Steven Nguyen (7-1) made his LFA debut at the historic LFA 100 card on Feb. 19th. The 27-year-old featherweight got a quick thirty-second KO over Jorge Juarez (5-3) at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas.
“The Ninja” told Behind The Grind he is happy his recent fight lasted thirty seconds. “Who wants to put their body through three rounds?” said Nguyen. “I feel good man, I feel great”.
Recounting the fight, Nguyen said, “I felt good in there. I felt almost a little too relaxed. I saw everything slow down and I saw the perfect opportunity to throw the cross”.
The Kansas native was on a perfect 11-fight win streak until he competed on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2019. In the fight, he faced Aalon Cruz (8-3) and was taken out with a gruesome flying knee in the third round.
After this recent impressive KO at LFA, he has high hopes for his future. “Obviously after this fight I have a higher chance of getting back on the Contender Series, so that’s what we’re hoping for. I’m ready for a short-notice UFC call as well. I’m just going to stay ready man. I’m with a really good team, Iridium. All those guys take care of me over there so whenever they hit me up, I’ll be ready”.
When questioned about the idea that fighters on the Contender Series need to finish their opponents in order to get a contract, the Fortis MMA fighter had mixed feelings.
“I think it should be a little different. I am an exciting fighter. I understand from a marketing standpoint. For me as a fighter, I appreciate the work. It takes a lot to take somebody down and hold them down especially at such a high level,” said Nguyen. “I appreciate seeing Jiu Jitsu and things like that. I see it from both sides though. I appreciate it, but I understand at the same time why the UFC would not sign somebody like that”.