Local MMA fighter improves to 4-0

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Joe Lucas improved his MMA record to a perfect 4-0 with win by submission against Blaine Wilson on June 23 at Thunder Valley. A 2006 graduate of Folsom High now living in Sacramento, Lucas, 24, is looking for even more success in the sport that he?s grown to love. Having earned the interim belt in the light heavyweight division with the win over Wilson, Lucas will fight Jeremy Edwards in September for the undisputed belt. If Lucas can win that bout against Edwards, who will surely be his toughest opponent to date, his future will be even brighter. ?When I first got into MMA it was just for fun and I wasn?t serious about it at all,? Lucas said before his fight with Wilson. ?Now that I?ve done pretty well so far, I?m a lot more serious about it. If I can win the belt maybe I could move into a bigger league and make a living off it.? The 5-foot, 11-inch, 205-pound Lucas, has won three of his four fights by submission, including Saturday?s win when he put Wilson in a rear naked choke before Wilson tapped to end the bout in the first round. ?I got him on his back and he took a few punches before rolling over on his stomach and that?s when I went for the choke,? Lucas said. ?I don?t really go for the submissions, as I always look for the knockout, but it?s just the positions that I?ve been put in and the submission opportunities have been there.? Lucas, an Army veteran who now works as a welder, spends about two hours a day, four days a week training at Auburn Martial Arts Center. Two other days a week he weight trains and works on his cardio. He knows there?s a lot riding on his next bout. ?He (Jeremy Edwards) is a wrestler like me, but he?s older than me,? Lucas said. ?He took 10 years off and now he?s back and it didn?t take him long to get the belt. I?ll be looking to take that away from him in September.?