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Ruben Esparza headlines Saturday's Lights Out 1: "All I Do Is Train & Focus On My Diet!" | FightBookMMA (fightbookmma.com)
Ruben Esparza fights Ray Lopez in heavyweight action in the first-ever headlining bout for Lights Out on Saturday at Lights Out 1 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Before that, the heavy-handed heavyweight spoke with FightBookMMA. How did you find MMA to begin with? I played Arena Football for a little while. When I was done with football, my cousin had opened up a gym. He asked me to come down, I did. I trained for a month for my first amateur fight, knocked out the current super-heavyweight champ in the second round, and it just took off from there (laughs). How long have you and BLANK been wanting to fight? Honestly, I never thought it would happen. I would always get the questions -- how would it end, who would do what. But Ray went pro before I did, so we never got a chance to fight as amateurs. Ray had a lot of talent and potential; he was just mismanaged. We used to train together a little bit and, I'll be real honest with you, Ray was always just really lazy -- and it carried over into