Hex double champ Kevin Jousset has signed to the UFC, as announced yesterday via social media by Jousset’s gym City Kickboxing.
Jousset holds a professional record of 8-2 and holds both Hex middleweight and welterweight titles. Jousset reached double champ status in his last fight at Hex Fight Series 26, where he TKO’d Kitt Campbell in the third round, becoming the first same-time two-division champion is Hex history.
The duel champ will debut in the UFC as a welterweight, where he is planning on staying for the foreseeable future.
‘The contract doesn’t specify I have to stay at welterweight but I’m planning to stay at 170.’ Jousset said.
Jousset will step into the cage at UFC 293 in Sydney, taking on fellow UFC debutante Kiefer Crosby. Ahead of his debut, Jousset said he is focused on being at his best when he steps into the Octagon.
‘I’m not overthinking it to be honest. A fight is a fight and I’ll just have to focus on me. Obviously on fight night, nerves will be there, but I’ll use it to my advantage and use it as fuel.’
As for his Hex titles, Jousset wants either of his teammates James or John Vake to fight for the titles and keep the belts in New Zealand.
‘It has to be some of my teammates, so the Hex belts are staying home with us in New Zealand. Probably John or his brother James Vake will be the best guys to hold those titles.’
Looking towards September, Jousset said the timing is just right for him to make a statement on the world stage.
‘I’ve been ready for a while but now is the perfect time to show my skills to the world.’