THUMBS UP! Local MMA fighter Jesse Medina was all smiles after winning the recent MMA by the Bay event in Geelong. Photo: WILL COOK.

By ADAM LUITJES

LOCAL Mixed Martial Arts fighter Jesse Medina is back on the winner’s list following a dominant display at the recent MMA by the Bay event in Geelong.

Having lost his previous two events, the 25-year-old rebounded in emphatic style, securing an impressive second-round victory over respected opponent Regan Neoh.

Competing in the lightweight (70kg) division, Jesse withstood a fast start by Neoh to claim victory via submission (rear-naked choke).

“I won the first round, he got me with the take-down to start off with and then I was able to reverse him, get on top and do some damage,” Jesse said. “I cut him open with an elbow above his eye, and then in the second round he got me with a take-down again.

“I was able to reverse him, take him down, and then finish the fight with a bit more ‘ground and pound’.”

Invited to attend the inaugural MMA by the Bay event by promoters Steve Moxon and Johnny Bourke, Jesse described the fight as an “awesome experience.”

“I have fought on Steve’s card last year in Ballarat on another promotion,” he said. “This was a new event, and it was a really good venue looking over the waterfronts, which was fantastic.

“It was a pleasure to be with them, and they promised me my next fight will be a (featherweight) title fight in March.”

Boasting a professional career record of 11 wins and four losses, the emerging star said he was spurred on from his recent losses.

“It’s never good to lose because it goes on the record,” he said. “I have won a couple of close ones as well, but it does make you step back and re-evaluate where everything is at.

“It shows me what I need to work on, and what I need to do to become a better fighter.”

Having recently signed a contract for the Hex Fight Series in December, Jesse said he’s working hard to ensure he’s fit and firing for the Melbourne event.

“Hex is a fairly new promotion, but they are one of the biggest in Australia,” he said. “They are only a few years old, but they have a big following behind them and if get another fight and do well, they have also promised me a title shot in that promotion.

“My plan this year was to hopefully win a couple of titles, but unfortunately I lost the one earlier in June, so I have had a bit of a setback this year, but that makes me hungrier going forward.”

Jesse said his recent result wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his sponsors and training partners.