Dustin Joynson to face Russia’s Islam Abasov in ONE Championship Debut

Dustin Joynson
Courtesy of Dodge Sports

British Columbia’s own Dustin Joynson will make his ONE Championship debut on April 14 live on TNT. The 35-year-old will face Russia’s Islam Abasov in his promotional debut.

Joynson announced his signing with ONE in early January.

Dustin Joynson Makes ONE Debut on TNT

It feels good [to have my first fight booked in ONE Championship],” said Joynson in a press release. “There’s not going to be any easy fights there, though. Everyone in the division right now looks like killers.”

Joynson signed with ONE in January on the strength of his undefeated record, which includes title victories on the Canadian circuit, multiple outings in top developmental promotion Cage Fury FC, and an appearance on UFC President Dana White’s Contender Series. He will face a stiff test in his debut opponent, knockout machine and international wrestling standout Islam Abasov.

“He’s 6-0 as well; he’s ended a lot of his fights in the first round with an aggressive style of punching, but most of his opponents have all had losing records, so it’s really hard to determine how good he actually is and how much cardio he actually has,” Joynson said.

Joynson is excited to compete on the same card as legendary MMA fighters Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (30-3-1) and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez (30-7).

“That’s what I’m excited for because actually, the February 26 fight was supposed to be the same card with Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, but it got pushed to April… I hope I am on the card. For one, it’s on TNT — the first one that’s on there. I feel like there’s gonna be a lot of eyes on it, so to speak, so no pressure on myself here,” Dustin Joynson laughed.

Dustin Joynson will clash with Islam Abasov on the ONE on TNT I event in Singapore on April 14.


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