Emmanuel Garcia (born February 15, 1999) is an American amateur mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the lightweight division for numerous fighting platforms in South Texas, including Tap or Scrap.
Garcia was born in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb 15, 1999.
Garcia would go on to get his start in mixed martial arts at the early age of 18 which originally started off as way to get in shape.
Dedicating himself to his weight loss journey through the practice of mixed martial arts, Garcia would soon develop a passion for the sport of mma and eventually made his way into the cage Feb 5, 2022 against Trystan Cowsert via Texas Clash XVII.
Taking the fight the distance, he would go on to out perform a defeated Cowsert by unanimous decision.
On May 8, 2022 the Hellhound would be summoned to compete against Enrique Bas via Fury FC. Bas too, would be handed a defeat by unanimous decision. Garcia would have his hand raise at the end of the third round and walking off - still undefeated.
Looking to keep his undefeated record in tact, Garcia is on a two fight winning streak as he looks to take on Kaleb Fourtner for Tap or Scrap on June 10, 2022 in Port Lavaca Texas.
Q&A WITH THE HELLHOUND
Q: When and how did you get in to MMA?
A: I got into the sport of MMA when I was 18, it started as a way to lose weight at first but grew into a love for martial arts.
Q: What's your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?
A: As far as my favorite strike or submission, I don’t exactly have one. I like to utilize all of my strikes and when I see a submission available I will advance for the finish.
My biggest inspiration is my daughter, she looks to me as her role model and to be her role model in the most effective way is to chase my dreams and achieve them. Because how can I expect her to chase and achieve her dreams without first being the primary example of someone who sought and struggled for his own.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
I don’t like to ride coattails. My biggest inspiration is myself. When the road looks rough ahead I look back at the roads I’ve already conquered. I’ve been staying focused and trying to set personal records for myself to come back and break.
Q: Which team are you training with in preparation for your next bout?
A: For this fight and all fights I have scheduled I am training with weapons at hand MMA we have a strong team with decades of knowledge and experience so nothing surprises me in the ring.
Q: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
A: To be a fighter is not just to step into the ring it’s the mental preparation and journey to be physically prepared for the competition set in front of you. This is a marathon not a sprint, to think of it as the later would lead to failure.
Being a fighter for me has been amazing the rush of walking to the ring. The feeling of reaching the ultimate goal of stepping into the ring to do what I have trained to do is amazing.
Q: What do you love about being a fighter?
A: Being a fighter comes with knowledge. Knowledge is power and with great power comes great responsibilities. I love the lifestyle being a fighter demands. Being around the guys, getting better and learning new techniques.
Q: How long does it take you to recover from a fight?
A: For me, it doesn’t take very long to recover from a fight as long as I didn’t take any serious injury out of the ring and I keep moving, such as going to my day job or still training a lightly.
Q: Do you learn more from a loss or from a win? Why?
A: I would honestly say you learn more from a loss, you get to see the mistakes, the lack of discipline you might have had in camp and make the improvements for the next fight.
Q: What's does your training schedule look like? (how often do you train)
A: My training schedule is very structured. At 4:30 am I wake to go do my strength and conditioning. After that I go to work my day job as a plumber and after work I head straight to the gym. Where I train striking, Jiu-Jitsu, and mid week I switch it up to another gym I go to which is Texas style Wresting where I get my wrestling rounds and reps. I get plenty of sparring and drilling in during the 6 days a week I am training and Sunday is considered an off day but I always do a little extra work at home wether it be running, shadow boxing, or even meeting again at the gym with some teammates and getting some extra training in.
Q: What advice will you have for your kids when it comes to them wanting to do MMA?
A: The advice to my kids if they ever wanted to do MMA is to understand that this sport is not a game. It’s not like playing basketball or baseball. To fight someone and to discipline yourself to a specific diet and training regimen is strenuous.
Q: What would you do differently knowing what you know now coming in to this sport?
A: Knowing what I know now, the only difference I would make is to diet sooner, to train my weak spots much more than my more favorable strengths.
Q: Who’s your fav mixed martial artist in both mens mma/womens mma and why?
A: My favorite MMA fighters are Jose Aldo, Edson Barboza and Alexander Volkanovski. All are extremely high level strikers and are equally as dangerous on the ground. Dominate champions and a perfect example of well rounded Mixed Martial Artists
Q: You’re in your prime, you get a chance to call out any fighter – who would it be and how does the fight end?
A: If and when I’m in my prime I would call out my absolute favorite MMA fighter and the reason I respect the sport so much and that would be Jose Aldo. That fight more than likely ends in a shocking display of back and forth exchanges and a split decision win for myself. Because my mentality entering the ring is always the same. Even if you’re my role model, there’s no one who can outclass me in that ring.
Q: Coming into your bout for Tap or Scrap what has been one of your biggest struggles?
A: Honestly there hasn’t been a single struggle going into this fight, I’ve been healthy and prepared for this one for a while now.
Q: What’s your average day look like as a fighter?
A: My average day for me is waking up at 4:30 am heading to Hybrid fitness to get my strength and conditioning in, heading home getting my breakfast in making my protein shake getting all my gear and heading to work, finish my 10 hour shift as a plumber and head to either Weapons at hand or Texas style to get my daily grind in and head home for rest and sleep.
Q: What exercises do you do help build cardio?
A: All my exercises I do are High intensity or circuit style training. I pride myself on a high level of cardio and rarely get tired in a fight because of how hard I train
Honestly I’m obsessed with MMA and my conditioning training. It’s by decision of course, my passion for this sport is extreme. And I love every part of it even the horrible days where I want to drop. The days that make you question why you’re doing it and being able to answer that question on fight night.
Q: Do your parents come and watch you fight – how do they feel about it?
A: My mom and my dad have both seen me fight they both support me 100% they believe in my abilities and as for my mom she is concerned but she knows there’s no way to stop me from doing what I love so she supports my love for the sport.
Q: How did you get the name Hellhound?
A: I chose the name Hellhound from my love of Hyenas and from training partners always telling me how relentless I was in sparring and me never having noticed it. I remember seeing a picture of Cerberus the three headed hound of hades preventing the dead from leaving, and I saw myself as that exact figure. Ferocious and a punishment for the person standing across from me.
Q: How do your teammates describe you?
A: I learned to just have fun, and how to get comfortable in the ring.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I was born and raised in Corpus Christi. Been here all 23 years of my life.
Q: Describe your fight style.
A: My fighting style is pressure and volume, never giving my opponent a moment of rest or composure.
Q: Have you ever been rocked during training or a fight?
A: I’ve been rocked before but only by one person who knows who he is. That time I had fallen to a knee and that was the first time in 4 years of training martial arts I had ever been rocked and from that moment I knew for a fact that no one was ever gonna be able to do that again.
Q: Name an under-rated mma athlete and why we should put some respect on his name.
A: One highly underrated mma athlete in my opinion would actually be my jiu jitsu coach Roger Narvaez, the man was the only person in Corpus Christi to make it to the UFC. His work ethic is immeasurable and incomparable to any other fighter/jiu jitsu competitor I have personally seen. To make it to that level is more than enough to earn the respect and he still continues to compete in jiu jitsu competition. The man is a role mode to many and should be held in high esteem, not just in this city but I’m this state. Because I guarantee there is no one in Texas with a work ethic such as himself.