“When the door shuts the animal comes out” – Jason Cooledge on all things MMA

Jason Cooledge, (7-3 MMA),  is a good, upcoming fighter in Mixed Martial Arts. His next fight is against Jason Ball at Cage Warriors 53, in Glasgow, on 13th April 2013. Jason took the time to answer some questions on the upcoming fight and his MMA journey.
Hi Jason, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?

“I’m Jason ‘the animal’ Cooledge, fighting out of bkk fighters Colchester. I am happily married, with 2 great kids now full time and teaching”. 
You are fighting Jason Ball at Cage Warriors. how much do you know about him?
“I know he is very tough, very experienced and the only one who wanted the fight. He is a pro boxer and very fit who will push forward all the time”.
What do you see as your best skills in this fight?
“My best skill is me, everywhere, anywhere in the cage. When the door shuts the animal comes out”.
How does it feel to get the opportunity to fight for cage warriors and how much do you know about them?
“It’s an honour to fight on such a great show. I know a bit as my coach and mentor fights on the show: Jack mason.  He is a beast!”
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?


“The training is awesome as always and nothing has changed. As soon as you start to worry about what they will do, you don’t think about what you should do”. 
You are currently on a two fight win streak! How much confidence does this give you?


“I get more confidence from who I train with and how hard I train as this is where I get all my confidence from. If you look at my last fight or the fight before I’m a new fighter who is improving so quick. It’s crazy”.
Who would be your dream match up in MMA?
“I would love to fight Frankie edger as he is such a great fighter and a beast in the cage, with great heart  and would really test my mental strength”. 
How far do you want to go in MMA?
“All the way! I want to fight on the biggest shows and stay on top for as long as possible”.
Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?
“It would have to be Jack mason. He has changed my whole life inside and out side the cage and with diet training etc”.
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“It’s the only time I can just be me! It’s special and I love it. It’s just me and him where the best man wins!  Like a gladiator. I do like a big crowd to entertain though”. 
What is the best thing about fighting and what motivates you to fight?
“The best thing is that I don’t have to worry about anyone else! It’s just me and if I lose its my fault. Plus I like all the attention on me! My family motivate me and I want The best for them. I feel this is the best way”.

How did your MMA journey begin?

“I watched kickboxer and loved it so started kickboxing! Then my mate got some pride videos and though that looked great fun and I was told it was a great way to loose weight and I was fat (laughs)”.
And finally, is their anybody you’d like to thank?

“First I would like to thank cagewarriors for giving me this chance to fight for them. To my sponsors eprotein, funky gums , British fighter octagon wear for helping me get ready. My pro team Jack Mason, Sean Carter, Arnold Allen, Steve Wright, Tim Stokes, Ian Skivington, Lee Catlin, Jamie Williams and  Nick Albert. You can follow my progress on Twitter @theanimaljac.  There is also room for more sponsors! So don’t be shy”.


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