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Writers and Fighters: A Podcast

Writers and Fighters: A Podcast

By A.J. Ortega
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 and on social media.
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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
January 17, 2021
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
January 11, 2021
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
January 8, 2021
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: Find Five Star Wrestling Academy here: Email: Find your host, A.J. Ortega, here: And follow Writers and Fighters here:
January 4, 2021