My name is Jefferson Creighton. I’m 21 years old. I fight out of The Arena. I started off wrestling in middle school, ended up going to tryouts, ended up falling in love with wrestling, wrestled all the way up until my senior year of high school. I lived for the competition. I wanted to compete again, so I decided to check out The Arena and start training. I’ve started my career here and I’m planning on ending my career here.
Originally, I was born here in Laguna Hills. My dad was in the Marine Corps, moved around a lot, Virginia, North Carolina, ended up coming out here to California when I was 16 years old and been here ever since. I walked into the arena when I was 17 years old, and I was asked to do the first team practice, which I learned very quickly that fighting is a lot more than just wrestling and that I had to get way more well-rounded in all aspects of the game. So I took about two years to just work on striking alone, and now I’ve kind of turned from wrestler, turned into striker.
My MMA record’s is 4 and 3. I’m also 2 and 0 in Muay Thai and kickboxing. I’ve taken a couple L’s in my amateur career, but I’ve learned a lot from them. I’m always training, but when I have a fight coming up, I usually train twice a day in the morning from 9:00 to 11:00, which consists of grappling and striking, and then I go to school and then come back at 4:00, do team practice and strength conditioning. So usually when I have a fight coming up, I’m here at the gym four hours a day.
Basically, we’re just one big team. We all have the same goal and working as one unit. I would say my inspiration to fight is actually my mom. My mom is having her own battle right now with breast cancer. She’s a fighter through and through, and I’ve always just been inspired by her strength and her determination. I’m fighting May 11 at Hotel Irvine under Roy Englebrecht Promotions. I don’t know really who my opponent is and neither do I really care. I just get in there and fight whoever they put in front of me and just go out there and perform.