Proctor Becoming Someone to Watch in Lightweight Division

Joe Proctor is 3-1 in his short time in the UFC. He has two knockouts and two straight wins. However, it was not too long ago he was a fighter battling for his place during a period on the The Ultimate Fighter.

Proctor was in season 15 and said it was tough going out and fighting knowing you had to win or else.

Winner of 7 of his 8 bouts at that time, Proctor was victorious in 2 of his 3 bouts in the live season of The Ultimate Fighter.

He was eliminated by James Vick in the quarterfinals that season.

When he debuted in UFC he was told by a close friend to go out and leave everything in the Octagon because it could be the start of something grand or the first and only bout you fight.

He suffered through injuries in 2013, but has won two straight bouts in 2014 with a decision over Cristiano Marcello and a win over Justin Salas in July after the referee halted the bout.

He is now in good shape to fight Friday December 12 in his matchup in the 155-pound division.

Proctor took a huge hit in his July bout with Salas after being hit in the head during the opening round. It appeared like Proctor was growing a second head and the next day his photo went viral on the Internet.

Those attending the bout oohed and aahed but he was not aware of the size of it until he was in the dressing room.

After being cleared to continue by the doctor, he won the match even with the golf ball sized bump on his head.

Proctor wants 2014 to keep moving along and finish with 3 straight wins making it a breakout year for him.

His blue-collar attitude is not only reflected in the way he fights but in life outside the UFC Octagon, as he continues to work at a correctional facility.

He might not get the same press as some other fighters but the New England native who is 29 is content with the idea that his time will come.