Tony Villeneuve taking down an opponent in preparation for his first mixed martial arts fight at the “Battle of Plattsburgh 2” on Saturday, May 11 at the Crete Center in Plattsburgh.
continued According to Villeneuve, mixed martial arts is not about violence, and for him, it isn’t about hurting his opponent, either.
“I have respect for my opponents,” Villeneuve said. “I’m not trying to injure anybody or anything like that. Hopefully nobody gets hurt along the way.”
Villeneuve said the sport has changed a lot since it became big in the mid-1990s, and that many of the newer rules and regulations were put in place to protect the fighters.
“We’re not doing soccer kicks to the head or bare-knuckle fighting,” Villeneuve said. “It’s a really safe sport, and the people that compete in the sport love it.”
And a love of the sport is why Villeneuve works so hard.
“If I do lose some fights along the way, which is probably going to happen, I’ll just take what I can from those fights and use it to get better,” Villeneuve said.
He has another fight lined up later this summer, and hopes to have more on the horizon soon.
Fourteen matches in seven different weight classes, from 135 pounds to super heavy weight, are scheduled for “Battle in Plattsburgh 2,” including a title match between Shamel Tyler and Andre Belcarris.
Five of the competitors in Saturday’s event are from Plattsburgh—Ed Bressette, Randy Lamb, Bill Mayette, Frank Palumbo and Matt Provost. Nick Roberts, from Champlain and Lane Sawyer, from Au Sable Forks, will also be competing.