MMA: Former Pro Wrestler Jason Barrett AKA Flex Armstrong Shines in Debut

Steven BaldassariContributor IIIMarch 1, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts (M.M.A.), popularly known as cage fighting or ultimate fighting, is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques and skills from a mixture of other combat sports to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of both striking as well as grappling techniques, both while standing and while on the ground. Such competitions allow fighters of different backgrounds to compete.

One of those fighters is Jason Barrett, A.K.A. Flex Armstrong. Barrett, is a bodybuilder and former professional wrestler turned Ultimate Fighter.

Third Grade Spelling Bee Champion and always picked first in kickball per his Facebook page, former Bodybuilder, Boxer, M.M.A. Fighter, BTW Rookie of the Year and BTW. Television Champion is just getting started. He is really just your average guy with interests including flying off the top rope, power-slamming and of course, the DOUBLE AXE HANDLE!!

A professional wrestler and a lifelong resident of Billerica, Massachusetts Barrett has already accomplished many of the goals he has set out for himself. His accomplishments include but are not limited to being the BTW (Big Time Wrestling) Rookie of the Year, BTW TV Title Holder and following through on a promise that he made prior to his first MMA bout (T.O.C.) by completing a vicious first Round KO.

When Flex is not working his day job as a manager of Pro Fitness Plus in Billerica, MA Barrett spends his time wrestling the same superstars he watched as a child.

Barrett started his wrestling career because "The owner of Superstar Pro Wrestling, Richard Byrne, was encouraging me for years that I should take up being a wrestler. I watched it as a kid, practiced doing all the moves with my friends growing up so I always knew I could do it, but it was just about making time for it. So once I made the decision to make the time, I haven’t stopped and it’s really taken off for me."

When asked about how he started his mixed martial arts career, Barrett said,  "Me and Mike Strazzere teased the idea a little bit, he mentioned he was looking for fighters, I said I’d do it. The appeal of a pro wrestler making an MMA transition was appealing to me for the attention I would get, so I decided to step in the cage."

Barrett is just one of many up and coming MMA fighters but by the look of his first round KO in his first match in MMA his career looks more promising than most.


See FLEX in ACTION!! Check out BIG TIME WRESTLING!! Friday nights at midnight on RETRO TV.