It’s a true life-changing opportunity.
Victoria’s Dustin Joynson (5-0) will look to lock down a UFC contract on Tuesday night when he takes on Ben Sosoli (7-2) in a heavyweight clash on the final episode of Season Three of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Despite having only five fights on the regional scene, Joynson, 33, has accomplished nearly everything he can on the local circuit, including becoming the heavyweight champion for both Battlefield Fight League and Havoc FC.
With the amount of work and time he’s put into the sport over the years, Joynson said leaving Las Vegas with a UFC contract would mean everything to him.
“It would definitely be a good reward for all the work I’ve put in and all the sacrifices I’ve had to go through just to continue fighting,” said Joynson in an interview.
“For the majority of fans, they only know the UFC. That’s the big-time. So, for me to be able to say I made it there is huge to me.”
It’s been well-documented throughout the duration of the Contender Series that finishing the fight goes a long way in earning a contract. However, several competitors on Season Three have been awarded contracts after winning a decision simply because White liked their style and/or saw potential in them.
Although he has a good idea of what it’s going to take to bring home a UFC contract, Joynson said he won’t be looking to alter his style or game-plan to do so.
“I’m just going to fight my fight. If they don’t like what they see, then it’s on them,” said Joynson.
“I know the kind of fighter I am and I know how hard I’ve worked for this. I’m not going to be pulling punches; I’m going to do everything I can to finish this fight. But I’m also not going to be reckless and risk getting knocked out because I’m doing some stupid moves trying to be a bit too aggressive.”
A lot of fighters make it part of their preparation to learn as much as possible about their opponent through studying their past fights.
And while there is plenty of footage of Sosoli’s past fights floating around, Joynson said he doesn’t like to get too wrapped up in watching tape on his opponents.
“I don’t really like watching a lot of video tape on the people I fight or studying too much. I like to hear a few key things; I know he’s southpaw, he likes to throw hard, and he can take a punch,” said Joynson.
“I know he’s just going to try and bring it first round, and I’m going to make sure I can weather every round and be way more active and cardio-intensive, and press the action.”
Another key area of Sosoli’s game Joynson has zoned in on is his lack of experience in the grappling department.
Joynson said if and when the fight makes it to the ground, he believes he will have a significant advantage.
“My biggest edge will be grappling and on the ground in general because I haven’t seen him do much of any of that,” said Joynson.
“But I would like to think I’m well-rounded. I don’t really focus on one key area. I also know my agility and flexibility is another good thing.”