Interview with Aaron McKenzie above
Aaron McKenzie (10-2-1) discusses his lightweight fight against Joshua Jones (11-5) at LFA 121 this Friday. Aaron also talks about transitioning from football to MMA, working with former Bellator champion Rafael Lovato Jr. and how he’d be open to Contender Series if a UFC call doesn’t come next.
“I thought all kinds of things the last six years and nothing has ever worked out. I’ll do whatever I got to do to get to the UFC. If they want me on (Dana White’s Contender Series) I’ll go on there and put a dude out.”
McKenzie and Jones have been on a collision course for nearly three years as both men have come to LFA after finding success competing for Bellator. After the two standout lightweight prospects fought for the promotion a combined total of eight times, they have now found themselves on opposite sides of an event poster as they will finally square off in the main event of LFA 121. McKenzie is a protégé of BJJ legend and undefeated MMA champion Rafael Lovato Jr. and has been red-hot since signing with LFA in the summer of 2020. He has won all three of his bouts in LFA with a knack for packing his fights full of fan-friendly action. McKenzie will now welcome Jones to the LFA Octagon after years of speculation that they might meet in Bellator. Over the past four years, Jones has competed at a high level picking up three wins in Bellator. He also holds wins over LFA veterans Dominic Clark and Craig Wilkerson in that time.
LFA 121 goes down January 14, 2022 from The Factory in Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas and will be broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass.
LFA 121 fight card:
Aaron McKenzie vs. Joshua Jones – 155 lbs
Elijah Johns vs. Brandon Phillips – 145 lbs
Isaiah Gutierrez vs. Keeton Gorton – 135 lbs
Chris Brown vs. Steve Jones – 170 lbs
Alden Coria vs. Michael Cyr – 135 lbs
John Pham vs. Anvar Boynazarov – 145 lbs
Kevin Fernandez vs. Jackson Dang – 125 lbs
Siteu Senghor vs. Jakori Savage – 265 lbs
Caleb Jensen vs. Harrison Layne – 170 lbs
Zumar Archer vs. Akeem Lewis – 185 lbs
Covering MMA since 2008, James Lynch is a freelance MMA journalist for MyMMANews and other notable outlets. He’s also a commentator for Rise Fighting Championships. Follow him on Twitter/Instagram @LynchOnSports