Last updated: March 13. 2014 11:46PM - 2664 Views
By Kyle Magda For the Times Leader

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Kingston’s Jimy Hettes is all ready to go for his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) match against Dennis Bermudez on Saturday night in Dallas, Texas.

The 26-year-old Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter will look to improve on his 11-1 record in a featherweight bout against Bermudez (13-3-0) at the American Airlines Arena. The bout is part of a preliminary card available on Fox Sports 2. The main events are on pay-per-view.

Heading into the week of the match, Hettes gave his body a rest.

“Taking it easy and winding back this week, and stay mentally focused,” Hettes said. “Most of it is mental this week.”

He started to venture into MMA through his skills in wrestling and jiu-jitsu. And as for every fighter, training is a must although it has been scaled back a bit.

“The training isn’t too rigorous and keeping everything sharp and so my body can heal,” Hettes said. “The hard work is pretty much over at this point and it’s a maintenance week.”

Hettes has a unique approach to his regimen.

“I’m lucky because I do enjoy training. I don’t look at it as work. When I have a new opponent, I focusing on certain aspects.”

And that opponent for the upcoming fight is Bermudez, who also fought in Pennsylvania and won the PFC Fighting Championship in February 2010. The two never fought before, but Hettes noted the similarity as both have fought in the same state.

“It’s funny we’re fighting on the same circuit.”

Through his time in UFC, there is not a single great moment that stands out.

“It’s not any one thing. It’s a collection of small things. Being to expand my name. Getting fans not from my hometown, but from all over the world. Being able to look at the JumboTron and see my name.”

Alongside the exposure, he does not have much time to spend in the places where he travels. It is mainly a business trip, as Hettes will find himself in the hotel for most of the week leading up to a match.

Some fighters may have someone who influenced them into the sport. He is the one exception.

“Not any one thing. The martial arts always fascinated me.”

Nicknamed “The Kid” for his young appearance, Hettes started boxing at around 14 years old. But out of all his favorite fighting techniques, there is none more appealing to him than submission wrestling. Before getting into his professional career, he had a 4-0 record as an amateur and won all his fights by submission.

Going into a fight, he has a different style of getting prepared.

“I try to picture and consider myself someone else,” Hettes said. “I think it would be a good fight.”

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