Posted On:2/11/2005 11:59am
Style: Gracie Barra Jiu Jitsu
“Given the chance to fight Vitor Belfort again, I will knock him out faster than he did me,” said “Big” Jon Hess, referring to his second—and last—MMA fight, which took place at SuperBrawl 2. “If I am allowed to return, I will be world champ!”
The 35-year-old San Diego native made his mixed martial arts debut in 1995’s Ultimate Fighting Championship 5 against third dan Andy Anderson. Hess easily won by technical knockout after only slightly more than one minute.
Said to be one of the dirtiest bouts in UFC history, Hess sees it differently: “I would not agree that this fight was a dirty fight as the UFC billed itself as no rules. If there are no rules then how can you break them? It was a true fight in that Anderson was trying to hurt me, and I hurt him first.”
Hess first became interested in MMA when he saw UFC 4, which he “thought was a joke,” particularly Brazilian jiu-jitsu master Royce Gracie, whom he said he “could defeat very easily.”
During a 10-minute workout with Art Davie, Hess said he displayed his “exceptional hand-to-hand skill and was allowed into the UFC.” With Lew Hicks and his new wife, Julie, in his corner, Hess entered the cage in 1995 for the first time.
After the bout with Anderson ended, an overweight Hess forfeited his position in the tournament. “Two months prior to the UFC, I quit smoking (two packs a day), and I put on 40 pounds of fat,” he said. “I was eating very unhealthy and drinking too much. After destroying Anderson, I was gassed and my right forearm and wrist were injured from striking Anderson in the side of his head. I didn’t think I could defeat Severn with just my left and without any energy.”
A year and a half went by and MMA enthusiasts had not heard a word from Hess. “I believe that I was blacklisted by Art Davie,” he insisted. “I was not allowed to return, and I could get no fights anywhere.”
After trying for 14 months, Hess grew extremely frustrated and quit trying and training. In October 1996, however, his disbarment from the sport ended when he received a call stating Royce Gracie’s brother “Victor” wanted to fight him in four days at SuperBrawl 2. Hess had challenged Gracie after UFC 5, but nothing ever surfaced.
“After my bad experience in UFC 5,” recalled Hess, “I got in shape to show the world that I was the best fighter, so I challenged Royce Gracie, and he was unwilling to fight me—probably because he knew that I would kick his rear end.”
When he received the call, Hess replied that he was no longer in shape, especially for a fight that would occur in four days, but was told he was being “called out.”
“Because I had challenged Royce the previous year, I agreed,” he said.
Entering SuperBrawl, Hess quickly learned that the “Victor” he had anticipated was in reality Vitor Belfort. In 12 seconds, Hess was knocked out, suffering a concussion.
“I believe Belfort was using anabolic steroids prior to and before our match,” Hess stated. “Given the chance to fight him again, I will knock him out faster than he did me. I was sick and in the worst shape of my life, and I couldn’t overcome his steroid strength. However, Royce did get the last laugh, and I paid a heavy price of humiliation and a concussion.”
The MMA world has not seen Hess since. “I had to get my life squared away before I could give fighting my best effort,” he said, “so I retired after I humiliated myself against Belfort.”
Known for being the co-creator of Scientific Aggressive Fighting Techniques of America (SAFTA), a hand-to-hand martial art, Hess trained with Jerry Peterson, whom he believes “is the smartest hand-to-hand instructor in the world. He is a great man, and I learned a lot about life and how to handle situations from him.”
Today, Hess spends his time playing sports and religiously lifting weights, planning for a career, once again, somewhere in the fight world.
Going back to the basics of training, Hess said he is now a “considerably more dangerous man today than I was back then. I am also more humble and smarter. My punching power has increased exponentially, and I have an 82-inch reach.”
Weighing his options between a career in pro-boxing or MMA, he confides, “I’ll either return [to the cage] by summer, or I’ll stay retired for good. I am confident in my abilities, as I believe that I could defeat Royce Gracie, Vitor Belfort and Frank Mir. I would be willing to take any of those matches, winner-take-all. I wouldn’t do that if there was a chance I would lose.”
Unwilling to fight again in smaller venues, Hess focuses on the UFC. “There is no one at the UFC who I couldn’t defeat, but I don’t know if I am still banned as they have new owners.”
