Jason Heit Returns to the Cage at AFC 4
After a year’s absence from the sport, Armageddon Fighting Championship co-owner Jason Heit plans to return to the cage at AFC 4. Heit is used to long absences from MMA – his first extended break from the sport lasted eleven years while he moved down south to train with the Gracies and bodyguard people like Robbie Williams and Drew Barrymore.
Now unbeaten over a thirteen year span, the 4-0 Victoria fighter last defeated the highly regarded Paapa Inkumsah at the Maximum Fighting Championship 22 in October of 2009. Since that time, Heit, and partner Darren Owen, have been busy launching their own successful Victoria fight promotion. Heit explains his absence,
“MFC got me some good fights and Mark Pavelich treated me well, but it has been a hectic year. There has been a ton of work getting the show off the ground. There has been lots of distractions and I have been buried in work. I was not in good enough shape to fight when I have been working as hard as I have been working.”
With his Armageddon Fighting Championship promotion on firm financial ground with three solid shows behind him, the former national amateur champion boxer is itching to get back into the cage. Heit declares,
“Now that the Armageddon Fighting Championships is established, it gives me more time to train and compete. I have had time to go down to Vegas and stay with (good friend) John Alessio to train at Xtreme Couture and with Robert Drysdale and just focus on me.”
Heit better focus on himself and not his promotion when he steps into the AFC 4 cage on November 6th, because his opponent Markhaile “Showtime” Wedderburn will be hungry for a win. The 9-8 record that Showtime sports is not indicative of his talent level. Showtime has strong Muay Thai skills and frequently faces the top Welterweights in Canada. The fight with Heit promises to be an exciting standup fight. AFC co-owner Darren Owen comments on the bout involving his friend and partner,
“I think it’s going to be a standup war, both guys usually have to worry about their opponents looking to get them to the ground, where in this fight their strengths are their stand up striking. So you would think it’s going to make for a sick fight.”
Heit, who was one of the final cuts from The Ultimate Fighter 7, also anticipates a striking battle and is ready to stand with Showtime on November 6th,
“I am comfortable to fight everywhere and I am not going to force the fight to anywhere. It will be an exciting fight. I think we will stand and bang and I believe I have an advantage in the standup due to my experience, my reach, and my hands.”
On thing is for sure, Heit will not only have his hands full with Wedderburn, but also with his promotion and some of his students who are fighting on the same card. Jason runs Island MMA out of Victoria and his students Derek Medler, Karl Bergen, Chris Jones, Conner Riddell, and Tristan Connelly will also be appearing on the AFC 4 card. Heit will be very busy come fight night, let’s hope he comes focused. As Darren Owen says,
“The fact of the matter is that it’s a fight and once the door closes anything can happen. If anything I think he’s at a disadvantage (by fighting on his own card). There will be a lot of other things for him to think about other than just fighting.”
With the show, his students, and a years worth of ring rust to deal with at AFC 4, not to mention the pressures of fighting in front of friends and family, one hopes that Heit can focus on himself and his fight with Wedderburn. Heit has always impressed but has never put enough fights in a row together to take a run at bigger shows like the UFC. A loss to Showtime would put a big dent in the plans of the 37 year old Heit. A win at AFC 4 followed by a few more and its not out of the realm of possibility that Heit could see himself in a future UFC Vancouver show.