Brooks Callaghan – RUF 45 Q and A

Brooks Callaghan – RUF 45 Q and A

We have a chance to sit down with Brooks Callaghan as he prepares for a title shot on Saturday December 18th at RUF45 – Winter Wars featuring the Road To One.

What are you focusing on, in training, heading into Winter Wars?

We are focusing on perfecting my skills for this fight. Wether he wants to take it to the ground or keep it on the feet I will be ready.

What is the biggest strength you bring into Winter Wars with you?

I believe my biggest strength is my heart and my cardio. If I’m down bad I will find a way to finish the fight. My cardio Is what I truly Believe will outshine others. When you start to slow down is when I’m going to pick up the pace even more.

Why are you the favorite to win the matchup?

I do not know if my the favorite and really do not care if I’m the favorite. Wether I am or not, one thing for sure is that All my friends, family, fans, and supporters know what is about to happy December 18th and you’re gonna hear “And NEW”….. “Brooks KILLA B Callaghan”

What message do you want to send your opponent before Winter Wars?

Tristan, I hope you brought your “A Game” because if not it’s going to be either a short night or a long night and that’s based on however I want the fight to play out. I’m either gonna finish you quick or I’m gonna play with my food for two and half rounds then finish you in the late third.

Which athlete do you want to compete against the most?

I’ve always looked up to guys like Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and Daniel Cormier. With them being retired a current athlete I would Want to compete against the most is Robert Whittaker.

How will winning this fight impact or change your life? What does it mean to you?

Winning this fight will bring me back up. It’ll put me back into the win column. I’ll be able to bring my girls a shiny belt back home right before Christmas.

 What message would you like to tell your fans, friends, family, team, coaches?

I want To say thank you for sticking by me through this up and down roll coaster I’ve been on while competing in MMA. To my team and Coach Adrian, thank you for always being by my side and willing to work your schedule around my difficult schedule to get work in. Thank you for believing in me when some gave up. To my sponsors (Kim Figueroa @Blythe Remax, Prime leaf Blythe Ca, Leftout Game Farm, and Black Belt Academy) thank you guys for always coming in clutch with sponsorships to help pay for my rooms, travel expenses, Covid tests, shirts, etc. without my sponsors it wouldn’t be able to happen.

What obstacles have you overcome to get to where you are?

The biggest obstacle I’ve overcame is depression. With stuff going on in my personal life outside the cage, to losing two fights in a row, it really put me in a bad spot. At times I was Scared of the thoughts that were going on in my head and the way my mindset was becoming. I often thought about giving up on MMA and life. Realizing my daughters do not deserve to see me like that is how I overcame It.

What would you tell someone going through those things in life right now?

What I would tell someone right now going through depression is to not give up. The thoughts going on in your head are not permanent they’re temporary. Talk to somebody! I felt soft talking about depression to close one’s. I’m not a person who really expresses my emotions but with this I had to. If I got Through it so can you. If you have nobody to talk to you can talk to me, I promise you I’ll understand. Instagram and Twitter: @KillaBCallaghan Facebook: Brooks Callaghan

How has Martial arts and training to compete effected your life?

When I got out of high school I had Nothing to compete in. It was tough adjusting from always competing in sports in life to just working. I got really out of shape and then I started Competing in MMA. It quickly got me back in shape while also teaching me more of how to defend myself If ever need be.

 What does FUTURE YOU look like? A day in the life of SUPERSTAR YOU?

Honestly I do not want a big fancy future. Future me looks like a nice home I own With a healthy family. Where I train and Also train my daughters to protect themselves. While I can go to their other sporting events. Being the best in the world and having all my titles showcased around the house to show my kids what hard work can do for somebody and encourage them to follow their dreams.


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RUF MMA and Celebrity Theatre Partnership Announcement

RUF MMA and Celebrity Theatre Partnership Announcement


PHOENIX — Nov. 1, 2021 — The Phoenix Suns have Footprint Arena, the Diamondbacks have Chase field, and now Arizona’s only MMA league, RUF Nation, has a home as well at Phoenix’s historic Celebrity Theater.  RUF Nation will join forces with Celebrity Theatre to deliver high-quality, exciting events to combat sports fans.  The first in its kind partnership solidifies the long-standing relationship between the two organizations, and will include marketing and promotional efforts to expand the combat sports market in the valley. 

It’s another first for RUF Nation who, in October, promoted the first combination Cannabis Expo/MMA Event in the Nation.  The event, dubbed “RUF, PUFF & RUMBLE,” included 50 vendors and was attended by more than 2,000 people. 

“I pride myself and my company on breaking barriers to deliver the best product to our fans, both in the building, and via live stream,” said RUF Nation CEO Dr. Joel Lopez.  “We are always looking at new ways and new partnerships to expand our reach in the valley and beyond.

