Jeff Hughes Happy To Take The Hard Road (Unique) • MMA News
Jeff “Lights Out” Hughes (9-1) has been on a particular run since turning Professional in October of 2014. Tonight Hughes appears to proceed that spectacular run by taking out veteran Josh Appelt (15-6) at Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Sequence (DWTNCS), which is headlined by Nick Newell and Alex Munoz. Hoping that doing so in spectacular trend will earn him the precise to attain his dream that he has been working in the direction of since he was 17 years outdated.
“To be honest with you, I never let the lights get to me. My dad always let me know that ‘don’t let the stage get too big’ and that ‘they’re just a man just like you.’ I look at it that way. The camera’s and even Dana White, nothing really bothers me. I’m there to do one thing and that’s to win. Win that fight. It’s a great opportunity to go out there and fight and then possibly get a four fight contract with the UFC. That’s what I set out to do since I was 17 years old and that’s to fight in the UFC.”
If you happen to couldn’t inform Hughes isn’t any stranger to the large stage. On the finish of 2017 Hughes was signed by Legacy Combating Alliance (LFA) and was given the chance to battle for the title. Hughes received after which went on to make historical past by defending his LFA Heavyweight Title. The first Heavyweight to ever obtain the accomplishment.
“When I first got the call to fight in LFA it was a three fight deal. There was no mention of the title or anything. I knew LFA was a bigger promotion. I didn’t realize how big they were until I decided to do my research on them. I signed the contract and then a couple days later they offered me the title shot. I don’t turn down any fight. It doesn’t matter who it is. It was a great opportunity to fight their champion. It spoke good about them, how they think about me. It gave me a little bit of extra confidence going into it.”
The DWTNCS has been phenomenal this season with 21 of the 25 fights being finishes and 13 contracts being handed out. To not point out Josh Parisian getting a chance to compete on The Final Fighter together with his spectacular win. With some nice finishes not incomes contracts, the strain is on to complete the battle and end it decisively if a fighter needs to earn a contract. With Hughes final end coming in January of 2016, does he really feel added strain going into this battle?
“Ya that adds a little bit of pressure to it, but the quality opponents I’ve been fighting they speak for themselves. You’re not always going to get a finish. Even though I set out every fight to get a finish. Either a submission or knockout. If it comes, it comes. I get they like to see finishes. Especially in the Heavyweight Division. I’m capable of doing it. I’ve done it in the past many times. It’s just a matter of time before it happens again.”
With The Final Fighter seemingly coming to an finish after this subsequent season, LFA and DWTNCS appear to be the most effective path to the UFC. At 30 years outdated and within the prime of his profession, Hughes is taking no matter steps essential to make his dream a actuality.
“I’ve never shied away from the hard road. I think it’s a great opportunity any way you look at it. I know eventually if I keep winning fights in LFA, they don’t have a choice but to call me up. I mean they do, but I know I earned my shot in the UFC. If they want me to do this, then it’s just one more step I have to do and it’s one I plan on doing.”
Watch Jeff Hughes and Josh Appelt battle it out tonight for a possible UFC contract LIVE on UFC Battle Cross at eight pm ET / 5 pm PT. Stick to MMANews.com tonight for outcomes, response, and all the pieces else DWTNCS. Take heed to the whole interview with Jeff beneath.