As the reigning Dragon House Flyweight Champion, Josh ‘The King of Diamonds’ Paiva (8-1), thirsts for more gold in his martial kingdom, he joined forces with MMAGOLD on his hunt, at Global Knockout (GKO) 8, for 125-pound supremacy. Under pressure that would flatten most heavyweights, Paiva confidently shines as the days inch closer to November 19, 2016, the date he meets Joseph Morales (6-0) for GKO’s vacant Flyweight Title.
Paiva never underestimates anyone in the opposing corner, but Morales’ resume doesn’t glow with the same strength. On paper, Morales has remained undefeated on the regional scene against less viable competition, which leads Paiva, a former victor in Bellator MMA’s bigger events, to believe he can crumple the prospect from Team Alpha Male into a wad.
MMAGOLD, especially as of late, has been pumping top prizefighters into the world’s premier promotions, and they eagerly await their claim to Northern California’s next flyweight contender. No matter how warm and inviting each member of the team presents themselves, it’s difficult to mesh into an established culture, but Paiva’s easy-going nature, work ethic, and bone-crushing power has been a welcomed addition.
Before Paiva was concerned about fitting in with the team, he had to get there first. Transitioning from a gym that took a round or so worth of travel time, Performance Fitness & MMA, to one pushing Paiva into the championship rounds—several times over—has been taxing. At the conclusion of GKO 8, Paiva intends on leaving Jackson Rancheriea Casino and Hotel with two belts in his car and seeking a mantel much closer to MMAGOLD’s home base—Urban Sprawl Fitness—to display them.
Truth is, Pavia’s competitive spirit and experience on high-profile stages, whether with MMAGOLD or not, wouldn’t allow him to finish with silver while mining for one of the area’s more prestigious markers of greatness at GKO 8.