“We are thrilled to partner with a long-standing pillar of the entertainment industry in Celebrity Theatre,” he continued.  “This will enable us to provide better and more visible opportunities to the hard-working men and women fighters in the Arizona MMA community. This is one more milestone in over 20 years of promoting combat sports in Arizona.” 

RUF Nation’s next event will be set in December at Celebrity Theatre.  Ticket and card info to come. 


About RUF Nation:

RUF Nation is a 100% AZ Tribally owned fight promotion company based out of Phoenix, Arizona. RUF Nation currently holds a promoter’s licenses through the AZ State Boxing & MMA Commission and holds multiple Casino Gaming licenses in Arizona and has a Gaming license through the Arizona Department of Gaming as a Premiere Casino Vendor and is looking to increase its range of operations and bring its thousands of fans, reach, brand and services to multiple property locations across the country. Our deep relationships with Gyms, local fighters, UFC Fighters, stars, media, city, state, Tribal Councils and leaders are instrumental in our quest to grow into an worldwide organization and bring our product and service offerings to multiple property locations throughout the US.

About Celebrity Theatre:

Celebrity Theatre is one of Phoenix’s most intriguing historic landmarks. In 1963, the round building was originally designed as a multi-purpose conference center which could be transformed into a concert venue during the winter months. The theatre opened on January 13th, 1964 with the musical “South Pacific” starring Betsy Palmer. In the years since, the theatre has hosted such stars as George Carlin, Joe Cocker, Carol Channing, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Def Leppard, Bill Cosby, Duran Duran, Sammy Davis Jr., Smashing Pumpkins, Louis CK, Chris Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Bowie, B.B. King, Olivia Newton-John, Nat King Cole, Roger Daltrey, Don Rickles, Fleetwood Mac, Etta James and The Brian Setzer Orchestra among many other legendary performers. After extensive renovations, the Celebrity Theatre re-opened its doors under new ownership in December of 1995. For 50 years, the Historic facility has provided patrons with the ultimate in entertainment viewing featuring an extremely rare revolving stage and no seat is more than 70 feet away from the stage! 



Emily Pandelakis

RUF Nation


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LIVE MMA Returns to Phoenix, AZ

LIVE MMA Returns to Phoenix, AZ


Road To One | Summer Showdown
Venue Doors Open: 2 PM, Fight Time: 3 PM
Tickets now on sale now!

Summer Showdown a Live MMA Event with now a full audience capacity, and a Father’s Day tribute event for the entire family, RUF NATION brings you another installment of the “Road to One” Heavyweight Tournament at RUF 41, and One Championship VP “Rich Franklin” and company is schedule to be in attendance.

The “Road To One” Heavyweight Tournament co-created by UFC Hall Of Famer and now One Championship’s VP, Rich Franklin is hosted by RUF 41, will not only feature Global level fights but also National and local caliber bouts on June 20th. “We have something for everyone”, RUF NATION CEO Dr. Joel Lopez said.

The main and co main events will feature 2 Pro Heavyweights bouts vying for a chance at a 100K contract to fight for One Championship in Singapore. Cody East (11-6) vs Michael Quintero (6-2), both towering in at 6’-3”, 230 lbs. each are ready to share the cage on June 20th. In the co main fight Ed Perez fighting out California (3-1) will be taking on Darian Abby from the Midwest (2-2) on the bottom half of the bracket.

Local bouts featuring fan favorite Roman “El Gallito” Salazar from Fight Ready from Scottsdale, AZ will take on Baker’s MMA own “Cody Huard” from Surprise. Salazar had 3 previous fights either cancelled, postponed or no showed. “We hope this 4th time is a charm and we get to finally see him fight” said Dr. Joel Lopez. Cody Huard’s notable win was over UFC veteran Frankie Saenz, who happens to be one of Salazar’s MMA coaches. This will be an interesting fight with lots of emotional static from both sides of the cage.

Another thrilling Pro matchup between RUF MMA veteran Austin Wourms from Baker’s MMA in Surprise will take on MMA Lab’s own Ivey Nixon. Nixon is coming off an impressive win over Hawaii’s Kekoa Corpuz. Wourms is coming off a loss at RUF 40 but has bounced back and is ready to get his arm raised with much more focus and experience. This will be a barn burner!

In other featured pro fights: 145 Pro Cristobal Renteria will make his Pro debut against another Pro debut, MMA fighter, rapper, social media sensation “Andre Hafer” out of Las Vegas, NV and the high-flying acrobatic fighter “Aaron Loya” from the Temple of Arts will take on another MMA Lab fighter “Talon Glaser” at 135, who’s also making his pro debut. RUF 41 will feature 15 plus PRO/AM fights on June 20th.

This evening will be full night of jaw dropping fights, with MMA stars in attendance, thousands of screaming fans, live streamed around the world, local, National and Global press in attendance, MMA Stalkers, Father’s Day Tribute, cage girls, drink specials, plus much more. Please join us on June 20th at the Celebrity Theatre or on Livestream at

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