Names in the Game: Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin

Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin is a mixed martial artist who hails out of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Recently Joslin received the long awaited and well deserved call from the Ultimate Fighting Championship and he will now be fighting Josh Koscheck on December 13th at Ultimate Fight Night 7.

Being born in raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Joslin’s life has revolved around various disciplines of martial arts. From a young age his father, Rick Joslin, had him participating in martial arts and to this day the fire still burns strong.

Joslin is currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Romero “Jacare” Cavalcanti and a 4th degree black belt in Karate. Joslin also avidly trains his boxing and wrestling.

Among the many titles won during his career, some of the most important were his gold medal at the Pan American BJJ Championships and his first place victory at the Arnold/Gracie World BJJ Championships.

Joslin sports a mixed martial arts record of 5 wins and 2 losses. Both of “The Inferno’s” losses came to the hands of UFC veterans Jonathan Goulet and Jon Fitch. When looking at this Canadian warrior’s record you’d get the impression that he is mediocre at best but that’s not the case.

Joslin’s first career loss came to the hands of Jonathan Goulet back in November of 2003. These resilient warriors ended up in the ring together at TKO 14 - Road Warriors where they went to war, literally. This fight was a back and forth affair in which fans saw Jonathan Goulet produced a strong effort in the first doing enough to earn himself the 10-9 score. Goulet showed excellent submission defense throughout the first round and his ground and pound had a great deal of effect on his Canadian counterpart.

Things all changed in the second round as Joslin came out strong working excellent positioning. He had Goulet in trouble more then once during the final stanza and he did more then enough to win the round making then fight even, one round a piece.

Unfortunately for Joslin and to the suprise of many fans, the judges scored the fight as an unanimous decision victory. It was a questionable one no doubt but it wouldn’t be the last for Mr. Joslin. The next downer for Joslin would come about two years later when he stepped into the ring with Jon Fitch at Freedom Fight - Canada vs. USA.

The fight had its share of drama as the skilled Canadian took a head butt from Fitch flush to the face which caused him to suffer massive swelling. Also later in the fight Joslin has his opponent up against the ropes and as he teed off on him, Fitch told the ref he was hurt so they called time out. In what normally would end up being a standing 8 count, Fitch was given a 5 minute rest period. Joslin, the crowd, and his corner were all visibly upset and they voiced their opinions but the decision stuck. The crowd favorite Jeff Joslin did enough to earn himself the decision victory but once again he was robbed as the American based fighter was given the nod by the judges from Quebec.

I for one totally disagreed with the Fitch decision and I wasn’t alone. Basically every fan in the arena littered the arena with negative energy as Fitch’s hand was raised in victory. Either way after watching the fight I knew that Joslin was legit and I hoped he’d one day get a shot in the UFC and luckily for me that time has come.

Joslin made his return to mixed martial arts early this year at APEX: A Night of Champions where he made easy work of his tough opponent Nuri Shakir, TKO’ing him part way through the first round. After that news broke that UFC matchmaker, Joe Silva, contacted Joslin and signed him to a three fight deal with his first fight coming December 13th against Josh Koscheck.

With the signing of the Joslin, the UFC just added another big name to their already stacked welterweight division. If Joslin can get past Koscheck he may just be the UFC’s diamond in the rough.

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