Plattsburgh Long before Battle of Plattsburgh festivities take over the city in September, there will be a different battle in Plattsburgh.
And this one will involve mixed martial arts.
Dubbed “Battle in Plattsburgh 2,” the Xtreme Combat Promotions event will bring some of the top amateur fighters in the Northeast together to compete on Saturday, May 11 at the Crete Civic Center in Plattsburgh.
Many of the competitors live in the region, but for one of them, the event is a homecoming.
Former Plattsburgh resident Tony Villeneuve, of Clifton Park, New York, will be competing in the 135-pound class.
His match-up against David Weintraub of New York City will be the first that evening.
To prepare for the fight, his first, Villeneuve has been actively training for 14 months.
“This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I’m excited to fight in Plattsburgh,” Villeneuve said. “Fame goes with it if you get good, but that’s not what I’m thinking about right now. It just feels good to be able to go out there and compete in something I’ve trained so hard in.”
What Villeneuve is thinking about is his training, and how to win the fight against his opponent, David Weintraub of New York City.
Villeneuve has studied various forms of martial arts, including Taekwondo, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and he also keeps himself in peak physical condition.
Between running and biking he covers 100 miles a week, and most of his work-outs include calisthenics and cardiovascular exercises—countless sit-ups, push-ups and squats.
There are also frequent visits to the dojo, and relaxing often involves watching other fighters to study their moves.
The training regime has infiltrated so much of his life that he said it has become something more—a lifestyle.
But the lifestyle, he said, is a healthy one, and it is necessary if he is ever going to go pro.