By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I will sit down with pro-MMA fighter Jamie Medina Jr. Jamie is 2-1 as a pro and will be stepping back into the cage July 22 for Victory 58 at Baxter Arena in Omaha, NE. Let’s have a seat with Jamie and get to know him a little bit better.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Jamie: It’s really the way I grew up. I’ve been fighting my whole life and it’s all I know. It’s the only thing that I have been better than average at. I always put everything into fighting.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Jamie: I started training Tae Kwon Do at the age of 5.
Nick: What inspired you to pursue a professional career in mixed martial arts?
Jamie: I watched Tito Ortiz fight and I was a huge fan. I remember watching him and Chuck Liddell and started loving it from that point on. I watched fights on youtube and pay per view and now I fight.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Jamie: I have been with Team Rock in Iowa for 5 years.
Nick: With both of your professional wins coming via submission what is your grappling background?
Jamie: I started wrestling when I moved to Iowa. It was in the sixth grade. From there I started training jiu-jitsu and combined both. My ground game is one of the strongest parts of my game.
Nick: With an amateur record of 5-0 what made you move to the professional level so quick?
Jamie: My coach talked to me and told me he thought it was time to go pro. I have trust in my team and felt ready to get my career going.
Nick: Is it exciting for you to know that your fights will be streaming live on UFC Fight Pass?
Jamie: It’s awesome. It has been such an experience and will be great to be under the big lights. It’s hard to put it into words.
Nick: July 22 at Victory 58 you will be facing a tough opponent in undefeated Troy Nawrocki. How much do you know about your opponent?
Jamie: I really don’t know too much about him. I looked up some of his fights on youtube. He is pretty much a grappler. From what I have seen he isn’t a big striker.
Nick: His wins are all via submission as well. Can we expect a classic grappling match?
Jamie: I confident wherever this fight goes. I don’t think he will be able to take me down, but should it happen I am ready for everything.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for your fight?
Jamie: I envision him going for takedowns and me stuffing them. I don’t see this going past round one. I would predict a first round finish via submission.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Jamie: You have to learn to take bumps and bruises. There will be hard times. You can be on top of the world and get knocked out one time and people will forget you. You have to keep grinding.
Nick: Jamie have you submitted to the takeover?
Jamie: This is Jamie Medina and I have submitted to the takeover.
Jamie would like to thank all his friends, fans, and supporters. He also had a big shout out to Shaun White at White Out Promotions.
I wish Jamie all the best in his next fight and beyond. Check him out on UFC Fight Pass. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA