OKLAHOMA CITY —
This is one showdown Jeremy Spoon is sure to remember.
Grady County's native son heads into tomorrow's main event at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton with a point to prove, as he is searching for his first win in over a year. Spoon's opponent, Gilbert "The Pitbull" Jimenez from San Antonio, is one he is not taking lightly.
“He doesn’t have anything to lose," Spoon said. "I’m going have to be smart and use my boxing, use my wrestling and hopefully get the win."
Spoon (12-2), 28, will be looking to bounce back after losing his last two fights, with his last win coming in 2011 against Adam Schindler at the Bellator Fighting Championships in Kansas City. Jimenez (6-9-1) will also be looking to end a losing streak, pitting two fighters with much to gain against each other. Considering this, the title Sugar Creek Showdown becomes appropriate.
The path to a career in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting began early for Spoon, as he was squaring off against opponents at just the tender age of 13.
“I started wrestling in seventh grade and continued wrestling in high school and one year in college," Spoon said. "Then, I started training, and that’s basically how it started."
Spoon, a Chickasha High School graduate and wrestling state title winmer, won his first 12 fights since he began in 2008, with eight of those coming by way of submission. He credits hard work and dedication training with his Apex Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu club in Tuttle, toward his success.
With that success often comes responsibility, with fighters in a constant effort to raise their game and fight back the nerves. Spoon says he uses the drive of wanting to make a name for yourself to stay focused.
“As long as you want it, it’s not hard to stay focused at all,” Spoon said.
Like many fighters, Spoon says he learns more from the fights he loses than the fights he wins. They are often so close that it only takes a simple misstep to either make or break a competitor.
“Going against top caliber fighters it just takes one mistake, and it can cost you the fight,” Spoon said.
Spoon is known for submitting his opponents, but he will be looking to get the win any way he can when he comes face-to-face with Jimenez on Saturday. The gap between wins has given the Grady County fighter extra hunger to prove he can still hack it in the octagon.
“This win will show the world I’m still here and I’ll continue moving up the ladder,” Spoon said.
Spoon says that anybody who wants to pursue a career in Mixed Martial Arts should start training young, be well-rounded, and not just train in one discipline.