LFA has been the premier organization for signing guys and launching them to the bigger promotions. In this piece, I will give the LFA ideas of prospects to sign. These guys could very well be future LFA champs and more importantly, UFC or Bellator fighters. This list won’t include any fighters that are under contract with promotion streaming on UFC Fight Pass.
Lightweight, Cameron Church (4-1)
Church was last seen right at a year ago on the contender series. Even though he lost he had arguably the best fight of the season against Sherrard Blackledge. That fight alone should get him an opportunity in the LFA. Church is an action fighter that has serious pocket striking and a good ground game. He’s the type of guy that the hardcore fans will enjoy and tune in to watch every time.
Featherweight, Zedekiah Montanez (4-0)
Montanez fights out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been fighting for the Art of War Cage Fighting promotion. Montanez is an unorthodox fighter that uses a variety of weapons and is well-rounded wherever the fight goes. He’s exciting to watch and has finished his last three opponents. He’s reaching 30 so he needs more exposure to reach a bigger promotion if possible.
Bantanweight, Steven Koslow (4-0)
Koslow has a lot of experience going 10-1 as an amateur and now 4-0 as a pro. He lost his first amateur fight and since then hasn’t lost and is on a big 14-fight win streak. Koslow trains out of 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Jacksonville and has tons of experience in Nogi BJJ. The young jiu-jitsu player could be a real threat in LFA’s bantamweight division.
Bantamweight, Jahmar Whitehead (1-0)
Whitehead made his pro debut in a big way last May knocking out his opponent in under a minute. Prior to that when Whitehead was an amateur he had a 7-1-1 record. He was the former NFC Bantamweight champion and the former SHP bantamweight champion. Whitehead was one of the best amateur prospects worldwide set to make that pro debut this year. Outside of MMA, Whitehead was an IKF Muay Thai World Champion as well. Whitehead has the skillset and the personality that would make a perfect fit for LFA.
Featherweight, Connor Matthews (4-0)
Massachusetts’s Matthews could be a big thing in the coming future and LFA would be the place to skyrocket him to that potential. Before turning pro, Matthews served in the United States Air Force as a combat controller. Ever since turning pro his skillset has progressed leaps and bounds. The training he’s been doing at Lauzon Mixed Martial Arts under head coach Joe Lauzon has played dividends into his career. His three first pro fights he’s finished in under a minute and his last fight took him a little over two minutes. Matthews looks really good and personally, I would love to see LFA sign him.
Welterweight, Dylan Salvador (3-0)
Salvador made his MMA debut for Titan FC in 2019 but hasn’t fought for them since. From France, Salvador lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and trains out of Gwinnett Training Academy. Salvador has an impressive extensive background in kickboxing. He was the 2014 and 2016 WAKO world champion and the Glory lightweight contender tournament champion. The kickboxing record is 52-17-2. Ever since he’s transitioned to MMA he’s looked great so LFA would make a huge move signing this guy.
Featherweight, Blake Bilder (4-0-1)
Bilder may only have five pro fights but he started his MMA career back in 2012 dating back when he was an amateur. Bilder has also competed in other disciplines such as muay thai and boxing. Even though Bilder has all these striking tools his ground game has looked darn good. Bilder is one of the better unheard featherweight prospects in the US. Would be nice to see him more active and inside LFA that would happen.
Welterweight, Logan Urban (5-1)
Urban made a statement in his last fight with a highlight-reel knockout coming from a vicious knee. As a pro and amateur combined he’s got a 10-1 record. Urban trains out of Revolution Fight and Fitness Euclid, Ohio. The 27-year-old has looked apart in his career. He has strong wrestling, a good overall ground game, and having the stopping power while on the feet. This should be a no-brainer pick-up for LFA.
Bantamweight, Corbin Howard (3-0)
By the age of seven, Corbin Howard received his black belt in taekwondo. By age eight, he won his first world title. From 8 to 14-years-old Howard won six world titles. He also went on to wrestler and was a three-time state qualifier for Missouri State and was all-state his junior year. Fighting out of a traditional taekwondo stance Howard stands sideways and will frequently switch stances. Howard is light on his feet and agile with his legs. The taekwondo world champion may be ultra dangerous on the feet but his collegiate wrestling is what has him undefeated as a pro and an amateur. This guy is special and LFA would be lucky to have him.
Featherweight, Joshua Weems (8-1)
Weems was last seen fighting on the Gamebred Fighting Championship debut event which is bare-knuckle MMA rules. In MMA though, Weems has a good-looking 8-1 record and is on a nice seven-fight win streak. All five of his finishes come by submission. With that said, he’s competed in some boxing fights to round off his overall game. Would be a quite nice signing from LFA.