Well, since our last piece on Jason, he had a scheduled fight at Ascend Combat’s “Fight to Win” event in Shreveport LA on April 3rd. Unfortunately for Jason…his opponent, Scott Craig “no-showed” due to an alleged elbow injury which left Jason hi & dry without a fight. Craig’s coach has not been able to confirm the alleged injury and an indefinite suspension for Craig & a coach’s apology was all that Jason took away from his trip to Cajunland. Fast forward 3 weeks of hard training & here he is ready to go again for the Rocky Mountain Bad Boys event on Friday night April 23rd at Red & Jerrys. Doors open at 6:30 and fights begin at 7:30 pm. We sat down with him again to talk about his preparation for this bout with Canyon City’s Bobby Kpa.
Brawlin.net: Jason Lee (red)
Examiner: Jason, good to see you again & thanks for taking time out of your training. Tell us your thoughts on the “no-show” with Scott Craig.
Jason Lee: “Good to see you too Ron. Well, you know how it is…there’s not really too much to say about a “no-show”. It’s obviously an unfortunate part of the fight game & you just have to stay focused & positive about these kinds of things. It’s pretty apparent that he had issues, but all I can do is really focus on myself & be ready to go both mentally & physically.”
Jason Lee the family man
Examiner: What exactly do you know about your new opponent Bobby Kpa & what are you doing to prepare for him?
Jason Lee: “I don’t really know all that much about him to be honest. I know he comes from Canyon City, I know that he is a good southpaw striker with a 2-2 record & at least 1 submission loss. I also know that he’s never made it out of the 1st round and that he is kind of an independent fighter. For this fight, I haven’t really changed my preparation all that much. I have been working with Alvin Robinson on my ground game & for my striking I have been working with Coach Trevor & Rick on changing my angles since he is a lefty.”
Examiner: How’s your weight for this fight on Friday night…and have you cut a lot of weight or change much regarding your diet prep?
Jason Lee: “No, luckily for me I always stay in pretty good shape. I cut about 15 lbs for my fights at 185. My weight right now is good & my hydration is excellent. I usually have good cardio & manage my weight right…so weight cuts are not that big a deal for me. My diet is also pretty consistent leading up to fights. I have been managing my weight for a long time & you just kind of become familiar with your own body & how to make adjustments to weight.”
Examiner: Give us a snippet of what your week leading up to the fight consists of.
Jason Lee: “My week before fights is pretty much the same for all fights. During this last week I really focus on staying calm, being relaxed (both mentally & physically) & for the most part just being confident & ready to go. I do eat lightly but normally. I also make sure to hydrate myself with tons of distilled water. I do like the fact that the guys here at Grudge have never missed weight & I obviously expect that from myself too. One of the other things that I do is a lot of visualization techniques & keep myself mentally sharp & ready to go.”
Examiner: What’s on the upcoming plate for you & the Grudge team after this fight?
Jason Lee: “Well, I definitely plan on winning my fight on Friday night & then my teammate Tyler Toner is making his WEC debut on Sunday night, so we’ll definitely be cheering him on to win there. From there I will just basically continue to train hard, help out my teammates & coaches here at Grudge & basically wait to hear when my next fight will be. You’ve always got to be ready to go just in case you get that call.”
Examiner: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans or anyone to thank before we go?
Jason Lee: “Definitely. I really want to thank my family first; my son Jordan, my girl Maureen and my Dad for sure. Thanks for letting me become the man I want to be.
Thanks to all my teammates & coaches for getting me ready for this fight. And of course a big thanks to my sponsors: Project Discipline, MyHomeAppraised.com and Axis Performance. Thanks guys, I really appreciate your support. And again, thank you to Rocky Mountain Bad Boyz for having me on their show as well. Don’t miss it.
Friday night at Red & Jerry’s. Doors open at 6:30 & fights begin at 7:30 pm. There is also an live stream PPV at: http://www.rmbbmma.com/component/content/article/1-latest/55-rmbb-battle-of-the-champions.html
Also, good luck to my teammate Jared Mercado making his amateur kickboxing debut. He’s a newcomer to Grudge.
In summary of our two interviews with Jason so far, a couple of things really stand out when talking to him. For a guy that easily could’ve gone down the low road in life, seeing his strides to better himself through MMA…you get a really proud feeling when you’re around Jason. I always say, karma is such a wonderful thing & Jason’s karma is a good one. He is a very committed, devoted & unselfish man that emphatically seeks out the silver lining in each grey cloud. Colorado, its time we get behind another one of our great local warriors. His journey for peace through war is only his personal expression of gratitude in a very tough world. He is a very good fighter…but an even better man. Good Luck Jason!
Feel free to contact me at FightJobs.com & contact Jason directly for personal training at: (720) 480-5181. Thanks to Grudge Training Center for letting me in…lol