There’s more than just a belt on the line for Jamey-Lyn Horth Wessels.
On Saturday night, Squamish’s Horth Wessels (3-0) will look to claim her first professional title when she battles Jade Masson-Wong (3-1) for the BFL women’s flyweight title at BFL 65 in Vancouver, B.C.
In addition to becoming the BFL women’s flyweight champion with a victory, Horth Wessels, 29, would move to 4-0 and potentially into a scenario that could see her knocking on the UFC’s door.
“I think this fight is hopefully going to solidify something for us. If not, then maybe one more fight. There’s not a lot of girls out there with 4-0 or 5-0 records right now, and the 125-pound division is still relatively new, so there’s room in there for some up-and-comers,” said Horth Wessels in an interview with MMA Empire.
“If it’s not after this fight for a bigger promotion, the Contender Series is coming in the middle of this year.”
To kick off her professional career, Horth Wessels has faced nothing but stiff challenges, defeating Coralie Dixon, Christina Ricker, and most recently Corinne Laframboise, all before the final bell.
Horth Wessels said while she’s happy to have earned her first title shot on Saturday night, she said she’s also glad she didn’t rush into a championship fight too soon into her professional career.
“I’m 3-0 as a pro and this will be my 4-0 fight here for a belt, so it’s a pretty good setup for me,” said Horth Wessels.
“I’m happy I never got offered a belt fight before this. I like that I was able to get a little more experience as a pro before I was offered a title shot. I think that’s really helped me develop as an all-around professional.”
New Version of Horth Wessels
So far in her career, Horth Wessels has displayed a true well-rounded skill set, holding finishes by both submission and strikes.
Heading into this matchup with Masson-Wong, Horth Wessels said she believes her striking is at a whole new level compared to the past, thanks in large part to her work with Dan Golkar at Scorpion MMA.
“I’ve been working with my striking coach, Dan, for awhile now and I’ve really figured out some things in my game that I think are really going to help me stick my punches, move, and see things a lot better,” said Horth Wessels.
“I really feel like my striking is on another level after this camp.”
Other than her most recent fight at TKO 48, Horth Wessels has fought her entire career, both amateur and professional, in her home province of B.C.
Now fighting back at home once again, Horth Wessels said this is exactly where she wants to be at this stage of her career.
“Traveling is great and all, but honestly I’m excited to be at home with my family. I come from a small town, so I have a huge support system here in Squamish,” said Horth Wessels.
“My motto’s always been the same, raised by a village. I really think being at home right now for my career while I’m coming up is just great.”
Horth Wessels’ Shoutouts
“I’d like to thank my coaches (Kasey Smith, Cole Smith, Dan Golkar, Jesse Bifano), teammates, all the girls and guys I cross-train with at Checkmat Vancouver, Revolution Martial Arts and Titan MMA, my sponsors (Wall 2 Wall Carpet & Flooring, Summit Concrete Specialties, True North Labour, Alpine Hand Clinic, Viola Mobile Barber, Kelly Jian Contracting, Edward Archibald, True Grit Drywall, Black Widow Entertainment, Unwind Human Performance Clinic, Anytime Fitness, Reflex Supplements, Jean at Tauri Builders) and the whole town of Squamish.” Follow Horth Wessels on social media: FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM