Kansas City Fighting Alliance lightweight champion and prospect, Thomas ‘The Young Lion’ Gifford, will be making his UFC debut against undefeated Roosevelt ‘GoGetta’ Roberts on April 27 inside the BB&T Center in Florida.
KCFA’s Thomas Gifford will be joining an already stacked 155-pound division at UFC Sunrise. This is going to be something epic for the fans, for sure.
Let’s look into Gifford’s career a little bit:
Gifford went 9-2 as an amateur before going professional in 2011, where he won his professional debut with a first-round arm bar. An interesting fact about Gifford is, the guy has 17 wins in his pro career and only one win by decision. Gifford trains out of Sheridan Boxing Club, which is based in Chicago. He is well versed in Boxing, Muay Thai and especially BJJ. Gifford has 12 submission wins in his 17-fight career.
In his most recent fights, Gifford racked up an early submission victory and another by split decision. Gifford’s last fight was in October 2018, when he fought Chris Brown, a rising prospect training out of JacksonWink MMA. Gifford won the fight by split decision, in what was deemed a ‘Fight of The Year’ candidate for V3 Fights! In his fight previous to that, Gifford had a rematch with top KCFA prospect Trey Ogden, who he had already defeated via Guillotine choke. In their first fight, Gifford tapped Ogden in under two minutes flat, to win the lightweight title. In their rematch, however, Gifford tapped Ogden again, but in even less time. Gifford tapped Ogden in just over a minute, to retain his lightweight title and become a 2x KCFA lightweight champion.
These pair of wins were huge for Gifford because Ogden was a top prospect who was being looked at by the UFC at the time.
Ogden was likely on his way to a UFC contract but Gifford managed to tap him twice, over two fights, in just over three minutes of fight time. Basically, Gifford managed to win two 155-pound titles in about 3 minutes total time. If there ever was definition of a total stud, this guy is it.
Gifford is going to make a huge splash in the UFC’s 155-pound division. With an already stacked with talent, Gifford just adds one more name to the list of true killers in that division. Luckily for us, we’ll get to see everything that Gifford has in his arsenal at UFC Sunrise.