Young co-main event at Shark Fights 16, Trujillo looks to bounce back

Written By: Barry Laminack

It seems that every where you look now a days, a Houston fighter is getting some run on the national level. Guys like Chad Robichaux, Adam Schindler, Brian Melancon, Todd Moore and Mike Bronzoulis have all received national attention this year.

Artenas “The Machine Gun” Young

Well put Artenas “The Machine Gun” Young‘s name on that list. The Hoger MMA product, who now trains out in New Mexico at the world famous Jackson’s MMA, is slated to square off against Elvis “King” Mutapcic in the co-main event on the Shark Fights 16 card on June 25 in Odessa, Texas at the Ector County Coliseum.

Mutapcic is 8-1-0 and is riding a 5 fight win streak coming into the fight. His biggest win to date was against Bellator and Strikeforce fighter Zak Cummings. The Des Moines, Iowa product has 5 submissions victories to go along with 2 TKO’s and a decision.

Young brings a 6-3-0 record into the contest. His last fight was at Sharkfights 15, where he TKO’ed Kyle Bracey at 4:04 in the first round.

“Its really all kind of surreal to me. I know is my Destiny and a part of Gods plan for me, but it just is amazing that its happening so fast,” Young said about being the co-main event on the card.

“This fight is huge for me against a very game opponent, but in all honesty I AM THE MACHINE GUN! I will put this guy away in a devastating fashion!” he added.

Also scheduled to appear on the card is Houston’s Rey Trujillo (Bushi Ban/Paradigm). Trujillo is looking to right the ship as he gets set to square off against Isaias “Assassin” Martinez (7-3-0). Trujillo has dropped 3 straight after KO’ing Jose Santibanez at Strikeforce: Houston back in August of 2010.

” I feel flipping awesome for this fight.  These are the ones I need and want.  It’s the big fights that motivate me! The TV spots the 5-10 thousand people in the stands; the bigger show! I got board with this for a while.  My last 4 or 5 fights I didn’t even train but for one to maybe three weeks. I made my opponents look kind of good,” he replied when I asked how he was feeling going into the fight.

Rey Trujillo

He added, “The old Trudachamp is back a trained and conditioned warrior, they will see the art of Tru-jitsu unleashed! I don’t train and the [his opponents] barely get split decisions or I get robbed or caught in sub. I guess I deserve it though for not putting in the work.  When I’m truly ready to go I only need one round or one minute. Never have I been so focused, so motivated!”

I asked what a win would do for his confidence, to which he replied, ” This fight is not a confidence booster, ’cause I stay confident 24/7.  It all boils down to getting the work in. If I lacked in confidence I wouldn’t take fights on a weeks notice with no training. Some people say it’s stupid but I call it ballsy, or confidence as you would say. I just love the challenge!”

Trujillo is scheduled to fight Jesus Rivera at Legacy FC 7 on July 22. When asked if he felt that this fight was too close to his Legacy fight, he responded, ” This fight is right on target for Legacy because if I can keep a fight scheduled then I’ll stay in the gym and that’s when I’m a beast!”

According to MMA Junkie, the fight will air on Fuel TV, but on a 3 week delay.