4 episodes

Your host, A.J. Ortega, interviews authors of all kinds and people in the world of combat sports. The latest news from the podcast can be found at www.writersandfighters.com and on social media.

Writers and Fighters: A Podcast A.J. Ortega

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Your host, A.J. Ortega, interviews authors of all kinds and people in the world of combat sports. The latest news from the podcast can be found at www.writersandfighters.com and on social media.

    Ep4 - Interview with Athena Martinez, MMA fighter from Australian Top Team

    Ep4 - Interview with Athena Martinez, MMA fighter from Australian Top Team

    In episode 4 of Writers and Fighters I recap the UFC on ABC event and interview Athena Martinez, an amateur MMA fighter training with Australian Top Team in Sydney. We talk about her start in the fight game and her mindset as a fighter. She shares a story about an injury sustained during a cryotherapy session which derailed a scheduled bout. We end with a chat about her reading and writing habits and how that translates into the fighter mentality. 

    You can find Athena on Instagram: @athena_martinezz

    • 57 min
    Ep3 - Interview with Nate Jolly, NPC bodybuilder

    Ep3 - Interview with Nate Jolly, NPC bodybuilder

    In episode 3 of Writers and Fighters I interview Nathan Jolly, a former independent pro wrestler and current NPC bodybuilder. We talk about where he gets his work ethic, how he started in pro wrestling, why he transitioned into bodybuilding, and his connection between fitness and mental wellness. He mentions his NPC Classic Physique win in 2020 and his upcoming goals for 2021. You can find Nate on Instagram: @ginger_gainz76

    • 46 min
    Ep2 - Interview with author Rene S. Perez II

    Ep2 - Interview with author Rene S. Perez II

    In episode two of *Writers and Fighters* I interview award-winning author Rene S. Perez II. His first book is a short story collection, *Along These Highways*, and his second is a novel, *Seeing off the Johns*. We talk about Corpus Christi, playing music, writing, and what it’s like living in London. Then we talk a little about the fight game and Rene shares his experience watching the Andy Ruiz Jr vs Anthony Joshua rematch at a pub in England.

    You can find Rene online at www.renesperezii.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Rene-S-Perez-II-135327809908140

    https://www.instagram.com/renesperezii/

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep1 - Interview with Luis Ramirez, aka Spartan, of Five Star Wrestling

    Ep1 - Interview with Luis Ramirez, aka Spartan, of Five Star Wrestling

    In the first episode of Writers and Fighters I recap the Ryan Garcia vs Luke Campbell event from the weekend and interview Luis Ramirez of Five Star Wrestling in Laredo, TX. We talk about his origins in bodybuilding and moving into professional wrestling. We also discuss his best wrestling memory and the transition to coaching and training, where he incorporates his experience as a high school English teacher.

    Find Luis here:

    instagram.com/luisrmz0
    twitter.com/spartanrmz

    Find Five Star Wrestling Academy here:

    fivestarwrestlingacademy.com
    instagram.com/fivestarlaredo
    facebook.com/earnyourstars
    twitter.com/earnyourstars
    youtube.com/user/5SWEarnYourStars

    Email: 

    earnyourstars@gmail.com

    Find your host, A.J. Ortega, here:
    ajortega.net

    And follow Writers and Fighters here:
    instagram.com/writersandfighters
    twitter.com/writersfighters
    facebook.com/writersandfighters

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

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Insightful, laidback listening

Let me start by saying I’m not a writer, and I’m not really into the fighting scene. I watch some of the big boxing matches from time to time (and MMA) and it’s been a long while since I’ve followed wrestling in any capacity.

That said, this is a wonderful podcast with a lot of insight into two topics that fall on wildly different ends of the spectrum. The host is knowledgeable, relaxed and seems to really enjoy writing and fighting. The guests so far have been really interesting to listen to and the conversations flow well.

If you’re looking for a podcast that’s easy to listen to as well as informative, I highly recommend giving it a listen!

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