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Canadian MMA fighter Dustin Joynson reflects after ONE Championship win

A mixed martial arts heavyweight athlete from Victoria has made waves in the industry after winning a fight in an international tournament last month.

On February 11, 36-year-old Dustin Joynson defeated Hugo “Silverback” Cunha by split decision to claim his first win at the ONE Championship, one of Asia’s biggest sports outlets.

The international tournament was one of the only destinations available to compete due to the pandemic.

Joynson told CTV News the event was “huge in Asia and Europe.”

“I want to be on a video game, I want to be heavyweight champion, and I want money for Conor McGregor,” Joynson said, when asked about his goals in the industry.

While the fighter is 6’5″ tall and weighs 240 pounds, he is actually considered one of the shortest.

His trainer, Dave Puhky, says Joynson uses his agility to compensate “to avoid getting hit”.

“I try to take pride in having outstanding cardio,” Joynson said.

But with each victory, the athlete reflects on the loss.

Within two years Joynson lost his mother, twin brother and grandfather.

“Every time I fight and win and celebrate, I always wish I could celebrate with them,” he said.

In their respective fights, they needed blood. That’s why after every bloody battle Joynson finishes, he gives a little more.

“I’m donating blood for the 49th time,” he said after his last fight.