Joseph Holmes on Jamie Pickett Clash: I Don't See it Going Past Round 1
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In a matter of days, Joseph Holmes (7-1) will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut. The path that led "Ugly Man" to the Octagon saw the Texan taking home a victory on Dana White's Contender Series, but not a contract. After accumulating another win and some more experience under the Fury Fighting Championship banner, Holmes was invited to join the UFC, where he will first meet Jamie Pickett at UFC on ESPN 32.
"I see us having a really explosive early first round, and then when he starts to slow down, my volume is just going to pick up and just tear him down," he told Sherdog. "I don't see it leaving the first, but if we do, I don't see it getting past halfway through the second. I feel like I'm a really calculated striker and way even better and more calculated on the ground. In his last couple of fights, he was caught with something and went really desperate, shooting up for takedowns, and he's not even that great of a wrestler. I definitely see this being a dominant performance, but this is the UFC. I'm not going to take anything from him, but that's why I've been training super duper hard so that I can give that I'm saying I'm going to give for this fight.”
Holmes also discussed the origin of his peculiar nickname, his work to improve his footwork, and more.
(01:38) His path to the UFC
(03:50) The improvements he made
(04:40) Facing Jamie Pickett on Jan. 15
(07:20) His goals for 2022
(07:55) The origin of his nickname, "Ugly Man”
(09:05) His pick for the Calvin Kattar-Giga Chikadze clash
Tudor Leonte started writing about mixed martial arts in 2013 for Italian media outlets. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and now he covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @MrTudorLeonte.