It takes a special human to willingly step into a cage and engage in a fight; especially at 49-years-of-age and knowing you won’t receive any financial compensation for your efforts.
Lex McMahon, owner of Titan FC, will do just that. Having done it all in the world of MMA except one thing, McMahon will be stepping into the cage for the first time as a fighter. A long time martial artist who focused on kickboxing, McMahon takes on his latest task, headlining Fighting Force 4 as the main event of the evening.
This Saturday, November 21st, McMahon will be making his professional mixed martial arts debut against Justin Thornton (4-16). This bout is set to take place in the Dominican Republic and only available online on UFC Fight Pass.
McMahon, a Marine Corps Veteran, has a bigger passion outside of MMA. He actively works with our countries veterans with PTSD and bringing wounded warriors/former military together via AHero.org to bring awareness to the needs of our nation’s veterans. Particularly, suicide awareness!
“I did two tours in Somalia back in the early ’90s,” McMahon says. “It sucked. It was a really shitty place and a lot of bad things happened. I’m just happy to be home and do well but the reality is, I’ve struggled,” he says. Empathizing with other warriors, McMahon says “I understand what it is for our veterans who are coming home and they’re struggling.”
Breaking down the numbers, McMahon states “22 veterans a day taking their own lives since 9/11.” Adding “that’s 153-154,000 veterans that have taken their own lives. A staggering number.” Explaining his goal is, “for me, I want to be able to stand on top of the highest mountain and scream at the top of my lungs, ‘No more’!
McMahon’s opponent on fight night will be Justin Thornton. Thornton enters this bout with a significant advantage on paper. With 20 pro MMA bouts under his belt, Thornton may have the experience. However, McMahon, knowing his own strength, tenacity, and drive to accomplish a goal, has faced far worse leading up to the fight.
“At end of the day, it’s a sport,” McMahon says. Continuing, “when I was in the Marines, man, you don’t know if you’re coming home.” Emphasizing, “when push comes to shove, I know I’m not going to break because I’ve already been to some really dark places and I’ve persevered and overcome.” Finalizing, “I know I can overcome his storm!”
Tune in above as MyMMANews checks in with Lex McMahon just a few days before he makes his walk to the cage for his professional debut. Lex and I discuss what this fight means to him, for veterans looking for help and so much more.
Support Lex in his mission at www.AHEROUSA.org/Fight4AHERO
And tune in to Fighting Force 4 on UFC Fight Pass to see McMahon vs. Thornton in the main event of the evening!
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
He is Co-promoter of Delaware’s premier kick-boxing and Muay Thai organization, IBF Promotions. Recently he has also accompanied MMA organizations Global Proving Ground and XCC as Co-host and ringside commentator.