Heun climbs into octagon (Mixed Martial Arts)

June 11, 2010
Jake Heun

Alaska’s Jake Heun is going from the gridiron to the octagon.

But that doesn’t mean his football career at the University of Hawaii is finished.

To help him prepare for his career choice after college, the 235-pound Heun will make his mixed martial arts debut Saturday night against D.J. Poti of Maui in a heavyweight fight at the Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall in Honolulu.

“I’ve got to start getting ready for life after football,” Heun told the Star Advertiser.

Heun, of Palmer High fame, is a senior linebacker at Hawaii, where he played all 13 games last season in his first year with the program. He started his college football career at City College of San Francisco.

Heun uses MMA in the offseason to train for football, focusing on boxing, wrestling, kick boxing and jiu jitsu. He wrestled for the Palmer Moose back in the day.

Given his lack of MMA experience, though, he’ll likely have his head on a swivel.

“You don’t want to get caught,” he said. “You want to keep on your feet.”

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