Thursday, May 15, 2008

Jake Kuester of Serrano’s Combat Gym looks to avenge loss at Gladiators 52: Thunderdome

Jake Kuester of Adrian Serrano’s Combat Gym has a four fight win streak under his belt and had earned himself a shot at the very respectable Gladiators Fighting Series welterweight title. He was set to square off against the current champion Jesse Lennox of Miletich Fighting Systems, however Lennox suffered his first loss and a somewhat serious knee injury in his IFL debut in April. Calls were made and a number of Wisconsin’s top welterweights were asked to take the fight and all turned down a fight against the rising star who was gaining a reputation for being a straight badass in the cage.

Rewind one year ago this week and Jake Kuester would suffer his only professional MMA loss. The show was the Gladiators Fighting Series: Rocktown Showdown 5 in Rockford, Illinois against former Gladiators Fighting Series Welterweight Champion Justin “Shaggy” Wieman of the Rockford Kickboxing & Jiu-Jitsu Academy. Wieman would submit Kuester at 2:37 in the first round with a rear naked choke.

Justin “Shaggy” Wieman

Justin Wieman sports an MMA record of (17-8-1) and has fought many notable fighters such as Jorge Santiago, Melvin Guillard, and Jason Ireland. He holds wins over notable Wisconsin fighters and Ultimate Fighter stars Brian Geraghty and Paul Georgieff in addition to the win over Jacob Kuester last May. Wieman is no stranger to Wiscosin and has fought in Freestyle Combat Challenge shows eleven times, Madtown Throwdown shows three times, and Gladiators twice before. He is riding a seven fight win streak but does not have any fights in the last twelve months.

Jake Kuester

Jake Kuester sports an MMA record of (7-1) and most recently defeated Mike Edington at Waukesha Wrecking in April. His TKO performance can only be described as cruel and unusual punishment as Edington, a 155lb amateur fighter who had lost earlier in the evening stepped up to fight at 170lbs and take a pro fight against the Wisconsin Combat Sports #4 ranked welterweight. It would be a big mistake for Edington who could not deal with the size and strength disadvantage. Although Kuester had multiple opening for submission attempts, he had it in his mind to win by TKO. The ground and pound clinic he displayed along with some questionable judgment by referee Al Wichers waiting way to long to stop the bout made Edington suffer a lot of unneeded punishment. Kuester has fought on many locals shows such as Gladiators, Konquer the Kage, Freestyle Combat Challenge, Combat USA, and Waukesha Wrecking. With a win this Saturday and chance to avenge his loss, Kuester may find a permanent home for himself and a spot at #1 on Wisconsin Combat Sports welterweight rankings as well as a chance to fight Jesse Lennox for the Gladiators Fighting Series welterweight belt.

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