Top Prospect Alan Jouban Eyeing Top Contenders Just One Fight Into His UFC Career – Exclusive
This past weekend on BJPenn.com Radio the fellas on the airwaves welcomed on UFC newcomer Alan Jouban. Jouban, who made his UFC debut on August 16th, scored a KO victory and a Fight of the Night performance bonus for his fight with Seth Baczynski. In the bout Jouban displayed his impressive striking, crafty movement and fearless aggression on his way to knocking-out Baczynski late in the first round. Jouban was kind enough to share some of his thoughts about the fight and what he would like next in the UFC. Here are some of the highlights from that interview with Alan Jouban on BJPenn.com Radio:
Jouban, who trains jiu-jitsu with Eddie Bravo at 10th Planet, was asked about his exciting style, his background, and what he likes most about fighting:
“Most people didn’t realize that I came from a Muay-Thia background. I had 10 Muay-Thai fights before I had any MMA fights; I was doing Muay-Thai for quite some time before I did any grappling at all on the mat.”
Jouban also talked about his desire to fight in the UFC rather than capture a bunch of belts from feeder organizations:
“My goal from the beginning was getting to the UFC as fast as possible. I wanted to be ready and I wanted to be as good a fighter as possible, but I didn’t want to stay in the amateur ranks forever.”
“About four years into my career I was able to make it in to the UFC and I’m fortunate for it.”
Jouban, who is in his early 30s, was asked if age had anything to do with him trying to get to the UFC as quickly as possible:
“When you have a shorter window like I did, I know that I only have a window of 3 to 5 good years left; I wanted to make the most of it. Not only just win fights but win fights and win titles, but lucratively as well. I want to be successful. I don’t just want people to see my name with a W, I want to be able to take care of my family, support my wife and my child as well in the Big Show. So that was always a goal and age was definitely a factor.”
Jouban was then asked about his performance against Baczynski and what he wanted next:
“I’m still kind of on a high about it,” he explained.
“That’s always been a goal since the beginning; getting to the UFC. And then not only getting there,” he continued, “it’s always been my intention on getting to the UFC and making a splash, getting to the top and getting that belt and taking it as far as I can.”
On his first UFC experience as a whole:
“It was a surreal experience. And then obviously the outcome of the fight couldn’t have gone any better. I feel blessed right now, to be honest.”
Jouban was also asked if there was anyone in particular that he wanted next:
“We’ll take whoever you give us and we want to come in and make a splash.”
He did state, however, that he did not want to go backward in competition. Instead, he wants to face someone around the same ranking or higher than Baczynski was (which he claimed was somewhere in the middle of the division). He explained,
“If I fight a guy coming in from a feeder organization then he’s on the bottom of the list just as I am. So a win over him doesn’t really do much for me as it does fighting an established guy. So, we knew that and that was part of the game plan from the beginning.”
On a timetable for his return:
“We asked the UFC if there was anything in November-December that would be a good fit for me; we’d gladly take it.”
On watching fights that are now potential opponents:
“I watch fights now differently than I used to,” he began.
“There was a group of welterweight fights the other night; Mike Pyle, Jordan Mein, guys like that. They might be a couple more fights down the line for me but I definitely watch these guys and think this is two fights away. There’s a possibility of me fighting these guys within 6 or 7 months down the road. I don’t have any specific names but this is really intriguing.”
“I’m curious to see where we go from here.”
Jouban is now riding a 3 fight winning streak and boasts a pretty 10-2 record. We would like to thank Alan for giving BJPenn.com the time and we look forward to seeing him back in action very soon.
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