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The Return of Billy Jessie

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 19:36

Behind The Fighter
                        The Return Of Billy Jessie
                        By  Greggy Harrison

IMG 11674798207183-1  On Friday May 16th, 2014, a known Chicagoland fighter will return to the cage after a twenty one month absence to fight for Jim Jackson's Supreme Promotions show and it will be for a title bout. Billy Jessie returns as he will face Bobby Kpa for the 205 pound title belt. Jessie, who is making his debut with the promotion has been a card headliner before at shows put on at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park, Illinois so this will be nothing new for Jessie as he will have a big following with him for sure come this Friday night at Georgios Banquet Hall in Orland Park, Illinois. On behalf of MoreMMA.com, I had the opportunity to interview Jessie to learn more about the life behind the fighter in a question and answer interview.

MoreMMA: How did you get into MMA?

Jessie: Both my parents came from big family's. Mom had five sisters, two brothers and Dad had one sister and four brothers. They all had multiple kids. My parents weren't suppose to be able to have kids but somehow had me. At all the Holiday party's by my dad's family I would get my ass whooped by all my cousins until I was six I think. My Grandma who was like 4'5, 85 pounds but 100% Italian so she was like 8'12 you know?. So she got me a wiffle ball bat for Christmas with me not thinking because I always thought baseball was a gay ass sport but she just smiled and said I was welcome. Two hours later I was chasing all my cousins around the backyard with with it whooping them (chuckles), so I guess that’s what put the taste in my mouth. I guess if you check my M.O, I have always stood up for myself, my friends or what I believed in. I never backed down. I owe my pops for that one because he's the best man I have ever met and my best friend. Pops taught
me to stand my ground, be a man, and never back down from anyone but don't ever start nothing but if he's talking trash you better throw the first punch and whoop his ass. Pops was a hard working country boy at heart. He taught me a lot and instilled a lot into me and anyone who knows him understands me. I got in trouble a lot for fighting my whole life and had a problem with authority figures because I believed respect was earned and not given because that badge never meant shit but as I got older I learned to pick and choose my battles. When the opportunity arose for me to get paid to do what I kept going to jail for I just said fuck it why not right? Jimbo(Jim Pacione) finally got me to go to the gym and I was hooked. LA Boxing in Wrigley man. That place was a blast and I remember being scared out of my mind walking in with Jimbo G-lo to Amanda (Bulldawg), Joe (Ryu), Norman, Aaron, and Robbie. Just a bunch of loud mouths that made you feel like you were
at home man. That first night out there at LA Boxing was amazing. They kicked the shit out of me like we were in the alleys in Argo but man was it fun. I miss them guys out there. Much love to the whole team in Wrigley.

MoreMMA: After a year and a half out of the cage, what made you want to get back in there again?

Jessie: Probably the adrenaline that’s like skydiving. You never know who the better man will be that night you know? I had some legal issues and some Injuries that had to be taken care of so after a small vacation the itch came back. Everyone is so supportive of me when I'm in that cage. I have a huge following and guess they just like to see a local from the south side of Chicago not fucking up his life. Teachers always told me my fighting would get me nowhere. HA!!!!

MoreMMA: What has been your biggest Moment in MMA?

Jessie: It wasn't inside the cage but the one that stands out and my proudest was the day my daughter called me hysterically crying because she was at the mall with her friends and she saw me on a poster at Eminent. She was so happy and proud to tell everyone in the store that I was her father. I would have to say that might be one of my proudest ones in life. The one inside the cage was after my second fight. The whole place was filing out and there was this one little boy standing on crutches who just wanted a picture with me. We picked him up and took him into the cage and the kid was super stoked. That picture still never surfaced but that was another great moment for me.

MoreMMA: You have been getting trained by Jim Pacione who is a great striking coach. What has that experience been like?

Jessie: Man, that guy is amazing. One of the greatest guys I have ever met. That dude would give you the shirt off of his back. He is one one of the best fathers I have ever seen in life. His whole family all the way around is just good people. Jimbo kept me on the straight path even when I was at my worst. He is my big bro in many more ways then he knows. If I even struggle with anything he will always answer his phone. He is one of the last dying breed. As for his training man, he is an asshole (laughing) he pushes me past all limits I ever seen. He has a way of instilling confidence in you. The dude is amazing at putting together a game plan and picking the opponents apart. He is good at what he does and I'm glad to have him in my corner.

MoreMMA: Who are your biggest influences in your life?

Jessie: My kids man. If it wasn't for them I would be dead or in jail. My daughter who I had at 17 has had one hell of a life. She is my heart and I wouldn't change it for the world. We have our ups and downs but she is definitely a little me. Oh man and my son. This little dude is a spitting image of me and acts just like me too. He is a trip. My kids are my world. My pops has always been a strong influence on me too. He would put a whooping on me when I messed up something something fierce but I love and respect him for it now. There's also my little circle of friends that I call family. We were a bunch of fuck ups but all know what we bring the table and there is not a thing I will not do for them. There is a lot of love and loyalty there. 

MoreMMA: Who would you like to thank that has helped you on this journey?

Jessie: All my friends and family. The whole southside of Chicago. One sponsor that sticks out is Defiance because they took me in as one of their own. Byron and Crystal I love ya both and the whole Indiana family. The world needs more Genuine people like y'all. I never seen stars like that in my life sitting in your backyard in the little town called Lowell, Indiana. Definitely some things I will never forget. I met so many great people coming into this sport. I have learned discipline, respect and to stay humble. You don't lose. You win or learn. I look forward to May 16th fighting Bobby Kpa for the Supreme Promotions 205 pound belt. He is a tough guy and I promise to leave it all in the cage. Thanks again to Jimbo, Johnny, Zaid, Phil, Danny, Spencer who helped get me ready for this fight. Ufc gym's Omar, Dave, Adam, Mike and G Lo the list goes on and on. The guys out at Gracie Baha in Downers Grove. Hammerfist Gear, Goodfellas Barbershop, Pole Katz,
Scores all the love from everyone thank you. Skin and Art by Zaid Rashida (708) 860-9899 and The Office Sports Bar and Grill 4901 Cal Sag Road in Crestwood, Illinois where my after party will be. Accelerated Rehabilitation and Cafe Gaston at 14438 John Humphrey Drive in Orland Park, Illinois.

  You can come see Billy in the cage this Friday in Orland Park, Illinois as Supreme Promotions invades Georgios Banquets at 8800 West 159th Street. Get your tickets now at www.supremeprotions.net

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Chuck Giles

Sunday, 20 April 2014 13:57

ChuckOn May 16th, at Georgio's Banquet Hall in Orland Park, two men will leave it all in the cage. Chuck Giles will be facing Anthony Ferro. Both of these fighters have years of experience and the fans will be treated to a technical match up. Chuck took some time off from his busy schedule and shared his thoughts.

 

How long have you been training?
I have been training for 7 years. I started bjj and was too impatient and focused on wanting to walk before I learned to crawl (haha). I trained MMA for 6 years going from gym to gym and even trying it on my own, before I started doing it right and reading with the right gyms and people!

What influenced you to compete in the sport?
Okay, honestly I hate this question, because guys always give the b.s. UFC 1, Royce Gracie answer, 20 years ago some wasn't born. My answer though is seeing Rampage knockout Chuck Liddell. I was like oh shit, I'm watching the bad guy beat the good guy and everyone is upset, why am I so happy (haha)? Fast forward, I'm sitting on a couch watching WEC. I see a the Mexican guy with a mullet Miguel Torres fighting Jeff Bedard and I see he's 135lbs, and I went to the living room and told my wife I'm gonna find him! Talking to him changed my life, even still to this day! (sidenote: no joke two weeks later on a late night Wal-Mart trip,i was walking thru isles and boom, Miguel Torres standing in front of me. I geeked like knives chow in Scott Pilgrim vs The World and forgot to get my sons birthday candles (haha)

Where have you been training for this fight?
For this fight I've been everywhere man, like Johnny Cash everywhere (haha). I have been at DK MMA for two years with Dan Alstott in Joliet, il, he's been there up until this point from my Bridgeview fight. I've been working my striking with Gene Calderon in Griffith, in, and working with the guys from True Prodigy in Elmhurst,Il, and for the past couple weeks I been going to team 110 in Melrose park, IL. All the teams have been great.

How has your training camp progressed?
My training camp has been great it's had its share of his and downs. Honestly I've never had a camp without ups and downs. Like two weeks ago getting into a 4 car accident, the stuff is still on going from that. The good have honestly outweighed the bad, all my coaches listen to me gripe then be like "okay, shut up and train, take these punches and chokes" (lol)

Tell me your thoughts on fighting for the Supreme Promotions Championship?
Fighting for supreme has been an experience, there's things I like, things I don't like. I will just say I feel like I'm having the Muhammad Ali/ George Foreman moment where it's like "I know he's your boy, I know you got him picked...but imma show you how great I am." I watched the promo of Jim and cheese and thought I should just do a WWE-esqe heel turn so I can't seem like just a nice guy (haha)

What do you know about Anthony Ferro?
What I know about Anthony is he's who I'm fighting. I know he's tall and has good jits and is the final hurdle to my goal.

 

How do you think the fight will go?
I think it will be one of the most technical fights either of us have been in. I think the bell rings we touch gloves and it either is the best striking clinic in the region or it could be naga in the cage, either way he's facing someone that was told he shouldn't fight no more two years ago and I'm still here. I could go thru all this and still be breathing, then I'm coming in there for only one reason!

Anyone you would like to thank?
I want to thank the guys that have been with me putting this puzzle together piece by piece. Dan Alstott, Gene Calderon, Franco Lozano, Tony Gutierrez and Tony Cruz. All my training partners who've smashed my face into the mats, nearly broken my arm, nearly choked me out, kicked me in the head, punched me in the face. I am 100% thankful for you all! And last but not least to my family, who keep me moving forward and focused even when things don't seem like they going right!

 

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Cory Danny picXFO has booked an exciting professional bout between Cory Galloway and Danny Aguirre. Galloway is currently 4-1, not only has he won his last four bouts, he has finished every one of his opponents. Aguirre (8-3) is coming off a tough loss to Dennis Dombrow. There seems to be a little hype brewing for this one. XFO posted on their Facebook page that Galloway called Aguirre a “clown” and a “wannabe”. Galloway did confirm that it was true but added “I’m really excited about the fight. I think it’s definitely a great match up between two top local 35ers, it will definitely be fun. I’m very confident that I’ll stop him and get the win before three rounds are up”. This fight has the potential to be one of the best fights of the year, and is sure to offer some fireworks. I caught up with Danny Aguirre and asked him about this fight, Cory’s comments and more! Get your tickets for XFO 50 here!

 

How is training going at the MMA Lab, how long have you been there and when are you expected to return?
Training down here is going great as always. It’s always nice to mix up my training with new training partners. I love coming out to the desert for training camp because all I have to do is train. I’m also staying at The Lab’s fighter house with a bunch of top level pros. So on top of the high level training I’m getting at the gym I also get some valuable tips from other fighters. I’m finishing my second week here in Arizona & I have two more to go before I return home.

Have you had a chance to work with Benson Henderson?
 I get to work with Ben almost every day. He’s a very hard worker. He’s pretty much always at the gym & he makes sure everyone is working hard. There are so many top level guys out here that I get to train a lot with as well. Luke Sanders, Andrew Fisher, Scott Holtzman, Chris Gruetzemacher, Effy Escudero, Yaotzin Meza, Victor Meza, Jon Tuck, Brad Scott.. The list goes on and on. There’s a ton of studs at The Lab that nobody has even heard of yet.

 I know you were disappointed in your last fight with Dennis Dombrow, what went wrong?
I was coming off a long layoff due to contract issues with a bigger organization that couldn’t get me a fight. It was frustrating because I couldn’t fight anywhere else until I got out of that contract. Also, my team that I’ve been with since day one fell apart so it was hard to find the right training. I was going to about four different gyms to train for a fight. I think that’s a good thing to do in between fights but during training camp you need a home. I feel that it’s important to have a team because you have to fight for something bigger than just yourself when you’re in the cage. Now I’m back at The Lab with a team of good people that inspire me to work hard & pursue my dreams.

 Your next fight will be against Cory Galloway for XFO, I saw that XFO had posted some comments on their Facebook page that Cory had allegedly said that you were a “clown” and “wannabe”. Have you heard or seen this and would you like to respond?

 I have seen this & don’t have much to say on it. He’s trying to hype up the fight & maybe give himself some more confidence going into the fight & that’s cool. It’s just not me to talk trash & if I did I would come up with something more clever than “clown” & “wannabe”. I had to put up with Brad Scott’s trash talk all day so nothing Cory has to say really bothers me.

 How do you see the fight going?

I think it will be a pretty competitive fight. Anything can happen but everyone knows that I’m always looking for the finish.

Coming off of the loss, how important is it to get a win against Galloway? I’m not worrying too much about that. Every fight is important to win so I’m not treating this one any differently.

What can your fans expect to see on March 21st?

Everyone can expect to see a meaner & better skilled fighter when I come back home. I’m in the middle of the desert getting pushed & beat up by some of the best in the business. I’m not at home training with the same guys I train with every day. I’m out here getting better & it will show March 21st.

 Anyone you would like to thank?

I would like to thank everyone at The Lab that I train with especially Luke Sanders for kicking my ass & making be better. Thanks to Coach John Crouch for having me back & making me feel welcomed. My sponsors Supreme Promotions & Branshaw Financial for making this camp possible. I’m A Beast Apparel & Lumen Nightclub. Everyone back home for supporting me & my family. I’m lucky to have such a supportive family!

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