Mildura Weekly : Friday June 19 2015 Vol 9 No 32
22 SPORT MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015 By VINNIE RODI ACCOMPLISHED Mildura Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Jesse Medina, 23, is the new Valor Featherweight Cham- pion, claiming the title at a special four-man tournament held in Hobart last weekend. Considered one of the top mixed martial arts organisations in the country, Jesse’s road to the feather- weight championship began in Sep- tember 2014, with the talented fighter having to qualify for the event. “All four fighters had previous wins with the organisation, with mine coming last year against Dylan Wharf,” he said. “I’ve had an idea since then that this tournament was coming, but it wasn’t until around February that Valor locked in June as the date to decide who would be their featherweight champion. “I spent most of that time train- ing and preparing for this event.” Jesse is the first fighter from Mil- dura MMA to claim a Valor title, with the feat also considered a first in the district. He is also the first person to hold the Valor Featherweight Champion- ship, saying the hardest part about the tournament’s structure was not knowing who his opponents would be until closer to the date. “For a long time I had no idea who the other three fighters were going to be, and that certainly made preparing tough,” Jesse said. “I tried to treat it the same as any other fight, while also attending a three-week training camp in Thailand. “I’ve enjoyed good success pre- paring the way I do, and it’s all about looking at what works and changing what doesn’t.” Jesse said he had focused heavily on his fitness leading into the tourna- ment, knowing that he would have to beat two fighters to walk away with the title. “The final was scheduled for five, five minute rounds, so I knew that if I made it that far there was a possibility that it could go the distance,” he said. “Together with my coaches at Mildura MMA we did a bit of research on all three fighters once they were named, and we knew my first oppo- nent, Ryan Grey, was an all-rounder. “Before the night he had a profes- sional record of 5-0, so I knew it was going to be tough. “Another fighter in Myles Simp- son also owned a victory over me, and he is a very accomplished Muay Thai fighter with a solid wrestling base. “He was also going to be one of the guys to beat.” Jesse eventually faced Myles in the final, following a first round win against Grey. “I managed to get Ryan in a rear- naked choke in the first round, lead- ing to the referee having to stop the fight,” he said. “The final went into the second round, and I won that with a triangle choke. “The ground and submission game is a big strength of mine, and I would say I’m probably more com- fortable there. I’m continuously working on my stand-up, but I knew with Myles that he has a strong stand up game, so the win was going to have to come on the ground. “The plan was to take the fight to the ground and try and control it from there, and it worked perfectly.” Jesse is yet to learn when he’s first title defence will be, with a possibility it could be held in his home State. “Cage fighting is now legal in Vic- toria, and I believe Valor is looking at holding an event somewhere in Vic- toria,” he said. “I’ll talk about it with the promoters, and look to organise something down the track.” Jesse will next turn his focus to the MMA Down Under event in Ad- elaide on August 1. “I’m focused on recovery at the moment, as I’m still a bit sore,” he said. “After that I’ll start preparing for August 1, and move onwards and up- wards from there.” Jesse said the feat would not have been possible without the support of Medina Legal, Fit Mildura, Sun City Chiropractic and Panas on Bromley, and without his fellow fighters at Mil- dura MMA and the guidance of his coach Mick Moloney. “This isn’t just a great achieve- ment for me personally, but for the whole group at Mildura Mixed Mar- tial Arts,” he said. “I couldn’t have done anything without those guys. They’re the ones that train with me and help me get better, and they have helped me ac- complish this.” • GOLDEN BOY: Jesse Medina, RIGHT, was all smiles this week after claiming the Valor Featherweight Championship – his first major mixed martial arts title. Jesse beat three other fighters for the gold, and is pictured ABOVE after beating Myles Simpson in the final. 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