Ohio-based heavyweight prospect Jeff Hughes has signed a three-fight deal with the Legacy Fighting Alliance, he announced on Facebook.
Hughes, who trains at Evolve MMA in Northeast Ohio, is ranked as the No. 1 heavyweight in Ohio by Tapology, and as the No. 2 overall pound-for-pound fighter in the state. He was also recently ranked as the sixth-best heavyweight prospect in North America by FloCombat.
The 29-year-old has notable wins over Strikeforce veteran Jason Riley and Bellator veteran John Hawk. His only loss was against UFC veteran Dan Spohn in December. Most recently, he topped Ryan Pokryfky via unanimous decision at RFO: Big Guns 24 in June.
Hughes is known for his athletic ability and striking, and he won the 2016 BluegrassMMA Pro Knockout of the Year for his spinning wheel kick KO of Riley at Caged Madness 40 last January.
“Lights Out” doesn’t know when his LFA debut, but it’s expected to come within the next couple of months.
Formed earlier this year after the merger of the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship, the LFA broadcasts multiple events per month on AXS TV. Combined, the promotions have sent more than 100 fighters to the UFC and Bellator.