Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Johnathan Ivey’s Cage Fighting Championships 9: The Return will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2021, in Middle Tennessee Expo in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
One of the fighters on the card is Jaysen Baker. He’s s the #4 ranked lightweight under the CFC banner. Baker started his career at featherweight where he scored submission wins against Isaac Morris and Nolan Thomas, before earning himself a featherweight title shot against then featherweight champion Jaime Vasquez. Baker suffered a decision loss in the fight and took some time away from the sport. When he eventually returned, he returned at lightweight and scored a highly entertaining decision win against Jose Arriaga. March 6th Baker continues his climb up the lightweight rankings when he takes on MMA veteran Daniel Wheeler.
Jaysen took time to talk to Roberto Villa CEO of FightBook MMA ahead of his fight against Daniel Wheeler. You can check out the conversation below.
Roberto: Jaysen thanks for taking the time to talk with us here at FightBook MMA. We really appreciate it, how has training been going for you in preparation for your fight at CFC 9?
Jaysen: Thank you for having me Roberto, always a pleasure! My training leading into this fight has been incredible and I’m excited to deliver a stellar performance March 6th.
Roberto: March 6th you are taking on Daniel Wheeler, who has had mixed success in the CFC. His last fight in the organization he came out victorious over Alex Pardo. Have you got to see Wheeler fight in the past at the CFC and what do you think are his strengths and weaknesses inside the cage?
Jaysen: I can’t look at his record and think “mixed record, piece of cake.” I’m expecting Wheeler to bring the best version of himself into that cage and I’m going to match that with an even better version my myself. I think some of his strengths are in his grit and kicks, as for his weaknesses I’d say would be his grappling.
Roberto: During your time in the CFC you have impressive wins over Isaac Morris and Nolan Thomas before dropping a decision to Jaime Vasquez. Vasquez has proven to be a very skilled fighter. We noticed you and Vasquez fought for the CFC featherweight title, now you are both in the lightweight division. Vasquez being the current CFC lightweight champion. Is a possible rematch for the lightweight title something you are hoping happens later this year?
Jaysen: Vasquez has done very well for himself inside of the CFC, nothing but happy for him. He did beat me, but that was 3 years ago. I’m a much more evolved fighter now, a rematch will yield a much different result. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’m hopeful for a rematch with Vasquez, it’s about the title and ego. He’s got to get through Adonis first and I’d be perfectly fine fighting either of those two guys. They’re both great fighters to potentially tango with!
Roberto: Vasquez is fighting Adonis Bonilla on March 6th, Bonilla being ranked just 1 spot ahead of you in the rankings. How do you see the fight between Vasquez and Bonilla going on March 6th
Jaysen: I think both fighters are exceptional and it would be an honor to fight either of them for the title. Although Vasquez has the edge in grappling and experience for sure, Adonis has proven recently he’s no scrub on the ground and I think if he gets into his groove he can stand up with Vasquez perfectly well. I think Vasquez gets the win, but don’t be surprised if Adonis does something special.
Roberto: How do you beat Daniel Wheeler at CFC 9? A submission? A knockout? A decision? How do you see the fight going?
Jaysen: My goal for this fight isn’t to have any limitations as to where and how I’m going to get the job done, my goal is to have limitless options as to when and where I finish this fight. Key word, finish not decision.
Roberto: Jaysen it’s always good to get to catch up with you. Is there any loved ones or training partners you would like to thank before we close out this interview with you?
Jaysen: It’s always good to catch up with you too, Roberto! I’d like to thank my mom and dad, both of their supports are priceless. Thank you to my coaches and team! Sean Patton, Roscoe Roatch, Kyle Lee, Logan Nash, Jason Herring, Seth Sirgo, Zack Lozano, Cladiu Maniu, Anthony Pascarella, and Billy Falco! Without these guys I wouldn’t be the fighter I am today, honored to call them all family.