Jake ‘Slenderman’ Green 3-0-0 is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Lightweight division, representing Combat Sports Academy. He has competed for EMMAA, Shock N Awe and Fightstar Championship.
I’d like to start this off by thanking you for taking the time to speak to me today Jake, and also to congratulate you on your phenomenal victory at Fightstar Championship 22 on July 15th.
From being a world-class junior BJJ Prodigy to making waves in the cage, your path seems to take you to great heights in the combat world. To give the readers a little insight, what lured you to the brutal yet exhilarating world of mixed martial arts?
“Hi Aaron, well I started MMA at the age of 13 (transitioning over from BJJ) simply because I wanted to try something new, I’ve always had an obsession with combat sports since I was young so when I transitioned into MMA I just took to it straight away, I’m still improving every day, I just have a pure passion for competition and fighting I love it man.”
I was in attendance that night but unfortunately, I never grabbed a chat with you. At only 17, you have deconstructed each opponent that has crossed your path. And at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, you made it 3-0 with an unforgettable 2nd round Rear-naked choke over Fightzone London’s Cosmin Spataru.
A perfect compliment to all the exceptional effort you have put in with your team at Combat Sports Academy. At such a young age, you have put the Lightweight division on notice. Now the dust has settled and you’ve had time to reflect on your recent victory, what did it mean to you to secure victory?
“It meant everything to get the victory. To me, every fight I have holds a lot of weight because this is my life, every single day I give it 110 percent. Just for that moment to pay off and it felt great to get the win.”
What was your game plan for the bout, did you set out to end it via submission or was it just a spur-of-the-moment decision out there?
“Well I’m known for my grappling, however, I haven’t had a chance to showcase my full skill set yet. I believe I’m more well-rounded than what I’ve showcased, but there was no set gameplan, just go out there and fight and the finish will come and this time it came via submission.”
An undefeated record will only attract tough and challenging competition in the future, be that with Fightstar and beyond. Have you made any future plans for your next outing, could a title opportunity be in the not-so-distant future?
“Bring it on, I want tough fights, I want a hard adversary, I want to test myself. I’d love a title shot on Fightstar. I’m currently dealing with some injuries but when I’m back my eyes are set on getting that belt 100 percent.”
If you were to return to the Fightstar cage, is there anybody, in particular, you’d be up for competing against?
“I’m not one for call-outs so I won’t say any particular names, just someone tough with a good record.”
I look forward to witnessing you out there again Jake and I wish you all the best for the challenges ahead.
Last but not least do you have a message for the readers and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“Thank you Aaron, yes I’d like to give a shout-out to my coaches Barry Russell and Mick Hall for coaching me every day and helping me excel at this amazing sport.”
Images by Mike Ruane Photography