Local MMA amateur looking for gold
American Top Team-Beaumont already has one professional phenom, Cody Williams, on the roster and the school could soon have it’s second.
Before it can happen, Beaumont native Will Spidle will need to take care of business as he steps into the octagon to fight Mike Munguia at Cage Chaos on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Livingston at the Multi-Purpose Center on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. Spidle will be fighting for Munguia’s flyweight (125 pound) title.
“I started training here about two and a half years ago,” said the 22-year-old Spidle, who graduated from West Brook in 2007. “I had some problems in school and liked to fight,” joked Spidle, “and I knew Cody and he told me to come up to American Top Team. This is a great place. It’s family.”
Spidle last fought in March and brings a perfect 4-0 amateur record into this bout with Munguia. “I’m prepared for anything,” said Spidle. “I think two of my biggest assets are the stand-up and guard, so I want a knockout. I haven’t had one, been close each fight, but I would love to knock him out.”
ATT-Beaumont head trainer Mike Berryhill echoes those statements. “He has good hands and is a well-rounded striker,” he said. “He was clueless when he walked in here but there was potential and he wanted to learn. Will is a dedicated fighter. I see a lot of Cody in him as do the other students here and that’s staying a lot.”
Spidle also says that Williams is paving the way for local fighters. “He is the Bubba Busceme of MMA,” he said. “Look at what he has done thus far. He’s amazing.”
Two other ATT-Beaumont fighters will also compete including Shelby Forshee vs. Carlos Hernandez (135-pound bantamweight) and Sam Spurlock vs. Mykel Lawson (135-pound bantamweight).
Advance tickets can be purchased online at easttexasmma.org for $20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fights will begin at 7 p.m.
Aside from MMA, ATT-Beaumont is also home to the Texas Karate Academy. Nine of their students have already qualified for the AOK State Tournament (Dec. 2-3) and will next compete at the BMA Northwestern Open Karate Championship on Oct. 15 in Humble.
Those students are Carson Gebhardht, Joshua Haltom, Xavier Perales, Jordan Brown, Ram Diaz, Kasey Cooper, Wesley Seinsheimer, Jacob Scott and Mason Humphrey.