Being a fighter on the local scene can be very difficult, many juggle full-time jobs while training for fights. On top of other factors, being able to focus solely on fight camps is very rare without a job, sponsors, or family members helping financially.
Jay Perrin grew up in New England and is now on the verge of making it to the UFC. But first, he must get through Dwight Joseph on Dana White’s Contender Series in August. For Perrin, it has been hard work and surrounding himself with positive influences who have his best interest. “Anything worth doing is worth sacrificing for,” said Perrin. Even if that means not being able to afford things outside of training.
“MMA is not for the weak-minded or weak-hearted.”
Perrin’s brother recently started a GoFundMe page to help Jay afford the expenses leading up to fight camp. His brother writes, “Starting this for my little brother, Jason Perrin. Let’s show him support to help him with his dream. He will be fighting for a UFC CONTRACT in front of Dana White in VEGAS this August. Let’s help him with not worrying about money and focus on him training.” Many fighters need a bit of help to make it in this sport and with an opportunity like the Contender Series, Jay has the potential to make his dream come true.
“I work really hard and I need a little bit of help, I don’t think that’s uncommon.”
MMA not only saved Perrin’s life, he fell in love with the game and knew this is what he wanted to do early on. “If I wanted something bad enough and I work hard enough for it, I’ll get somewhere.” Perrin took that saying to heart, and today, he’s training for his debut on season three of DWTNCS.
Not only is the New England fighter talented, he has a humbleness to him that speaks volumes of his character. Perrin feels blessed to know that his story resonates with people, and hopes to be an inspiration to others on his journey to the top. He never expected people to donate money for this fight camp, but it means the world to him. He looks forward to proving his supporters right when he debuts on ESPN+ this summer.
Perrin inspired me during our interview. Ever since I decided to enter the MMA industry, I’ve wanted to help fighters. I want to get to know those like Jay, who are chasing their dreams and provide assistance through the platform I’ve been able to build at The Scrap. Because of this, I want to share the GoFundMe link with our MMA community.
The money donated to Jay Perrin’s fight camp covers expenses like supplements to help recover, gas to get to-and-from the gym, and new gear. Ultimately, it will allow Perrin to focus on his upcoming bout, one that has potential to change his life.
There are many fighters in your local community who are talented and have potential to fight in the big leagues, they just need a bit of financial assistance to make it sometimes. Please consider donating to fighters who are sacrificing daily to chase their dreams.
Listen to our interview with Perrin where we talk about what sponsors and donations do for a fighter like him: