After securing UFC contract, Joseph Holmes is mapping out a path to the highest

Having already had one efficiency in entrance of UFC administration with a win at Dana White’s Contender Collection earlier this yr, middleweight Joseph Holmes was trying to safe a spot within the firm when he confronted Jhonoven Pati at Fury FC 53 on November 14.

Slightly below the half-way level via the primary spherical, Holmes was in a position to TKO Pati, and within the course of earn a UFC contract and transfer on to the subsequent stage of his profession.

“I really feel like (the combat with Pati) truly went pretty much as good because it might have presumably went,” Holmes advised MMAWeekly.com. “I didn’t plan on knocking him out, however the mixture I did knock him out with was one thing we’d been engaged on lots the final 10 days of my camp at Glory MMA.

“I’m very pleased with myself and with how that combat turned out. It positively left me some momentum to enter the UFC with.”

Having been working in direction of attending to the UFC since beginning his professional profession in 2019, Holmes admits that truly reaching that aim is one thing he’s nonetheless realizing and is a really surreal feeling.

“It’s nonetheless sinking in,” stated Holmes. “I give it some thought daily. I’m continually getting reached out t by new individuals congratulating me or telling me I’ve a brand new fan. It’s introduced a number of new emotions out of me. It’s very thrilling stuff. It feels nice simply because it appears like I’ve been inspiring individuals.

“I’ve been going to the fitness center and I get a special feeling on the fitness center by all of the individuals coaching at SFS MMA in Dallas, Texas. I really feel like individuals are feeding off this power and are utilizing the momentum as properly to raised not simply themselves however the fitness center as an entire and the neighborhood.”

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Having capped off his 2021 by making it to the UFC, trying again on this yr has Holmes realizing how a lot work he had put in to make this transfer occur.

“This yr was busy, but it surely was positively required busy and wanted to be achieved for the subsequent step of my profession,” Holmes stated. “It’s been unbelievable. This yr has been a dream come true.

“I’ve taken some robust fights and have gotten via them principally unscathed and gotten to the UFC wholesome, I’ve mastered my weight minimize, and I’m simply so able to make this subsequent step for certain.”

Whereas he desires to take one factor at a time, Holmes does have an concept of the trail he desires absorb his coming UFC run.

“I’m making an attempt to map out my route on this division,” stated Holmes. “There are a number of guys, and I don’t wish to simply take a look at the underside of the roster as a result of I’m new. So I positively have been getting some names and making an attempt to map out of an excellent route for myself to get to the highest of the roster as shortly as attainable.”

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