Joseph Holmes on UFC signing: “I’m on Cloud 9”
Joseph holmes reached a milestone in his professional career in mixed martial arts when he was signed to the UFC. “Ugly Man” Joseph Holmes improved to 7-1 when he beat Jhonoven Pati by TKO at Fury FC 53 on November 14, which doubled as a Dana White: Lookin ‘For a Fight event.
âIt’s amazing,â Holmes told MMASucka. “I’m in the ninth cloud. This is amazing. It’s an absolute dream come true. I feel like I’ve said this many times, but it’s true. I literally couldn’t be happier with the where I am in life right now.
It was the second time Holmes has competed – and won – ahead of the UFC president Dana White. Submissive holmes ShontÃ© Barnes in October at the Dana White Contender Series, but White wanted to see if Holmes could repeat his success before signing him to the UFC. That’s exactly what Holmes did against Pati, and he’s now a member of the UFC.
Holmes in May told MMASucka he thought his UFC call was “around the corner.” Three wins later and two saves ahead of White, and he got his call.
Holmes understands why White didn’t sign him for his stop of Barnes in the Contender series.
âI’m young and it’s not easy,â said Holmes. âThere are a bunch of guys in there who have a lot more experience than me. For [White] want to see me do it again and have him sponsor [Fury FC 53: Lookinâ For A Fight] pretty much just to see me. It’s amazing and a great feeling. Going there and doing what I said I was going to do was just amazing.
Holmes had more time to prepare for this fight with his trainer, James krause, saying he’s picked up some of the counters Krause likes to use in his own fights. Holmes says he used one of Krause’s favorite techniques to finish Pati and win his UFC contract.
Holmes faced adversity about 10 days before his fight with Pati. Holmes, who is from Texas, was traveling back and forth to Kansas City, Missouri, where the weather was wet and very cold in the morning; different from its usual climate in Texas. He caught a âgnarlyâ cold, a very sore throat and severe aches. His coronavirus tests came back negative.
“It was crazy, man, how sick I got. I couldn’t eat solids because I had a sore throat for three daysâ¦ But I got over it and kept training. It helped me with my weight reductions as I couldn’t eat solids. It was crazy. “
Holmes, a middleweight prospect, has said he hopes to make his UFC debut by January or February 2022. He has a few opponents in mind, but was hesitant to make a call.
âI’m not quite sure how this calling thing is going, and I don’t feel like I can call anyone,â Holmes said. âThere are a few names that I have looked at. “
Phil Hawes, Gerald Meerschaert and Jacob Malkoun are the three men Holmes expressed interest in fighting for on his debut. He has a history with one of them.
“[Meerschaert] was actually in the corner of Jordan newman, who is the guy who beat me in my [pro] debut, âsaid Holmes. âIt would be nice to show them how much I’ve grown since that fight. I would really like to take out anyone from Duke Roufusis the camp.
Meerschaert has a fight against Abusupiyan Magomedov for the UFC event on December 18. “GM3” comes off a two-game winning streak after beating Makhmoud Muradov and Bartosz Fabinski.
Malkoun, who is 5-1, is ready to fight AJ Dobson at UFC 271 on Feb.12. Malkoun just won a victory Abdul Razak Alhassan.
Hawes just suffered a knockout loss to Chris Curtis on November 6 and has not booked his next fight.
Holmes wanted to scream his management, Iridium Sports Agency.
âThey were absolutely amazing to me. Like I said before, I’m in seventh heaven. I couldn’t be happier with where my life has taken me right now. It’s just crazy. Everyone who knows me said to me, ‘You always said you were going to do this, and you did. I’m proud of you.’ I’ve been saying this from the start. âI’m going to go to the UFC. I will do that. I will do it. And I really do, so man, I’m so proud of myself.
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