Sometimes being a Fight Chaplain finds you in the strangest places. Today I am in Omaha, Nebraska being a support to a fighter we chaplain, Justin Wren. Only Justin could have gotten me to Omaha!
Before the fight Travis and I were able to support Justin as he warmed up, prepared, and focused. When Justin gears up for a fight, this normally gregarious man, literally transforms into a warrior. The mild mannered, gentle giant turns into an extremely focused fighter. I joked that he probably sweat off 5lbs before he even got into the cage.
Travis and I hung out a little with the guy he was fighting. Who, by the way, was also quite huge. I expected a fairly intense fight. (Stressful for me.) When fighters I chaplain fight I get more nervous than when my kids play sports. Seeing his opponent Josh Henry didn’t help my nerves.
The fight was all Justin. He took Josh down and did some serious ground and pound. Josh finally escaped back to his feet and his face looked like it was hamburger due to all the punishment. Justin hit him with several good shots standing and then took him down again. He almost ended the fight with a rear naked choke but Josh was able to slip out. Justin ended up on top with Josh’s chest to the mat. Justin preceded to pummel away at the side of his head until the ref finally stopped the fight. Justin Wren victory by TKO.
Justin, as always, showed a ton of class talking about the fight and the quality of the fighter he faced. I was proud of him. Justin is an extraordinary young man. He is an easy guy to root for. Justin also thanked Fight Pastor and encouraged everyone to check out our website which was super cool of him.
Whenever Justin signs an autograph he always leaves the scripture reference Psalms 144:1:
“Praise be to the Lord my Rock who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. “
Justin represented himself and Jesus well in victory. He was gracious to his opponent, appreciative of his team, and honoring of God. Justin made me proud! Congrats, buddy!