Jason Reinhardt has been training in Martial Arts since the age of nine. He made his Mixed Martial Arts debut in 1999, capturing a couple title belts along the way. Fighting out of Pat Miletich's world renowned Miletich Fighting Systems and Mike Griffin's Pro Gym, Reinhardt won the Submission Fighting Championships (SFC) bantamweight title defeating Ray Duke on 11/03/2000. This was a very special and meaningful title fight considering his manager Brian Madden had passed away just days before this title shot.
Madden was one of the first guys to welcome the Bantamweight class in the United States, and gave Jason his start in professional mixed martial arts. One of the last things Brian had said to Jason was, "do not let that belt go back to Arizona". Reinhardt made sure that didn't happen winning by Arm bar submission in the first round, after almost being KO'ed in the opening minutes. He has always fought with those words close to his heart.
The next title he won was the Reality Submission Fighting (RSF) bantamweight title, against another Arizona fighter Del Hawkins. This is the fight that would change things for Reinhardt in a negative but positive way for the future. He sustained an career threatening injury during this fight, but was able to secure an arm bar victory in the first round being crowned the RSF bantamweight Champion on 3/30/2001. Not realizing the extent of his condition, Reinhardt fought in Extreme Challenge just three months later, and finally was advised by the Doctors to stop fighting.
Jason took a flight out to San Francisco, California and had surgery by a specialist to fix this injury. Doctors had told Reinhardt that he would not be able to train, let alone fight again. After almost a 2 year layoff and physical therapy, this determined mixed martial artist made his way back to the cage at Extreme Challenge 55 in December of 2003. From there he worked his way back into contention in smaller shows around the Midwest and eventually to King of the Cage in Calgary, Alberta Canada September of 2005. Reinhardt then traveled to Japan where he was the Main event against highly regarded Japanese star Hideo Tokoro in ZST 8. This was a grappling only match (GT-F rules), due to a contract Tokoro had signed with another organization to fight Royce Gracie just a month after his GT-F win over Reinhardt.
An Extreme Challenge, KOTC, ZST, and Legends of Fighting veteran, Reinhardt is determined more than ever to prove always what a "never give up mentality" is all about. In 2004 Jason opened one of the first Miletich Fighting System affiliate schools, Reinhardt Mixed Martial Arts in his hometown of Decatur, Il. He has helped produce some talented fighters out of this camp in the last three years including Pride veteran and KOTC Champion Clay French, Justin Reinhardt, Dan Loman, and 5 time UFC veteran Laverne Clark, among many other up and coming professional fighters. He has also created the Courage Fighting Championships along with business partners Monte Cox and Chad Bergmeier. Courage Fighting Championships was featured in the Tap Out reality series on the Versus channel in the summer of 2007.
The Courage Fighting Championships in Decatur, Illinois has produced some outstanding MMA fighters starting their professional careers and continues to be a highly respected organization. Jason Reinhardt currently trains at Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa and also under Gracie Barra BJJ black belt, Marcos Barros in Illinois. Reinhardt will be making his UFC debut on November 17, 2007 against Joe Lauzon in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center.