Ambrose Gets New MMA Opponent For Cage Warriors 130 | Sports
After almost two years since his last fight, professional mixed martial arts fighter from Guam JJ “Superman” Ambrose learned on Monday that his intended opponent, Kyle Driscoll, was to retire from Cage Warriors 130, scheduled for October 17 in San Diego. .
“Unfortunately, the timing is so close to the fight, but luckily Cage Warriors was able to get UFC vet Spike Carlyle to take the fight on short notice,” Ambrose said.
Ambrose is 34-8 pro and is leading a five-game winning streak. He last fought in December 2019, and it’s the longest layoff he’s had since 2004.
Learning of Driscoll’s withdrawal and Carlyle’s stepping up was a cathartic moment, Ambrose said.
When he learned that his managers had found an opponent in early September, Ambrose embarked on a seven-week program to hone his skills. Learning that his opponent changed less than a week before his fight didn’t affect his plan to enter the ring in better shape.
“Everything seems to peak at the right time. I had the easiest weight management experience thanks to Ryan and Fit For You Guam, ”he said. “And my core group of guys I work with in the gym have been selfless to prepare me as much as possible. I have never been so ready. I’m in great shape and I’m going with the same intention, to raise my hand.
Carlyle, known as “The Alpha Ginger”, holds an 11-3 professional record and leads a two-game winning streak.
Carlyle could have the public advantage given that the event will take place at Humphreys On the Bay in her hometown of San Diego. But Ambrose, too, is from California and expects to see friends and family from his hometown of Santa Clara in the audience.
Ambrose vs. Carlyle is one of eight fights on the card and one of four in the lightweight division. The event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in San Diego, so Ambrose’s fight will take place around lunchtime on Sunday.
Ambrose said he has been humiliated and honored by people who wish him good luck on a daily basis, whether at his Steel Athletics gym, at the beach running, or even at the grocery store.
“It’s the best part about living in Guam, the community,” he said.
On Sunday Guam Time, Ambrose hopes to bring pride to the community.
“Two years is a long layoff, the longest I’ve had since I started,” he said. “It’s been a long time coming, and in just a few days I’ll be able to do what I was born to do. Manifest destiny. “