Ernie Juarez: Ready to Represent Stockton at 209 Beatdown 4

Before Ernie ‘Young Titan’ Juarez (2-0) meets David Ruezga (0-1) at 209 Beatdown 4, the undefeated lightweight joined Michael Placencia (link here), better recognized in MMA’s landscape as ‘Fight Mike’, to discuss his training at the Nick Diaz Academy, what it means to compete in his own backyard, and how he relies on his team to determine the direction of his run as an amateur mixed martial artists.


“Training is going very well. Everything is going really good. I’m practicing a lot of my cage work. I’m practicing keeping pressure, and I’m also practicing fighting against a southpaw, which my opponent is. Everything is going pretty good, just stick to the game plan: hit, don’t get hit, and try to hit him harder.”

Using the ‘Stockton Slap’

“I watched Nick and Nate growing up as a kid, so the ‘Stockton Slap’ has always been in my arsenal. I keep that in my arsenal; I’ve been doing that ever since I was a kid growing up in the backyard, so that’s always gonna stay in there.”

Fighting in Stockton

“This is my first time fighting for 209 Beatdown, so this is actually going to be pretty exciting. I’m going to have a lot of friends and family coming from all over. People coming from out of state to come watch me fight. It’s going to be fun; it’s going to be a real fun event to give back to Stockton.”

Finding a place on 209 Beatdown 4

“The people at the gym told me about it awhile back, and I wasn’t too sure if I was going to figt on there. After I got two amateur fights in, I figured: why not fight in my hometown? Why not fight in front of the people that I love and get to show everybody: this hard work does pay off, and everything I’m doing is for a reason; and puts Stockton on the map. That’s why I thought about fighting for 209 Beatdown. It was all around the gym to fight on this card, so I took advantage of the opportunity to fight on it. And I’m ready to show my skills.”

Going pro

“Definitely, I just want to talk to my team about it. Whenever they feel like I’m ready, that’s when I’ll go pro. If they see there’s something that I’m lacking that I need to clean up, then that’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to stay in the lab and work. It’s a team thing at the end of the day. I know I’m in there as an individual, but as long as my team sees there is something to clean up on, then I’m going to trust and work for it. And I’m going to keep working hard until they feel that I’m ready to represent on a bigger platform.”


“Thanks to the Nick and Nate Diaz Academy; Cranked Naturals for helping me with dieting and hydration. Shout out to Clean City James and Dave from Represent LTD. Shout out to all you guys for having my back with these sponsors through this camp. Much love.”

Connect with Ernie Juarez

Instagram: @theofficial_ej


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