Mildura Weekly : Friday September 12 Vol 8 No 45
28 SPORT MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 By VINNIE RODI TWO of the region’s rising Mixed Mar- tial Arts fighters will take on Adelaide’s best this weekend as part of the MMA Down Under event. Members of Mildura Mixed Mar- tial Arts, Jesse Medina and James Mc- Glashan, both 23, said they were con- fident heading into the event following a busy three months of training camps and lead-up bouts. For James, this weekend’s MMA Down Under event will mark his second professional fight in as many months, with the three-year MMA participant saying he was ready for the next chal- lenge. “I had my first professional fight at the end of last month, and was fortu- nate enough to come away with a win,” he said. “It was a great experience, obviously there’s a big difference between amateur bouts and professional fights, and fortu- nately my opponent at the time was also new to the professional arena. “Experience-wise we were about the same, so it made for an even contest. “It’s an experi- ence that I think has me ready to go for this weekend, and I’m looking forward to hopeful- ly getting another win on the board.” Jesse, who has been fighting pro- fessionally for the past 12 months, said he was also ready and raring to go. “I’m excited,” he said. “Having fought professionally for the past 12 months I know what to expect, and how to prepare.” Both fighters had the chance to trav- el to Thailand earlier this year as part of a training camp, joining a group of five Mildura fighters to make the trip. While there they had the chance to work with former UFC fighter James McSweeney, with both Jesse and James enjoying the experience. “It was probably the highlight of my time in the sport to date,” James said. “Having the opportunity to work with James and the other coaches over there was great, and certainly helped improve my skill-set.” Jesse described Thailand’s weather as ‘perfect’ for MMA-training, saying McSweeney had helped take his striking game to another level. “James really helped improve my striking skills, and I’ve been able to in- corporate his advice and techniques into my game,” he said. “We also had the opportunity to train with fighters from across the world – including Germany. “It took us a little while to work through the differences in technique, but now that we’ve got it down we’ve been able to pass on those same train- ing techniques to other members of the gym.” While a seven-year veteran of the sport, Jesse’s preparation for MMA Down Under has been slightly differ- ent than usual, with the young fighter recently trying his hand at Muay Thai fighting. Differing to MMA in the sense that there is no grappling or ground fighting, Jesse had the opportunity to take part in a professional Muay Thai fight in June. “Going to Muay Thai from MMA was a tough challenge,” he said. “The main difference is that MMA is more well-rounded, while Muay Thai is pure striking.” Jesse said the experience had opened his MMA game up to new skills and tac- tics. “With MMA I prefer taking my op- ponent to the ground,” he said. “I have a Jiu Jitsu background, and have had success with my ground game. “I had to adopt a different game plan in Muay Thai, and it was good to see how my stand-up compared to others.” Jesse said another challenge faced with the Muay Thai fight surrounded his ‘playing weight,’ with the youngster forced to drop eight kilograms – in one week – to compete. “While physically I was fine, men- tally it was a tough ask,” he said. “I cut out a lot of water, spent a lot of time in saunas, and just did anything really to drop the weight. “I’m back up to 74kg now, and have to get down to 70kg before this week- end.” Both James and Jesse said their train- ing regimes had intensified in the weeks leading up to this weekend’s event. Jesse said Mildura MMA would boast a strong following at MMA Down Under, with a large support crew and supporter base from the region expected to make the trip to Adelaide. “I know a lot of the guys from the gym – who have been instrumental in helping us get ready – are coming down, so it should be good fun,” he said. Mildura gladiators attack MMA Down Under fight night head on • READY TO RUMBLE: Mildura Mixed Martial Arts fighters Jesse Medina, ABOVE in the black shorts, and James McGlashan, RIGHT, will take on Adelaide’s best this weekend at the MMA Down Under event. BELOW – Jesse (far left) and James (far right) with former UFC fighter James McSweeney (centre) during a recent training camp in Thailand.
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