Interview with Jake Newton







Jake Newton is an Australian mixed martial artist, who has been training and fighting in Phuket for the past 2 years. With a few amateur MMA fights under his belt, Jake is looking embark on his professional MMA career in Southeast Asia. He made Singapore his next destination and recently joined the Impact MMA team to train for a couple of weeks before heading back home to Perth. Read all about his experience here.

Q1. Name/Age/Where are you from?

My name is Jake Luigi Newton. I am 20 years of age and I was born and raised in a country town – Cardup – Perth, Western Australia.

Q2. How long have you been training MMA/Muay Thai/BJJ?

I have been trained in the striking art for majority of my life. My dad was a professional Muay Thai fighter, so seeing my dad train got me in the gym at a young age. I started taking the training seriously around 14 years old. Then I branched into (Brazilian) Jiu-Jitsu when I was 16, and MMA shortly followed.

Q3. How many fights have you had?

My amateur MMA record is 1 Win 1 No Contest (B Class), 2 Win 0 Losses (C class). Pro Muay Thai 2 Win 0 Losses, and have been competing in local BJJ competitions from the beginning of my BJJ journey until now.


Q4. What was the most memorable moment in your fight career?

After my no contest fight, I was a bit down on the decision (Doctor stoppage, due to bloody nose). I was disappointed with the result at first, but this fight opened my eyes to show me that (the fight game) is more about a win or loss. The fight received Fight of the Night honours and I recceived a very heartfelt message by one of my students the day after.

Unlucky tonight. Jake Newton the way you handle a loss truly inspires me and makes me look up to you. Not only are you my trainer, you’re my idol. The way you fight, talk, stand, and promote yourself inspires me and motivates me to be just like you. You are the best role model a guy cna have and you are truly one of my best mates. Good stuff bud and I’ll see you next time, even better.”

Since receiving this message, I’ve made a conscious decision to be more aware of the positive impact I can make through my skills in martial arts. Although competition means alot to me, it will never get in the way of helping people along the way.

Q5. What made you decide to come to Singapore?

It was honestly quite the spontaneous decision. After living in Thailand for 2+ years, I felt like I needed a break from Thailand but my heart was still in Southeast Asia. First, I came here for 3 days, then after such a positive experience at Impact MMA, I wanted to come back to Singapore. So I did and spent the majority of October and a week of November 2017 in Singapore.

Q6. How did you find out about Impact MMA? Why train with us and not other gyms?

I found out about Impact MMA through meeting with Nazri and Niko, 2 coaches and MMA fighters from the gym. I met the 2 when they were having a traincation (training vacation) at AKA in Phuket, Thailand. So when I did originally come to Singapore, I wanted to catch up and train with the guys. From my first few sessions, I felt a part of the team and that was what made me want to stay at Impact. I felt there was no need to look at other gyms in Singapore.


Q7. What’s different about our training curriculum? How do you think it’ll help you grow as a martial artist?

The main thing I like about Impact MMA is how there is a specialized coach for every aspect of mixed martial arts. A boxing coach for boxing, a BJJ instructor for BJJ etc. This allows me to fine tune each part of my game, then there is a MMA coach that can help me put all the parts together.

Q8. What’s the biggest obstacle/challenge you face fighting and training?

I believe the biggest obstacle I have faced is the regular occurance of getting through the weekly grind. End of the week, your body starts to fail and it isn’t as capable as it was compared to the start of the week. Pushing through the soreness amd mental fatigue has allowed me to discover alot about myself. Digging deep has shown me where the core of my motivation and drive comes from. Any sane person wouldn’t put his body and mind through what is necessary to be great in this sport. With the ongoing pursuit of greatness, I’ve realised that it is an authentic love for martial arts and personal development that keeps me going everyday.


Q9. Where do you see yourself in the near future?

I visualise this alot. I’m looking to have my pro MMA debut in the start of 2018. I see myself taking control and being in the top of the Southeast Asia MMA scene in my weight division, taking local belts along the way before signing to a major organisation. #futurechampion

Q10. What do you like about Singapore so far?

The variety and quality of food is absolutely amazing! But I also love the multiculturalism in Singapore. Seeing people from all parts of the world and from all walks of life coming to live in one place together is a great experience.

Q11. Any advice for budding fighters or those who would like to travel and train?

The best advice I can give is to never stop having faith in your dream. The travel/fighter life can be extremely tough even at the best of times, but if you continue to chase your dreams and see where it will take you, the journey will become a very rewarding one. If you are already living this life, I suggest to stop and smell the roses every now and then so as to remember how far you have come and how much further you can go. Never give up on your dreams.


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4 more days to go!

Great article about Royston Wee and his motivations. For those who don’t know Royston is the first and only Singaporean fighter who made it in the top levels of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts by being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He fights in 4 days in Macao in UFC Fight Night 48.–singapore-s-first-ufc-fighter-royston-wee-090020333-mma.html

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UFC Fight Night 48: Royston Wee vs. Zhikui Yao


Royston continues on his historic journey as the first Singaporean in the UFC . After winning convincingly in his debut UFC fight in Singapore in January, Royston now takes on a Chinese fighter on Chinese soil. Yao Zhikui was a semi finalist on TUF China as a featherweight, and Yao is now cutting down to Bantamweight to take on Royston on home turf.

