While he might have defeated more experienced fighters in his career, for flyweight prospect Jesse Bazzi, his unanimous decision over Jared Scoggins in February at WXC 67 was possibly his biggest win thus far.
Considering Scoggins’ connections to MMA, Bazzi believes it helped propel him to the next level.
“I’ve fought tougher opponents, but on paper that was my biggest win,” Bazzi told MMAWeekly.com. “(Scoggins) was undefeated, he is a sibling of a current UFC fighter, and he was a tough fighter.
“I think he won the first round by pinning me against the cage, but I think I adjusted to everything he was doing, and was stuffing his takedowns and landing in dominant positions and getting the better of our standing exchanges.”
Entering his third year as a pro, Bazzi feels he’s yet to reach the limit of his abilities, and foresees a long career for himself going forward.
“I’m only 25, so I don’t feel I’ll peak at my MMA level for another few years,” said Bazzi. “I’ve only been professional for two years now, and I’ve accomplished a record of 6-1, so things have been going good so far.
“I love to do it. I love training and I love fighting, and really love everything about it except for the weight cut. I feel like I have a young body. I haven’t had any serious injuries, so I feel like I have the mind and body to do it (for a long time).”
Bazzi (6-1) now steps up into his first internationally televised main event, when he takes on CJ Hamilton (10-4) in a 125-pound headlining bout at Legacy Fighting Alliance 8 in Greenville, S.C., on Friday.
“He’s a good wrestler, being based of a two-time national champion, but I haven’t seen good MMA wrestling,” Bazzi said of Hamilton. “He seems strong in the clinch, so I’ve got to be aggressive in the clinch and not let him work.
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“I think the key to this fight, though, is my left hand. It’s just getting my left hand on him. If I can pull that trigger, it’s going to dictate this fight.”
Should Bazzi pick up a win in an LFA main event, he could position himself to take another step up in his career, preferably when the UFC makes its proper Detroit debut in the future.
“I told myself two years ago that I wanted to be at a certain point that I knew I could do something with this, and I’ve already reached this,” said Bazzi. “I don’t have a yearly goal, but I want to keep improving and having fights that will build me of a fighter.
“For me to be able to fight on that (Detroit) card would be a dream come true. Everyone is really proud of being from here, and I’m really proud of being from Detroit, so I would love fighting in front of my hometown crowd.”
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