Legacy Fighting Alliance has turned countless fighters into the budding superstars of tomorrow. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet a California grinder looking to administer swift justice in the headlining event of LFA 41 on June 1. A professional since July 2012 and representing Alliance MMA, Jeff Peterson owns a 9-4 record in 13 career bouts consisting of six decisions and three knockouts. Peterson is currently 3-0 under the LFA banner.
At Caged Power 5, he knocked out Adam Bosley in the first round. Peterson defeated his next two opponents via decision in Lashawn Alcocks and Cody Orrison. Then, he defeated Cj Baines via TKO in the first round. At Mecca 8 Peterson defeated Patrick Delgado via split decision. He defeated Douglas Deback at A-Town Throwdown 10.
In his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut at LFA 12, Peterson defeated Bobby Lee via unanimous decision. He defeated Brandon Jenkins via split decision in his second appearance with LFA at LFA 20. For his third outing with LFA, Peterson defeated Bellator MMA veteran Mike Richman in the co-main event of LFA 29 via unanimous decision. In the headlining event of LFA 41 on June 1 he will face Brazil’s Thiago Moises in a lightweight encounter. Good luck Jeff!
Interview with Jeff by Myles Painter of MMA UK-
You are scheduled to face Thiago Moises in the main event of LFA 41 on June 1. How do you see the fight playing out in your mind and what do you know about your opponent?
I see the fight ending with my hands raised. Thiago is well rounded but is most dangerous on the ground. He comes from American Top Team a good team. The game plan is simple… stay off the ground and punish him on the feet. PUNISH HIM! I’m a gritty fighter that’s not afraid to get my hands dirty, get bloody, and dig deep to get a win. The longer the fight goes, the better it is for me.
In your last 3 appearances with LFA, you have taken out some formidable opponents, what have those victories taught you?
Each fight presented a totally different opposition. First, I fought an undefeated wrestler/submission fighter. Second, I fought a dangerous striking specialist and third I fought a Bellator vet and crafty boxer. All of them I was the underdog, all of them I stuck to the game plan and came out the winner. This fight is no different. He’s just a man with a set of skills and I will test my skills against his and come out victorious. These three fights I’ve learned that I belong here. I belong amongst the best LW contenders, keep testing me, I’ll keep passing.
Describe the moment you decided to pursue Mixed Martial Arts as a profession.
After I had my first amateur fight at 18 years old. I knew I wanted to do martial arts for a living.
Throughout your 13 fight professional career, what has been the most important lesson you have learned along the way?
It’s about the journey, not the destination. MMA is a marathon, not a sprint. If you continue to learn and keep the white belt mentality, you can age like wine and get better with time.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
I like to dip cheese curds in hummus.
What is your favourite MMA fight of all time?
Frankie Edgar Vs Grey Maynard 2. It was the ultimate back and forth fight. All will and guts. Both guys leave everything in the cage and are looking to finish each other until the 25th minute.