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Exclusive Interview With: Roger "The Silverback" Narvaez

Exclusive Interview With: Roger

Corpus Christi native and recent Ultimate Fighting Championship signee Roger Narvaez is living a dream: the 6'3, 185-pound mixed martial artist from Texas is a loving family man, full-time fireman/paramedic and has reached the world-famous UFC Octagon.

Narvaez's martial arts path commenced at a young age, as his family always appreciated movies that involved the various disciplines which interested him.  Speaking to ConvictedArtist.com, "Silverback" recalled, "When I was in the first grade, my dad got me into Tae-kwon-do and I really loved it; I excelled at it.  I decided to take a break when I was 13 and by that time, I had already achieved my second degree black belt and qualified for the Junior Olympic trials.  Unfortunately, we didn't have the travel money to make that trip [to the Junior Olympic Trials]."  During his high school years, Narvaez took a break from martial arts "mainly because of football" but maintained that he "always loved martial arts."   

After high school was over, Narvaez eventually landed a job with the local fire department.  As a city firefighter, "Silverback" was focused on strength as opposed to conditioning. He explained, "I used to pump a lot of iron and eat a lot of food, but no cardio.  I was weighing 278 [pounds] and fighting fires [in that shape] was not easy. I was hurting."

Luckily, a friend from his teenage years would lead Narvaez back to the martial arts world and, eventually, to the cage.  "An old high school friend of mine named Hector Munoz was fighting and teaching [martial arts], so I went [to train] with him just to get in shape,"  Narvaez continued.  "I took up Jiu-Jitsu and I fell in love with it.  I was on the mat [training] for four to five hours on my days off.  I got my blue belt in eleven months and my purple belt right under three years."  

The environment of fellow teammates competing led to "Silverback" challenging himself via Jiu-jitsu tournaments. Seeing fellow stable mates enter the mixed martial arts cage further pushed Narvaez to the amateur circuit, eventually progressing to a professional career. "I couldn't get amateur fights after a while so I turned pro and, again, I found a lot of success," Narvaez reported.  "The Lord has blessed me with an injury free career up to this point and I've now accomplished being signed to the UFC."

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UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos Ends Henderson’s Title Hopes with a First Round Stoppage

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos Ends Henderson’s Title Hopes with a First Round Stoppage

Tulsa, Oklahoma was the location for the latest installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Night series.  The bouts were televised on the Fox Sports 1 network.  There were several exciting scraps as both new comers and octago...

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UFC Fight Night 47 Results: Bader Wins Decision; Pearson Stops Maynard in Bangor Maine

UFC Fight Night 47 Results: Bader Wins Decision; Pearson Stops Maynard in Bangor Maine

The Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine was the location the Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night series.  The main card of the event was televised on the Fox Sports 1 Network.  The action was fierce and here is how it all went do...

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UFC Fight Night: Lawler Earns Another Title Shot and Johnson Rumbles in San Jose, California

UFC Fight Night: Lawler Earns Another Title Shot and Johnson Rumbles in San Jose, California

San Jose, California was the site for the Ultimate Fighting Championship's legendary Octagon as the UFC provided MMA fans with yet another night of exhilarating fights.  The preliminary and main cards were televised on the Fox television network...

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Bellator 122 Results: Halsey Wins the Middleweight Tournament while Koreshkov Conquers the Welterweight Tournament

Bellator 122 Results:  Halsey Wins the Middleweight Tournament while Koreshkov Conquers the Welterweight Tournament

The Pachanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California was the location for the next installment of the Bellator MMA series.  The televised portion of the event was broadcast on the Spike Television Network.  Here is how the night went down...

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