(Jorgensen lights up Banuelos at WEC 41. Props to WEC.tv.)
WEC bantamweight Scott Jorgensen heard the booing and he liked it.
A Fight of the Night bout between Jorgensen and Antonio Banuelos at WEC 41 in June went to Banuelos via split decision. And the sting was familiar— Jorgensen believes he was robbed of the decision against Damacio Page at WEC 32 in Feb. 2008. But the boos, aimed at the decision for Banuelos, softened the blow.
“To walk out in front of 13,000 fans and hear them screaming and at the end of that fight, hearing 13,000 people booing that decision, it was a little bit of a moral victory,” said the former Ring of Fire featherweight champion.
Support of the fans was just one way for the Twisted Genetiks Fight Team fighter to take solace. “I think I showed a lot of people a lot of different things that nobody knew about me, which is a good thing, puts a little fear in my opponent’s hearts,” said Jorgensen. The wrestler claims a diversified skill set and is looking forward to displaying them against Noah Thomas at WEC 43 on Oct. 10 in San Antonio, Texas. “I’m willing to stand and trade and I have some other tools that I’ve developed over the years that people gotta watch out for.”
The former Boise State wrestler still calls Idaho home, but living in a state that he claims is lagging behind the rest of the MMA world hasn’t deterred Jorgensen from having world-class training. DREAM featherweight standout Joe Warren, muay Thai specialist Kit Cope and professional boxer Ramon Montano came to Boise for Jorgensen’s camp. He’s also traveled to Sacramento to train with Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, Las Vegas to mix it up at Xtreme Couture and Temecula, Calif. to go through the grind with Team Quest.
“I’m learning that you don’t need to live in the hot spots,” said Jorgensen. “You can always go there and get your training in and come back to where your roots are at.”
Roots keep Jorgensen in Boise despite only having four professional fighters aligned with his camp. He’s still near his father, a former college wrestler and Vice President of a local excavation company, who he credits with instilling the ethic that keeps him working as a full-time fighter, marketing director for the largest private home care company in the world, Vida Senior Resource (which is also one of his main sponsors), gym owner and father of a three-year-old son, Braeten. But nothing motivates him like those boos.
“You know, walking out I had never felt the energy like I did in that arena that night. I look forward to it in San Antonio,” he said. “I know the fans are gonna be live and pumped and I’m looking to put on a show just like I did in Sacramento and walk away with a victory and move on from there.”
This interview was conducted on Fox Sports’ Inside the Cage on Reno, Nev. AM 1450 and is hosted by Greg Delong with co-host Danny Acosta.