Article on Jen Case

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    Seth
    Post subject: Article on Jen Case PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:03 am

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    Clip states that in Osborne’s first women’s show, 14 of the 16 competitors were college graduates. 16 competitors- it must have been the 2nd show that still is without a DVD release, one year hence. At least Jeff still put on the show that Julie won some time back.

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    Posted on Sat, Nov. 12, 2005

    Washburn student dominates female fighting ranks

    TULLY CORCORAN
    The Topeka Capital-Journal

    TOPEKA, Kan. – Somewhere in Kansas, there’s a guy whose buddies won’t let him forget about the time a girl beat him up.

    It happened at a bar in Topeka, Electric Cowboy, when a 150-pound bouncer named Jen Case confronted three disruptive patrons. One of the drunks grabbed Case by the throat.

    The guy got bounced.

    “I had to throw quite a few people out,” said Case, who worked at the Cowboy for a year. “If they got really out of hand, I’d put ’em in a choke. There are some nights when somebody goes out a window.”

    What the guy didn’t know was Case might be the best female fighter in the world. At 155 pounds, her relatively high weight and the low number of no-holds-barred female fighters makes it difficult to find opponents. But when she finds one, Case crushes her.

    A farm girl from Clay Center, Case is 4-0 as a professional. All four fights ended by submission in the first round. She hasn’t been tested and probably won’t be anytime soon.

    “I don’t mean to sound arrogant,” she said. “I look forward to meeting that woman who can challenge me. As of right now, I just really haven’t found it yet.”

    When she fought Wisconsin’s Greta Hicks, the No. 2 fighter in Case’s weight class, on June 3, the fight was over in two minutes. Case won by submission using a “rear naked choke,” which, if nothing else, sounds more hip than “by decision.” Hicks gets a rematch Friday in Milwaukee.

    “When I fought Greta Hicks,” Case said, “I thought, ‘Hey, maybe my sensei’s not lying to me. Maybe I am really good.”‘

    That was the spark.

    It’s not just that Case likes to fight; she needs to fight. A dean’s list student at Washburn, she’s got tuition and books to pay for. There’s the rent and the electricity bill and groceries and high gasoline prices. Case makes $400 to $500 for showing up at an event and might haul in another $500 for winning. She bought a laptop with the prize money from her first bout. She works part-time jobs – bouncing, teaching karate, normal college girl stuff – and her parents Mark and Vicki, farmers in Clay Center, help financially.

    When Case graduates from Washburn in December, the 16th to be exact – “Not that I’m counting the days or anything,” she said – she’s not going to wave her diploma for the CEOs of the world. She won’t sit in a cubicle. She won’t clock in and clock out. Case plans on fighting for a living, while putting to use the athletic training she has studied at Washburn.

    Case is not someone who fights. Case is a fighter.

    “(My parents) thought it was a phase I was going through,” she said. “They’ve realized it’s a lifetime commitment.”

    The Cases never saw it coming.

    “It’s new to us,” her father said. “We’re not used to (her fighting). The biggest thing that worried her mom and I was her getting hurt.”

    Lucky for her parents, Case does most of the hurting.

    “The tapes and stuff I’ve watched,” Mark said, “it doesn’t last very long.”

    Case always has been athletic. She played basketball and ran track and cross country in high school, though she wasn’t a standout.

    “I made sure the bench didn’t get cold,” she said. “I was more into the arts at that time – debate, forensics.”

    When she moved to Topeka for college, Case enrolled in a self-defense class. She was, after all, a young woman living on her own.

    Self-defense grew into offense. After mastering grappling, Okinawan Kudo and Hawaiian Kempo karate (her specialty), Jen Case, the farm girl, became Jen “Genetic Wonder” Case.

    She trains two or three times a day, running, lifting and practicing her craft. Though her lifting is focused on practical movements rather than strength training, she still can squat 300 pounds. She has become a machine.

    Jeff Osborne is a former ultimate fighter and fight promoter based in Evansville, Ind., who watches hundreds of fights every year.

    “She has something special about her on the ground,” he said. “Two of the girls she’s beaten were very, very good. I don’t foresee anyone beating her at that weight class.”

    Like many female fighters, Osborne said, Case is a role model. As opposed to the male set, which he described as “guys with shaved heads with tattoos all over them that work 40 hours a week … a dime a dozen,” Case typifies the female fighter.

