“I go for the kill.”
Interview by: Hector Silva
Saturday July 9th, Grand Prix Grappling continues its tournament and super-fight series, this time featuring a bout between Revolution Dojo leader Jeff Messina and Gold Team Owner Jorge “Macaco” Patino. The Super-fight was originally scheduled to be between Jeff Messina and Alejandro Siquiera but an injury forced Alejandro out of the bout. Thankfully “Macaco” stepped up with just one days notice.
Jeff has been around for a long time training with some of the best including Tim Credeur and Carlo Prater, so you know that he is not going to be a slouch and will give “Macaco” a run for his money. I was able to get some of Mr. Messina’s thoughts prior to his superfight.
TCD: Mr. Jeff, thank you for taking time out of your day to answer our questions. For anyone who has been living under a rock, can you introduce yourself?
Jeff: I started BJJ in 1997 with Saul Soliz. I’m a BJJ blackbelt under Carlson Gracie blackbelt Rodrigo Medeiros.
TCD: What made you start BJJ?
Jeff: I started BJJ looking to do MMA after watching Royce Gracie, but gravitated toward BJJ, even though I did MMA (and still do).
TCD: What team did you start with?
Jeff: I run Revolution Dojo, we are part of the BJJ Revolution team.
TCD: What are some of your most notable achievements?
Jeff: I have won everything from NO-GI Worlds, American Nationals, Grapplers Quest, and medaled a few times in the Pan-Am’s.
TCD: What would you describe your fighting style as?
Jeff: I go for the kill. I like to submit people but also I can play a technical half guard 50/50 game etc. I’m always adding new positions.
Jeff: I don’t do a lot of superfights but I compete a lot in the national/world level. I do the Nationals, Worlds, and Pans pretty much every year. I’m not into local tournaments because I am mostly there to coach and support my team. Elbert has come to me about superfights before, and this one was one I wanted.
TCD: What can you tell us about your strategy for this weekend if anything?
Jeff: My strategy is always to play my game.
TCD: Thank you for your time Mr. Messina, any last words?
Jeff: Thanks, see you Saturday.