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Friday July 15th. Buctown coaches, family, and fighter Jason Melendez headed to Long Island City, Queens for another incredible event held by AFL Promotions.

This event marked Jason's 2nd Amateur fight and 2nd time fighting with AFL.

What a night!

1:31 into the first round- Melendez launched and landed a spinning back kick directly to the liver which resulted in a stunning knock out!

Congratulations Jason! Outstanding performance. 2-0, and an actual Rising Star. Hardworking, dedicated and committed to bettering yourself and your craft at all times. Your confidence in the ring is an inspiration to us all. We are beyond proud to be on this ride beside you.

Shout out to The Buctown Family, we love you!

A note from Jason:

God is good man! 🙏🏽❤️ Blessed my opponent and myself were able to walk out of the ring and back to our friends and families! That’s what it’s all about! Thank you to @aflmuaythai for yet another opportunity to showcase how hard I work! You guys run a smooth ship and I love fighting for you guys! Thank you to everyone who came to support me, those who reached out during the fight camp and yesterday to give me good energy 🙏🏽 And SPECIAL THANK YOU to my coaches! @maggie.rickman@acumen_athletics@jayisip1 YOU GUYS ARE AMAZING!!! So grateful and blessed to have them in my life 🙏🏽 Thank you to my physical therapist and great friend @will_araneta at @dynamicpeakpt for taking care of me when I come in there with crazy injuries 😅 Thank you @mgranndee for being there with me these last two fights looking over me and making sure I’m good brother thank you so much! ❤️ Thank you @gorillawarfaretactical for sponsoring me 🙏🏽 you guys are fucking amazing! And my @kingscombatwillyb and @buctownmma family! You guys always pushed me in every way possible love every single one of you guys!

Big thank you to Matt Grande for holding it down and for all your help!

To our coaches; Maggie, Danny, and Jay- we couldn't reach our goals in competition without you. None of this is possible without your training, guidance, time and heart you offer up so effortlessly. No amount of thank you's will ever be enough- you guys really are the best.

And to our super talented extended Fam at Kings WillyB, thank you always for the training and support- and welcoming us with open arms. Incredible job and night for everyone, Congratulations on your hard earned victories!


Update: 8/8/22: Official Rising Stars Recap Video


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