Alex Lagunas is an amateur, mixed martial arts fighter and the Total Fight Challenge 145 lb. champion from Team 110 out of Melrose Park.
Lagunas is scheduled to defend his title at the Total Fight Challenge (TFC) on Friday July 11 against the 135 lb. champion, David Garcia.
With a record of 6-2, Lagunas says that he’s learned a lot from the two defeats on his record and now seeks to bounce back from a recent loss.
In the past, Lagunas admits that he’s made the mistake of getting too comfortable during some fights and letting his guard down.
In November 2013, John Winert successfully defended his TFC 145 lb. title against Lagunas. Weinert submitted Lagunas in the first round via a guillotine choke.
In February 2014, Lagunas defeated Chris Bergeron for the vacant, TFC 145 lb. title via a unanimous decision.
Last month, Lagunas lost in a title fight against Zac Klonowski in the second round via a triangle choke.
“In the first round I was throwing my opponent (Zac Klonowski) around and swinging him like a rag doll. In the second round, he chokes me out with a triangle, all because I got too comfortable,” said Lagunas.
Despite the common up’s and down’s that many fighters face throughout their careers, Lagunas says he’s ready to get back on the winning streak.
“I’ve learned to keep my composure, to not get too relaxed and to always keep my hands up. They’re not taking this belt away from me. They are definitely not taking it from me. I’m coming off of a loss so I am going to win this time…no matter what,” said Lagunas.
“My training has been great and I am ready for this fight. I’m at the gym training every day. I have a good wrestling coach and a good muay thai coach, so I’m very prepared,” said Lagunas.
Lagunas says he is a well-rounded fighter and is confident that he will overcome Garcia regardless if the fight goes stand up or ground.
“No matter what, I will come out with the win. I’m walking out the TFC Champion,” said Lagunas.
Opponent: David Garcia
“I’ve seen David fight a few times already and I feel confident that I’ve figured out his fighting style. I feel prepared for what he’s going to bring to the cage. No matter what, whether its stand-up or ground, I’m going to counter his strengths,” said Lagunas.
Referring to previous fights, Lagunas believes that most of Garcia’s fights have been won by decision.
“He (Garcia) takes them for the long run and I don’t want a decision. I know he’s going to try to smother me but it’s not going to work. His stand up is pretty good and I respect him and I can tell he’s been working on his boxing, so its going to be a good fight,” said Lagunas.
“I want to thank everybody that buys tickets and comes out to support me. I also want to thank my family, friends, coaches, teammates and everybody that helped me prepare, and God, because without him there’s no me,” ended Lagunas.
Total Fight Challenge hosts all-ages, family friendly events.
For event and ticket information visit: www.totalfightchallenge.com or call 708-839-1000.
Friday July 11, 2014:
8900 S. Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL
Doors Open: 6:30 p.m.
Fights Begin: 7:30 p.m.
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