Cherokee citizen Jaymee Jones (4-1) collides with Rebecca Lewis this weekend at “XFL – Rumble on the River 13: USA vs. Japan,” according to a July 23 tweet from Chief Bill Baker. The fight, which airs live July 24 on GFL.tv, will be part of an exciting card that will be headlined with a scrap pitting Chavous Smith against Daigoro Nagareyama.
Jones, a fast-rising flyweight talent, kindly took the time to answer some questions about the fight. Here’s what she had to say:
Examiner: You won three fights in a row by first round rear-naked choke. Is that the plan for July 24, or will you be looking for a standup-type fight?
Jaymee Jones: This will definitely be a stand up fight, it will be my first official kickboxing match. I’m so excited to show a different side of my game, I’ve been working really hard and can’t wait to show it on Friday!
Examiner: How has training been going and what advantages do you feel you have over your opponent? How are you feeling going into this fight?
JJ: I feel great going into this fight. No injuries and everything feels nice and crisp going in. I basically went straight from my last fight camp, fought MMA in June, and transitioned directly into this camp.
In my mind I always have an advantage over my opponents. Confident but never arrogant; this is just the belief I have in myself. Above everything else, I know, I will not quit before you do.
Examiner: This event is going with a team-based concept of USA vs. Japan. What are your thoughts on the concept? Do you feel like its a good idea, or do you feel like MMA should be more of an individual sport without any gimmicks?
JJ: honestly, it doesn’t really matter to me, it’s a fun twist that adds excitement, hype and all that for the shows and this show does an outstanding job promoting and drawing fans.
I have the best team I could ask for, great coaches, great team mates, etc., however, when the cage door closes and you hear the lock…it’s all on you. MMA as well as kickboxing are individual sports no matter how you look at it; on fight night you better be ready…and you better believe I always am.
Examiner: All of your fights have been in Okahoma so far. Are you hoping to branch out sometime soon, or do you prefer to keep in local and fight in front of your hometown fans?
JJ: I couldn’t think of a better place to fight then in front of all your amazing, screaming, loyal fans…in front of your home town crowd; except if you are fighting in front of them on TV!