August 17, 2013

Four Mainers in mixed martial arts

By Steve Craig scraig@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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JAY JACK

Age: 40
From: Boulder, Colo.
Current: Owner/trainer at The Academy MMA in Portland
The Skinny: Regarded as an MMA pioneer in the sport, Jack and opened first MMA school in Maine. A certified Brazilian ju jitsu black belt, Jack fought often in the days before the sport was legal and compiled a 12-7 recognized record, retiring in 2007. He turned down a spot on the first The Ultimate Fighter reality show. “That was one thing I wish I could take back,” Jack said. “Dana White came backstage at a show and said you had to be prepared to leave everything behind for six months. I had just opened my school. I couldn’t leave it for six months. It turned out to be six weeks. I could have done six weeks.” Jack’s wife and The Academy co-owner, Amanda Buckner, was part of first live women’s pay-per-view fight.
Future:
Jack offers a cautionary opinion on MMA’s growth as a sport. He believes too many fighters are going into matches unprepared and under-trained. “I tell guys it will take close to a year to be ready to fight. A lot of times they never come back and I see them in the cage two months later.”
What has Dana White/UFC done for him?
One thing he did not do was offer Jack a second chance at a contract, though Jack fought many (and beat several) future UFC fighters. Still, “You can’t be in this business and not reap some sort of benefit from the UFC and the UFC is what it is because of Dana White.”

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