The Louisville MMA Examiner (LME) had the opportunity this week to talk to Jason Weihe (JW), the head coach and manager of the Louisville MMA Fight Team. Jason has several fighters competing in big fights in the coming months so it only seems apropos to go to him for a breakdown of Louisville MMA’s hectic 2010 schedule…
LME: Let’s skip the fluff and get right into what is going on with you and Louisville MMA right now. It looks like you guys are going to have a busy August and September with multiple fighters heading to Hardrock MMA and Bellator. Has 2010 been your busiest year so far running Louisville MMA?
JW: 2010 has been very busy for our pro’s. 2009 was pretty busy as well, but it was more amateur than anything. We did get to go to Canada and Romania in 09, which was fun. Well, Canada was fun and Romania was probably the most interesting place I have been. I would love to go back they treated us like kings over there!
LME: Mike Fleniken and John Troyer are both set to have fights in August (Fleniken at Hardrock MMA 8/14; Troyer at The Cage, Inc 8/21) and have both been added to the 9/23 Bellator card in Louisville. Will Fleniken and Troyer uphold their commitments or will the Bellator fights change their plans?
JW: My guys always uphold what we commit to. Fleniken had 4 or 5 opponent changes for the June Bellator event and accepted everyone! Neither one are the type to back out of a fight. Both are pretty excited to have been asked back in September.
LME: Ron “The Monster” Sparks has once again signed to fight Ray Mercer, this time on 9/17 in Connecticut, for King of the Cage. With the recent letdowns Ron has suffered due to opponents backing out, does this one seem too good to be true?
JW: Like I tell Ron every time, until the cage door closes it isn’t happening. One good thing, we were told that Ray Mercer will not be let out of his contract until he honors his original bout agreement and fights Ron. So that’s a plus.
LME: Jason, is there anything else coming up for you or Louisville MMA that you want to tell us that the public may not be aware of yet?
JW: Sparks has a chance to make it to Japan by defeating Ray Mercer. This fight could be a very big stepping stone. Troyer’s fight on Aug 21st is for a title, that would be his 5th belt if he brings home the win. Excited about both of those. Make sure you check Ron out on HDNET for his Mercer fight!
LME: Louisville MMA has one of the most successful MMA competition teams in the area. What do you credit for the success of the gym in MMA competition?
JW: Hard work! Every guy we have works hard every time they are in the gym. I train the guys as hard as possible without two-a-days, and with most guys having jobs! In the gym you are not allowed to quit for any reason short of injury. If you allow them to quit in the gym, they’ll quit in the cage. So I try to make practice tougher than the fight will be. I’ve had very little help on this path, which I have learned most things the hard way as I continue to do so. I started coaching and Managing in Dec ’04 and I have worked hard to keep it going. Our team record sits at 141-52-2 with 22 championship belts, pro & am. Not too bad, the best part is you get to see the world doing what you love to do.
LME: Louisville MMA is a private gym for people that really want to compete as fighters. Is the team invitation-only or can interested fighters contact you to discuss training at your facility?
JW: Absolutely, anyone is free to contact me at [email protected] to discuss training and decide if our gym is the gym for you. Our facility just isn’t available for anyone to just come by and see the place. Shoot us an email and I or our Wrestling coach, Mike Thomas, will get back to you and get you started.
LME: Where do you see yourself, and Louisville MMA, in five years?
JW: That’s a hard question to answer, everything in this game changes so quickly, we’ll just have to take one step at a time.
LME: Which of your fighters excites you the most with their potential for success in MMA?
JW: Several of them do. Ron Sparks has a great chance with the opportunity he’s been given , Fleniken works very hard, wish a lot more guys had his drive! The Troyers (Matt and John) are always tough. I have several Am’s I’d like to mention for their dedication and success: Phil White (7-2 fighting for the Hardrock 145lb title Aug 14th), Tom Mckenna, Chris Spicer, AJ Jenkins, Greg Taylor, Adam and Aaron Harper( and several others) and to the guys who are months away from stepping in there! Thanks for the hard work you put in!
LME: This is your chance to thank or recognize anyone you want, or to let us know about anything coming up that we did not cover in the interview. You can talk about anything that you want…
JW: I’d like to thank Gavin Wuerth, the original. I’d like to thank Mike Thomas and Troy Turner. I’d like to thank Trey Anson, Rolando Haddad and Jarvis out at Core and Josh Johnson of Etown Beatdown for the cross-training. Our BJJ affiliate Matt Stansell. All my guys who train hard and make this all happen. Anyone else out there who has helped along the way or took part, there’s too many to list. Last but not least, I’d like to thank my Beautiful Wife for putting up with me all the hours I’m training and the weekends I’m gone. Thank you.
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