"I'm on my ninth life," Says Jimmy Jennett, who grew up amidst drugs and dysfunction at home in Sacramento. "I got addicted to hard drugs at 16." Jennett was an all-city basketball player, but needed a second senior year at Cottage Grove High School in Oregon to get his diploma. After one year of school and hoops at Sierra College, he dropped out and into a life of drug dealing and aggressive behavior that landed him in Folsom Prison at 27. "A two-year term was long enough to take a look at things," he says, "at who I was and who I wanted to become." In 2010, he moved to Eugene, where his mother had settled. "I came back to Oregon to be around positive people," he says, " and to be involved in the clean and sober community." He also walked into a mixed martial arts gym, Art of War, where he found a mentor, coach Jason Georgianna, and a positive way to channel aggression. "I work at building roads in the summer," says Jennett, who started a non-profit, Checkered Past MMA Outreach, that offers free clinics and low-cost training to at-risk kids. "I do this because it's a passion, and because I want to give back." A heavyweight at six-feet-eight and 275 pounds, Jennett will face 290-pound Aaron Dickey in a cage fight at the Salem Armory on January 18th. Learn more at Checkered Past MMA Outreach on Facebook.