Following a flawless performance in his MMA debut, ‘Rollin’ Olin Pettit Jr. allowed his hardened Stockton stare to soften as his hand was lifted in victory, yet any semblance of a smile quickly vanished thereafter.
Fresh from a destructive showcase of strengths in his own backyard, the warm and fuzzy feelings flittering around Pettit Jr. at 209 Beatdown 2 earlier this year froze like the ice in his veins the moment an offer from Conquer Fighting Championships emerged, inviting him to be featured in their upcoming event—Conquer 4. Violence enthusiasts can witness the transformation firsthand when the prospect out of the Nick Diaz Academy appeared on Let’s Talk MMA (link here) to discuss his featherweight affair against Ian Masioff for the fight promotion housed in the Port of Richmond.
Currently, Pettit Jr. competes as an amateur under the bylaws of C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization), but his outlook on the hurt business already mirrors the Skrap Pack’s street fighting bravado. At first, the eighteen year-old purred with delight when reminiscing about his match-up against Andrew Charles Tack within the walls of the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium, 209 Beatdown’s venue.
“It was really fun,” he initially hummed. The insights of his coaches and training were affirmed the second the bell sounded, “Leading into the fight, we were working a lot of straights and all that, just working clinching and stuff, so it was fun when I went in there and did all my skill set. It came all-natural.”
The contest at Conquer 4 will take place in the featherweight division, Pettit Jr.’s preferred weight class, but a hint of the swagger popularized by the Diaz Brothers reared its head when he described why he was forced to tip the scales as a lightweight:
“Well…Originally, I was supposed to fight at 145 at my first one, but my original opponent pulled out—I don’t even know why. They didn’t tell me why he pulled out. He could have been scared or whatever. But they got me this other opponent, and he (Tack) said he didn’t want to cut the weight to 145. He wanted to do 155.” Willing to challenge a giant to defend his territory, the executives of 209 Beatdown could have rolled a heavyweight into the cage, and ‘Rollin’ would have accepted, “I had a bunch of friends and family coming to this, so I didn’t want to be like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to fight dude.’ I didn’t really mind it.”
While most amateur fighters dock at the developmental ranks for a lengthy stay, compiling a large sum of experience before eventually proceeding to deadlier waters, the prizefighting thought-process indoctrinated into Pettit Jr. since the age of twelve, for one, entails: fill your bank account with as much cash as possible; therefore, according to the young prodigy, Conquer 4 will be his last outing before bounding into the pros:
“I’m hoping this will be my last (amateur) one on June 24th. We get this ‘dub’ (W); I’m going to go pro after, making some moves and getting paid a lot more.”
Of course, Pettit Jr. can’t, and isn’t, looking past Masioff, but he assured listeners, in the same dismissive tone as his mentors: anything his opponent can do, he can do better:
“I watched his (Masioff’s) fight last time. I guess he’s supposed to be some Jiu-Jitsu dude, but I’m a Jiu-Jitsu dude, too; and I feel like I have years ahead of him. I train with some of the best people in Jiu-Jitsu: Nate Diaz, Nick Diaz; I’ve got Randy Spence, who is my head coach in Jiu-Jitsu. They’re all really good black belts. I’m not really too worried about it. If it goes to the ground, it goes to the ground. That’s where I’m more comfortable at.”
Before Pettit Jr. finds himself in MMA’s big leagues, those who keep tabs on the regional circuit should embrace his progression in Northern California’s present-tense marketplace by following him on Twitter (link here), Facebook (link here), and Instagram (link here); otherwise, they’ll end up slapping themselves, with the only open-palm strike attached to an area code, for not doing so sooner.