Across the first five seasons of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, various prospects have flown under the radar despite not receiving a UFC contract. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a bombardier of the waves hanging ten against the opposition with a dangerous swell of well-rounded rage. A professional mixed martial artist since May 2015 and representing American Kickboxing Academy, JJ Okanovich owns an 8-2 record through 10 professional bouts comprised of four submissions and four decisions. He has fought for several promotions throughout his tenure as a pro-MMA fighter thus far including Legacy Fighting Alliance and Bellator MMA. Okanovich appeared on week five during the third season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2019. He is currently 1-0 under the banner of Fury Fighting Championship. Okanovich has finished four out of his eight victories during his time in the professional ranks.
At Bellator 142 Dynamite, he defeated Israel Delgado via unanimous decision. Okanovich submitted his next two foes in Luis Vargas and Jamario Mulder. Then at Bellator 172, he tapped out Zach Andrews via rear-naked choke in the second round. Okanovich submitted Luis Jauregui in the first round via armbar at Bellator 183 to pick up his fourth submission victory as a professional. In his final outing with Bellator MMA at Bellator 199, he defeated Hugo Lujan via unanimous decision. Okanovich defeated Christain Lohsen via unanimous decision as part of the week five-card for season three of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
In the headliner of Fury Fighting Championship 50, he defeated Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season four alumni Anthony Romero via split decision. The victory earned Okanovich the fourth decision win of his professional career. At 8-2 and a proven finisher, Okanovich knows how to surf the wave of success when opportunity knocks at the door!