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Inside the Octagon with Jay Wadsworth

June 19, 2009 - Craig Harvey
When Jay Wadsworth steps into the octagon, he isn't even nervous anymore.

Wadsworth is arguably the best Mixed Martial Arts cage fighter in Chautauqua County and has been winning on a consistent basis more than anyone else locally. He sports a 5-2 sanctioned record in Mixed Martial Arts and is on a hot streak right now.

The 155-pound fighter out of Jamestown MMA has won three straight matches, including a win via Triangle Choke submission in the third round Saturday night against hometown boy Bo Coleman in Sandusky, Ohio.

Last month, Wadsworth defeated Brandon Poindexter in front of his hometown crowd in Akron.

Despite traveling almost three hours, Wadsworth continually has a large following and the Jamestown crowd makes themselves heard.

"It helps when you go to Ohio and you have 15 to 20 people supporting you and walking you to the cage," he said. "It feels great when they are making more noise than anyone else in the building."

Saturday night, In the main event, Wadsworth once again played the role of spoiler when he defeated Sandusky's own Bo Coleman in the final round of their Lightweight fight. The action went back and forth for the first two rounds, but during the final frame Wadsworth capitalized on Coleman's mistake to lock in a Triangle Choke and secure the all important victory.

"I knew a couple guys who fought him before," Wadsworth said. "He never had much offense, but he was hard to hold down. That was the only problem. I dominated him. I dominated the first round, hands down. The second round was closer, but there is no way he won. I took him down at will."

With the win, Wadsworth remains a contender in the very crowded National Amateur Lightweight Division.

While Wadsworth got a late start on MMA, it is his will to excel in all he does that is helping him in the fastest growing sport.

"I'm just doing it day by day," he continued. "Wherever it takes, me it takes me. It's my number one hobby. It's a younger person sport but my body is in good shape."

It all began in 2006 for the Jamestown Police officer when he began grappling after being intrigued watching friends take part in it.

"I just liked the grappling and started Jiu Jitsu," he said. "I got the competitive edge and took some fights because I thought I was as good as the other guys doing it. They were fighting in Ohio and I said I have to try this."

Wadsworth plans to take a break from the cage until August to rest his body but is gearing up for Grapplers Quest in New Jersey. Grapplers Quest is a qualifying tournament for the National Tournament.

Wadsworth is expected to be ranked No. 6 in the NAAFS National Amateur Lightweight Division and hopes his next fight will be against someone in the top five so he can climb up the latter and put Chautauqua County on the map in the Mixed Martial Arts world.


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Jay Wadsworth puts Bo Coleman in a Triangle Choke to win in the third round. Photo Courtesy of NAAFS