Canada’s own Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels has compiled a 4-0 record to date as a pro. The 29-year old fought just last month at BFL 65, where she captured that promotion’s flyweight championship. We caught up with Wessels recently, and spoke to her about the title, and her future plans.
A Seven fight win streak dating back to the amateur days. A one hundred percent finishing rate as a pro. What do you credit your present success to after always going to the judge’s scorecards as an amateur?
I credit my present success to being a professional and have a fantastic coaching staff. Have always trained and prepared for the day I would turn pro. I believe that the extra tools you get to use as a professional have allowed me the results I have.
BFL and Beyond
You became the BFL inaugural women’s world champion. What did that moment mean to you?
Becoming the BFL champ has always been a goal, and something I needed on my path. I have always wanted a belt, and a token of the steps I have taken over the years. Started with the ammy Belt and I set the pro belt in my sights. I knew it was destined to be mine. I had worked hard for that opportunity in front of my hometown crowd.
A couple of amateur wins over Lupita Godinez, the current BTC strawweight champ. Does your competitive future possibly involve different divisions, different titles, and different promotion or is the plan to continue to defend the flyweight belt in BFL for as long as possible?
My plan is to move onto a bigger promotion, I am happy to defend my belt with BFL if the opportunity arises. I am currently number 1 in Canada pound for pound so I really am the next one in line for a bigger contract. I will stay at my 125lb weight class, I have gone to 120 but 115 is too small for me as I am 5’7” and I could potentially go to 135 but I would be out weighted by quite a bit.
Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels Q&A
You captured the promotion’s amateur and pro belts. What does that distinction mean to you?
As I said above, I am very happy to have the ammy and pro BFL belts. For me it is important for my own measurement to see myself succeed in this promotion and have “proof” of that. I also love things that match, I am a pretty organized person, so having them hang side by side looks really cool. One day I am going to be retired and be able to show my children the things I did for myself.
What does your ideal 2020 look like in terms of total amount of fights, goals you want to accomplish, etc?
2020 is going to be the biggest year yet. It is going to be the biggest test of my career. I have no doubt I will be moving onto a bigger promotion. Usually aim for 2/3 fights a year, however it hasn’t always been that way for me as finding fights has always been difficult. I am willing and accepting of any offers that came my way. My goal and plan is to go to the UFC this year and bring some more light to my small town.
Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels vs Jasmine Jasudavicius?
I gave an honorable mention to you in my The Top Fights That Can Be Booked: Canadian MMA 2020 article for cageside press. I said Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels vs Jasmine Jasudavicius would be a great fight. What are your thoughts on if that particular matchup were to be offered to you?
It’s always been difficult to find fights. So I invite any offers that come my way. My coaching staff is very diligent on game planning and assessing my opponents. So I leave that in their hands. As for Jasmine I have seen a couple other fights, she’s a killer and had a ton of potential. I think that would be a wicked fight.