Nico Jefferson doesn’t plan on doing anything new or fancy as he prepares for his third professional MMA fight.
The 35-year-old Kankakeean intends to fight his style during Friday night’s lightweight cage fight with Mattia Loi-Fonda at Hoosier Fight Club 40 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind.
“I think everybody knows my gameplan,” said Jefferson, who fights for Genesis Martial Arts & Fitness in Bradley. “I have to defend the takedown and feed him heavy hands — defend the takedown and throw bombs. That’s my style. It’s no secret. That’s the way I’m going to fight. What you see is what you get. It’s up to them to stop it.”
Jefferson (1-1) began his professional fighting career with a flurry of punches that finished off Clay Uddley in the first round of a lightweight bout back in March.
He lost his second career fight after bumping up a weight class to fight Matthew Edwards. Edwards won the middleweight bout with a second-round choke in May.
After that fight, he vowed to stick with lightweight bouts.
As a grappler, Loi-Fonda (1-2) presents another opportunity for Jefferson to climb the professional ranks. And like most of his fights, Jefferson doesn’t expect Friday night’s bout to last long.
“He has a lot of finishes on the ground, and he finishes fights early. Of course, I finish fights standing and on the ground,” Jefferson said. “He’s aggressive. I’m aggressive. It’s a bull and a bull. It’s two bulls. Something has to give. I really don’t think it will go past the first round.”