Amateur Fighter of 2009: Thomas Campbell

Even though MMA may not have the most developed amateur system, there are still many fighters out there plying their trade in the ranks. In 2009 a handful of amateur fighters received some mainstream attention through the Las Vegas based Tuff-N-Uff promotion. However, on the other side of the country Thomas Campbell put together a solid run, and earned himself the title of the Amateur Fighter of 2009.

Campbell, a 23-year-old featherweight, began fighting two years ago. After a few fights, the native of Clarksville, Tenn. began training with Ron Daley at SSF Submission Academy. In 2009 Campbell went 10-1 to run his overall amateur record to 16-2.

The highlight of his year was winning an eight-man HookNShoot tournament. On that night, Campbell defeated three opponents to take the crown.

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West Coast Amateur Spotlight: Millennia MMA’s Jamar Ocampo

This edition of PRO MMA’s Amateur Spotlight shines upon a young 22-year-old up-and-coming fighter out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. named Jamar Ocampo. He is a morning BJJ instructor at Millennia MMA and an accomplished grappler under Javier Vazquez.

Since there is no amateur MMA in the Golden State, Jamar gained the majority of his combat experience in grappling competitions and Pankration tournaments all over Southern California. His current Pankration record is 10-1. Jamar had one full-fledged amateur MMA bout in Idaho and choked out his opponent in 52 seconds. His professional debut is set for September in King of the Cage.

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PRO MMA’s Southeastern Amateur Spotlight: Yannick Jones

Head kicks, wheel kicks, low kicks, and any other type of martial arts kick you can think of and SSF Submission Academy’s Yannick Jones has tried it in the cage. Yannick, who currently has a 4-3 amateur MMA record, comes from a Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai background so it is no surprise he uses a lot of kicks in his MMA fights.

Do not be fooled however, as he has developed a nice ground game to go along with his superb stand-up under the tutelage of his trainer and owner of the SSF Submission Academy, Ron Dayley.

Recently, PRO MMA ( sat down to talk with Yannick about his martial arts background, how training with SSF has taken his ground game up to new levels, what it is like to be in the cage with an Olympic caliber wrestler, and more.

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