It’s been two years since Jae Medders has stepped into the cage to compete in mixed martial arts. On Jan. 24, the 29-year-old will be back in action as he will have the biggest match of his career. He will fight Brandon Gaitor for the V3 Fights Lightweight Title at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tenn.
It’s been two years since Jae Medders has stepped into the cage to compete in mixed martial arts.
On Jan. 24, the 29-year-old will be back in action as he will have the biggest match of his career. He will fight Brandon Gaitor for the V3 Fights Lightweight Title at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tenn.
Medders’ career record is 5-0-1. The last match Medders had was on January, 19, 2013 when he battled Law Purifoy to a draw in three rounds competing at V3 Fights Championships in Memphis, Tenn.
Since that match, a lot has happened to Medders as he became engaged to his girlfriend Courtney Chism with the two having a baby daughter Ana Kobe who is now four months old. He also has a six-year-old daughter named Kynleigh Jae.
Medders said Chism has been a real inspiration as he prepares for his fight.
“I’m probably gone 17 or 18 hours a day working and training,” Medders said. “She sends me motivational stuff everyday. I’m very appreciative of her and her support. I love her very much for it.”
Chism said she feels the anxiety when she sees him in the cage.
“I freak out a little bit,” Chism said. “I’m always down to see him hit somebody. I just don’t like seeing somebody hit him. That’s a little tough. I get really nervous.”
Getting ready for the fight has been a chore for Medders. Medders has been working 12 hours a day, four days a week at Jantran in Rosedale. Some days, Medders works from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. and other days he works from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. When he works days, he trains at his gym at Head Hunters Salon and works out at Chiro/Elite. When he works night, he does his Speed Attic at Mallette Furniture early in the mornings. He also runs the levee before work. He trains with Tyler Hill, Max Davidson and Tony Delahoussaye. He also works out some with fellow fighter Brent Lance who works with him at Jantran.
“I’m just grinding everyday,” Medders said. “I’m trying to stay in there. No days off.”
Chism would love nothing more than for Medders to succeed in MMA.
“He works hard for sure, and I know it means a lot to him,” Chism said. “I keep telling him he’s getting older and he’s got to go for it. I know how much it means to him, and he really does work very hard.”
Medders’ opponent, Gaitor, won the lightweight belt in November by defeating Tyler Edwards in the second round by submission. Gaitor is also undefeated as he has a perfect record of 5-0.
Medders said he looks forward to the challenge coming up in 11 days.
“Brandon Gaitor, he’s good,” Medders said. “He trains in that UFC gym out in Cordova, Tenn. He’s got some good coaches and some good training partners. I know he’s going to be strong, and he’s athletic. It should be a good fight. It’s definitely going to be the toughest fight I’ve ever had. I’m well prepared. I’m ready for a war.”
Gaitor, 26, said he can’t wait to step in the cage with Medders.
“I think Jae is a great competitor and I look forward to defending my belt against him,” Gaitor said. “I have much respect to anyone willing to train the way MMA fighters train and step into the ring. In my book, we’re all champions.”
Medders is thankful for his fans he refers to as the “Wolfpak” and the guys he trains with. He is also appreciative of all of his sponsors.
“I want to thank South Street Pharmacy, Chiro/Elite, Game Changer, Bail Bond Connection, Head Hunters, A&A Muffler, South Street Pharmacy, Aflac Insurance, Speed Attic, Lampard’s Meat Market, Jantran and Anytime Fitness for their support,” Medders said.