Jesse Urholin 7-0-0 is a Finnish professional Mixed Martial Artist, currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2018, He has competed for CAGE and recently joined the current roster of Cage Warriors.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for speaking to me today and to also congratulate you on a phenomenal debut for Cage Warriors at CW 124.
“Of course and thanks a bunch.”
A debut in one of the world’s best Mixed Martial Arts organisations, as well as defeating a long serving member of the organisation in Aaron Khalid 10-7-1, must have been a very proud moment for you?
“Yeah proud of the victory of course, but not fully satisfied with the performance as a whole. Felt like I could’ve done a bit more to finish it. Felt the long break from fighting was because of Covid and restrictions.”
Restrictions have been a major roadblock on the road plan of Mixed Martial Artists these past 2 years, but their sheer determination to succeed in their respective franchise, is something to be in awe of. A fighter will always find a way, no matter the obstacle.
You took control of the bout pretty much straight off, as the ref called for the war to commence and, no matter the amazing effort by Khalid to defend your assault, you had all the answers to keep him exactly where you wanted him. Studying Khalid, did you adjust your approach in any way?
“I knew he’d never break or quit so I didn’t want to take unnecessary risks and try to force a finish. I think his experience showed and he knew exactly when to move and how to tie up on the ground to avoid damage and submissions.”
Everybody interested in the BJJ community especially, knows you are one of the worlds greatest grapplers in top competitions. Competing in tournaments such as the IBJJF European open and World championships, Crest Pro Fighting And SBJJL. This astonishing career on the BJJ scene must have been an amazing contributor in your decision to enter the MMA?
“Yeah of course, grappling is my base for fighting. Later on I’ve added some wrestling as well and have been working hard to evolve my striking all the time.”
Looking back on your professional career, two fights a year seems to be what the fans can expect from your addition to the roster. If possible, would you like to fight again this year?
“Normally I’d like to fight 2-3 times a year. Weight cutting to 77kg takes some time and recovering from it as well. I will fight again this year.”
With previous organisation CAGE, Jesse wracked up six bouts. Two in 2018, three in 2019. With numbers like these coming into Cage Warriors, as well as his winning ways, the welterweight division could be a fast climb for the Finnish Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt. Keep a close eye on future fight cards, he is definitely not one to miss.
Is there anyone on the roster you would prefer to fight next or in the future at your new home?
“Anyone in the roster that is above me in the rankings.”
You seem, in my opinion, to be the perfect ingredient to add to the welterweight division, I look forward to the next chapter of your career here in England. Do you have a message for the fans and anybody you’d like to thank and give a shout out to?
“Shout out to all of my coaches and training partners, without you I’d never be anywhere. Special shout out to my better half Suvi.”