10th Planet’s Alan Jouban Wins UFC Debut By Devastating KO

8-16-2014 in BANGOR, Maine – Our very own Bomb Squad OG* and 10th Planet Brown Belt, Alan Jouban, took on the ultra durable, and 10x UFC veteran, Seth Baczynski.

Things got a little scary for us 10th Planet guys when Jouban was dropped by a left hook in the first round. Ultimately, it was Jouban that would be doing the rest of the dropping from that point. He went on to finish Baczynski at the 4:23 mark of the first round with a brutal left hand that deflated his opponent right next to the cage. This statement win has been a long time in the making. After having a very successful amateur Muay Thai and MMA career, Alan took his talents pro a few years ago. I actually had the pleasure of cornering him in his last ammy MMA fight, a fight he won by tap out due to another highlight worthy finish, a gogoplata choke. Then, after amassing an amazing 9-2 pro MMA record, the UFC call his number, and it was showtime!

Alan has everything it takes to be a superstar, the skills, the looks, and he’s a humble, and like-able guy. Being an actor and model, he gets this is entertainment just the same and always strives to puts on a show. The Brahma is not afraid to take damage or risks in an attempt to put it all on the line, and go for the finish.

Jouban has a special skill set, something many fighters don’t possess, he’s a master of cage psychology. He has the uncanny ability to toy with the crowds emotions. Just when you think he’s finished, right before the ref is about to stop it, Alan Digs deep and comes back from almost certain defeat. Where other fighters would crumble under the pressure, he shines. HIs strength burns brightly where lesser men would be content to just call it a night and tap out or let the ref stop it. That’s unacceptable to him, at this point he feeds off crowd’s energy and hulks up. You feel the tides shift, he comes storming back into the fight. After he does, he starts throwing combos and techniques from a video game. Superman punches, elbows, high kicks, spinning techniques, flying moves and all kinds of various strikes and exotic submissions. He pours it on until his adversary either taps, or hits the canvas unconscious like Tank Abbot’s foe from UFC 6, Steve Nelmark. It’s the MMA the equivelant of Hogan hitting the big boot and the leg drop, or Bret Hart slapping on the sharp shooter. His fights are an Emotional roller coaster, needless to say, “The Bhrama brings the drama.” I’m hoping that catch phrase sticks, you can send all royalty checks in care of Alder @ 10th Planet Van Nuys.

In a bit of luck, the welterweight bout was bumped up from the prelims to be a part of the main card of today’s UFC Fight Night 47 at Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 2.

“It’s surreal to be in this position,” Jouban said post fight. “It’s been a very long time coming, and I knew I was going to have to commit fully to martial arts to make this happen. My family was so supportive along this journey, and it means a lot to me that it’s finally here.”

Baczynski (19-12 MMA, 5-5 UFC) after coming off a promising performance against Tiago Alves, has now lost four of his past five bouts and could be in danger of having his profile removed from the UFC official website. While Jouban (10-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earns his third straight victory, and has been putting on amazing performances in the process, including this UFC debut KO of Baczynski. So much for the UFC jitters for this guy, he’s a born winner.

Alan Jouban’s only 2 losses are a TKO early in his career to Chidi Njokuani, brother of UFC and WEC veteran, Anthony Njokuani. There’s no shame in losing to Chidi “Bang,” who was stylistically a bad match up at that time, for Jouban. He’s a tall lanky striking assassin, and an exciting product of Saekson’s Muay Thai. A rising MMA star, will no doubt be joining his brother in the UFC at some point. Jouban’s other loss was to Duke Roufus fighter, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis’s training partner and roommate, MIke “Biggie” Rhodes. The fight took place in the RFA, as a UFC qualifier match, to see who would be getting a contract. The fans were anticipating a war between 2 amazing strikers who are not afraid to go toe to toe. And after a heated twitter beef, and promises from both fighters for a brawl, expectations were high. However, in the end, the fireworks ended up being duds. Biggie took the safe route, and used his wrestling to drag Jouban to the ground, and laid and prayed his way to a boring decision victory.

While Rhodes ended up winning the fight, the loss was blessing in disguise for Jouban, who moving forward, poured all his energies into his wrestling. He worked with Black House wrestling coach Kenny Johnson, and 10th Planet HQ’s wrestling coach, Rob Rodriguez to fix any holes he might have. The move worked, and his takedown defense is much improved, he even has flashes of offensive wrestling here and there.

The future is bright for our good friend Alan Jouban. This fight should propel Alan into the mix in a GSPless welterweight division. We’re so glad the world can now see what we’ve been seeing at the gym all these years! I can’t wait to see what’s next for the Brahma

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*Thanks to Brent L. for the reference.

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