Jordan Molinari (5-5-0) is an English amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing Combat Sports Academy. He has competed for WCMMA, Lockdown Fight Series, Golden Ticket Fight Promotions, ECMMA, Contenders, EMMAA Four Nations, IMMAF and is due to make his long awaited debut for Fightstar Championship on November 19th.
I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak with me again today Jordan, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the Fightstar Championship 23 card.
“Thanks for having me back man, and reaching out, I appreciate the chat.”
I hope your training camp has been going well in the build-up to your highly anticipated return to the cage?
“To be honest mate I’m never not really in camp, I’m a goer, I don’t stop so I’m good to go whenever.”
I’ve noticed you’ve been pretty busy of late.
“I don’t have time to waste mate.”
You have been extremely busy since last we spoke, participating in the EMMAA Four Nations Championships, an all out 5 round brawl at LFC 20 and most recently your inclusion to the IMMAF European Championships.
It must have been an amazing feeling to represent your country on one of the biggest amateur stages in Italy?
“The IMMAF‘s was a great experience man. I hope I get the opportunity to represent my country again because nothing topped that man, the experience of fighting internationally, back to back and being around the whole squad in general was brilliant. It was probably one of the best weeks of my life, many more to come.”
What did you take from your inclusion?
“I understood teamwork a bit more, we fight as individuals in the cage and obviously you got your corner in the background. Going out there, we were a squad of individuals that have only trained once, maybe twice together, but when we were out there, it was almost instant, we turned into best mates. The coaches, the fighters, the media team, it was an incredible experience. I found my killer instinct, I found when to pull the trigger and really let go, that’s probably one of the best things I took from it. I had some great people behind me Dan Cassell, Vaughan Lee in my corner warming me up and giving me tips, that was really beneficial.”
I caught some of the fights, you guys really did exceptionally well.
“Oh man, the whole squad did great, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. And the best we’ve ever done in the medal table, the coaches were happy with us, how we all represented the country. It’s all starting to add up and accumulate now, I’ve only been fighting for three years, with a pandemic amongst it. I’m trying to be very active and put everything together, I’ll deliver the full package on Fightstar.
That’s a very professional outlook to have mate.
What advice would you give to young hopefuls looking to join forces with the EMMAA and represent their country on future IMMAF events?
“Turn up to the squad on training days and test your skills. You’re going with some of the best in the country so if you get selected, that’s an honour in itself. And when you are out there, you’re fighting the best of what the other countries have selected, the experience is next to none. I wish I had done it sooner but I didn’t have enough experience, then we had the pandemic but I’m certainly more than happy to have been a part of it now. I feel like I’ve come back from Italy as someone different.
You may be quite new to it, but what an event to kick-start things off. As well as your inclusion in the Four Nations.
“The Four Nations kinda opened the door for me, it was a last minute thing, they were advertising for a Flyweight so I thought I might as well. That crossed wires with what would have been my debut for Fightstar originally, but I thought it was the better opportunity, I had two fights that weekend and it was more experience. I feel I made the right move with that because I got to represent at the European Championships and had a great time, made some great contacts, some great friends and really felt part of a team.”
Looking forward, you have been added to what’s shaping out to be quite the stacked Fightstar Championship 23 card.
How does it feel to be getting another opportunity to fight in London after your withdrawal due to the Four Nations?
“I’m very grateful to be getting another opportunity. It’s a great promotion, with great athletes on, I’m looking forward to being part of it and putting on a show.”
I have to agree, Raj does all he can to give the fighters and the fans what they want.
“He is genuine and a decent fella. Also, it’s someone with a promotion that has fought before, that has a combat sports background. A lot of Promotions haven’t, that’s no shade on them, they put on good shows. But I respect a man that has stepped in and done his bit as well, he knows how things have got to run, he knows how it’s gotta go down so I take my hat off to him.”
You are set to face off against ESKF’s Sabir Hussein, yet another highly rated competitor, who previously competed for the Flyweight Championship back in July. What do you make of Sabir as we edge closer to your scheduled meeting?
“The guys an athlete, a real good striker who has trained with some serious guys. At the end of the day I’m just looking forward to testing myself, I wanna throw myself in the deep end, level up and get better, I’m looking forward to meeting Sabir”
Gotta agree, this is matchup is gonna be explosive.
It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking with you again today Jordan, and I look forward to witnessing you out there.
“Thank you very much mate, I appreciate everything you do. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to get in contact with fighters and getting their story’s out so I take my hat off to you mate thank you.”
I really appreciate that mate, anytime.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“Shout-out to everyone that helps me, everyone at the gym and I’d like to thank my sponsors! I would have really struggled getting to the European Championships if it wasn’t for them!”
“Signature Pressure Services
Kitchen Wraps Uk
3rd Floor Records
“Shout-out to EMMAA, and to the fans in attendance, I look forward to putting on a show for you all.”
Catch Jordan and many more phenomenal warriors take centre stage at what’s shaping up to be an incredible fight card on November 19th at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London. Tickets will be made available from the fighters as well as via the Fightstar Championship Website here.
Fightstar Championship are proudly affiliated with the English Mixed Martial Arts Association (EMMAA) who’s prime goal is To develop and promote the education, training and safeguarding of young people, competitors and coaches in MMA.