UMATILLA — A bull of a man rams Abraham Campos into the corner. Jiu Jitsu specialist Jim McWiggins, who’s 75 pounds heavier, immobilizes the young combatant with his arms.
Fighting for breath in the heavy, damp air, as equally suffocating as McWiggins’ grasp, Campos unleashes several lightning bolts to loosen the trap. His strikes, exceeded in speed only by shuddering force, are the last remnants of a life he’s long battled to vanquish.
Where his temper and physicality once brought him to the law’s front door, promising to ruin a life before it had really begun, the 18-year-old has thrown the reins around his punches. A channel exists for the mixed martial artist in Umatilla.
And it has him finally headed in the right direction.