It’s easy to see why featherweight Josh Huber earned the nickname “Hellboy.” The moniker not only describes his resemblance to longtime MMA veteran Joachim Hansen, but also the similarities between their fighting styles.

The Denver-based fighter, who possesses a 9-2 record as a professional, is about to take a major step up in competition when he takes on Brazilian Fabio Mello at Titan Fighting Championships 21 on March 2. Huber recently spoke with The MMA Corner about the upcoming bout, which airs live on HDNet.

Josh Huber works to finish Josiah Callis (Paul Kincaid/Sanskrit Photography)

A self-proclaimed brawler, Huber is far from a slouch on the ground. The Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu trained fighter has secured three straight wins by submission, but revels in the feeling of a finish due to strikes.

“I don’t like fighting for points,” Huber admitted. “Or fighting not to lose. I’m all about going out there and getting a knockout. It’s a huge rush, the biggest rush I can even think of, but submissions are almost as good (laughing).”

For those that have never seen Huber in action, they should expect to see a dogfight when he steps into the cage.

“I come in swinging,” explained the Colorado Springs native. “I like to bring the fight and put a lot of pressure on guys. I always look to push the pace in the stand-up and win the exchanges.”

Against Mello, Huber knows that he’s in for quite the challenge, but he’s not intimidated by the veteran, who has been competing for more than 10 years.

“He’s fought some monsters, like (Jose) Aldo and (Takanori) Gomi, but he’s just a man and he bleeds just like me,” said Huber. “He’s a tough guy and I think he’s going to try to shoot on me and control me on the ground. I’m expecting a drag-out war, but if all goes well, I’ll be knocking him out in the first.”

If he can’t secure the knockout, one thing that may work against Huber is the fact that the Brazilian has never been submitted. However, that won’t deter Huber if the opportunity arises in the cage.

Huber looks for a guillotine against Mario Lane (Melissa Zavadil/Sherdog)

“(Submitting him) would be awesome, but I’m certainly not banking on it,” the featherweight said with a laugh. “I’m going to stick to my strength, and try to knock his head off, but if he presents submission to me, you bet I’m going to snatch it.”

With a win over the experienced veteran, Huber may be on the verge of catching the UFC’s attention, but he’s the first to acknowledge that he does not want to get ahead of himself in the fight game.

“A win would definitely put me on the next level, and let a lot of people know that I can beat a fighter of his caliber,” declared Huber. “If I beat him, it’s just going to get tougher and tougher; that’s part of MMA. I’m not thinking about the UFC at all because I need to keep grinding away and improving.”

When the cage door shuts on March 2, Huber has a simple approach, “I’m going to go in there and give it my best.”

Huber would like to thank his manager, Josh Davis, his coach, Rob Sanchez, and all of the guys at Easton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also would like to acknowledge one of his main sparring partners, Brandon Espinoza, who he credits with helping him improve.

Top Photo: Josh Huber (R) delivers a leg kick (Paul Kincaid/Sanskrit Photography)

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