by Brian Lopez-Benchimol – MMAWeekly.com
WEC Bantamweight contender and powerhouse wrestler Scott Jorgensen returns this Wednesday at WEC 50 in Las Vegas.
A perennial factor in the division, Jorgensen looms closer and closer to his coveted title shot, and has done nothing short of stake his claim for the top spot at 135 pounds. With recent victories over standouts Takeya Mizugaki and Antonio Banuelos, he is considered one of the best on the planet.
Should he prove successful in his next bout against British-slugger Brad “One Punch” Pickett on Wednesday, he knows what the next logical step will be, and he’s enjoying every minute of it.
“It’s like a kid waiting for Christmas, it’s exciting. I can’t wait for it to get here, go out and do my thing, and put on a show for the fans, and get my shot at the belt,” Jorgensen told MMAWeekly.com
Ever so confident on the heels of a four-fight win streak, which includes a guillotine submission win over Chad George in just 31 seconds into the first round last March, Jorgensen has a vested interest in the main event of the evening at WEC 50, which features friend Joseph Benavidez in a rematch against champion Dominick Cruz for the 135-pound title.
“I definitely will be watching, because I’m going to beat Brad Pickett, and get the win, and I want to see who I’m fighting next. So, definitely I see some interest in that fight for me,” declared Jorgensen.
But, none the less, he knows that before then Picket can be a block in the road towards his title shot. And while the tattooed bantamweight has his eyes on the prize, he recognizes the Brit as a formidable opponent, though his confidence is unwavering.
“I’m familiar with (Brad). I’ve seen him fight twice, in December (WEC 45) and then again in Sacramento in April (WEC 48), so I’m familiar with him,” said the Boise, Idaho native.
“He’s a tough kid, hard-nosed, kind of what you’d think a kid coming out of England would be. He’s a gritty, tough kid. He doesn’t make me feel threatened in any way. I think every area he’s good at, I’m better. That’s going to be clearly stated come Wednesday.”
Pickett, a known slugger has improved his ground game exponentially over the years, which was on display in his most recent outings. He finished three of his last four fights by way of submission, including his promotional debut last December with a peruvian necktie submission finish over Kyle Dietz.
Jorgensen, who part time’s with Sacramento, California’s Team Alpha Male, is largely unimpressed, and doesn’t think, but knows that victory is imminent.
“My wrestling always gives me the option to take the fight where I want,” said the 27-year-old.
“I really don’t think there’s anybody in the division (that can stop my takedown). If I really want it, I’m going to take you down. There’s not a lot you can do about it. You can fight off a couple, (but eventually) I’ll put you to the ground.
“To me, it’s kind of the same situation Chad George was in. He’s gotta pick where he want’s to try his luck, but I’m not counting on luck. I’m counting on the training and my abilities to carry me through this fight.”