James Hay entered the cage when his days on the gridiron were behind him.
The former high school football star took up MMA to stay active. He didn’t initially plan on fighting, but after four months of training, he nevertheless found himself in the cage.
“I choked my opponent out in the second round,” the 28-year-old Jupiter, FL product says in retrospect. “And, from there, it was on!”
Hay enjoyed a standout amateur fighting career, amassing a 10-3 record and a pair of Florida state titles.
“Just like I didn’t plan on fighting when I started training, I was a little scared about fighting professionally, I didn’t even think that would be an option for me,” Hay admits.
Now, the dynamic Sanford MMA product is 3-1 entering his CES MMA debut against Guilherme Neves at CES 62 on April 30 in Orlando, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass.
“I’m coming to put my opponent’s head on a platter,” Hay says after a recent training session. “I’m coming out fast, guns blazing. I think I’m going to stop him in the second round.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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