Steven “Ocho” Peterson will return to motion at UFC San Antonio this March, the place he faces off with Brazilian expertise Lucas Alexander.
The match-up has definitely has Combat of the Night time potential, and is unquestionably one which struggle followers ought to circle on their calendar.
Peterson at this level is named probably the most violent fighters on the UFC roster, having secured a “Efficiency of the Night time” bonus for his vicious spinning again fist knockout of Martin Bravo, whereas additionally incomes “Combat of the Night time” honors in each his UFC debut, and his most up-to-date bout with Julian Erosa.
It is going to have been over a 12 months by the point “Ocho” returns to the octagon, however he intends to make it well worth the wait.
“I’m that $50,000 man. These guys get their greatest paycheck of their profession preventing me,” Peterson informed Cageside Press lately. “Even when they don’t get their win bonus, which they in all probability received’t, they’re going to get that $50,000 bonus. I wish to placed on a present.”
Whereas Peterson hasn’t entered the cage in almost a calendar 12 months, the UFC featherweight has been coaching alongside a number of the greatest fighters on the earth at Fortis MMA in Dallas, and appears ahead to listening to the Texan followers chant his title as he makes his solution to the octagon.
“Man I’ve been itching – I’ve been itching to get again in [the cage],” Peterson stated. ”I’m able to get again in there and provides the followers what they wish to see.”
Fortis MMA Head Coach Sayif Saud will likely be in Peterson’s nook in San Antonio, and he too is worked up to see his star pupil again beneath the intense lights.
“The factor about Steven is – each one in every of his fights are loopy thrilling. Each time he has a struggle it’s ‘Combat of the Night time’ caliber,” Saud stated. “I at all times inform him, ‘go get a chunk of historical past’. Go get your little piece of historical past, as a result of you’ll be able to’t struggle perpetually.”
Along with being a prize fighter; Peterson has additionally change into a full-time teacher at Fortis MMA. When he’s not making ready for his personal fights, he’s working with others within the health club all through their coaching camps, serving to guys like Matt Schnell and Geoff Neal elevate their expertise and attain their full preventing potential. Peterson has developed an unbreakable bond with Coach Saud lately, instructing alongside the health club proprietor along with coaching beneath him.
“Everyone knows my fights are thrilling, however it feels nice to have [Sayif Saud] suppose so fondly of me,” Peterson stated. “I at all times go on the market to placed on a present, however now I’m actually refining my craft. Changing into an teacher at Fortis has helped me come a great distance. It’s at all times good to be revered.”
In current weeks, Peterson had been serving to fellow UFC Featherweight Damon Jackson (3-0 in 2022) put together for his bout with Dan Ige. As Peterson begins to shift focus to getting his personal coaching camp underway, he has his sights set, envisioning a way more fruitful and lively 2023.
“You possibly can count on a centered, disciplined Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson. In 2023, I count on to struggle thrice. I’m going to go in there and make a press release in my first struggle again. You’re going to see knockouts and perhaps a pair submissions as nicely,” Peterson stated.
It’ll be fascinating to see how a lot Steven Peterson’s sport has improved since his final outing with Erosa a 12 months in the past, as the previous LFA champion seems to get again into the win column with a victory over Lucas “The Lion” Alexander on March 25 in San Antonio.
“I’m able to go. You’re not going to see a boring struggle out of me,” Peterson stated.
Steven Peterson faces Lucas Alexander at UFC San Antonio on March 25, 2023 on the AT&T Heart in San Antonio, TX.