One of the biggest secrets of success is having enthusiasm for your profession.

Fighters fall in two distinct categories which consist of those who are enthusiastic and those who are lukewarm. Enthusiastic competitors seem to always possess an unmatched drive that fuels their passion for what they do, overcoming many hurdles while also experiencing numerous highs. It is evident that having an optimistic outlook leads one to achieving great feats later in their careers.

Dedicated and passionate about his craft, Team Wildman rising prospect Josh Cavan leaves no mystery to as to his focus on attaining greatness. Like a moth to a flame, the sport has engulfed him into a world of opportunity which has helped better his life in many different ways in his rise to the top.

It only seemed like yesterday when an unlikely visit at a local gym would change Cavan’s life forever. The brutal beating from the local fighters of Team Wildman sprung a curiosity in Cavan to partake in the practice of mixed martial arts. Since that time, his rise as a pro would find him wreaking havoc upon his opponents, which only solidified his potential in becoming a great fighter.

Cavan stands next to his car (Facebook)

However, every fighter carries flaws that hinder their progression. For this warrior, the strenuous task of balancing fighting and his real-world occupation in financing was a conflicting task Cavan had to contend with on a daily basis.

“I would wake up at 5 a.m., be at work by 6 and work all day, eat lunch at my desk so that I could use my lunch breaks to sleep under my desk to recharge my batteries in order to go straight to strength and conditioning after work,” Cavan told The MMA Corner in an exclusive interview. “I would go to the gym already mentally exhausted and stressed out, and get in the best workout I could. I would then go home, eat, then try to sleep until practice at night. Once practice was over, I’d rush home, just to do it all over again”.

Stuck in between two different worlds, there came a point where Cavan had to make a decision on which path to travel down. Realizing the potential of where his fight career could go with the guided wisdom of his instructor, Thomas Denny, the seriousness of Cavan’s fighting soon became a centered goal he was willing to take on.

Opening a new chapter in his life, Cavan walked out the doors of his former occupation, a huge weight instantly uplifted off his shoulders. Showered with kind gestures by his close friends, Cavan found that the initial send-off not only gave him great motivation in chasing his dreams, but also revealed the strong support system he has from those close to him.

“Talk about an amazing feeling! It felt surreal thinking this was the last time I’d walk out of those doors,” Cavan confessed. “When I walked out, I was surprised by my coach and some of my best friends. They covered me with silly string and confetti, then doused me with champagne. When I got to my car to leave, they wrote a ton of stuff all over my windows, including ‘I quit my job to follow my dreams. Honk for me! All Glory to GOD.’ The best part is all the support that I’ve gotten and still receive from people.”

Since pledging full-time devotion to his fighting endeavors, life has turned a full 360 for the Team Wildman representative. The days of stressful balancing is over, as you can now find Cavan’s attention geared towards pushing hard and developing his skills going into each MMA practice in top physical and mental condition.

“I’m able to do so much more now,” the fighter explained. “I feel like I’ve grown so much in such a short amount of time being able to train full-time. One of the biggest things I’ve noticed is that my mentality has changed. I can go into training sessions with a clear mind, ready to work harder than ever.”

Cavan shows the wounds of battle (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

This dedication has undoubtedly made a strong impact on Cavan’s evolution as a fighter. This attribute will be a great aid going into future battles in the cage. Recently, coming off a split decision loss in July at Fight to Win: The Rise, Cavan understands the severe implications heading into his next encounter against UFC veteran Joe Riggs, as it could be a make-or-break scenario in the pursuit of reaching his dreams of making it to the UFC.

“This is the most important fight of my life so far,” Cavan admitted. “This is my only job now. I’m working to get into the UFC and he is trying to get back into the UFC. This is a great opportunity for me to shine and get to the next level of my career. This is now my livelihood, so it means everything to me.”

Nothing in life is given to us easily, as we must always strive in obtaining what we desire. Looking inside the heart of Cavan, fans will find the prime example of what being valiant is all about. A man bound without fear and daring to believe the sky’s the limit, this ambitious combatant looks to turn his dreams into a reality.

“I am blessed to have such great people who support me (family, friends, team and fans). I will continue to give it my all every time I step in the ring. I make short-term goals for myself, so I can focus on the task at hand, which leads me to my long-term goal, which is [to become] UFC welterweight champion. I’ve learned about myself throughout my MMA career so far, enjoying all of the ups and downs it has brought me, making me stronger as a person. I am very excited to see what the future brings.”

Top Photo: Josh Cavan (center) (Phil Lambert/The MMA Corner)

About The Author

Monta Wiley
Staff Writer

Monta Wiley is an aspiring sports journalist that has covered the world of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has been a regular contributor to US Combat Sports. Monta has a Bachelor's degree in Aviation Administration from California State University-Los Angeles. Outside of his writing, you can find Monta at the gym honing his BJJ technique.