Though he has yet to step in the cage, Hess is well aware of how the sport has changed. In his own words he finds “MMA has evolved and devolved at the same time. It has evolved in that the majority of fighters are better and more well rounded. At the same time, it has devolved in that the champs and better fighters are less dangerous and of lesser skill. Frank Mir is an example of this devolution. Rulon Gardner is an example of the evolution.”
“I believe the old UFC was more exciting,” he continued. “With all of the cross training now, many of the UFC fighters seem to be Ken Shamrock clones. I think Mir is an example of these clones, and I would defeat him in less than 25 seconds.”
While he continues to train, preparing to show the MMA world just who he is and what he can do, only time will tell if fight fans will have the opportunity to see “Big” Jon Hess live up to his big words—an event that is sure to be unforgettable.
this guys a freaking joke i hope i really really really really......... really hope they let him come back to to the ufc just for this fight **** any fight. any heavey wieght in the ufc now would make this guy more brain damaged than he already is. all i saw was excuses from him about how he lost. but wait hes even more dangerous. what a bitch.
Eduardo "Why'd you stop."
Me "I was kicked in the head by the guys sparring next to me."
Eduardo "Ino what happened but i didnt say you could stop."
Me "Um.. I guess I keep going."
Eduardo "You dont stop until i say stop, you dont get tired until i say your tired, keep going."
Originally posted by Ralek
My cousin gave me some tapes of him doing tkd. I learned from those tapes. When I beat up an Akido instructor, and made him take rest breaks, I used TKD. I learned Bjj from watching ufc and pride and then I copied them and wrestled my cousin for practice. I choked him out and he tapped.
Fear and bullets.
Posted On:2/11/2005 12:12pm
Let him fight the middleweights...at least then it will go for a few minutes. I saw this chump fight in UFC. He was an awful, lumbering giant of a fool. I hope he has really upped his game, because hw will get eaten alive out there.
And lo, Kano looked down upon the field and saw the multitudes. Amongst them were the disciples of Uesheba who were greatly vexed at his sayings. And Kano spake: "Do not be concerned with the mote in thy neighbor's eye, when verily thou hast a massive stick in thine ass".
--Scrolls of Bujutsu: Chapter 5 vs 10-14.
Posted On:2/11/2005 12:44pm
Style: kickboxing, judo
82-inch range? that is more than i am tall.
how is range measured?
Posted On:2/11/2005 1:04pm
thats his reach i not totally sure how they measure that but i think its finger tip to finger tip.
Posted On:2/11/2005 1:50pm
Style: In Transition
Maybe he meant 82cm?? 82 inches is 6'10".
I could defeat Royce. I said it, so it MUST be true, right?
Posted On:2/11/2005 2:50pm
82cm lol i doubt a grown man would have an 82cm reach your reach from finger tip to finger tip does not all corilate to your hieght, although john is very tall and 6'10 is not an unreasnable hieght.
Posted On:2/11/2005 3:39pm
He is almost 7 feet tall. His ring name was "the Giant with Attitude."
No ****...I couldn't make that up. So his reach is good. I do believe that challenging vitor would be a classic example of his reach exceeding his grasp, though. (pause for audible groans over bad cliche' joke)
DO NOT LISTEN TO ME
Posted On:2/11/2005 5:19pm
Style: Kickboxing/Sub. Grappling
Whats this guy on? Knocking out an olympic calliber boxer in just 12 seconds? Most UFC fights take 15-20 seconds just to size and feel out your opponent.
Posted On:2/11/2005 6:26pm
Originally Posted by Scrapper
I do believe that challenging vitor would be a classic example of his reach exceeding his grasp, though. (pause for audible groans over bad cliche' joke)
or his alligator mouth overriding his humingbird ass.
hes just mad that at the time vitor was 19 and he carcges out in the fight thinking hess just going to running this lil kid over. he then procedes to get a one two and hit the ground then vitor stands over him in horse stance and bounces his head off the canvas.
this guys a joke i mean hes the one who invented "safta"..... what the ****
Posted On:2/11/2005 6:40pm
So Jonny Boy the SCARS fighter wants back into the UFC?
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