I have been saying it for a long time now that amateur fighters deserve more credit and exposure from the media. I have decided that I will be bringing fighter profiles from fighters all over the Midwest. Marques Jackson is one of the fighters from the Kansas City area that stands out and is having a successful run in his amateur career.
I am currently 7-2 and I currently hold the Ultimate Blue Corner Battles Middleweight Title.
How long have you been training and how did you get into MMA?
I have been currently doing MMA for a little over 3 years now- I actually got approached in 2003 after I graduated K-state by my fellow High School Alumni Rob ‘The Rosedale Reaper’ Kimmons to try MMA out cause he thought I would have some amazing success. However, my mindset was on joining corporate America and the Job Force. My Football Career in College at K-State was over and dreams of making The NFL as well so I decided to use my College Degree in Public Relations and begin a career in Property Management instead of MMA- Especially considering that back in 2003 it was hardly in the mainstream at all. Now if MMA would have been as popular then as it is now then I may have made a different choice. Lord Knows My 22 was and is way better than my 32, but everything happens for a reason. 5 years later I was approached to do MMA by Larry Reyes and got back into the sport and committed to it the second time around and enjoyed it and also saw that I have quite the following as well which always makes me warm and fuzzy inside. When I say second time around, I did take a fight which turned out to be unsanctioned or something so didn’t count against my record anyway. It was a fight outside a Gentlemen’s club and it was my first fight and at this time I switched careers to a Night Club Promoter so I knew lots of people and so forth so I knew through ticket sales I could make a lot of money and plus figured I was an All-American in college in wrestling played football at K-State and so forth and figured I could do this MMA thing hands down- which long story short – I disrespected the sport. I didn’t train hard at all and I was out til 5 in the morning two nights before my fight and just didn’t do the things I needed to do to win a fight. Needless to say I gassed out and lost. I have always loved MMA and glad I got a second chance to do it and as a man, I couldn’t go out the way I did my first unsanctioned fight. So I took it seriously and for real and must say I developed into more than a Decent Mixed Martial Artist!
so now where do you spend most of your time training? Who are your training partners?
I’m Grindhouse, Ride or Die. My loyalty lies with them. Brian Davidson and James Krause have taken me in and their knowledge and work ethic speaks for itself and is very motivating and inspirational. Grindhouse is a great gym and one of the Best in the Midwest. We have great coaches along with “Mr. D” and “TheJamesKrause”, we got guys like Faron Otis and Austen Ford and simply some of the best up and coming fighters coming up in Kansas City- Anthony ‘Shark Bait’ Gutierrez, Matt Waters, Cody Petersen , Aaron Ely , Tim Elliot just to name a few. My main training partners since I’m a bigger boy (even though we don’t discriminate at Grindhouse we fight all weight classes- lol) are Zak Cummings, Dallas Browning and Julian Marquez. So as you see by the list I just gave you of just a few names at our Gym, I get worked but better every day I’m there.
The talent pool at Grindhouse is incredible.
So you are defending your title Nov 30th. At Ultimate Blue Corner Battles. What can the fans expect when they see “MJ All Day” in the cage that night?
Yes sir, I’m defending the Middleweight strap on November 30th and I am just looking forward to getting back in the cage. But this time I’m at a true 90-100%. Everybody goes through aches and pains through MMA fight camps because that’s just the name of the game and the nature of the business but unfortunately the past 6 months have not been the best for me as far as serious injuries go. I had two serious injuries going into my last fight to win the belt and can honestly say I was at 70% max for that fight. Not to take anything away from my opponent but the “MJ” that entered that fight was in lack of a better word- an embarrassment to me, my gym and my coaches- I did go through some adversity through that fight so that always builds character but nonetheless, If I want to be considered one of the better up and coming ammys in KC, I can’t have performances like that and I have to be prepared to the fullest no matter who I fight. With that said, I took some time off after that fight to heal and that helped out a lot and I entered this camp the best I ever felt in over a year. I was able to train without that voice in your head if you are going to re-injure that injury and I am able to do cardio and strength and conditioning at almost a full 110%. My coaches and teammates have been great during this camp and I feel that I have improved and I expect for you and all the fans and people at UBCB 17 to see some fireworks come November 30th. My Confidence is Sky High, if it’s me Grinding out a 3 round Unanimous Decision, like most my fights or me going for the kill finishing this cat. My hand will be raised- #FBGM
As long as get your hand raised that’s all that matters. I want to thank you for taking time to let the fans know a little bit more about you. MMAmadhouse.com supports you and we will be keeping up with you.
Thanks for having me and I would like to give a shout out to all my sponsors. Universal Carpet, Modern Colors, Bethlehem Home Health Care, BJB Properties, Maris LLC, Intelli-Dent, Daniel Helm Color Specialist, Herba Life, PosterBoy and Seven Fight Gear. Also a special thanks to Dallas Browning for strength and Conditioning Regiments/Training, HD MMA for cross training and Title Boxing as well and of course Grindhouse MMA.
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