Jason and Alex Faglier have climbed the amateur ranks of mixed martial arts in a dominating way, leaving their ultimate goal within reach.
With one loss and three titles in a combined 17 fights, the two fighters from Augusta have made their presence felt in their weight classes of amateur fighting. Both are expected to turn pro within the year.
“I’m real happy with their progress,” father and trainer Jason Faglier said. “They’re at the top of the heap. They’re considered the best in the Southeast. It’s already hard to find fights for them because people drop out when they hear the name.”
And for good reason. Jason Faglier Jr. is 10-1 and owns two titles, an International Sport Karate Association South Carolina belt, which he has defended twice, and most recently a Caged Chaos Bantamweight belt.
Alex Faglier is 6-0 and owns a Caged Chaos Lightweight title.
Both fighters, each 20 years old, earned their Caged Chaos belts Feb. 2 in Columbia. Jason defeated Rahshun Ball at 1:10 in the first round, while Alex stopped Walker Vivian at 2:55.
“With Jason, we took a short-notice fight, so we had less time to find out who he was fighting,” the elder Faglier said. “They stay in shape at all times, but getting ready for a certain individual is more of a process. We spent three weeks training for it.”
Faglier Jr., who fights at 135 pounds, is ranked No. 2 in the Southeast pound for pound, and No. 1 in the bantamweight class, his father said. Alex, who fights at 155 pounds, is ranked No. 6 pound for pound, and No. 2 in the lightweight class.
Alex’s next fight is No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the class, as he faces Tony Tan to determine who is first. The fight is May 4 in Charlotte, N.C.
Faglier Jr.’s next fight is March 8 in the Warfare Fighting Championships in Myrtle Beach, S.C., against an undetermined opponent.
“I’ve pretty much gotten used to the feeling of defending a belt,” Faglier Jr. said. “You always get those pre-fight nerves, but I was pretty relaxed once I got in the cage last time.”
Faglier Jr., who attends Georgia Regents University, goes to morning classes before going to trainer Demetrius Jones for several hours at his gym, followed by several hours at Faglier’s Kempo Karate School on Peach Orchard Road. He said he expects it to pay off soon, and his father agreed.
“My intention was to never let them turn pro until they were at the absolute top of the amateur ranks,” Faglier said. “They’re ranked about as high as you can and taking titles everywhere they go. Probably within the year they’ll step up and turn pro.”