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Rebel FC: Next Generation and Sanda Exchange April 2014

4 of IMPACT MMA‘s up and coming amateurs fighters took part in Rebel FC:Next Generation on 26 April 2014. Impact’s unbeaten streak in amateur MMA comps continues as all 4 won their fights. Prof Leke’s brand of Checkmat BJJ was showcased as 2 of the fights were won by armbar submissions. Great job by the fighters and the whole team. Again, fantastic support from the Impact family as well!


Full album of photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page here:

Three more of our fighters in action at Sanda Exchange. Garie, Henry and Alvin (doing his debut striking fight) were in action and ALL THREE scored the win. Another perfect weekend for Team Impact MMA.

Garie and Henry won by 1st round TKO and Alvin showed some sweet kicks to win by decision. Great showing by fighters and corners (Bruce & Shawn)!!!


View the full album on our Facebook here:

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Four of our guys Niko Soe Leonard Goh Andy Neo Garrick Seah will be fighting in REBEL FC: THE NEXT GENERATION this Saturday! Be sure to head down to support them!

Tickets are $10 and available at the Impact counter or from any of the fighters.
DON’T throw away your ticket stubs as ticket holders will enjoy 20% discount (except for VIP tickets) for our next REBEL FC professional fight event (more details on that in the coming weeks). So see you guys there on 26 April, 4.30pm at Yio Chu Kang Sports Hall!

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Photo from Rebel FC

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Royston Wee wins his debut UFC fight!

What a weekend!!

Royston has become the first Singaporean in the UFC to have won his fight!!!

Royston dominates all 3 rounds. Wins by unanimous decision. 30-26 on all judges’ scorecards, 1 point was deducted due to an illegal kick by Dave to Royston’s chin in the 3rd round while they were on the ground.

The photo says it all. This fight did not take place over 15 mins, it took place over many months. Royston put in so much effort, time and heart that is not seen. The hours in the gym. The many bruises, and sprains and aches. The pressure, the doubters. Royston Wee didn’t just beat a man in a cage. Royston conquered a lot more than that and he makes us all so proud.

To those who understand the technical side of MMA, you would appreciate the beauty of Royston’s strategy. To those who don’t you could see the raw desire in Royston to win.

Lastly, without taking anything away from Royston’s individual performance, this is a team sport. So thank you and well done Team Impact, and Team Singapore!!!


Beautiful takedown by Royston in the 3rd round:


Credits to Yahoo Sports for the photos.

Video here:

Impact MMA would like to thank the supporters, those from Impact and just Singaporeans and MMA fans in general who have been overwhelmingly supportive. As Royston said, he could hear the support from the crowd and that played a big part.

And here’s the team behind Royston:

Head Coach/Head striking coach: Bruce Loh
Grappling/BJJ coach: Alexsandro Machado
Wrestling Coach: Mhd Sulaiman
Assistant striking coach: Shawn Teo
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Raphael Lim
Manager/Transport/PR: Kwang (assisted by Suzanne Sim)

Training Partners: EVERYONE AT IMPACT (Andy, Leonard, Juan, Major, Ashvin, SL Wei, Garrick, Garie etc etc….) But special mention to Adrian Tham who spent 3 weeks in Singapore to work daily with Royston. And not just people directly involved in Fight Camp, the people who helped bring Royston to where he is today (like Coach Sri who came in on his own time to help his boxing).

Special supporters who contributed and donated their time and effort freely, making this feel like a truly national effort:

Physiotherapy: Michelle Kwong of Physioclinic
Sports Psychology: Edgar Tham
Dental (Did you see those sweet gumshields?): Burlinson Dental Surgery
Fight Shirt design: David Tran (not local, but local to Impact!)

Also other local MMA guys, Arvind, who let us visit for a great shark tank session with Joe Ray, Emalo, Alex, Will etc on Christmas Eve.

And all the believers: The journalists and pundits who really took time to examine and question intelligently before casting judgment. It meant a lot.

Lastly but by no means least:
Our team honours and respects Dave Galera, who was a tough tough opponent and a warrior from start to end. Preparing for him was a huge challenge. Mark Sangiao has produced a fearsome team at Team Lakay and we will be seeing more of them in the UFC for sure. These guys are warriors and gentlemen and deserving of their solid reputation in the MMA world.


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Media Week for UFC

It’s been a busy week for Royston the days before his debut fight in the UFC Fight Night 34. Just a couple more hours to go!!!!

A feature on


Started off with open workouts on Wednesday:


Media Day on Thursday:


He still managed to squeeze in one last training session before his weigh-in on Friday:


And finally the weigh in on Friday:

Tonight Royston goes to war, Impact MMA goes to war, Singapore goes to war.

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