Fighter on the Rise: J.A. Dudley #ir62

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J.A. Dudley "Full Metal Artemis" – #ir62

We've interviewed J.A. Dudley a while back (which can be seen at THIS LINK) and due to the implementation of our trial run Q&A, we've asked J.A. back to the lounge. J.A. is probably one of the coolest pro fighters out there and him being a New Jersey native makes him that much cooler. He's always willing to help out others and besides training at Rosky's/End Game, he trains small camps/programs at a few local gyms. Check him out and be sure to continue following his career with us!

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Early Life:

 

Tell us a bit about yourself, where did you grow up and what was life like growing up? (Family, school, friends)

I grew up in East Orange, NJ but moved to Plainfield going to high school at Plainfield High and Union County Vo-Tech where I became a certified electromechanical technician. I grew up in a christian household that I eventually departed with more of an education on religion. The help of Tyler Durden and his thoughts helping me to determine what type of man I wanted to become or even what the definition of a man meant.


Were you involved in any sports as a youth in or outside of school?

I did not start sports until my freshman high school year in Plainfield. Many things happened that summer in 1994, I was named J.A. and was given the number 62. Two things that have stuck with me ever since! My mother, aunt, and grandmother debated about placing me in a Martial Arts program, but due to my volatile temper they thought that I would become more irresponsible learning how to fight, not knowing it would have given me more discipline and focus to use in life. Maybe that was a good choice because who knows what path I would have been on if I learned how to be calm that young.


What is your favorite child-hood memory?

Hmmm, good question… Driving places with my mother…but beyond that everything was church related… Wait, wait, wait! I know, when my christmas gift was NES 8-bit with mario and duck hunt!

 

Any interesting child-hood stories and/or fun facts?

I almost went into the ministry… I was a different person in every atmosphere I went to… I was always told that I looked like wanye morris from the r&b group Boyz 2 Men…


Getting involved in MMA:

 

How did you get involved?

I'm not sure how to start this question. My answer is kinda loaded. One place to start is when I was fired from verizon the first time in October of 2001, then started playing semi-pro football and then became a bouncer and fought every night. Someone suggested that I learn that brazilian jiu jitsu so I could grab people up instead of punching them, messing up my hands…that led to me taking a free week of BJJ classes at a gym I was a personal trainer at. I could not understand the instructors so they directed me to a place in Elizabeth, NJ called BAMMA ran by Dan Miragliotta and Eddy Rolon. I got on the mat with Eddy for a free class and jumped guard on him while I was 280lbs, he passed my guard and choked me out with a side choke. At that point I was sold! I found out 2 weeks later that I blew out his knee when I jumped guard and I promised that for however long I do this type of training, I will train under eddy… After a few years of still playing semi-pro football, I decided to put the helmet down and put some gloves on and dedicate my life to training for MMA.

 

What discipline did you begin with and care to share a bit about your early experiences learning the sport(s)?

I started with no-gi grappling under Eddy Rolon and as other coaches like Tony Velera, Nick Graninitti, and Frank Ursino rotated at Team Endgame… Thats how I learned my standup game…


At what point did you know you were ready to step in the cage for the first time?

2004 I made the choice to stop playing football and begin fighting. I had my first ammy fight in 2005 and I loved it!


When the cage locked behind you in your first fight, can you recall what what through your mind? How did your first fight turn out?

It was actualy a underground fight in NYC… in a ring. A very fun experence, I towled off and drove to work security in Elizabeth, NJ right after.


What are 3 things you've learned while being involved in this sport?

Nothing can be predicted. Work hard until the bell stops. No need for anger… Give your all!

 

Current:

 

What gym are you currently fighting out of?

Team Endgame / Rosky Combat Sports

 

What is your current record (ammy/pro) and at what weight?

Ammy 3-0 / Pro 6-12 – Heavyweight (~230lb)

 

Do you currently have a nickname in this sport? If so, what is it and why?

Full Metal Artimis

One of my old team-mates, Jonathan Helwig saw me wearing all of my rings one day as I went from training and he said, “J A Dudley, the king of rings, full of metal” then my other teammate Tom Velasquez tried to guess my middle name and started calling me "Artie" …Then one day, I was watching a documentary about the US Goverment weapons systems and one was called "Artemis", in turn was a Female God of War, so I changed one letter making it Art"i"mis to define myself as the Full Metal Artimis, walking weapon! 

 

If you could improve one aspect of your game, what would it be and why?

I work on improving in every aspect of the game, never feeling complete.

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What is your most memorable experience as an MMA fighter?

Being seen on national TV and being recognized by people I have not heard from in years!

…Beyond that, finding out that I am an inspration to people that don't even train, from the young to the old.


Any interesting stories to share or learning experiences whilst fighting you would like to share?

So many to tell… I guess driving to a fight in Johnstown, PA; I thought that I was tired and hallucinating because I saw yellow lights through the trees going up to the sky almost like a Twilight Zone episode… I pointed to have my coach, Dave Rosky see it, but he saw nothing but trees. Eventually we made it to the town and found out it was an escape elevator… for what you might ask? To get everyone out of the town if the dam breaks again! If you want to learn more, google Johnstown, PA!


If you could offer one bit of advice to an aspiring fighter what would it be?

Take your time. You know nothing. Learn what works for you at the moment then learn what does not work for you later. You don't know anything until you can teach it!

 

Would you like to give a shout out to any sponsors individuals who have supported you?

The easiest way is just to provide a link http://ir62.com/sponsors/

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Future:
 

What are your goals for the future in the sport?

To earn a pair of UFC gloves to give to my coaches, Eddy Rolon and Dave Rosky!


What are your thoughts on the current state of the sport and where it's headed?

The only way is up!


If you could change one thing in the sport, what would it be?

That judges be ex-fighters or at least train in MMA.


Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

Ownging an MMA school that will provide more than just fighters.

 

Fun Facts:

 

Favorite Food/Dish:

Penne Vodka

 

Favorite type of Music:

Dubstep

 

Favorite Movie:

Fight Club

 

Favorite TV Show:

Heroes

 

Favorite Quote:

“It's not until we loose everything that we will be free to do anything”- Tyler Durden

 

Do you have any children? Do you plan on having any/more?:

I have a son, his name is football. I would love to have a wife/best-friend to build with and have more children.

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Best day of your life:

4-26-1980

Interesting/Unknown Fact about yourself:

I wear rings on all of my fingers to remind me not to hit people.


Favorite Hobbies:

Spending time with my son and training.


Who is your favorite super hero and why?

Dark Wing Duck… ha ha ha ha ha that was the first one I thought of when I read the question… But, Batman because, he is batman…. and Colossus because he is full of metal!

 

Contact:

 

REBEL-411-07

website: http://IR62.COM

Facebook Page/Fan Page: http://FB.COM/JADUDLEYMMA

Twitter: @FULMETALARTIMIS

Instagram: @FULMETALARTIMIS

Manager Contact (for sponsorship/fight inquiries): http://ir62.com/sponsors/

 

 

Jason Przewoznik is the owner of KnockoutLounge.com. KnockoutLounge.com was created to provide a haven for up and coming Mixed Martial Artists to share their stories and their careers with the fans; Supporting ALL fighters on the rise in a not-for-profit community.
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