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Jake Marshall falls short in title bout, seeks rematch

Jake Marshall wants another shot at the Full Contact Fighting Federation’s 135-pound amateur bantamweight championship.

Marshall, the former standout wrestler at Molalla High School, had his first opportunity to claim the title when he tangled with Sean Gee of Portland in the co-main event at the FCFF’s Rumble at the Roseland 78 on July 12 at the Roseland Theater in downtown Portland.

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF FCFF - Jake Marshall before his July 12 title bout against Sean Gee at Portland's Roseland Theater.The previously undefeated Marshall dominated the first two rounds of the five-round mixed martial arts bout, but then fell victim to Gee’s submission choke hold midway through the third round.

“I was beating him up, but he was a really strong dude,” said Marshall, who missed an attempted takedown, opening the door for Gee. “I slipped and was tired and got up against the cage and he snuck in his choke hold.

“I was stuck against the cage and couldn’t really get out of it. I needed to watch out for that move with him, and I still got caught.”

Marshall (8-1-0) had talked before his bout with Gee about possibly turning pro in October, but now he’s leaning toward fighting two or three more amateur bouts, including a possible title rematch.

“I’m going to get that belt before I go pro,” Marshall said. “That fight was a great experience and I kind of needed that, in a sense, because it helped put the fire back. That loss made me want to fight that much more.”

So what are the odds of a Marshall-Gee rematch?

“Good, but I don’t think it would be an immediate rematch,” FCFF promoter Kevin Keeney said. “If Jake were to win his next match and Sean decides he wants to stay amateur and fight a couple more times, I definitely could see that happening. I think Jake deserves a rematch, and I think Sean would agree.”

The next FCFF event is the Battle at the Mountain 2 on Sept. 6 at Spirit Mountain Casino in Grande Ronde.

“That card is not finalized, but most of the fights that are going to be on that card are already booked,” said Keeney, the former University of Oregon wrestler. “If Jake called me and wanted to get right back in there Sept. 6, I would find a way to do that.

“But, again, I don’t think it would be against Sean Gee. I would probably have Sean fight somebody else.”

Keeney, who coached Marshall as a grade-school wrestler at the All-Phase Wrestling Club in Canby, said he was “nervous” about Marshall stepping into the 25-foot steel cage against the 26-year-old Gee, who had appeared in three previous title bouts.

Keeney’s concerns were gone before the end of the first round as Marshall took the fight to Gee.

“Jake dominated round one and was in the advantage position for probably 90 percent of the round,” Keeney said. “In round two, Jake was in the position of advantage for 95 percent of the round.

“Then in the third round, there was a scramble, Sean hooked up a front headlock with an arm across Jake’s throat, cinched it up tight, and Jake had to (submit).

“If the fight would have gone to the judges’ scorecards just prior to the choke, it would have been a unanimous decision for Jake. The fight was not even close up to that point.”

Marshall has been active in MMA for a little more than a year and a half, and following a successful high school wrestling career in which he was a four-time Class 4A state tournament qualifier.

“It’s a gladiator sport, pretty much,” said Marshall, whose training regimen includes boxing, kick-boxing, Muay Thai, and wrestling. “You’ve got to have a hard head and a mean streak. I grew up wrestling and being pretty mean, so it made for a good fit.

“When I first started, I was fighting every other weekend, almost. And then as I moved up the food chain, I started fighting better people who were bigger and more experienced, and my fights spread out to where now I have one every two or three months.”

Marshall works for Legacy Wireless Services, building, upgrading and maintaining cellular sites for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. He said he often logs between 60 to 70 hours a week in the field, which doesn’t leave much time for training, but that could be about to change.

“I’m going to make more time for training,” Marshall said. “This last fight gives me more drive — that drive that makes you go to the gym. So, we’ll see what happens. I want that belt.”

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