MMA fighter Ben Edwards halfway to UFC with win over
Jeremy Joiner -
18th November 2017
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kickboxing world champion Ben Edwards is halfway to
the UFC. Photo: Rohan Thomson
UFC debutant Tai Tuivasa hits Rashad Coulter then
the latter's going to sleep.
Tuivasa's sparring partner, Canberra's Ben Edwards,
said they've thrown Tuivasa into the deep end he said
if his mate lands a blow in the UFC Sydney bout on
Sunday then it will be all over.
will head to Sydney to watch the fight, having taken
his own MMA record to 2-0 after he beat Jeremy Joiner
with a technical knockout at Monaro Fight Circuit
26 at The Rex Hotel on Friday night.
hoping to join Tuivasa in the UFC ranks and has been
promised a contract if he wins his next two fights.
down Joiner means the heavyweight has now beaten the
fifth and second fighters in Australia as his UFC
case continues to strengthen.
now it's Tuivasa's turn.
just one of those guys that shows up on the day. He
trains well and he spars well, but when he fights
it's just a different level," Edwards said of
just such an athletic guy for such a big man. By the
time he gets in the cage he'll be close to 130 kilos.
he hits anyone in those four-ounce gloves they're
going to sleep for sure. The guy he's fighting's had
a couple of UFC fights and he's very fast and very
definitely chucked him in the deep end for his first
fight, but if he hits this dude it's over for sure."
said he already had a couple of offers for his next
fight, which he was hoping would be in March.
if all goes to plan his fourth fight would be in May
or June and then it would be on to the UFC.
still honing my style, but a lot of positives came
out of it. I was really happy with my take-down defence,
but I did eat a lot of shots which I didn't have to,"
just need to work out how to defend punches and defend
the take down as well.
adapting really well, I'm still trying to figure out
the best way to do things for me. I've got the basics
that I like to do and ... I'm happy with where I'm
got a long way to go, but definitely on the right
track. A lot of positives out of [Friday] night."
for Joiner, Edwards was still "honing his style"
- otherwise it might've taken a lot less than the
three minutes it took in the first round.
said he was probably "too patient".
was a TKO, I caught him with an uppercut, broke his
nose, he sort of fell over and I just jumped on him
and the ref waved it off three minutes into the first
round," he said.
more patient I am, if you just wait that extra five
seconds or whatever, the fights seem to go quicker
the more patient you are, which seems to be contradictory.
was probably too patient actually. I was so worried
about gassing. I should've had more faith in my fitness,
I was actually pretty fit going into it.
learnt, but better to be too patient rather than not
Sydney Morning Herald)