Jeremy Joiner will compete in the biggest fight of his career when he takes on South Australia’s Mike Turner at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
‘The Answer’ will be looking to keep his seven-fight winning streak and undefeated record alive when he competes for the heavyweight championship title in the co-main event at Diamondback Fighting Championship 4.
29-year-old Joiner said he is feeling confident going into the bout.
“My preparation has been good,” he said.
“Obviously experience is a big thing in any sport, so not only is my skill set growing but also my knowledge on the sport and myself.”
Joiner’s last fight was in May, where he defeated Chris Lokteff by technical knockout to become the XFC heavyweight champion.
He said his preparation for Sunday’s fight has been different to others.
“I've never had this long to prepare for someone – usually I get around six weeks but this time I’ve had close to three months,” he said.
Joiner sought out the help of fighter Jimmy Crute and coach Sam Greco who fought against Turner in the past to get an insight on how to beat the 35-year-old.
“I train with a guy who has beaten him (Turner) before so he (Crute) has helped me out a lot along with his coach who've both been able to give me a fair bit of information,” Joiner said.
“Plus also another guy I train with in Daniel Kelly has coached against him recently.”
The fight will mean even more for Joiner with interest shown from international fighting organisations.
“Every fight I have from now is big,” he said.
“Not only can I possibly win my second Australian title and become a double champion, but I have UFC scouts and other international promotions watching so every fight from now is important.”
Based out of Melbourne’s Westside MMA gym, Joiner said he will have a relatively laid back preparation before the fight.
“Fight week I just relax,” he said.
“I mainly focus on technique and game plans and just staying active.
“The worst thing i can do is underestimate him (Turner). Everyone I've fought have been predominantly strikers, where he's a grappler and a brown belt in jiu jitsu.
“That’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.”