From wrestling to the cage
Former wrestling and WWE star, Jack Claffey is now tackling mixed martial arts. Accustomed to very big events, the British fighter is confidently preparing his debut in the HEXAGONE MMA cage, on August 4th, in Béziers.
Jack Claffey has the art of reconciling extremes. An MMA fighter and philosophy graduate, bare knuckle enthusiast and great poetry reader… “I think I’m a little bit weird,” he admitted with a laugh. “I’m always trying to balance it all out.” In tracing the career of the 33-year-old Briton, another detail stands out: his past as a wrestler. In fact, for five years, he provided a show for the WWE, the renowned American league of mythical halls and crowded stadiums. “My biggest show, I think it was in front of 50,000 people in Texas. Before entering, I had only one thing in mind, not to stumble! In the end, I learned a lot from this experience. I am able to focus very well on what I have to do and the noise of the public doesn’t bother me anymore. I can be booed or applauded, it makes no difference to me. This is another asset when it comes to starting a career in MMA.
“I have also fought in bare knuckle”
Jack Claffey had already in fact fought as an amateur in MMA in the mid-2010s but recently chose to return more seriously to the sport..
“Through my years as a wrestler, I continued to train in boxing and jiu-jitsu at a very good gym in Miami. So when my contract with WWE ended, I already knew I wanted to try something in MMA. I’m giving it my all, I want to see what level I can reach.”
Regardless, skill-wise, Jack Claffey has everything it takes to perform at the highest level. Trained in wrestling from a young age, the Briton – from Manchester – has gradually opened up to other disciplines, adding striking to wrestling sports.
“People think I’m a wrestler, but don’t forget that I’ve also fought bare knuckle! I’ve worked tremendously on my boxing.”
Add in the hint of madness that characterizes Jack Claffey, you get the full picture.