Leandro Higo will be competing on the historical debut card for the Legacy Fighting Alliance on Friday Night, battling Steven Peterson to crown the promotions first ever bantamweight champion.
Higo, while truly excited to be competing in the LFA, also believes that a UFC signing is long overdue at this point in time.
“I asked to fight again right after my last victory, not only to stay active, but because I depend on the fight purses,” he said to MMA Junkie. “I thought I should have received a UFC contract by now. I don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet. That’s also true of some other Brazilian fighters in RFA. I’ve been working hard with the UFC as my goal for several years now. I’ll keep putting in the work. I know that I’ll reach my goal sooner or later. For now I am very happy to participate in this belt unification. I’ll be very ready for whatever happens, both on the ground, which is my forte, as well as on the feet.”
Potential UFC contract aside, Higo knows that his opponent Peterson is going to provide a tough challenge.
“Steven Peterson is a tough athlete,” Higo said. “He’s a complete fighter with high-level striking. He also has great jiu-jitsu with one victory via omoplata. I can’t sleep on him. I have my eye on him and anyone else in our weight class. It’s going to be a great fight. He doesn’t run from a fight. I’ll utilize both my intelligence and aggressiveness. It will be an enjoyable fight. Our fight will be worth the price of admission. I’m determined to take the belt home.”
Legacy Fighting Alliance 1 takes place on Friday, January 13 from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas with Leandro Higo and Steven Peterson headlining.