Before Jesse Kosakowski hunts for his fourth straight finish at CES 56 on May 31 in Hartford, LIVE on UFC Fight Pass, the fast-rising Connecticut fighter spoke with FightBook MMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
I started training when I was little, probably around four years old. My dad has been teaching in Waterbury for years and has been doing martial arts since the 1960s. I grew up in a fighting family; it’s almost like it’s in my blood. I’ve been doing this since I was a little kid, so it’s normal for me.
Has everything been geared towards you fighting as a professional, or were you just doing it to do it?
You know, it just started out as a hobby. But when I began to compete when I was about eight years old, I fell in love with the competitive aspect. Some kids want to become astronauts, some kids want to become professional basketball players; I knew that I wanted to be a fighter from a young age. You can ask anybody; I’ve been talking about being a professional mixed martial artist for a long, long time — from the very beginning.
Now that things are coming together — you’re 3-0 and fighting for a big promotion like CES on UFC Fight Pass — how does it feel?
It feels really good, man. I’m blessed with a great opportunity — shout-out to my manager Carlos for making it happen. I’m excited. I can’t wait to show who I am, why I’m here, and just continue on with what I’ve been doing.
What can CES fans expect for your debut?
They can expect for me to go out there and do what I’ve been doing from the very start. That’s getting the win by any means necessary. This fight is right in my backyard — Hartford isn’t very far from Waterbury — so I’m going to go out there and put on a show for all my people.
Are you expecting a lot of supporters on fight night?
Yes! I’m going to sell a lot of tickets (laughs). I’ve got people hitting me up all the time asking when they can buy tickets. It’s going to be great.
Assuming you get the victory, you’ll be 4-0. What are you eyeing as the next step after this opportunity?
You know, I’m just trying to get as many wins as I can to close out the year. Four more wins would be great, five more wins would be great. God willing I stay healthy and keep winning, my eyes are on that UFC contract. Getting onto the biggest stage by any means necessary.