Looking back on his 2017, lightweight Jeff Peterson couldn’t be more pleased with how the year turned out.
Not only did Peterson get signed to the LFA and make his debut on the national stage last year, but he was able to thrive under the larger spotlight, winning all three of his bouts for the promotion.
“2017 was an awesome year,” Peterson told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s always good to go 3-0 for a year. It was just kind of a dream come true; going step by step, getting signed by the LFA and getting three wins.
“I am a guy that I’ve never gotten into the fight game thinking that I’m going to get in there and am going to make a bunch of money and expect to be in the UFC by the time I’m this old, and this and that. I just enjoy competing and testing myself. Each time I’m getting a win, I’m expecting another step up in competition.”
Along with the developments in his career, Peterson is also has seen a lot of evolution in his fight game.
“I’m constantly changing up my training and what my focus is on,” said Peterson. “I consider myself to be a real martial artist first.
“I like to sharpen all my tools and constantly evolve. That way when my opponents are watching footage of me, it’s hard to know what I’m going to do because I’m constantly adding new tools to my repertoire and evolve.”
Peterson (9-4) will look to keep his winning streak going when he faces Thiago Moises (9-2) in the 155-pound main event of Friday’s LFA 41 in Prior Lake, Minn.
“Right away when I got Thiago’s name given to me, I was so stoked,” Peterson said. “I’ve seen him fight. I knew who he was. I’m stoked to fight a former champion.
“This is one those fights that will really make my skills shine through. I prefer my fights to stay on the feet and turning into a war. I don’t think he’s going to be capable of taking me down, so it’s going to be a fight that’s going to be contested mostly on the feet.”
Should he pick up his fourth win a row for the LFA on Friday night, Peterson believes he could either place himself within the talks for a title or outright find himself moving up to the next level.
“I think a win in spectacular fashion could get me a call to the UFC,” said Peterson. “A win regardless of how I win I think will definitely put me in the talks for the LFA title. Especially now since it’s vacant, I’m surprised they didn’t contract us to be for the belt.
“Hopefully I’ll knock Thiago out in spectacular fashion, and that will put some eyes on me, and I’ll get the call to take the next step.”