Getting to Know… Joel Powell
Name: Joel Powell
Walking Around Weight: 182 lbs
MMA Competition Weight Class: Welterweight (170 lbs)
Date of Birth: June 6, 1980
MMA Record: 6-3 (My first fight isn’t listed on Sherdog)
City of Birth: I was born in Scarborough, Ontario and raised in Jamaica from age 2 to 10. I have lived in Hamilton, Ontario ever since.
City currently residing in: Hamilton, Ontario
Fighting Family: Twin brother Josh is 5-2 as a Middleweight, but he has taken a break from competition to focus on working.
First Job: Landscaper
Current Job: Own my own home renovation business.
First Car: 1993 Chevrolet Cavalier Z-24
Current Car: Lincoln Navigator
Favorite Movie: Gladiator
Favorite TV Show: Breaking Bad
Favorite Band/Singer: DMX
Nickname, and how you got it: None yet
MMA Team/Camp: Discipline MMA in Hamilton
MMA Titles Held: None yet
Belts attained in other combat sports: I had the opportunity to test for a belt in jiu-jitsu, but I wasn’t interested. My focus was on wrestling and I don’t think a belt reflects on what level you’re at. I’ve won grappling competitions and beaten black belts in tournaments and MMA and I’ve trained with a lot of really good jiu-jitsu guys and gotten the better of a lot of them, so I didn’t think it was necessary.
I went undefeated in wrestling in high school and always competed against older guys. I competed in the 2000 world championships on the Canadian national wrestling team, but I quit wrestling after that because there was no money in the sport and it actually cost a lot to compete because Canada doesn’t put a lot of financial support into amateur athletics. It started to drain me financially. If there had been more support, I probably would have stuck with wrestling. From there I started competing in jiu-jitsu tournaments and won a few of them including the Joslin Open and eventually I got into MMA.
Favorite UFC Fighter: When I first started following MMA it was Tito Ortiz because he had a similar style and was a wrestler, but Carlos Condit is probably my favorite current fighter.
MMA Inspirations/Mentor/Idol: None
Most Memorable Martial Arts Competition: I fought San Shou in China and the crowd was huge and they really got into the fight. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I’d love to fight in MMA Japan some day. That’s on my bucket list.
First Martial Arts Memory: It wasn’t really martial arts; it was wrestling. I remember how it felt to push myself and to go undefeated as a high school wrestler. I won the Ontario Championships and I won the Canadian Nationals that year.
First MMA Memory: Winning my first fight was a great feeling.
Greatest MMA Moment to Date: It was probably my fight with Joe Doerksen, because people started to give me some recognition after that.
Funniest MMA Fighter that You Know: Cheick Kongo
Toughest MMA Competitors Encountered: Doerksen for sure. He has five or six times more fights than me and he’s a very skilled veteran. His size and strength were an issue, so I had to switch up my game plan and work more against the cage when I realized the advantage he had. I injured my ankle before my fight with (Team Nogueira black belt) Fabio Moraes and the injury made it almost impossible to do any running or heavy cardio for the fight with Joe and I got really tired. Trying to muscle him around only made me more tired and I got a bit sloppy and Joe used his experience and saw the opportunity to finish the fight and he took it.
Most Memorable Finish: I think the TKO win over Fabio Moraes, because it was my most dominant performance.
Most Fun in a Fight: I fought a Team Cesar Gracie fighter Josh McDonald, who was also a good wrestler. Even though I lost, it was fun because I was beating him up and I thought I won the fight.
Cage or Ring: Cage
Embarrassing MMA Memory: I haven’t had any yet. I make sure my shorts are tied up tight so they don’t come down, so nothing like that has happened.
Funny MMA Memory: In my first fight, my opponent nearly fell out of the ring and I pulled him back in and kept hitting him.
Favorite Sport Outside of MMA: Rugby. I used to play it in high school.
Favorite Food: Jerk Chicken
Relationship status: I have a girlfriend.
Plans for 2013: I’m hoping to beat George Lockhart impressively (at Wild Bill’s Fight Night) April 12 and to get one or two more big wins against UFC or Bellator vets and hopefully plead my case for a spot on the September UFC card. I have a lot of friends, family and fans in Toronto who would love to see me fight there and I believe I can do well in the Octagon. I was really disappointed that Roan Carneiro decided not to take the fight after he agreed to it, but I’m getting used to that happening. It’s tough having fighters pull out, though, because I never know how hard to train or when to peak when I keep getting fights cancelled or postponed. Hopefully I can get some regular fights in the next little while and prove I belong in a major organization with the other welterweights in Canada.
Twitter Account: I’m working on making one.
Facebook Account/Fan Page: I’m also working on making one.