Merced’s Aaron Jimenez goes for 3rd win Saturday, eyes 2019 pro debut

Before Merced’s Aaron Jimenez tries to improve to 3-0 at 559 Fights 65 on Saturday night in Visalia, Calif., the top California amateur prospect spoke with FightBookMMA.

How did you find MMA in the first place?

Funnily enough, I’d always known martial arts was a thing. But I bought UFC for the Xbox about four years ago and started playing it, “Wow, this is pretty cool. I think I like this.” I started watching real fights and then a year and a half later I found an actual MMA gym. And that’s how I got here.

How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?

If you’d have asked me three years ago, if I’d be doing this today, I’d say no. So, I think it’s quite a bit. Personally, I’ve accomplished basically everything I wanted to.

What is it that’s kept you in the sport?

It’s fun. Every single day, whether I’m going to jujitsu or boxing – there’s never a day where I say, “I don’t want to do this.” Whenever you’re practicing a martial art – boxing or jujitsu – everything else you’re thinking about goes out and you’re just thinking “left,” “right,” “breathe.” It keeps me zoned.

What are your expectations for Saturday night?

Just go out and get that third win. I’m looking to go out and put on my best performance. I’m my own harshest critic, but I want to put together everything I’ve been working on in camp and leave this fight satisfied with the results.

Do you have any celebrations planned?

So far, it’s been the same every time. All I need is Buffalo Wild Wings.

Where do you see yourself being in twelve months?

Ideally, I’d like to be pro by then. I don’t want to go through too many more fight camps and weight cuts. I’d like to do two or three more amateur fights, see where I go from there and test the waters in the pros.

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