When it comes to mixed martial arts, the Macleay Valley's Jake Young is one of the most passionate fighters going around.
Young, a year 9 student at Kempsey Adventist School participated in his debut Junior MMA flyweight contest on March 20 in Brisbane against Tommy Mokdassi.
His win was a result of meticulous planning and a solid game plan.
"It was fun, I wanted him to think I was going to be striking against him so I could take him to the ground and finish the fight," he told the Argus.
"I jabbed, got into a back and forth fist fight and then took him straight to the ground.
"I had him in an arm bar for about forty seconds and I'm pretty sure I broke his arm, because I could hear a crack and eventually he tapped."
He added the experience still provided some lessons and has big plans for the future.
"I felt great, I was really excited but it's something I need to work on in terms of not going out there too full on," he said.
"I want to keep working with BEAST until I can get a title and eventually make it to the UFC."
Young's coach, Alejandro Urbina, was impressed with the youngsters first up effort.
"Surprisingly he wasn't very nervous, he prepared really well," he said.
"Jake's a machine in the gym, a super hard trainer, smart kid who doesn't do silly stuff.
"He's always here and always training."
The fight was run by BEAST championship.
That organisation feeds into the Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts which is the amateur MMA scene for Australia.
Urbina was ecstatic with the high standards of professionalism throughout the night and lead up.
"It [BEAST] is a really exciting promotion, all fighters have the rules read out to them at once," he stated.
"The way it works is GAMMA then feeds onto one championship which is all Oceania and Asia, essentially like an Asian UFC.
"Back in my day we used to just have a crack at the back of a pub whereas this was at a sports venue, I was really happy it was there because I've always thought sports and alcohol should never mix.
"It was a really good opportunity for the young guys to be involved in."
Young also gave thanks to Mid North Coast Legacy for their continued support.
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