Johnny Bedford is no stranger to Texas fights, but it sure has been a while since he’s been in one.
The UFC veteran and longtime Texas resident hasn’t had a chance to fight in front of fans in the Dallas-Forth Worth area since a Bellator 19 win over Jared Lopez in May 2010. Not long after that, Bedford found himself in the UFC and the way things worked out, he was fighting in Las Vegas and New Jersey, Brazil and Abu Dhabi, but not Dallas. He did get to throw down a few hours away in San Antonio in the UFC.
But what he’s really been itching for is a chance to scrap in Dallas. Tonight, he Bedford (23-12-1) gets that opportunity against Jimmy Flick (9-3) in the LFA 16 main event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The main card airs live on AXS TV.
Bedford and Flick moved up the card to the headlining spot when visa issues kept Davina Maciel out of the country, and out of her title fight against women’s flyweight champ Andrea Lee.
The 34-year-old Bedford, fighting out of nearby Fort Worth, was let loose from the UFC on a three-fight skid in 2014. But since then, he has four consecutive stoppage wins. And after cornering plenty of fighters from his gym in Legacy FC (now LFA) shows, he finally gets to compete in one himself.
Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Bedford to talk about fighting at home and the opportunity he has against Flick, whom he’s met before in a grappling bout.
Check out the video above to hear from Bedford.
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