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04/12/2011 - Ray Flores: The Voice Of The Absolute Fighting Alliance (AFA)

Fort Wayne's own Absolute Fighting Alliance (AFA) features pro and amateur fighters along with top notch production. They don't fall short with Ray Flores, one of the industries most highly regarded commentators and play-by-play announcers.

Ray is fresh off of his trip to England, where he was an announcer and commentator for the 10th Legion Championship Fighting VIII: SYMBOL OF POWER.

Ray Flores at AFA: PARKING LOT BEATDOWN 2In the past he has also been seen as the featured ring announcer for HDNet's "Inside MMA" as well as doing play-by-play on Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

In June 2010 he was the play-by-play man for Fite Nite's 8 Man Lightweight Tournament in San Jose, Costa Rica, which was an international pay-per-view event.

This coming Saturday, April 16th, 2011, he will be heard as the ring announcer and commentator for AFA 6:UPRISING at Piere's Entertainment Center

See what Ray Flores had to say about the Absolute Fighting Alliance in our exclusive interview.

FortWayneNightOut.com - How did you get into announcing MMA events?

Ray Flores - I started announcing MMA events when I was 17 years old. I started off doing local television in East Chicago, Indiana, for the local TV station ECTV. At the time, Miguel Torres, the current UFC bantamweight was coming up through the ranks. I did a story on Miguel for our news show and it gained a lot of attention. We then started showing all the fight cards Miguel fought on locally.

We showed the fights on tape delay a week after the show and our viewers were able to see Miguel fight on a regular basis. For ring announcing, Joe Goytia hired me to do his event, "The Total Fight Challenge", which was at the Hammond Civic Center. That was about 4 years ago. Mike Davis hired me for his Cut Throat MMA promotion. I was very fortunate that these individuals gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills.

FortWayneNightOut.com - What event that you have announced, is the most prominent?

Ray Flores - Every event that I work is pretty prominent. I find myself very fortunate to work for some of the best promotions around. It's an honor to be a part of some tremendous organizations. MMA fans are so passionate and it doesn't matter where you go, they are always supporting this great sport.

FortWayneNightOut.com - What are your goals as an MMA play-by-play announcer and/or commentator?

Ray Flores - My goal is to continue to work for world class organizations all over the globe. It has been an honor and pleasure to work for some of the best promotions around. I have preformed for some great crowds and great fans. Once Mr. Buffer or Mr. Goldberg are to retire and set off into the sunset, which is a very long time from now, it is my goal to work as either the cage announcer or play-by-play announcer for the UFC. The UFC is the biggest MMA company on the planet.

Dana White and the Fertita brothers have worked very hard to make this one of the biggest sports in the world.

Everyone around the fighting world talks about what is going on in the UFC. When the UFC has an event, all eyes in the combat sports world are on the octagon. It would be an honor to work for the UFC.

It would also be great to work for Strikeforce as well. With Zuffa (Zuffa is also the holding company of the Ultimate Fighting Championships) recently purchasing the Strikeforce organization, I see them really flourishing.

FortWayneNightOut.com - In comparison to other MMA organizations, how do you think the AFA stacks up?

Ray Flores - I think AFA stacks up as one of the elite. Justin Villella and Steve Staley are two promoters who care about putting on great shows. They deliver with great fights and by entertaining the fans every minute they attend an AFA event.

Steve Staley and Justin Villella are very passionate about bringing forth the best AFA show possible. They make sure that the fans get their monies worth.

Every AFA event gets bigger, better, and leaves fans with so many memorable moments.

FortWayneNightOut.com - If a fan was to ask you, "Why should I attend an AFA event?" What would be your answer?

Ray Flores - I would tell them that they will get a night of action, excitement, and world class fights. The energy in MMA is unmatched to any sport on the planet.

When you go to AFA event, expect the unexpected. Expect to see something you may not have seen before in the sport. Expect to see some amazing performances. Expect to see these tremendous athletes lay it on the line and go for the win.

Expect to see battles inside the AFA cage.

FortWayneNightOut.com - What are your expectations for AFA 6:UPRISING

Ray Flores - My expectations for AFA 6 Uprising are to continue to see the fighters within the AFA roster continue to climb in their ascension towards mixed martial arts supremacy.

I'm excited to see the William Hill/Hector Urbina match up. I think that fight is going to be an absolute battle and fantastic main event. I've seen William fight on several occasions and he always brings it.

I'm also looking forward to seeing Moses "Mayhem" Mccraney make his pro debut. Moses is an up and coming star in the light-heavyweight division and I'm looking forward to seeing him grow more as a fighter.

FortWayneNightOut.com - You have been with the AFA since the beginning. What are your expectations for the AFA going into the future?

Ray Flores - This is going to be one of the elite promotions in the country. There is something special about what Justin and Steve are doing. Being with AFA since the beginning, I can remember AFA 1. I was sitting there being blown away watching Rocky France and Jason Gilliam wage an epic battle. It was one of the best fights I've ever seen. Justin said it best, it was a local MMA version of Hagler/Hearns. There was drama, excitement, desire, passion, and most importantly, the guys laid it on the line.

I can also remember sitting cage side and commentating with former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez. Ricco came to AFA because he knew that there is something special with what Steve and Justin are doing. Not only did he commentate, but he fought this past July in AFA 5: PARKING LOT BEATDOWN 2, against Bobby Martinez.

Catch AFA 6: UPRISING this Saturday, April 16th, 2011.

Enter to win free tickets by visiting FortWayneNightOut.com On Facebook or when you text "AFAFights" to 70000! Read our exclusive interview with AFA promoters Steve Staley and Justin Villella HERE

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