Anthony Medina started in mixed martial arts when he was 19 years old. In 2011, he was hanging out with some friends watching Stephen Bonner and Forest Griffin fight on “Ultimate Fighter.” Medina really got into the fight, the look, and the hype.
He joined Empire Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to get a taste of defense training. He trained for two months when he met one of the gym’s MMA fighters, Jacob Pupo, an undefeated professional fighter. He was preparing for a bough against a taller opponent. Medina is 6’1”, so Pupo asked him to spar. He obviously got his butt kicked but was told he did well and to keep training. He stayed with Empire for six months and lost his funds to continue going to the gym. He got married and dropped off the MMA scene.
Anthony Morales, from Sacramento, saw Medina’s Cammo profile and offered him a fight. Morales and John Hack helped pay for his Cammo licensing and he was back in the cage. He lost that bout but did not stop training.
Medina takes the blame for his losses. He was not training in a gym or with a trainer and he took fights on short notice. However, he prided himself on being known as a fighter who would accept short-notice bouts. This helped out the promoter and the win/loss did not matter.
After four losses, Medina started accepting casino bouts and left Cammo. He lost by decision but fought better and felt better. Then, he decided he had lost too many fights to give up.
Medina joined the Jiu-jitsu Academy and took a year to focus on training. He took third place at the Naga Tournament. Four tournaments in a row Medina won first place in War of Lions.
He returned to the ring in April 2016. Then, he had his first win, by armbar submission, in 57 seconds, on Jan. 28, 2017.
Before he took the fight Medina and his wife were expecting their first child. So, after his last fight, he decided he was going to retire. Medina simply did not have the support he needed at home. They went through a divorce.
Medina is a fulltime coach and was planning to return the MMA world. Real MMA called Medina and he was honored. He has a great deal of respect for the Las Vegas promoters. However, he never through he would get their call. Medina told Rudy Morales that he was so appreciative he would fight whoever he matched him up with and put on a good show.
Medina said he has been through wars and just wants to fight. He wants to bang with his opponent in the cage. He has been working on his Jiu-jitsu and with a level four wrestler in the ring. He is ready and waiting for Jan. 26, 2018.
Since the divorce Medina spars harder and he is not afraid of getting hurt. He has nothing to lose, therefore, he is looking forward to punching it out and leaving it all in the ring.
This will be the first fight Medina has had in a ring. That does not make him nervous either, he is prepared for anything.
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By Jeanette Smith