Joey Miolla Plans to Continue in Beast Mode as He Heads into RFA 37

April 15, 2016

After missing nearly a year due to injury, bantamweight up-and-comer Joey Miolla returned to fighting in 2015 and has been as productive now as he’s ever been.

In the first six months since his return, Miolla managed to get in four fights, picking up wins in all of them and getting his career back on track after the time off.

“I broke my hand three, four days out from the (September 2014) RFA bout and that put me out for nine months, so it feels good to be able to make a comeback and have all these fights from May of last year and be as active as I can,” Miolla told MMAWeekly.com.

“Last year, I was happy to be able to fight as much as I did, fight in some big shows like World Series (of Fighting) and the RFA.”

In his last two bouts against Randy Steinke and Gilberto Aguilar, Miolla defeated fighters with two or three times the experience he has. For Miolla, however, it’s not so much how many fights someone has as much as it is their dedication to the sport that defines them.

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“It doesn’t matter how many fights you have,” said Miolla. “It’s your work ethic, how big your heart is and how bad you want it.

“Veterans may have a little more patience and be more seasoned, whereas someone with less fights might be more aggressive, it just depends, but I’m happy to step up to the plate and take care of business against anyone.”

Miolla (8-1) takes an another veteran in his return at RFA in Leandro Higo (16-2) in a main card bantamweight title bout at RFA 37 on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.

“As a fighter, I respect him,” Miolla said of Higo. “He brings a lot to the table both with his stand-up and his ground game. I feel like I belong with the best of them and this fight here is going to solidify that for both me and any naysayers out there.

“I’ve fought everybody that’s ever been brought to me. I don’t pick and choose fights. If they bring me a fight, I’ll take it, so it’s good to step up and take on a good opponent. It’s good for my career and me, mentally.”

Back to fighting consistently, Miolla just wants to keep things going and make up for lost time in 2016.

“Last year, I set a goal since I was out nearly a year with a broken hand, I wanted to end the year with at least four victories, and I accomplished that goal,” Miolla said. “This year my goal is similar.

“I want to fight at least four times. I’ve signed a new three-fight deal with the RFA, and I’m hoping to get those three fights in, stay busy, stay active and see what comes next.”

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