If there’s one thing that makes JJ Ambrose’s upcoming fight to be special, it’s the chance to win the belt in the place he now calls “home”.
American lightweight JJ Ambrose has fought in many parts of the globe throughout his mixed martial arts career. Over the span of ten-years, he has competed against some of the toughest fighters, both in California and the Asia Pacific.
With more thirty fights under his belt, the Long Beach, California-native has his share of victories and defeats in places like Japan, Kuwait and Australia. However, it is in Guam where Ambrose found not only the love of his life but also the place where he belongs.
“My wife was born and raised on Guam. She brought me here when we first met. I fell in love with the culture and the island spirit and I knew one day we’d settle down and raise our family here.” Ambrose tells Dojo Drifter in an online interview. “My daughter is growing up right before my eyes. I didn’t want to go off island for training camps and I’m here to stay so building a gym was the next step.”
“The people here have welcomed me in typical island fashion – arms wide open.”
The people here have welcomed me in typical island fashion – arms wide open.
This coming PXC 56, Ambrose gets his chance at the gold when he takes on Chan Hong Seong for the vacant 155-pound belt. Undefeated inside the Terrordome, the 30-year old fighter believes that he’s in top shape ahead of his upcoming title bout. Working tirelessly even before it was announced.
“For this fight it’s no different than any other, I train consistently year round. I spent my birthday February 6th at the gym, training. I’m surrounded by good people that push me in training, my family supports and loves me. I’m in the right place.”
Ambrose knows that a victory would definitely help him get closer to his dream of competing in the UFC. But more importantly, he gets the chance to give back to the place who’ve accepted him.
“Superman” vows his put up his best performance and win the coveted title for the people he considers his own.
On the night of the fight, my hand will be raised and the title will be displayed proudly in our gym as a testament of strength of the Chamorro people.
“The goal of this journey since day one was to test myself, signing to the UFC would be a culmination of my efforts throughout the years.” He shares. “I believe winning this fight will be the key to getting signed (by the UFC).”
“On the night of the fight, my hand will be raised and the title will be displayed proudly in our gym as a testament of strength of the Chamorro people. I didn’t get this title shot on my own, the encouragement of passerby’s and my training partners. The belt will be as much theirs as it is mine.”
Photo courtesy: Pacific Xtreme Combat