DENVER, COLORADO — Dodge Sports client and LFA bantamweight prospect Justin Wetzell (6-1) will face UFC signee Askar Askar (11-1) at LFA 109 on June 4 as he looks to extend his current winning streak to six straight victories.
Wetzell, 29, has wanted to face the talented Askar for some time. A win over Askar following his signing by the UFC, the Elevation Fight Team product believes, would be the biggest of his career.
“I was just staying ready, then the name Askar Askar came up, an 11-1 opponent. I’ve seen him fight many times,” said Wetzell. “He got signed to the UFC after his last LFA fight. He’s a tough guy, but I actually asked for that fight like four or five months ago. As soon as I saw it, I was like, ‘Yes. Let’s take that guy.’ It gives me a chance to steal his momentum.”
Wetzell debuted for the LFA in 2019 with a sensational 27-second TKO victory, which he followed up with a unanimous decision over Teshay Gouthro (3-1) at LFA 93. Knowing that the UFC will be tuning in to watch one of their signees in action, Wetzell will look to capture their attention.
“I think [a win’s] gonna put a spotlight on me and definitely get my name out there,” said Wetzell. “I know the UFC is aware of Askar — he got signed by them — so they’re going to watch his next fight, and that means they’re going to be watching me. If I come out and dominate, impress, and perform, I think that puts me right in line for a shot in the UFC.”
Wetzell knows he has a stiff test ahead of him in Askar but believes that his well-roundedness and the looks he gets in training camp from teammates like his cornerman and UFC title challenger Cory Sandhagen will propel him to victory.
“Askar’s really tough, man. He’s a guy that’s similar to me. He’s going to come in there — he’s dreaming of this. He wants to be in the UFC. He’s gonna fight, and he’s gonna be a hard fight to finish. So, I think it’s going to be a first-round knockout or a decision.”
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Founder, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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