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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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Supreme Promotions 15 Results

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 02:43

DSC 0414Supreme Promotions moved their show from Joliet to Orland Park and the results where the same. Another packed house with another aqmazing card with 16 fights put together by Mike Aguirre. There were many great fights that took place. In the Main Event, Mike Reid delivered a dominant performance in knocking out Robert Farabaugh. It took Reid just 25 seconds to land a devastating headkick that sent Farabaugh to the canvas. Reid seems to be unstoppable and seems to make it look quite easy, but we all know it's not that simple. It just shows the hours of dedication that he has applied to honing his craft. It truly is scary to think of what he has accomplished at his age and how much better he will become. I don't hear a lot of people saying that they want the next crack at Mike Reid.

 

Josh Streacker defended his Supreme Promotions Welterweight Title against Mike Szatkowski. Streacker caught Szatkowski with a heavy right hand, as he was coming forward, sending Szatkowski to the mat. Streacker moved in for the finish but it was already over. Great win for Streacker against a tough opponent. Streacker gets better with every performance and it's intriguing to see who Mike Aguirre finds next to face him.

 

One of my favorite bouts of the night was a matchup between two young and upcoming fighters. Hybrid Martial Arts fighter Max Perez would be facing Vik Dixit from Counterstrike MMA. Perez is 19 years old and was victorious in his one prior bout. Dixit was making his debut at just 18 years of age. The quality of this fight was highly entertaining with Perez receiving the unanimous decision victory. I wouldn't be surprised to see either one of these fighters getting title shots later down the road. Of course they need to stay focused and work hard, but they are well on their way.

 

Mike Demakes was impressive in his bout with the experienced Eugene Anthony. Demakes was able to secure an armbar just 48 second into the first round.

 

There were two announcements made with future title implications. Moremma correspondent Chuck Giles will be facing Anthony Ferro for the 125 pound championship. Both of these fighters are experienced with Pro aspirations and this will be a good test for both of them.

 

The second announced title fight will be a light heavyweight fight between Ron Prindle and Billie Jessie. Both of these fighters like to stand up and throw hands, so it will surely be an entertaining fight to watch.

 

 

125- Moses Dixon def Jonathan King by split decision 
170- Andy Piczszor def Michael Manning by guillotine :33 Round 2
130- Antonio Cummings vs Michael Murdaugh declared no contest. Illegal up kick, Murdaugh couldn't continue.
Hvy- William Vincent def Nate Dine by TKO 2:00 Round 1
145- Andrew Munoz def Juan Reyes by split decision
135- Marcus Harris def Reiter Bird by TKO 1:39 Round 2
185- Dan Regal def Alex Razo by guillotine 2:32 Round 1
145- Max Perez def Vik Dixit by unanimous decision
155- Nate Wacnik def Ben Carlson by split decision
205- Adam Thomalla def Wil Napalotano by TKO 1:25 Round 1
140- Deonta Johnson def Antonio Maldonado by triangle choke :55 Round 1
155- Mike Demakes def Eugene Anthony by armbar :48 Round 1
Hvy- Angel Cabral def Halston Williams by TKO Round 2
155- Ray Bunker def Corey Lewis by TKO 1:56 Round 1                            

Welterweight Title Fight

170- Josh Streacker def Mike Szatkowski by KO :14 Round 2

Muay Thai

175- Mike Reid def Robert Farabaugh by KO :25 Round 1                 

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Behind The Fighter with Mike Demakes

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 15:31

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG 15704294459212I believe behind every athlete that there is a story. It's not just about what everyone sees in the cage but what it is that makes these guys who they are today and what has gotten them to where they are at now. On behalf of MoreMMA.com, one guy that caught my eye was lightweight amateur fighter Mike Demakes. Demakes is currently preparing for his upcoming cage fight on March 14th as he will fight for Jim Jackson's Supreme Promotions event that will be held at Georgios Banquet Hall at 8800 West 159th Street in Orland Park, Illinois. I had a chance to interview the Countryside native to ask him what got him into the sport of mixed martial arts and what his goals are.

GH: What was it that got you in to mma?

MD: In high school I was a three sport athlete, football, baseball, and powerlifting. Competition was fun, and since I decided not to play D3 football, I missed that competition. I heard about LA boxing and their jiu- jitsu classes and said "hey, why not try it out!" So my buddy and I went up and even though I got my ass handed to me the whole time, it was an immediate attraction. As time went on and I worked at it 4-5 times a week I improved and started rolling with the immortal guys. I started going to their practices and started working striking and sure enough with improvement wanted to try a fight. The guys I had, Tony, Marko, Ruggio, Como, Kevin, prepared me, I won a war and that for sure made the love for the sport grow.

GH: What is your goal being in this sport?

MD: My goals in the sport is to see how far I can go, if it's a title or pro, but I got other things going in my life as well, but I'm not done in this sport. 

GH: Are you looking on turning professional pretty soon after your March 14th fight? 

GH: As far as turning pro after my March fight, I have the people around me to get me ready, great coaches, training partners, and Jim Jackson has opened the doors to a few other gyms to me. We will see what is presented to me after this fight and talk to some promoters and see where I am.

GH: Who are your biggest supporters in your life?

MD: I couldn't be where I am without my step dad, who I call dad, he took me in and changed my rough child hood. He's a role model to me, and is always behind the decisions I make. Also I have some great friends, who as well are always behind me, staying positive, picking me up when I need them.

GH: How has getting involved in mma changed your life?

MD: This sport has giving me discipline. Having a rough childhood, I didn't always make the best decisions growing up, sports in general kept me in check, but this one over the years has kept me busy.


For more information about Supreme Promotions upcoming event, go to www.supremepromotions.net 

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