Justin Wetzel made a strong case for a UFC contract after defeating Askar Askar by second-round TKO at LFA 109. The 29-year-old improved to 7-1 overall and won’t settle for anything less than a UFC call up.
“Listen, the LFA has taken care of me, they’ve provided the big stage feel,” Wetzell told The Scrap. “I’ve enjoyed my fights with them but no I don’t want to fight for LFA anymore. I don’t want to fight on DWCS … I don’t want another UFC level person if it’s not in the UFC.”
Wetzell (7-1) has amassed a six-fight win streak since losing his second professional fight in Oct. 2016. The Elevation Fight Team product has finished three of his last four opponents.
The victory over Askar is monumental considering “AK-47” was signed to the UFC earlier this year to fight Cody Stamann on short-notice. That was until a medical issue forced te 26-year-old off the card and promoted his release from the Las Vegas based promotion.
A main training partner of UFC contender Cory Sandhagen, Wetzell believes he can hang with some of the best on the UFC roster.
“There’s a lot of people in the UFC man and I think I (could beat),” Wetzell explained. “Heck, there’s a lot of people outside the UFC I think are tougher matchup for me than certain people in the UFC. I think I match up with a lot of the bantamweight roster very well especially trained with Cory (Sandhagen) man. He’s the best bantamweight in the world my opinion. He’s gonna get to showcase that when he knocks out TJ (Dillashaw). And keeping up with him and just train with him all the time and being around that greatness. I know I belong.”