You wouldn’t know it by looking at his unassuming baby face, but Jim Hettes (Pictured) is a fast-rising mixed martial arts superstar. “The Kid” utterly destroyed Nam Phan on Friday night at UFC 141 to bump his record to a perfect 10-0.
While UFC security has yet to realize he’s one of their athletes and not a fan trying to sneak backstage, company president Dana White has finally taken notice.
“I’m gonna be honest with you, [Friday] was really the first night that I noticed this kid,” White stated at the post-fight presser. “It’s pretty awesome to see a jiu jitsu kid who punches – when something doesn’t work he moves to something else.
“You guys have heard me talk a lot about the new breed that’s coming up and how they train differently – there you go (while pointing at Hettes). That kid is nasty. I love watching him fight.”
With stardom at his doorstep, the 24-year-old talked to us about remaining humble, his relationship with UFC legend Tito Ortiz and how lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has influenced his career.
Please click the media player below to watch our interview with Hettes (Unfortunately, the audio may not work on your phone. Please watch on your computer or tablet. Sorry…):