Jacob Noe is not only a pioneer when it comes to mixed martial arts in the state of Tennessee, but he is also one of the most successful fighters to come out of the volunteer state. He has fought legends such as Muhammed Lawal, aka ‘King Mo and he defeated Renato Sobral who once fought Chuck Lidell for the UFC title and Seth Petruzelli who was the first person to not only beat Kimbo Slice, but knock him out. Noe has beaten both by TKO. He was also signed by Bellator MMA and competed in their light heavyweight tournament.
Noe’s career came to a halt one evening when he was in a terrible motorcycle accident and he was told that his fighting days were over. That may be true as far as MMA is concenred, but this Saturday night he returns to the cage to make his professional kickboxing debut.
HOW DID YOUR FIGHT CAREER GET STARTED?
Well I got started in martial arts as a child and my dad was a huge wrestling fan. I grew up looking forward to Saturday mornings. It wasn't until I was eight years old when I caught “Bloodsport” and my parents put me in karate. At the time my friends and I always discussed what I wanted to be when I grew up. “Bloodsport” had me dreaming, but after watching UFC 1, I knew it could be true. I was SOLD!
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO COME BACK AND WHY KICKBOXING?
Well life brought me back meaning being without the sport that made me happy. A lot of my friends had told me that I was a born fighter. I thought that meant standing up for what I believe in. It wasn’t until that I wasn’t able to compete that I knew I lost my passion. I’m a fighter! It’s where I thrive! It’s my happiness and gives my children something to be proud of. I had a lot of misfortune that happened recently, but I worked my life frustrations out. I’ve busted my ass in this sport and always been known as a workhorse! I’m proud of my accomplishments and I helped mow the path for younger Memphis fighters where my course wasn’t sure. I set the example and gave confidence to local fighters that ‘HEY YOU CAN MAKE IT, BUT ONLY THROUGH HARD WORK!’
As far as ‘Why kickboxing?’ Well, I took karate for about five years and competed in three tournaments and did well. I joined the boxing team back home in Tipton County when I was nineteen years old and won the Golden Gloves twice and finished with a record of 10-2. I’ve never kickboxed before other than training in MMA, but I’ve always found success when I used it. I’m a striker with power! I’m excited to compete! I’ve worked a year straight for this comeback and I’m planning on wrecking folks! I want to be a legend in this city as one of the OGs of Memphis combat sports and I know I will before I’m done. These younger fighters have no idea, but they are about to find out about ‘The Psycho!’ Keep your mouth shut, get out of the way and I’ll teach you if you watch! I’ve got personal demons fueling me and I must defeat! I have purpose behind me and I’M NOT messing around!
SPEAKING OF YOUNGER FIGHTERS, WHEN YOU WERE MAKING A NAME FOR YOURSELF AS A PROFESSIONAL, DAMEON MELTON WAS ONE OF THE TOP AMATEURS IN THE STATE. HE’S A STRIKER JUST LIKE YOU. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR OPPONENT AND THIS FIGHT?
He’s had a lot of fights and fewer training sessions in my opinion. If you’re going to give me a test, you better come with it! I know myself and I don’t think he has it, but that’s an opinion and we’re going to find out on the fifteenth.
HOW IS TRAINING GOING FOR YOUR COMEBACK FIGHT?
I’m busting my tail for this! A lot of sweat. Omari Boyd and boxer Theo Little have helped me the most with this. I’ve sparred various people coming through the gyms but they dodge me for the most part (laughs). I work hard where I always have with MJJ and I’m honored to be a regulator. It’s a mix between my old Vortex family and my MJJ family. I love these guys and I’m glad to be a part of them. I can’t wait to lead with the torch and make them proud!
ANY FINAL COMMENTS?
I’m done with MMA. I’m satisfied with my accomplishments and want to have a career in kickboxing. It’s just something I want to try before I’m done. I should be successful considering my success in MMA was mostly striking, but I wanted to be a champion in a recognized venue. My goals are the same and I’ll do my best to accomplish them!
Last thing I want to thank the people who looked out for me and helped me when I had nothing but a broken heart. Jimbo Sarrat, Alanna McNamee, Greg Stanton, thank you guys! I would have fallen apart without you!
Noe is on a mission and this may be the most dangerous that he has ever been. Witness what could be the start of a brilliant professional kickboxing career and the return of ‘The Pyscho!”
Get your tickets now!
WHAT: V3Fights 75
WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 6 pm doors open | 7 pm fights start
WHERE: Minglewood Hall | 1555 Madison Ave | Memphis, TN 38104
ADMISSION: $70 P1 | $50 P2 | $30 general admission
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