MMA fighter Joshua “Flash Langley is set to defend his Flyweight title against Melvin Lopez on March 2nd at the “D’Town Beatdown”, which will be held at the Beauregard Parish Covered Arena.
Langley is 17 years old and is a Senior at Walker High School. He takes MMA seriously, training every day to hone and perfect his skills.
“I train seven days a week, and at least twice a day,” Langley said. “If for some reason I’m not training in the gym, I’m running at home or working the bag.”
He described his fighting style as “well rounded,” claiming that he trains hard in multiple disciplines so he can be ready for anything when he fights. “I train in jiu-jitsu, boxing, and wrestling,” he said. “I have great coaches.”
His coaches are Rami Patin, Head Coach and Chris Pham, striking coach. Robert Dunn and Ben “Ninja” Peco are his grappling coaches under Professor Rafael Ellwanger with Gracie United Team Jucao South.
Langley expressed his excitement for the upcoming fight on March 2nd, which comes three days after his 18th birthday.
Although he is young, he has dedicated a lot of his life to practicing martial arts.
“I feel like the sport chose me. I was bullied in the 5th grade, and wanted to be able to defend myself,” he said.
“My family supported me, and that’s when I started taking jiu jitsu. From their, it evolved seeing all the different techniques and ways to approach the sport. It really helped me gain confidence in myself.”
It seems his peers at school also have confidence in him as well. Langley said while he doesn’t talk a lot about his MMA career at school, it has gotten a lot of attention from his peers. His class even voted him as the student who was “Most Likely to win the Hunger Games.”
Langley talked about how great it felt to win the Atlas Fights Flyweight title. He won it by defeating Terrance “Juice” Jones on Dec. 15 via unanimous decision.
Langley challenged Jones after Jones had defeated Langley’s close friend and fellow fighter Dejuan Robinson.
He dedicated the win to Robinson after the fight.
He said “I was so excited, that was one of the greatest moments of my life. Juice has been the only fighter to push me past the first round. I was glad to be able to do that for my friend.”
He went on to credit Robinson for giving him his nickname “Flash.”
Langley said that Robinson was watching him warm up for an exhibition when he marveled at his speed. “He saw how fast I was striking the bag and started calling me The Flash,” he said. “The name just stuck from there.”
MMA is a lifelong pursuit for Langley, who said that he wants to take his career as far as he can to the highest level possible. “This is my life,” he said. “This is what I enjoy more than anything else in the world.”