FORNEY, Texas — Joseph "UglyMan Joe" Holmes, of Forney, is three days away from his shot at a mixed martial arts (MMA) welterweight title at Rite of Passage 4 in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Holmes, 5-0 in his amateur career and ranked No. 3 in the Southwest Divsion and No. 1 in Texas, is set to take on Josh Thompson, 11-5, for the welterweight belt.
Holmes was originally scheduled for a title match against belt holder Kyle Marks before he vacated the title.
Like anything, Holmes says it takes hard work and dedication to become a champion in your sport.
Transitioning from football, Holmes has been training for more than three years, achieved a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsue (BJJ) in March, and has accumulated more than 15 gold metals at BJJ tournaments.
Rite of Passage 4 is scheduled for Friday, July 27, 2018, at 7 p.m. at Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana.