It comes as common knowledge these days, but for a young fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts, every opportunity that comes their way will hold major weight. Whether they have to fight outside of the comfort zone of their “natural” weight class or come into someone else’s backyard, every up-and-comer realizes the need to bring their best every time, which means looking at every opportunity as the biggest one they will ever receive.

Few guys can relate to that like undefeated welterweight Miles Hunsinger, who will look to keep his streak going against Austin Miller at RFA 27 on Friday night. Hunsinger fought in the amateur ranks as a middleweight, but his first pro fight came in 2013, where he defeated former light-heavyweight and heavyweight Eti Palu at a catchweight of 190 for Showdown Fights. More than the fight itself, the intrigue of the bout comes to fans unfamiliar with the welterweight in how Hunsinger came to get the fight at that particular weight, when other fighters in a similar situation would normally choose to either make a full move up for the bout or stay at their exact weight.

“Since Eti was the hometown kid,” Hunsinger told The MMA Corner, “Showdown gave him the option of competing at catchweight. They didn’t ask me about it, but I jumped at the opportunity and got the win.”

Hunsinger has been no stranger to opportunity. Prior to MMA, he played a number of sports, as some of the world’s most well-known fighters generally did before they became hooked onto the world’s fastest-growing sport, but he also took time to see action in Australia as a rugby player before finally making the move to MMA. Fast forward to now, and Hunsinger has gone from a successful run in the amateurs to 4-0 in the pro circuit, but while he has put in the work it takes to succeed long-term in the sport, he has not been a guy that many were begging to face. One fight fizzled just before Hunsinger turned pro, while Hunsinger’s original booking for The Clash 8 back in May of last year fell through, though Hunsinger would remain on the card.

Luckily for Hunsinger, who now resides in Las Vegas and trains alongsde the like of Mike Pyle and Tom Lawlor, his RFA 27 foe Miller has remained his foe for as long as Hunsinger has been promoted for the July 3 bill. Six weeks out from the fight, Hunsinger could recall many men being sought out by the RFA, but before the Miller fight came to fruition, none of the other potential choices ever came close to signing on. For any other promotion, this scenario would eventually lead to a guy like Hunsinger being scrapped from the card, but for the RFA, it just opened another window for the prospect to get a big shot, and it could not have come on any better platform than the RFA stage, which has been a staple of AXS TV’s “Friday Night Fights” in recent years.

“[The RFA] was looking around, poking around to try and get me some opponents,” Hunsinger said, “and it seems like I’m a hard guy to get opponents for, for promoters, but he stepped up and took the fight, and I’m happy to put a whooping on him on July 3.”

Not only does Miller get to be Hunsinger’s first opponent under the RFA banner, but the “Head Hunter” gets a luxury that few fighters in the stateside circuit get, which is the chance to fight at home. Still, the opportunity to fight at home is a chance that comes more often than not when a fighter signs with the Ed Soares-operated promotion, but while Hunsinger feels comfort in knowing he will be a part of his home state’s first-ever televised MMA card, he knows himself well enough to know he won’t feel any adverse effects with the home-field edge, because for him, fighting at home means something much deeper.

“Regardless of where the fight took place, I don’t think it would affect me, but I’m definitely excited to go back home. I live out here in Vegas, and to show everybody what I have learned and how far I have come in the sport is definitely a blessing.”

Going into Utah and fighting Miler would not have been an issue, since he fought his first two pro fights in that state, but regardless of the environment, Hunsinger knows that Miller comes in with experience as an amateur fighter, as well as a two-fight winning streak comprising of two knockout wins. Miller owns six fights in the amateur circuit, which Hunsinger has taken note of in preparation for the bout against Miller, who Hunsinger sees as solid, but not completely untouchable.

“I’ve had the chance to see some of his fights,” Hunsinger noted, “and in some fights, he has looked good, and in other fights, he hasn’t looked good, so we will see which [Miller] shows up.”

Miller will not make a fight easy for any opponent, nor would anyone expect him to, and such will be the case when he makes his own RFA debut against Hunsinger. Should the Idaho native go 5-0 Friday night, however, there will be little doubt as to where he will look to go to make the most of the next window of opportunity that opens.

“I have a three-fight deal with the RFA, a win over Austin will put me at 5-0, and hopefully, I’ll get a quick turnaround, fight again, get that 6-0, and take this into the UFC. That is my ultimate goal, so that’s definitely what I’m looking forward to, but I’ll take it one fight at a time. I’m a competitor and a finisher; I’ve got four fights and four finishes. You can expect me to be in an exciting fight, finish this fight, break his will, and make [Miller] want to quit.”

Miles would love to thank his teammates, coaches, and sponsors, as well as everyone who has helped him and supported him for this fight. Miles would also like to thank the RFA for allowing him this opportunity, and The MMA Corner for taking the time to speak with him. Follow Miles on Twitter: @Merkenstein