by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Jason David Frank has some pretty big plans in store for the rest of 2010, and it starts in August when the former Mighty Morphin Power Rangers star turns pro in mixed martial arts.
The 36-year-old resident of Texas will move into the professional ranks next month with a fight in Houston against Jose Vasquez.
Frank admits that it was a decision he talked over with his coach and his manager, but in the end it just felt like the time was right.
“I didn’t think a lot of stuff was going to happen so fast, but I got some fights under my belt, got the movie and all that stuff, and I don’t know, just training a lot with my training partners and my coach Rocky Long, and stuff like that. I just think I decided to turn pro,” Frank told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
The amateur fights provided him some needed time in the cage to see how he would adapt, and with a perfect 4-0 record, he believes it was the right time to start making it count for something.
“To really make it legit, and start making it count,” Frank explained about why he was turning pro. “We were going to do one more amateur, but what’s the difference? Four amateur fights, five, all the same thing. Now I’m turning pro, get paid to do it, and it’s not just about the money, but it’s about doing it the right way.”
The right way includes fighting for promoters that want him on their show, and people he believes in, while also taking a step up in competition from the amateur ranks.
Frank has also made it no secret that there is a promotion he hopes to one day call home.
“I’d love to get a Strikeforce deal. I want a Strikeforce deal. I keep talking about it all the time,” said Frank. “I know my manager’s talked to them briefly. It’s just I want to build my record and do it the right way, and let me people know I can go more than one round.”
While fighting for Strikeforce is what Frank ultimately wants, he’s more than willing to earn his way there. The former television star admits that whether it takes six months or a year’s worth of fights, he’s more than happy to earn a spot on the Strikeforce roster and doesn’t need to be handed anything.
“I’ve been studying (martial arts) since I was four years old. Yeah, I did the Power Rangers show. That might make Dana (White) snicker, or someone else snicker from another organization, ‘oh it’s just another guy trying it out.’ This is my life,” Frank stated. “I live and breathe martial arts my whole entire life ever since I was four years old.”
With four amateur fights all coming in the last seven months and his pro debut in August, Frank admits that if he was offered a Strikeforce deal right away, he’d like to take some time to train and ready himself for the next step in competition. He’s even open to a fight against former NFL pro Herschel Walker, but promises that he’s all about doing it the right way.
Jason Frank will make his professional debut on Aug. 4 at Puro Combate in Houston.