Actually, Jones’ alter ego, Ben Fodor, has inked a multi-fight contract, according to WSOF officials.
The 26-year-old fighter has been garnering more attention lately for his exploits in dressing up like a superhero to fight crime on the streets of Seattle. ESPN even did an in-depth feature on Phoenix Jones trying to help clean up Seattle.
Meanwhile, however, Fodor has amassed a 5-0-1 professional record, including a victory over Jason Novelli for the Super Fight League America welterweight championship in his most recent bout. That is in addition to a lengthy, and highly successful, amateur resume.
Fodor will debut for the promotion at WSOF 20: Branch vs. Markes at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on April 10, live on NBCSN.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ben Fodor, who has not only been making waves as an unbeaten professional in our great sport, but who has also shown himself to be an incredibly courageous and selfless human being by risking his safety in the streets of Seattle to help and inspire others,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo.
It’s definitely been an interesting journey for Fodor, but one that only promises to continue, as he doesn’t intend to give up crime fighting in his pursuit of prize fighting.
“Five years ago, I chose to put my career aside to protect the city and people I love,” said Fodor on his Facebook page. “Then when I needed love back this city embraced me, came to my local fights, and eventually lead to my signing a multiple fight deal with World Series of Fighting.
“People keep asking me why WSOF. Simple, they showed me respect, did not ask me to stop being Phoenix Jones, and NBC is a free cable channel, so the people who supported me can watch for free.”
(Photo courtesy of World Series of Fighting)