] a lot better. She and I are civil…I feel like there’s a big gap. My dad made me apologize to her after that big fight when she was calling my mom names and telling me I’m a horrible person. I feel like even though we’re okay now, until she sits down and says I’m sorry for treating you the way I did, until that day comes, I’ll always hold something against her. But we’re civil, I hug her when I see her.”

Despite the pitfalls, Colin sets a positive spin on things. He pulls down the collar of his Paradigm sweatshirt, and shows me his most prized tattoo. “My grandma was super eccentric. She lived in Cambodia…[and] had an Indonesian furniture shop in a flea market. She called it “A Road Less Traveled.” After she passed away, I got that tattooed across my chest.” He goes on, “It’s so indicative of my life, you know? It really is. Nobody can say they’ve gone through the crazy shit that I’ve gone through. It’s the road less traveled.”

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For Part One of Colin’s #DreamShakeBarbie Double Feature, “The Wright Way”, Click HERE.

Follow Colin on Twitter! 

Buy tickets HERE to LEGACY FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS: AMATEUR SERIES this Saturday, October 6th, to see Colin take on URIEL FIGUEROA.

SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE CALIMBAS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Type the word “fighter” in Microsoft Word. Now hit Shift F7. “Warrior”. Shift F7. “Soldier”. Shift F7. “Rebel”. All of these words are synonymous with the soul of an MMA athlete. They train blood, sweat, and unseen tears seven days a week for one fight. And when they lose, they do it all over again, despite the potential heartache of the defeat.  Albeit having your team there to corner you, you stand alone in the cage. One moment, one opportunity to shine, and it’s all yours. Make it or break it.

Consequently, one could say that an MMA athlete is expected to be stoic, hardened even. There is no room for mercy. So, with that said, how is it possible to find the balance between the cold stone and warm heart? I’m not sure how it’s done, but Colin Wright has discovered it. He is infectious and endearing in the best of ways. His strength shines from the inside out, and you can see the fire from behind his hazel eyes. Everyone Wright knows, opponent or friend, respects him. And after reading what I have to tell you, you will have no choice but to root for him, too.

Wright was originally slated for a main event, title fight on Legacy’s Amateur Series card a month and a half ago, a rematch versus his Cage Combat V opponent, Tony Orozco, Jr. The CCV fight had ended in a controversial TKO in Colin’s favor, and a brawl had broken out amongst the two fighters’ fans. Just 24 hours before the rematch was to happen, Colin received a phone call informing him that Orozco had failed to turn in his medical records on time. After a few go-arounds trying to find a match-up, the entire fight was scrapped.  “I told [Legacy] I wanted on the Muay Thai card anyways.” And Colin’s wish was granted.

October 6, 2012, will mark Wright’s foray into his first Muay Thai fight, Legacy Fighting Championship’s Amateur Series, against Uriel Figueroa. Going into this fight, Wright boasts a 6-0 record, rendering him undefeated as an amateur MMA fighter. Colin’s fighting technique is based strongly in grappling, with a background in wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). This Muay Thai fight is quite a departure from the norm for Wright, and a superior challenge; his opponent, Figueroa, bears a Muay Thai fighting background. The two will fight at 145 pounds.

For those of you who are MMA-impaired, the two opponents’ fighting styles could not be more different. BJJ is a self-defense system, and involves mainly ground-based fighting. Wright has been training day in and day out with Muay Thai coaches James Cooper and Geon Cho, who, along with head/standup coach Mike Altman and boxing coach Aaron Navarro, have refined Colin’s skills in this stand-up striking combative sport. Figueroa should probably start panicking, because mohawk-wielding Wright packs a huge punch. His first two fights were done in under a minute, and his 6-0 record boasts three submissions and three TKOs.

At this point in our interview, it’s 10PM, but I’m not quite ready to leave my newfound friend and confidant. Starbucks kicks us out, and we start swapping stories. Turns out, after winning his first fight in May of 2010, Colin got in line to meet the man who had originally inspired him to action, Ken Shamrock.  “When I shook his hand he asked me, ‘That was you fighting right? You did really good…that was a great way to debut.’” Colin’s face breaks out into a big, goofy smile. This is gold! So, of course, I take this as my opportunity to ask him about the ladies. “What does it take to catch your eye?” I ask. “I don’t really have a type…I really like genuine people. Personality is a huge thing for me. As pretty as you are, I’m totally turned off because you’re just, like, a blob…you’re not even a person, you’re a hollow shell. But physical attraction [is also important], you know? [Pauses] I’m picky…I’m really picky actually.” Colin also tells me he’s single [shock!!] and that he just could not see himself with a chick that wasn’t into MMA.

Despite his setbacks (which I will cover in depth in part II), success isn’t far off for Colin. I can’t say who, where, or when, but the call has come in, and Wright is going pro. What I can tell you: Saturday will mark his last amateur fight, and his first professional matchup will cause Colin’s journey to come full circle.

“Fear none. Respect all.” These words sit above the gym door at Paradigm Training Center, where Wright has called home for the past two and a half years. Colin reflects, “I’ve always approached life as ‘you get what you put into it.’ It’s all about your own personal self-discipline. I know that that sounds so cliché…you hear it so many times over and over again, you can’t help but internalize it after a while.” “The biggest thing I’ve learned, the underlying message was always that you could do so much more than what you’ve done, you just have to believe in yourself.”  One thing is certain, Colin is doing things his way: the Wright way.

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Buy your tickets HERE for Legacy Fighting Championship: Amateur Series, October 6, 2012.

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