Heavyweight Josue Lugo Jumps at RFA 27 with an Eye to the UFC

Since his pro debut just over two years ago, heavyweight Josue Lugo has fought consistently up until the last several months.

In his previous bout against former Bellator heavyweight Josh Appelt, Lugo suffered an injury that’s kept him out since early February.

“In my last fight, I caught (Appelt) with a left hook and I broke my hand, so that’s why I haven’t fought since then,” Lugo told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m really anxious to get back in that cage.”

Prior to his injury, Lugo had won seven of his nine bouts, and was feeling like things were especially coming together of late as he’s matured as a fighter.

“I’ve kind of changed my outlook on things, I’ve come in more relaxed,” said Lugo. “I’m still aggressive, but instead of being more emotionally into it, I just relax and go with the flow and take whatever my opponent gives me.”

Originally Lugo had thought he was going to make his RFA debut later this year, but due to an injury, he was given an opportunity to step in as a replacement for the promotion’s July 3 show.

“This was too good of an opportunity to pass up against a quality opponent,” said Lugo. “I’m really excited. I’m not going to let it slip through my hands.”

Lugo (7-1, 1 NC) will make his debut at RFA 27 in Boise, Idaho, against Jan Jorgensen (7-1), who will be returning to MMA after a year layoff coming off his only career loss.

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“I’m sure he’s going to come in more motivated than ever,” Lugo said of Jorgensen. “I know that coming in off a loss makes you more focused and hungrier than a W to get back on a winning track. I think that works well for me, because when you come in off a loss you’ve got all that pressure to get the W.”

Lugo feels that a strong performance on July 3 could be just what he needs to take his career another step forward and make 2015 something special.

“I’m waiting for that UFC call,” said Lugo. “I’m pretty sure that if in one or two more fights, as long as I win impressively, that will pan out. I think this is the year.”