This weekend see’s Grapple Nation host their third installment and as always they have some exciting superfights lined up and one of those features the talented Jake Corrigan.
Jake will take on Ste Nightingale in a no-gi superfight on the day and it is set to be a great test for him and his ever developing skills.
Jake is no stranger to Grapple Nation after competing on the first show and I caught up with him to learn more about his BJJ development and his thoughts on the upcoming superfight.
What was it that first peaked your interest in BJJ and led you to begin training?
“I had obviously, like everybody seen the early UFC events, but it was actually watching a video highlight of the Machado brothers training that led me to take my first BJJ class”.
Once you first got on the mat and started rolling, what was it that made you want to continue learning?
“It was just immediately fun for me, even though I was rubbish! You can’t beat learning how to choke someone unconscious or break someones arm!”
When you first started training was it always your intention to enter competitons and how have you found testing your skills against over competitors to date?
“I had always been very competitive in everything so it just made sense to compete in grappling as well. I enjoy competitions especially now I seem to be doing more sub-only matches etc”.
Next up is Grapple Nation 3. How much do you know about Grapple Nation and the first two shows they have put on?
“I had a super-fight on the first grapplenation, and I won so I was supposed to be on the second show as well. Unfortunately both myself and my opponent ended up getting injured so it was called off”.
On the day you go up against Ste Nightingale. I know Ste mainly for his MMA, but how much do you know about him and how much of a test do you feel it will be?
“Ste is known as a great coach and competitor in the MMA scene and I know he has grappled in a few grappling comps as well, he has even had a few matches with one of my teammates at Stealth! This match will be a great test for me as Ste is a professional athlete who is mid fight camp for MMA so I know he will be in great shape!”
Ste has a few more years experience than yourself in terms of training, but doesn’t mention his belt. Do you think that experience could prove a vital factor?
“No I don’t feel a few extra years make any difference, what matters is how you train and who you train with. I think experience wise we’re similar”.
How does it feel to be in one of the showcase superfights and how much would it mean to you to take home the victory?
“It’s nice to have the spotlight, its a way for me to showcase my skills and promote my clubs and sponsors, the victory would be great as well”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Yes, I’d like to thank my team mates and coaches at both Stealth BJJ and ASW Manchester. And also my sponsor Progress Jiu Jitsu for there continued support”.