He had defeated opponent after opponent and his hard work was rewarded as he got a shot at, The MMA Lightweight Championship, against Anthony Thomas Saturday evening at the Civic Center in Batesville.
Medders, as he had done in his four previous fights, wasted no time as he defeated Thomas at the 1:30 mark in the first round to win his first MMA championship at the event titled Prize Fight MMA IV. Medders pushed his MMA record to a perfect 5-0.
“It feels great,” Medders said about capturing his first MMA Title. “I feel like all that work I’ve put in has paid off. All the money I’ve put into it and the traveling and training has paid off. I’m starting to get recognized in the Memphis area and the MMA fight scene in the South. All these promoters and sponsors are talking to me.
“People are wanting me to come to their gym and train,” Medders added. “It’s good to know that all that time didn’t go to waste.”
Medders battled through some trouble at one point in the fight as Thomas had him in a guillotine choke hold. Medders was able to work his way out of the hold and put Thomas up against the cage, hitting him with elbows. Thomas tried to fight his way back, but Medders delivered a right uppercut that had him stunned. Medders, then, started hitting Thomas with elbows again and ended up earning the victory by knock out.
The 26-year-old Cleveland resident said he is not going to rest on his recent accomplishment.
“I’m just going to hit the gym even harder and become better,” Medders said. “Just because I won the belt that doesn’t mean it’s over. I’ve got a target on me, and I’m going to try my best to keep the belt.”
Medders’ faith in God runs deep. The Bible verse Psalm 144:1 is one that he uses as a fighter’s prayer. The verse says “Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight” (KJV).
Medders’ ultimate dream is to compete on the professional level.
“That’s the whole reason I’m in this,” Medders said. “I want to keep fighting especially if I can make a career out of it. I would love to do that. I would like to defend this belt one time and maybe go pro at the end of 2012. I want to train hard and get my mind right and my body right.”
Medders has gotten a lot of support during his young career. He is appreciative of the support he has gotten from his family and friends and his group of fans known as the Wolfpak. He is also appreciative of the help he has gotten from Tyler Hill and Tony Delahoussaye as well as his sponsors: Stand Up Fighter, South Street Pharmacy, Advocare, Delta Martial Arts and Chiro-Elite Natural Pain and Health Center.
Hill, Medders’ friend and teammate, won the Prize Fight MMA Welterweight Championship Saturday night by defeating Alvin Williams.