Jeff Hughes (7-1) debut LFA bout will be for the promotion’s heavyweight title, as he is set to challenge Richard Odoms (13-3) at LFA 26 on Nov. 3 in Houston, Texas. “Lights Out” signed a three-fight deal with the promotion in August.
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.
The 42-year-old Odoms is a native of Texas, and he has won five of his last six bouts, including a fifth round submission over Jared Vanderaa to claim the LFA title at LFA 15 in June. He’s also a two-time World Series of Fighting veteran.
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.