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LFA 38’s Bevon Lewis is only four fights into his professional MMA career, but already he’s getting some high praise.
Lewis’ most recent display was at Dana White’s Contender Series 8, last August, when he TKO’d Elias Urbina in the second round of their middleweight battle of unbeatens. The display wasn’t enough to earn him an octagon contract on the spot, but it was enough to get UFC president Dana White to pay closer attention.
“I think he has a ton of talent,” White said at the time. “Both the matchmakers think this guy is special and can be something. What we’re going to do is we’re gonna take this kid and put him in our developmental league. We have a place where we develop young, up-and-coming fighters, and we’re going to put him there.”
Lewis (4-0), who meets Collin Huckbody (3-1) in the co-headliner of tonight’s LFA 38 event at The Armory in Minneapolis, says he’s visited the UFC’s Performance Institute, where he not only got to see some of what the fighters do more closely, but to do interviews “in front of people I’ve always seen on TV.” It was a “really good” experience, he says, and one that contributed to his growth process.
Lewis, however, hadn’t seen White’s comments until AXS TV reporter Phoenix Carnevale showed them to him on Thursday. The 26-year-old prospect was, understandably, happy. But, at the same time, he understood that meant there’s still work to be done.
“I know (White) expected me to put on even better performances before we get to the – before he takes me to the next level,” Lewis said. “But I really enjoyed hearing that. It was good to hear someone that’s seen hundred of fights and hundreds of fighters come and go to say that about me.”
But that’s not all the praise that Lewis, a product of the renowned Jackson-Wink MMA camp, has received. Lewis has also been garnering some pretty impressive comparisons – to former 205-pound UFC champion Jon Jones, no less.
Lewis is still not sure whether that’s because of what he looks like or how he performs in the cage. But, in case it’s the latter, rest assured that it’s not a mere coincidence.
“I’m not going to sit here and lie – I watch the dude,” Lewis said. “He’s long. I’m long. I want to do the cool stuff that he does, so I watch a little film. And if it seems that I fight like him or emulate a certain style, or a certain move, then yeah, that’s probably what I did.”
According to a report by MMA Today, Lewis has already secured his sport in the second season of the Contender Series But he’s got a more immediate challenge to worry about tonight in Huckbody.
While his opponent’s record is fresh, Lewis has already been able to pick up on a few things from his game. He knows, for instance, that Huckbody comes to fight. And he thinks he might want to mix it up on the ground more – assuming, of course, the fight goes that long. Even it does, though, Lewis doesn’t sweat it. More cage time, Lewis reasons, means more time to show off their tools.
However it unfolds, though, Lewis knows one thing.
“I will be the more dominant one,” Lewis said. “I feel like I’ll be having fun out there. I’m definitely going to have fun.”
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