By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I will be sitting down with 8-2 professional fighter Nate Jennerman. Nate is on a three-fight win streak and will be making his LFA debut May 19. Let’s take a seat with Nate and get to know him a little better.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Nate: I began training when I was 16 in my hometown of Sheboygan, WI.
Nick: What disciplines do you train in and what belts do you have in them?
Nate: I train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Roufusport kickboxing. I have a purple belt under Daniel Wanderley in BJJ, and a brown belt under Duke Roufus and Scott Cushman in kickboxing.
Nick: You are currently training out of Roufusport. How long have you been with them?
Nate: I have been training at Roufusport for coming up on 5 years now.
Nick: In your opinion what do you think your best attribute is inside the cage?
Nate: I think my best attribute inside the cage is either my heart or my cardio. I never quit. I’ve sadly been dropped a couple times and have been put into some pretty deep subs, but I’ve never been finished. My first pro fight I gassed out and lost a majority dec, so since then, I’ve put an emphasis on my cardio.
Nick: Most fighters get branded with a nickname at some point in their career. Do you have one? If so who gave it to you and why?
Nate: My nickname is “Nasty” Nate Jennerman. I got it from one of my old teammates Rocky Magdaleno. He called a lot of my finishes nasty. I tried the name out for one night and it just stuck.
Nick: Prior to defending your title on March 25 you had taken off several months due to personal reasons. Many people feel that ring rust is a large factor when large amounts of time are taken off. Did you find it difficult to get back into the swing of things?
Nate: The year off wasn’t fully intentional. We had a few fights fall through. I had the opportunity to help out with two of Anthony Pettis’ fight camps back to back. Then I ended up taking almost 2 months off completely from training. From about late November to mid-January. I got married in January and in December my soon to be wife and I purchased a house. So there was just a lot going on all at once so I took the time off for life. As soon as I got back I jumped right into Paul Felder’s fight camp, and then right into my own fight camp for March 25th. I’d say the 2 months off completely effected me more than the year of not having a fight. Therefore I had a little harder time adjusting on the fly in the fight and needed my coach, Scott Cushman, to help me make the adjustments between rounds 1 and 2.
Nick: Caged Aggression night 2 was held on March 25. You fought a tough opponent in Shawn West. During the first round, you appeared to have been stunned a few times in round 1. Did you feel like you were actually hurt at any point?
Nate: I was obviously hurt enough to go down, but I didn’t feel like I was ever in real danger of being finished. I knew he’d have to put me out cold because the moment the fight touched the ground I knew my game was light years ahead of his.
Nick: You finished your title defense in round 2 via guillotine choke. Shortly after your opponent became upset and words were exchanged and he charged you. Can you elaborate on what happened?
Nate: Shawn was upset because he thought I “held the choke too long,” but I let go as soon as the ref stopped the fight. He was just upset that he quit and lost to a “happily married kid.”
Nick: May 19 you will be stepping into the cage under LFA. Will you be stepping away from your Caged Aggression?
Nate: I’m hoping so. My plan is to take care of business on May 19th and put myself in a position to climb the ranks for the LFA belt. I believe the LFA belt is my ticket to the UFC.
Nick: How does it feel getting signed to such a big promotion and fighting on national television which is a huge step in your career?
Nate: It feels great, to be honest. I’m super excited to have my first fight on national television. This is a big step in my career and I plan to make the most out of it.
Nick: You will be fighting Damien Hill. How much do you know about your opponent?
Nate: I honestly don’t know much about my opponent except, he’s a hard swinging southpaw with a very explosive shot. I also think he leaves to many openings for me.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for your fight?
Nate: My prediction for the fight is a first round finish. Submission or knockout it really doesn’t matter to me. I personally think he’s never fought anyone like me, and I’m going to break him.
Nick: Since you have made this journey what one piece of advice could you give to a new fighter wanting to make this a career?
Nate: One piece of advice would be to take your time before your first fight. Make sure you have a lot of knowledge and training experience before stepping in there.
Nick: Nate have you submitted to the takeover?
Nate: This is “Nasty” Nate Jennerman and I have submitted to the takeover.
Nate wanted to thank The MMA Takeover for doing this interview with him. He would also like to thank all of his teammates and coaches at Roufusport especially some of the guys he has been working with a lot lately like; Raufeon Stots, Chris Wright, Ode Osbournen, Kevin Vazquez, Emmanuel Sanchez, J.P. St. Louis, Gerald Meerschaert, and Mike Rhodes. Big shout out to my sponsor’s Combat Corner, Grit mouthguards, 1740 beard balm, Raw Dawg, Champs Sheboygan, Iowa Bison Company, 3 Sheeps Brewing, and Advanced Spine Care and Wellness. Can’t thank my wife, Moriah, and the rest of my family, friends, and supporters enough. Above all I thank God for all of my blessings.
Seems like Nate is ready to step into the big spotlight and advance his career. I wish him all the best of luck in his LFA debut. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA