The LFA Report- Steven “Ocho” Peterson

The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC.

Steven “Ocho” Peterson recently said to the media that he made a lifestyle change that then led him to go from back-to-back losses to winning six fights in a row. His life may change once more very soon. Peterson faces Leandro Higo on January 13 on AXS TV for the inaugural LFA bantamweight championship.

There are 23 finishes between both ground-heavy men. Both Peterson’s Legacy FC and Higo’s Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) are known for fights that bring fans to their feet with their stoppages. When they clash for the LFA though, Peterson appears to be preparing to go a full 25 minutes.

“[Fans] can expect a war of attrition, an absolute war with me coming out on top,” Peterson told interviewer Kieth Mills of “I’ll show what I’m made of as always. It isn’t going to be easy but I’m going to grind and get the win.”

As mentioned in previous InsideSTL coverage, Higo was trained by Patricky and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire of Bellator MMA and so is a jiu-jitsu fighter. Ten of his 16 wins are by submission with eight coming in the first round. His last appearance was a technical submission victory against Joey Miolla that was featured on the UFC Fight Pass.

“Ocho” acknowledged his elite grappling skill but described his striking as simply “good.” Look for the Texan to throw leather. Peterson may also have the edge in the cardio department as he has been to a third round decision twice and a fourth round once since joining Legacy (his last fight, a rear-naked choke “W” over Manny Vazquez to capture his LFC strap.)

Not looking past Higo, the self-admitted “Man of Steel” knows that it’s not just a new belt and rivalry bragging rights between merging organizations on the line. The single father to a young son is looking to use the LFA for exactly what it was intended to be: a stepping stone to continued success.

“Every fight is my biggest fight to date and I can’t accept a loss. This is my life. A loss would take from my money I pay my bills and feed my kid with. It would cast a dark shadow that would be hard to get out from underneath. When our careers are down it seems our lives are in the gutter as well.”

Peterson said in a Facebook interview for his fans in Brazil that his six-fight victory streak (which spans over three years) is due to the fact that he took an unusual approach after his losses by training with the gym that handed him those losses in the first place. Iron sharpens iron.

The last Legacy FC 135-pound king may be getting ready for five rounds, but will it go the distance? It seems unlikely, but seeing is believing. Witness the prospect yourself below and on January 13 on AXS TV.

Fun Fact: As you’ll hear in the video below, The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas (where LFA 1 takes place) is also where Peterson claimed his championship. LFA 1: Peterson vs. Higo starts at 9 p.m. CST.