Jay Jay Wilson looking to continue undefeated record this Friday at Bellator 242.
Jay Jay Wilson has finished all of his five professional wins via submission. The New Zealand native has also finished four of those five in the first round of the bout. So Wilson is looking to showcase some extra talents this weekend at Belaltor 242, with some stand up striking.
“I feel like my striking is amazing,” Wilson told media outlets including Cageside Press at Wednesday’s media day ahead of the card. “I’ve been doing kick-boxing since I started martial arts. I’ve had over 12 kickboxing fights. You guys haven’t been able to see that yet, so I’m looking to demonstrate that for you guys in this fight.”
Wilson has been apart of some special Bellator cards and is excited to be back on the first card since the pandemic cancelled many Bellator events. With the world watching the return of Bellator, Wilson believes it is his time to shine.
“I think I’ve flown under the radar the whole time. I finally got a shot against someone who has a name. I’m ready to show the world what I’ve got. In this fight, I think everyone’s going to realize I’m the real deal,” he stated.
Tywan Claxton was a member of the featherweight grand prix before suffering a loss at the hands of Emmanual Sanchez. Sanchez is the only professional loss of Claxton’s career. Wilson hopes to add his name to that list.
“My camps never really changes, I always have the same kind of schedule that I do for every camp,” Wilson said regarding his preparations for Claxton, a high level wrestler. “We brought in a lot of lifetime wrestlers in so I could adapt my grappling to move with a lifetime wrestler. Because a lifetime wrestler moves differently than a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner. We made those little adjustments in there. I’m not too worried about his ground and pound. My jiu-jitsu is on another level. He’s going to realize that when it gets in there with me. If he manages to takes me down, which I highly doubt he’ll be able to take me down, he going to wish he never did it. I’m going to catch him off my back, or on top.”
Wilson has shown that his Jiu Jitsu is world class. Submissions are not hard to come by when you have the talent level of Wilson, as for Claxton, Wilson isn’t convinced he has a Jiu Jitsu game.
“His jiu-jitsu is, I can’t rate his jiu-jitsu” Wilson said with a pause. “He’s an amazing wrestler, but his jiu-jitsu? I’m sorry. It’s not good.”
Wilson believes the key to this fight will be the cardio that has been put in in both camps. That cardio will dictate this fight between two contenders in the stacked division.
“100%, cardio is what wins this fight” Wilson stated. “I can go all day, so I think cardio’s what’s going to win this fight. For sure, he’s super explosive so I want to see how he does after I take away that explosive power from him. And I’ll see what he’s capable of then.”
This fight could dictate the future for what contenders fight who in the featherweight division. Claxton, whose only loss is to a title challenger, Sanchez. Wilson, who has not tasted defeat yet, and doesn’t plan to anytime soon.
Bellator 242 goes down Friday, July 24 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The main card airs live on Paramount Network and DAZN.