    In Osborne’s first women’s show, 14 of the 16 competitors were college graduates. One was the head of a retirement community. One was a reformed drug addict. One works on Capitol Hill.

    “The women, their stories are so much greater than the average man,” Osborne said. “It’s hard to believe that your sister or your wife or neighbor is out there fighting.”

    For Mark and Vickie Case, it’s hard to believe their daughter is out there fighting, but Mark isn’t surprised at her success.

    “With Jen, you never know what’s coming next,” Mark said. “Jen’s real disciplined. If she puts her mind to something, why, it’s gonna happen.”

    Jen credits martial arts with instilling some of the discipline that has created a world-class fighting career and a grade-point average north of 3.8. Without fighting, she doesn’t know what she’d be doing.

    “Without karate,” she said, “I don’t know if I’d have to be paying for school because I don’t know if I’d still be in it. Since I started karate, I’ve raised my GPA immensely.”

    Case is planning on the rematch with Hicks, but she is still looking for worthy opponents.

    The guy from the Electric Cowboy wouldn’t qualify.

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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 10:00 am
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    Where is this article from?

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    Rich
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 1:43 pm

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    Rikki wrote:
    Where is this article from?

    The Topeka Capital-Journal, according to the post.

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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:32 pm
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    Oh, I completely missed that. 😳

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    wrestleone
    Post subject: PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 9:09 am

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    nice….

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    adriennaaj
    Post subject: PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:33 pm
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    cool article

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    MNkkgMMA
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:09 pm
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    great article, but what arre there soures? Is there anyplace that ranks women by weight class?

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    Jeff
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 5:19 pm

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    If Jen Case can squat 300 lb, how much can she probably leg press and bench press?

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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:33 pm
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    MNkkgMMA wrote:
    great article, but what arre there soures? Is there anyplace that ranks women by weight class?

    I don’t think there are any legit places (there’s one that does it by votes, but you can vote as many times as you want).
    Why haven’t you fought Case? That’d be great!

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    MNkkgMMA
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 8:19 pm
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    No fights for me, I’m trying to get knocked up 😀
    mmaranks.com only lets you vote once per month from the same ip adress, if you try twice it scolds you 🙂

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    gretamobetta
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2005 10:12 pm
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    Greta is a beautiful name for a girl!!!!

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    Rikki
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 5:22 am
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    Oh, okay.
    Good luck getting “knocked up”! 😀

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    KhorneliusPraxx
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 6:14 am

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    gretamobetta wrote:
    Greta is a beautiful name for a girl!!!!

    Maybe…but keep her out of casino parking garages.

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    MNkkgMMA
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:10 pm
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    LOL!

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    gretamobetta
    Post subject: PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:57 pm
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    I have no idea what your talking about! 😳

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    KhorneliusPraxx
    Post subject: PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:47 am

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    Who loves you, baby?!?!

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    Clint D
    Post subject: PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 8:15 pm

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    I don’t recall Jen’s trainers name, (or manager) but I have going back and forth w/ him asking of Jen wants to fight Erin Toughill. Initially, we asked if she would be interested in fighting “someone” @ 155…they said they would fight “anyone” @ 155. So I said Erin will drop and Shannan Ritch said he’d out in on the WFC Feb/March card. I don’t like going on here to “call out” or anything, but now they won’t return any emails about fighting Erin. If she has had “no challenge” and she really wants to fight and will step up to fight “anyone” I think it’s a good match up.

    we’re still waiting for an answer from a month ago…so will u fight Erin??

    Let us know. We’re ready

    CSD

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    MNkkgMMA
    Post subject: PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 8:26 am
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    It’s not like Jen wrote that article. Some Joe smo from a newspaer did, she was probably only asked a few questions, and had the rest of the article’s information pulled from various limited internet soures. It’s happened to me a half a dozen times. I’ve taken a lot of grief for articles and stories and rankings I’ve had very little to do with. One local news station pressured me to say some of the same things, and to even say on amera that I was basially a drug adicted crack whore on a thanksgiving day news program, until the wonderful sport of MMA hepled give me discipline and focus for my life. (Which ouldn’t be further from the truth) Just to give the story more of a humane interest angle. No one should be getting on Jen’s case over this, we should all just be happy that the sport got some great exposure with a large publiation. If a fight between Jen and Erin happens it will be wonderful, but the fight community should be applauding any and all GOOD exposure for the sport, especially the women’s side of it. Cudos for this article,and for Jen Case

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