Warrenton’s Jacoby Marshall won a one-match Brazilian jiu-jitsu showdown last Friday in Portland, where he defeated Portland’s Joey Meador in the purple belt division as part of a “Fight to Win” (F2W) promotional event at the Oregon Convention Center.

“It was a great show,” Marshall said. “For the first time in five years, I think, the promotion came to a new city. I applied under the direction of my professors, Nathan and Zachary Adamson, a few months back and never heard anything.”

Eventually, Marshall said, “I had a message from Seth Daniels (CEO and promoter of F2W) asking if I wanted to accept a fight with Joey Meador at 215 pounds. I gave him a thumbs up right away, even though I really had no clue what I was getting in to.”

Marshall, 38, had to drop some pounds to make weight to battle against Meador, 26.

“I knew I could recover from a cut to 215,” Marshall said. “I walk around at 227-230, but I train five to six days a week.”

As fight time neared, however, “I had to worry about ticket sales and sponsorships and that dreaded weight cut,” he said. “I knew at weigh-ins I had the advantage of experience and I knew I was in fantastic shape.

“I am sure Joey is the big guy at his gym who scares people or intimidates folks, so he probably has the same struggles as I do getting training partners to prepare for a big stage.”

But, Marshall said, “I was super lucky to have a great team with amazing training partners that were willing to come in and train at any time. We also have had some high-level instructors in the area helping me work on my game plan.”

As for Friday’s six-minute match, “I did nearly everything I set out to do,” Marshall said. “I pulled guard and set up my ‘Lasso.’ I maintained control throughout the entire match. (Meador) did what the promoters said not to do. He clamped down my leg in a ‘lock down’ position and stalled out about three minutes of the match.”

Marshall maintained control the entire fight, “and it came down to the referee’s decision. I bested him two/three.”

Marshall spent the spring as an assistant baseball coach at Warrenton, which played for a state title the previous Saturday.

“Mixing in trying to win a state title made camp a little more interesting,” he said.

Gary Henley is a sports reporter for The Astorian. Contact him at 503-861-8493 or ghenley@dailyastorian.com.

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