With his two wins in 2017, lightweight prospect Dakota Bush was able to keep his undefeated streak to start his career going and work his way to a national promotion in the process.
First against CJay Hunter at GFS 8 in March, then versus Jose Martinez at LFA 21 in September, Bush was able to have increasingly better performances against much tougher competition.
“It started out with a fight against a local guy (in Hunter), that was a good fight for me, a good measuring stick,” Bush told MMAWeekly.com. “Then I fought for the LFA in September and had a good, strong, opponent (in Martinez), and got the finish. I can’t complain.”
Though he’s had just four pro fights over the past three years, Bush had built an extensive resume in the amateur ranks and feels that with that experience he’s been able to continually grow as a fighter.
“It’s the little things: cage time, growing as a professional, being calm in the cage, and understanding the ins and outs, and what can help you,” said Bush. “Everything comes with time.
“I was 9-1 as an amateur, and was an amateur for about three years, and I don’t think I would have been as successful if I had jumped to the pros right out the gate. Some people are ready and pick it up quick, but going through the amateur ranks was definitely the best thing for me.”
Bush (4-0) will look to keep his winning streak going when he takes on veteran Bryce Logan (8-2) in a main card 155-pound bout at LFA 37 on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“He’s a really tough guy,” Bush said of Logan. “He’s explosive, athletic, and has one-punch power. He’s a big 155er. I know what I have to do to get it done. I’ve think I’ve got his number. We’ll find out Friday.”
While Bush wants to eventually fight on the worldwide stage, for now he knows he’ll have to work his way up the ranks and continue to show the evolution in his game he’s been able to display thus far in his career.
“A lot of (the LFA’s) guys get pushed through (to the next level),” said Bush. “It’s more motivation for me. Either way I’m going to work hard and do what I have to do to get the win.
“I would like to fight more than I have before. Sometimes it doesn’t work out that way, so I take it fight-by-fight and take whatever comes my way. The main thing is that I get better leaps and bounds between fights.”