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Q&A with 3-time NCAA champion Jake Rosholt

Jake Rosholt fights out of Team Takedown, a group of fighters with a highly decorated collegiate wrestling background training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. He attended Oklahoma State University, where he won three NCAA Division 1 wrestling titles. In addition, he was a 4-time All-American and the 2004 Big 12 conference champ.

Rosholt (3-0) will take on Chad Jay (7-2) in one of the two main events on the March 15 "HDNet Fights Presents: Xtreme Fighting League" card, which HDNet will televise live from the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

MMAFighting.com: What are your thoughts on your opponent Chad Jay?

Jake Rosholt: I don't know, he looks like a tough guy. He has a good record. He's won most of his fights, he's a tough guy. I'm ready to go out there and go to war.

MMAFighting.com:
He's won almost all his fights by submission, one of them actually due to strikes. So have been focusing a little more on ground defense for this fight?

Rosholt: No, not really. I've pretty much been sticking to training for everything, the stand up and the ground. I'm pretty young in my career. So I can't take the time to just focus on one thing. I've got to keep focus on everything and try to get better in every area.

MMAFighting.com:
You come from a highly decorated wrestling background, so everyone always wants to know your progress when it comes to submission and striking. How would you grade yourself when it comes to your progress?

Rosholt: I think I'm learning a lot all the time and getting better all the time. But I don't know if I can put a grade on it. I think I have a longs ways to go, but at the same time, I've gotten a lot better.

MMAFighting.com: You've been training with Marc Laimon for your grappling.

Rosholt: Yeah, I started training with Marc about oh, two months ago. It's been really good.

MMAFighting.com:
For someone who hasn't trained with Marc, how would you describe his teaching style?

Rosholt: Marc's a very, very good teacher. He relates things to you in a way you can really understand it. And he also looks at the fact that, I'm not going to be somebody whose going to submit people off my back. When I get down on my back, I'm going to try to get back up. Most of my submissions and things like that and passing the guard. That's things we work on., things where I'll be in a dominant position, things that work well in MMA.

MMAFighting.com:
You and the Team Takedown fighters teamed up with Laimon's Cobra Kai for the Clinch Gear Western Grappling Duals. How was that?

Rosholt: It went good. It was just a change for me to get some realistic competition. Some real competition where I have to feel a real squeeze when you're trying to choke someone out or submit somebody. It was a very good test for me.

MMAFighting.com:
Let's take about the Team Takedown concept since it's unique in the MMA world in that you have an opportunity to pretty much train full time. How did they get in touch with you and how did this all come about?

Rosholt: Ted contacted me about coaching a little kids wrestling club for him about a year and a half ago. Down to Texas for about three months and coached. I got to be really good friends with Ted, his family and everybody involved in his business.. And Ted started talking to me about what I was going to do. I wasn't going to continue wrestling, I was just burnt out on it. And he talked to me if I ever thought about doing MMA. When he first talked to me about it, I told him no, and that I had no desire to do it. He started talking about what he could do for me, and allow me to train all the time, and really do it right. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to keep training and stuff but I was just burnt out from wrestling and didn't want to keep doing that. I just went and tried it. We went ahead and got a hold of Randy Couture. I came out here and worked out a couple days. I went home and about a month later, I moved to Las Vegas and here I am.

MMAFighting.com: Before you met Ted, I read that you weren't too familiar with MMA? So was it something completely new to you when he brought that up?

Rosholt: I knew what it was. But I never kept up with it. I might have watched a few fights here or there if there were some big fights on, I might watch it when my friends had them on. But I definitely wasn't a big follower.

MMAFighting.com: Now were you surprised, or skeptical at first, that they would invest so much in you?

Rosholt: I don't know if I would say either of those. Like I said, I had a really good relationship with Ted and them before any of them started. It's not just a business investment in him for me, He also sees me as part of his family, and so for him having those kind of feelings towards it and wanting to take care of me as a family type member. That really is what probably sold me on the whole deal. It wasn't just some guy that I hardly knew that didn't give a sh-t about me trying to make money off me.

MMAFighting.com: You get to train full-time and that's something a lot of up and comers would love to have the luxury of having. How does that entire concept work? Do they give you a salary year-by-year?

Rosholt: Yeah.

MMAFighting.com:
Do you renew year-by-year or are you in a multi-year agreement?

Rosholt: The terms of the contract are pretty much based on year-by-year. And they can renew the contract if they want to. Kinda depends on how you're doing and if they see potential in the future.

MMAFighting.com: What do they expect from you?

Rosholt: I think they just expect for me to do the best that I can. Work hard and use the things that they've given me, the possibilities that they've given me to train with these type of people and these type of trainers and use that to the best of my ability and be an honest person to them. And that's all you can do. All you can do, is do the best that you can. You can't ask any more out of yourself. Some people have other expectations ? over expectations for themselves.

MMAFighting.com: This fight will be broadcasted on HDNet. You said you consider yourself relatively new. Do you think that this type of television exposure is too soon or are you just happy to have family and friends able to watch your fights on TV?

Rosholt: I think it's good for me to get some exposure to other people. I've fought in Oklahmoa the last three times. Most of my friends and family have been able to watch me. It's time for me to start venturing out there a little more, and letting other people see me fight and become a fan of mine. I think it's great for everyone fighting on that card to get a little TV exposure. And I'm just most excited about getting in the ring with a good opponent and coming out with a victory.

MMAFighting.com: Are there any wrestler-turned-fighters that you keep an eye out for that you kind of want to mold yourself into?

Rosholt: No.

MMAFighting.com:
Do you keep up with other successful fighters like Josh Koscheck, Randy Couture? Other guys coming from a wrestling background.

Rosholt: I mean I watch them when I fight. And of course, Randy is a guy, everybody looks up to him. How can you not look up to the man? I don't watch anybody and try to emulate their style. I think I'm my own person and different things are going to work for me differently. I think you try to take a little bit from everybody who's the best. You watch film on people who's the best: BJ Penn, Georges St. Pierre, and Randy Couture, and you try to emulate things they do in their game.

MMAFighting.com: Do you have any finals words?

Rosholt: I just hope everybody gets a chance to either watch it on TV or come out to the fights on March 15 to come and watch me. Go to Team Takedown website, www.teamtakedownfighters.com, check it out and maybe get you one of my t-shirts, support me. And other than that, I'm looking forward to my fight on March 15 and hopefully everybody will get a chance to see it.

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