Ernie Perea Lands Role In Indy Film 'Full Contact'

The following is an article from the 1/27 edition of the Daily Press:

Perea steps onto the silver screen
High Desert mixed martial arts fighter plays a part in indy film

Special to the Daily Press

Local cage fighter and law enforcement officer Ernie Perea is keeping
these days.

Perea normally steps into the cage, but now he is also stepping in
of the camera. This month Perea has been involved in the filming of
independent action movie “Full Contact.”

Perea plays a mixed martial art world-champion fighter. He is hired by
local drug dealer to enter into a full contact martial arts tournament
beat up and embarrass the instructor (good guy and main character) in
front of his students.

After the fight has begun the instructor realizes this is not just
tournament fight and is now fighting for his reputation. Does he win or
lose? You will have to see the movie.

“Full Contact” is scheduled to be released sometime in late March
or early
April. Perea is in negotiations with another production company to have
role in a film called “Never Submit” and has been contacted to play
a role
in another film that will start production this spring. For more
information, visit

Perea has been fighting mixed martial arts since 1998. His first fight
in a warehouse in Long Beach. Since then Perea has accumulated an 11-1
record. Perea cross-trains at two local gyms in Victorville: Tyson
Johnson’s Universal Grappling Academy and Umar Love’s The Temple of
Evolved Martial Arts.

A couple of times a month he holds one-on-one sessions at his home in
martial arts room for guys who are preparing for grappling, kickboxing
mixed martial arts matches.

Perea does not have any fights lined up, though he has been contacted
by a
few different mixed martial arts organizations over the past year. His
loyalty, however, is to King of the Cage, where he is a two-time Super
Fight champion.

One reason for his loyalty is Terri Trebilcock, the owner of King of
Cage, who donated almost $1,300 to his small church in Victorville to
assist with supplies when his cousin, Joseph Wyatt, who was a cage
and Hesperia resident, passed away last year. Trebilcock also honored
Wyatt on an event poster and dedicated that fight in the memory of

Perea has been featured in Grappling Magazine and interviewed in
newspapers and on cage fighting Web sites. Fighting seems to run in the
family. Perea has two cousins from the High Desert that are mixed
arts fighters: Frankie Guerrero and Beto Cortina. Both are Hesperia
School graduates and are set to fight in June at a King of the Cage

Perea has lived in the High Desert since 1979 and graduated from
High School in 1990. He remembers all the dirt roads and the time when
Hesperia’s Olympic Flame and Italian Kitchen were the hot spots to
One of his sisters was part of the first graduating class at Hesperia
another was part of the first graduating class at New Life Christian
School. He has been married for six years and has three daughters.

For the past 11 years, Perea has been involved in law enforcement at
state, county and city levels. He has donated hundreds of hours
take downs, techniques, gun retention and everything a law enforcement
officer might encounter in the field. He has trained officers from all
types of law enforcement agencies from federal agents to explorers.

Postponed Fight
Gracie Fighting Championship postponed its Jan. 20 event at the
Airline Arena in Miami. Thomas “Wildman” Denny was scheduled to
fight in
the main event for the welterweight title belt against Nick Diaz. The
fight is tentatively rescheduled for March 17. For an update, visit Denny is now in Australia training with and is the
corner man for Wayne Parr, a four-time Muay Thai champion.

On Dec. 16, eight local fighters competed at a “Smoker” hosted by
Universal Training Facility in Victorville.
A “Smoker” is an event for “green fighters” — fighters who
have been
training for one year or less. These fights are to give new fighters
experience in the cage. In these fights, fighters wear head gear and
guards, rounds are shorter and the fight does not count on their
These are the some of the future fighters from the High Desert.
Andy Jewett defeated Robert Frost in a first-round TKO (1:20). Shane
Simpson defeated Othaniel in the first round when the corner threw in
towel. Brian Baker defeated Chon Stinson with a first-round TKO (:21).
Tim Viskosky defeated Shaun Donaghy in a first-round, tap-out rear
choke hold (1:17). Tony Lopez defeated Robert Peak with a third-round
decision. Jake Jeduke lost to Jose R. in the firs round, rear naked
hold (1:13). Steve Torres defeated Vince Martinez in a first-round TKO,
referee stoppage due to strikes (1:12). Kyle Keel defeated Felix Viloa
the first round via armbar (2:31).

Upcoming Events
March 10: King of the Cage, Avi Casino Laughlin, Nev., Denny (Hesperia)
will face Richard Solis (Victorville). Cody Bollinger (Hesperia) will
be on the fight card.
March 17: At a Gladiator Challenge event in Sacramento, Palika
(Victorville) will face Roy “Hit Boy” Arriola (whose dad lives in
Hesperia) in an anticipated rematch.
March 31: Albert Hill (Hesperia) will be fighting in a Gladiator
event in San Francisco.

If you have any questions or comments about local MMA fighters or are
interested in sponsoring a fighter, e-mail Mike Phillips at
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