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Expect the Best Matt Lopez Ever Heading into RFA 37

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In 2015, bantamweight prospect Matthew Lopez had his most productive year to date.

In three fights last year, Lopez picked up three finishes, putting him among the top 135-pound fighters in the RFA promotion.

“I’m progressing my way up, and I want to keep that momentum going and keep building on that in 2016,” Lopez told MMAWeekly.com.

“I think I did pretty well in (my fights), but the last one in Vegas against Justin Linn I was surprised by his speed. I didn’t think he’d be as fast as he was, so I ended up grappling with him – which worked in my favor – but I hoped to showcase more of my stand-up game in that one.”

Since turning pro three years ago, Lopez believes he’s made good progress in his development. He especially feels that 2016 has been particularly beneficial.

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“I am growing every single day, but I feel like there are pockets where I really grow, and I think this is one of them,” said Lopez. “The last 12 weeks have been probably the most growing I’ve done as a mixed martial artist. I’ve really stepped it up to the next level.”

On Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., Lopez (7-0) will seek to remain undefeated when he takes on Eli Finn (5-1) in a main card bantamweight bout at RFA 37.

“This is my third opponent for this card, so I don’t know much about (Finn). So I’ve focused on myself and getting myself prepared for this fight in all aspects of MMA,” Lopez said.

“My goal is to be better than I was yesterday, and if I achieve that, when fight time comes, ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly