Blog post

Legacy Fighting Alliance 30 – Jordan Wright

By Lance Edwards

 

One fighter to watch in 2018 is ‘The Beverly Hill Ninja’ Jordan Wright (8-0). Wright represents the whole package, a fighter who can strike, grapple and finishes opponents. The 6’1” middleweight hails from the legendary Jackson-Winklejohn school in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a professional, Wright has never gone out of the first round, and has amassed four submission victories and four stoppages. As well as being a successful fighter, one thing Wright brings to the table is charisma and the ability to speak well. In this day and age those characteristics can help you go a long way in the sport if you also have the ability to fight well.

Born in San Antonio, TX, Wright grew up in California in the Los Angeles area. As a youth, Wright was involved in gymnastics but developed another love through watching cartoons and anime;

“I got into Dragon Ball Z and thought that martial arts were something I really wanted to get into. I started out in karate, then wushu and Muay Thai. I remember when there was a point I thought Muay Thai was my goal. It was then that I was surrounded by the fight world. There was a boxing anime that I liked, and I thought I’d like to try a fight. I did a Muay Thai smoker and I was hooked. I did some smokers and two amateur Muay Thai fights.”

You can see the influence of his early training on Wright’s cage performance;

“My style is very much based on karate and Muay Thai. I move like a karate guy, counter striking, using fast footwork and kick like a Muay Thai fighter.”

Wight’s goal was to fight in K1 Max. It was actually Wright’s Muay Thai coach Jimmy Romero who introduced Wright to Jiu Jitsu training. Wright always saw his future in martial arts. He saw himself as a champion of the future;

“My first fight was in Tuff-N-Uff in Las Vegas. At that time I was graduating high school. My MMA gym fell though. We split from our gym and it didn’t work out. My mom asked me if I wanted to go and train at Jackson-Wink. I phoned up and spoke to Ricky, who is now my manager and he said to come on down and try out. I was eighteen years old and they had me sparring with guys like Keith Jardine, Carlos Condit and the like. You had to prove yourself. It was never easy.”

Since then, Wright has trained at the New Mexico gym for the past seven and a half years. During that period, he has been training and sparring with the world’s top competitors and champions. With access to top coaches, Wright works to constantly evolve and improve his game;

“I go wherever I need to go. My kickboxing coach is John Justice. His brother and he fought under coach Wink. I train with Ben Acosta. I do Jiu Jitsu with Harry St. Ledger, he’s amazing. He has a black belt in judo, a black belt under Renzo Gracie and also has sick wrestling.”

Another well respected grappling coach at Jackson-Wink is wrestling coach Izzy Martinez;

“I’ve trained with Izzy a bit as well. He’s really good. I’m a lot bigger than him, but he’s one of the best wrestlers I’ve wrestled with.”

Winning eight bouts with first round finishes is no easy feat;

“I believe in God, myself and the people around me. I’ve worked hard; when I win as I do, I’m not surprised. I train full time. I do a lot of running, hitting pads, grappling, wrestling and sparring. I’m all about becoming better at martial arts. When the muscles start to fail, it’s the skills that kill.

“My adaptability is my strength. I come from a strong kickboxing background. I hit them, then they go down or want to take me down and I submit them from there.”

At LFA 30, Wright faces Craig Wilkerson (7-3);

“I don’t know a lot about him. I used to train at CSW (Erik Paulson’s school in California) where he trains. I saw him there, but never trained with him. I just worry about myself; the guy you train for may actually not be the guy you end up fighting on the night.”

For Wright, he has one goal in mind;

“I’ll be UFC champion, so I’ll do whatever it takes to get there. If the UFC want me after this, that’s great. If not, I’d like to keep fighting for LFA. I’d like a shot at the LFA title, but whatever happens, happens.”