31-year-old Jimmy Jordan from Wyoming Valley West high school played football for the Spartans and the Wilkes Colonels. On October 15th up at Montage Mountain he enters into his 10th pro match in Cage Fight 26.
"We'll the expectations is always come out with a victory it doesn't matter how. It could be a minute or 15 minutes. I'm fighting Travis Creamer out of Hershey. I respect the guy. He has been through a lot in his life. We're friends. We follow each other on social media. His last one was a tough one. I'm hoping this on is a tough for you too buddy sorry to say it but that's what I'm hoping for," said Jimmy.
For 24-year-old Wyoming Area grad Richie Gates his biggest challenge in Mixed Martial Arts. At (4-1) with four consecutive 1st round finishes Gates gets (5-2) Mike Pope in the main event.
"My opponent Mike Pope he is a very good wrestler. Very tough fighter. He has been around. He's had wins in a big shows. It's a great challenge for me and myself . It's where I want to put myself in my career. I think beating this guy will make move me forward to where I want to be," said Richie.
For Jimmy Jordan he took this fight on short notice only 5 weeks to get ready, but for Richie Gates this has been a five month endeavor. He will be fighting for the PA Cage Fight Lightweight Championship belt.
"I've just been preparing like crazy at a bunch of different gyms. Like Fame Strength, World Class Boxing , and obviously here with Rex Harris, Jimmy Hettes and Jimmy Jordan. We spend a lot of time working," added Richie.
"So we both had short camps so it's equal playing ground, but coming in here with guys like Richie man he has been training for months for this and Rex Harris and like Paul mentioned before, he training us and he's been my friend for 13 or 14 years we went to college together. There's no better place to be than surrounded by your friends like these guys and of course Jimmy Hettes it doesn't get much better than him especially in the state of Pennsylvania," added Jimmy.
Pa Cage Fight 26 looks to be the best MMA card in Lackawanna and Luzerne County history. Steve Lloyd reporting for Newswatch 16 sports.