John Pacheco, of Windy Fight Factory, sits at 1-1 in the flyweight division. This Saturday he will step into the cage against Jack Martinez (1-0) of Mendez Martial Arts. Pacheco says he is a striker at heart. He has never felt better or been more prepared as he has been in fight camp since November. He is excited to move that win column and get closer to his goal of going pro.
Read on to learn more about Pacheco's fighter mentality and be sure to get tickets to see him fight live this Saturday at the Brazos Expo.
How did you get started and what made you decide to be an MMA fighter?
I kind of always wanted to do martial arts since I was a kid. My family just never had the money. It’s kind of started off as a hobby when I did start. Never new it’ll get to competing.
What makes someone a fighter?
I believe someone having the courage to do something that they’re afraid of. Always having that fight in them. You know. Spiritually. Whether it be physical combat or everyday life scenarios.
How would you describe your fight style?
I started off as a Thai fighter. Over the years I’ve just picked up what’s goes w my body and style. It’s hard to describe. But I am a striker at heart.
What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in a fight?
My favorite strike? I don’t think I have one. I like whatever works at the time it is needed. It’s just really hard to pick.
What's your favorite thing about fighting?
My favorite thing about fighting is the journey. The work, the torture we put ourselves through. I do it to see m limits. I also love the people you meet, and encounter along the way. It’s really great.
If you could start your fight career over, what would you do differently?
If I had a chance to go back. I would of definitely been more consistent w my training at the beginning and worked on my ground game more before I first fought.
How do you feel about your upcoming fight?
I feel great. I feel like I’ve been in camp since November. My last fight I didn’t get hurt or sore at all. I was back at it the next Monday. I feel really great and ready.
What holes do you see in your opponent’s game?
As far holes in my opponents game. I really haven’t looked into it. I’ve heard he’s a judo guy. So I’ve just prepared myself for wherever the fight goes.
How do you think the fight is going to end?
I couldn’t tell you how the fight is going to end. Mma is a crazy sport anything can happen. I just like putting on an exciting show. Some how that seems to happen w out me even trying.
What are your goals in MMA?
My goals are to eventually go pro. Fight the best. See my body’s and mind full potential. Test my limits.
If you could have one dream fight with any MMA fighter, who would it be?
I don’t know. I would love to fight w Mighty Mouse. Just Bc he’s the pound for pound best right now. I would probably lose but it would still be awesome.
What do you like to do outside of MMA?
I work at cmc services full time. 10 hours a day. Hopefully one day I can quit and fight full time. Until then. Bill need to be paid.
What is your life motto?
It could always be worse. There are worse things people are suffering in the world. I rather count blessings than misfortunes. Be optimistic.
Who has been the most inspirational person in your life and why?
The most inspirational life. Is my little brother. He has faced some tough odds but has always managed to be a man about his situations. Even in his young age. I’m so proud of him.
What is something people should know about you?
Something people should know in general. Is martial arts saved my life. I used to be a hoodlum. No good. Martial arts gave me that structure, surrounded me with great people. And I feel like I wouldn’t be where I am today w out the fight game.
Is there anyone you would like to thank (sponsors, family, gym, etc.)?
I would like to thank my brothers. Julian and mikey. They have always believed in me doing this and are happier than me at times when I win. Also my coaches and team. Especially Bobby and Kendall. They believe in my abilities more than I do at times. The jemrey mahon, Mike moor and guys at W4R are like family. They’ve helped me so, so much. And manny longoria and longoria boxing gym. They’re a great gym. And accepted me w open arms this camp. Also my sponsers. Corn collision, Rodriguez tire center, Brazos valley bailbonds, and tru fit.