Hettes To The UFC
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PA's Jimy "The Kid" Hettes signs 4-fight deal with UFC By Ted Czech on July 22, 2011 9:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Swoyersville's Jimy "The Kid" Hettes, an 8-0 pro, recently signed a deal to fight for the UFC. His latest win over Jacob Kirwan at MASS - Inauguration no doubt cemented the UFC's plans to make him an offer. Having spoken to Jimy several times, it couldn't happen to a more humble, down-to-earth -- and talented -- guy. All I have to say is the rest of the 145-pound division better watch out -- there's a new "Kid" in town.
By Jonathan Bombulie, Citizensvoice:
Jim Hettes got the call to the big leagues Thursday.
The undefeated featherweight from Swoyersville signed a four-fight deal with Zuffa LLC, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
The UFC, with its national television exposure and big-arena pay-per-view cards, is considered the major leagues of mixed martial arts.
"It's an honor for sure, but at the same time, I haven't accomplished anything yet," Hettes said. "I have to train even harder. I have to put in even more hours in the gym. I can't sit back and think I've made it."
Those around him didn't receive the news as calmly as Hettes did.
"My family and friends went nuts," he said. "They really took the news to heart. They've been celebrating ever since."
Hettes, a 24-year-old Wyoming Valley West graduate, had his first MMA bout as an amateur in 2007. He's 8-0 since turning pro in June of 2009.
Last Saturday, Hettes defeated Jacob Kirwan via triangle choke in the second round of the main event of MASS Inauguration, the first MMA event held at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Hettes said he was in line to be a late replacement on a UFC card several times recently - including a tentative agreement to fight on the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale last fall - but the deals always fell through for one reason or another. He won't have to worry about that anymore.
"It's a relief," he said.
Hettes said he does not yet know when or where his next fight will be.
"It's a complete grab bag at this point," he said. "All I can do is wait to hear what's next."