Jared “The Menace” Ray Taking Success In Stride Heading Into Saturday XFC Showdown In Shawnee | FightBookMMA

A tussle at a bus cease when Jared “The Menace” Ray was 11 years outdated led him to changing into one in every of America’s prime beginner MMA prospects.

“I went residence that day, and I made a decision that I wished to do MMA. Clearly I used to be too younger, so I began jiu-jitsu. That led to wrestling, and that led to the place I’m now,” Ray says on the eve of his struggle with Datrelle Kozeluh (7-2-2) at YoungGuns 1 on Saturday at FireLake Area in Shawnee, OK.

The 18-year-old Oklahoma Metropolis fighter is undefeated in his first 5 beginner bouts, with three of his wins coming by stoppage. Upon making his debut within the XFC’s famed Hexagon on Saturday, he’s considered one of many prime younger prospects within the nation. Nonetheless, he’s taking all the things in stride.

“I actually simply take pleasure in preventing; I don’t have particular objectives within the sport,” he affords after a latest coaching session at American Elite MMA. “I benefit from the struggle itself far more than something that comes together with it; I’d be simply as glad if we struggle within the parking zone (laughs).”


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