Saturday, April 13, 2013
Adam Cella was quite literally kicked out of the reality TV competition--a moment he told Knuckle Junkies he didn’t remember until he saw it on television. He's still considering the experience a career win.
Fenton’s Adam Cella, who trains at Finney’s MMA in Crestwood, told Knuckle Junkies that his experience on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” earlier this year is "opening up a door" for new career opportunities. While he took down the “Honey Bear” in his first fight on the show, Cella’s run on the show ended with a knockout kick from Uriah Hall in the third episode. (Hall is participating in the upcoming final tournament, according to MMA Junkie.) It turns out Cella, who was seen being carted off to the hospital in the episode, initially didn’t remember the kick, he said in a recent interview. “… I didn’t really remember anything from that fight. I just knew what they told me…. [The UFC] was nice enough to send it to me because I told them I didn…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Fenton's Adam Cella defeated Jake "The Honey Bear" Heun with an armbar during Tuesday's season premiere on FX. He trains at Finney's MMA in Crestwood.
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Fenton's Adam Cella debuts as one of 28 men who will duke it out in the two-hour premiere for a spot in the "Ultimate Fighter" house. Do you think he can do it?
A Fenton man was recently announced as one of more than two dozen participants to spar in tonight's premiere of FX's "Ultimate Fighter." Adam Cella, who trains at Finney's MMA in Crestwood, will compete against international contestants for the chance to earn an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. Tonight's two-hour season debut will whittle the 28 prospects down to 14 season cast members. Remaining fighters will continue to train and face off against each other until a contract winner is declared. This season's contestants will be coached by current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and contender Chael Sonne. How far do you think Cella will advance? Tell us in the comments, and subscribe to our daily newsletter for …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
All In 1 Fitness/Finney's MMA owner Jesse Finney will co-host a Saturday radio show starting this week. He made national headlines last month for taking down a shoplifter at a Crestwood grocery store.
You may have heard Jesse Finney's crimefighting story last month. But starting this weekend, listeners of 101 ESPN WXOS Radio will have a chance to hear the retired kickboxer every weekend. Finney owns Finney’s MMA/All In 1 Fitness in Crestwood, and along with Chad Range, will host "MMA Hit Squad” Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program will "preview upcoming fights, talk to fan favorites, and give the thousands of fans in St. Louis - one of America’s premiere fight towns - a place that feeds their love of this hybrid of boxing, wrestling, jujitsu, and other fight disciplines," according to a release from the radio station. Finney told Knuckle Junkies that they will also dedicate air time to getting youths interested in martial…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Adam Cella was announced as one of 28 professional fighters to participate in the upcoming season of "Ultimate Fighter" on FX.
A St. Louis-area man was announced Wednesday as one of 28 participants to spar in the upcoming season of FX's "Ultimate Fighter," which debuts Tuesday, Jan. 22. Middleweight fighter Adam Cella, who trains at Finney's MMA in Crestwood, will compete against international contestants for the chance to earn an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract. The 27-year-old is 4-0 in his professional MMA career and also dabbled in kickboxing. Cella, who grew up in Imperial, told Knuckle Junkies last year it was his "goal to get on TV." This season's contestants will be coached by current UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and contender Chael Sonne. Watch "Ultimate Fighter" on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. The two-hour season debut will whittle the …
Friday, January 4, 2013
After a professionally trained kickboxer and MMA fighter stopped a shoplifter at a Crestwood grocery store, Police Chief Mike Paillou advises residents how they can help when witnessing a crime.
Last month a professional kickboxer and MMA fighter, who trains other pros at his Crestwood gym, detained a man stealing vodka from the Watson Road Schnucks. "Jesse Finney is a highly trained individual, he is not the average resident," Crestwood Police Chief Mike Paillou said. "I would never recommend a resident get involved in a physical confrontation with a suspect." The department hasn't seen many instances of bystanders stepping in during crimes in action, he said. "A good samaritan stepped in and got killed at Starbucks, which is quite possibly what could happen when an untrained individual gets involved," Paillou said. He was referring to the 2008 death of Roger Kreutz, who died from head injuries he sustained while chasing a tip …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Kickboxing and MMA trainer Jesse Finney's apprehension of a shoplifter at the Crestwood Schnucks last month made national news. See some of the funniest headlines and reactions from Facebook and Twitter users.
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Our partners at FOX-2 followed up with Finney's MMA/All In 1 Fitness owner Jesse Finney, a professional fighter who stopped a shoplifter in progress while heading into Schnucks last week.
Many of you read our coverage of Crestwood resident Jesse Finney's effort last week to subdue a man running out of the Crestwood Schnucks with several bottles of vodka. In an interview with FOX-2, Finney discusses a common misconception about MMA fighters.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Jesse Finney, who is trained as a boxer and mixed martial arts fighter, stopped a shoplifter last week during a trip to the grocery store.
A man stealing bottles of vodka from a Crestwood grocery store probably didn't imagine a professional kickboxer and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter would thwart him on his way out the door. Jesse Finney said he headed to Schnucks in Crestwood around 7 p.m. on Dec. 21 to pick up some chocolate for his pregnant wife. As he neared the basket area, Finney noticed a female employee running after a man. “I didn’t know if he had robbed the place, or if he’d assaulted somebody, I just saw her. He was pushing her off,” said Finney, who lives in Crestwood and owns Finney’s MMA/All In 1 Fitness. Finney grabbed the man by the coat. When he resisted, Finney slammed him to the ground and subdued him in a hold until Crestwood police could arrive, Finney…