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Attitude MMA 13: The Legend of “Jesse” James Wallace

Jesse James?

Bandit. Marauder. Just an all around bad-ass.

“Jesse” James Wallace? Same thing.

James Wallace (6-2) has had a quick ascension in the world of MMA. With a Bellator fight already under his belt, Wallace is looking to get back to a major stage. With his fight this weekend at Attitude MMA 13 in Memphis, Tennessee, he has another obstacle in his way that he’ll need to overcome in order to get there.

His opponent, Braeden Kuykendall (3-0) is no slouch. Undefeated  going into Altitude MMA 13, Kuykendall will look to stop the bandit in his tracks, and steal all of his momentum. Wallace has something else in mind. He plans on bringing the violence, and walking away victorious. With arm bars, rear naked chokes, knockouts, and triangles on his resume, he intends to add another finish to his list of accolades this weekend.

Essentially, Wallace believes it doesn’t matter what Braden Kuykendall does once the two enter the cage. Wallace is really only focused on himself. “He’s just another undefeated opponent,” explained Wallace in an interview with MMA Today. “I’m working on me. I feel if I install my game plan how I want, it doesn’t really matter what he’s going to do. I’m working on improving my tools.”

In order to give himself the best opportunity to succeed, Wallace changed gyms in the middle of this camp as well, looking to add new tools to his skill set. “I’m at Rumble Training Center with Brandon Bolton,” detailed Wallace. “I only got the last week of the camp in here. Just getting in the finishing touches.”

Moving from Mississippi to Pensacola, Florida to train shows exactly the amount of dedication Wallace has to his art form. The 25-year-old has fought for Summit FC, V3 Fights, and of course, Bellator. Wallace is confident his experience will lead him to his third straight win.

Looking ahead, Wallace wants to get back to Bellator or even maybe the UFC. “I fought for Bellator, and everyone was cool,” said Wallace. “I got the win and thought it was enough for a contract, but it wasn’t my time yet. It’s just another hurdle in the road.”

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series? The Ultimate Fighter? A short notice fight? “Jesse” James is just one phone call away.

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With the big welterweight title fight coming up later this month, champion Tyron Woodley and challenger Darren Till are sure to make waves in the MMA community. Everyone is watching the fight. Wallace had this to say: “I’m a First Round Management guy, so I’m hoping [Tyron] Woodley pulls it off.”

Make sure to follow James Wallace on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with his fight this weekend and all his upcoming fights!


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