MADISON (WKOW) -- It's best not to face Brody Joseph.
"I love going hard. I love pushing myself and I want to be the best in the world," Joseph said.
He's a trained mixed martial arts fighter, who can pack quite the punch.
"We'd go to a few Madtown Throwdown events. Before the fights when the lights went off people started screaming and that's when I knew I was in the wrong seat in the house. I wanted to be behind the curtain."
Brody entered the ring in 2011 and began his career undefeated (4-0), but during a fight in 2014 it was his own body that blindsided him.
"It didn't feel right. I felt like I was losing a lot of endurance and cardio. My mind wanted to keep going but my body just couldn't."
Brody went to the doctor and found out he had a hole in his heart (atrial septal defect) and needed immediate medical attention. Just days later he underwent surgery to repair the heart and the doctors had to convince him to stay off his feet.
"It was kind of scary. They were definitely a little bit skeptical about the whole fighting thing. They were like you just had heart surgery so you might as well take it easy. As soon as they told me you can go back I was going as hard as I could."
Just four months later Brody was back in the ring.
"Instead of being down about it, I looked at it as a positive aspect and was like now I've got to train harder."
Since his surgery, Brody hasn't lost (6-1 overall).
"I'm at the peak of my fighting career."
On June 20 he won his fourth title belt at the National Muay Tai Classic in Des Moines, IA. At the tournament he caught the eye of scouts who invited him to represent Team USA at the Youth Muay Thai World Championships in Thailand this in late August. He'll be one of 10 fighters for Team USA.
"It was an awesome feeling. I'm honored to be a part of the team, but it's not done yet."
"There's no way as his coach am I going to send him over there, well this is just a great experience. We're going there to win," Joseph's coach Mike Vaughn said.
One step close to his ultimate goal.
"From day one it's been to win a UFC belt. This is what it takes to get there and this is a huge opportunity for me. I'm going to give it everything I have. Turn it up definitely over the next two months to really perform well in Thailand," Joseph said.
Brody is trying to raise money for his upcoming trip to Thailand. To donate to his cause, visit his GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/brodyjoseph