Mixed martial arts continues to grow in worldwide popularity.
As the sport expands, a 20-year-old Paradise native is trying to catch on and fight his way to the top.
Life is nothing but a fight for Paradise amateur MMA fighter Jason Powell.
"I train 6 days a week and it's tough, the grind is tough, sometimes it can break you," said Powell.
Powell says his passion for the sport began when he was a freshman in high school.
"I was already a wrestler, but I had never watched MMA. After a couple videos I fell pretty much fell in love with it. I had my first fight in June of 2012 and I've had 4 so far and I'm 4-0," said Powell.
With his success, Powell owns the NorCal Combat and West Coast Fighting lightweight belts.
According to IFCF rankings, he's the 9th best lightweight in the country.
On November 16th he's set to defend his West Coast Title against Edgar Loza.
"It's a huge fight for me, definitely the biggest of my career. West Coast is a big show, especially for amateurs. There was guy who just got signed to UFC and his last fight was at West Coast, this is a huge show," said Powell.
The fight will take place at the Jackson Sports Arena in Sacramento.
Powell says he's not just fighting for himself, but wants to show off and represent for his hometown.
"I want to go all the way to the top and put Paradise on the map. It's big for me, it's a small town and we're all really close. I'm definitely excited inside and I also can't wait to win the fight and go eat whatever I want. That's probably the thing I'm most excited about, but the belt is also important too, said Powell.