Bryce Meredith, a former Wyoming Cowboys wrestler, is yet to make his MMA debut. The LFA (Legacy Fighting Alliance) has signed the decorated collegiate wrestler, who makes his pro-MMA debut at LFA 108.
Bryce Meredith will face former Victory FC fighter Steven Merrill in his first professional mixed martial arts bantamweight bout (5-6). The fight will take place on the undercard of the Gregory Rodrigues (8-3) vs. Josh Fremd(7-1) bout. Meredith’s MMA debut is eagerly awaited and he has one of the most impressive resumes of any rising prospect in the sport.
Meredith explained his own physical characteristics.
“I’m 5-9, and I’m probably going to fight at 135 [pounds], so that [makes] me a very long, lengthy 135-pounder with a wrestling background,” he said.
Speaking about the advantages of a wrestling background, the collegiate champion said there were many.
“I’ve talked to other people, I’ve rolled with other people, and the way the style goes, my wrestling really favors a fighting style of wrestling.”
The standout wrestler trains at the New Jersey Regional Training Center and is currently vying for a spot on the United States of America’s Olympic team in Tokyo in 2021. Meredith claims his move to MMA is well-timed because he is a marketable wrestler with sufficient qualifications.
“Pretty much I’ve known my entire life that I was going to transition into MMA,” Meredith said.
Meredith, when asked about the timing of his transition to professional mixed martial arts, revealed the key factor behind this.
“You’ve got to figure out the right time to do it, when you decide that you want to leave wrestling, or if you want to do both for a little bit and then transition into MMA completely as you get the ball rolling.”
The Sanford Pentagon to host Meredith’s debut
In 2019, Henri Hooft changed the name of his Hard Knocks 365 gym to Sanford MMA. After signing a contract with Sanford Health, the former Blackzilians coach made the switch. Along with the Sanford Health Clinic, the gym opened a training centre in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Several notable athletes, including UFC lightweight Michael Chandler, train at the 10,000-square-foot facility.
The Sanford Pentagon also hosts Legacy Fighting Alliance events, which can be seen on UFC Fight Pass. Sanford Health’s website states that if the government removes the lockdown limits, it would like to include spectators for such activities.
Bryce Meredith Bailey Schoenfelder will make their MMA debuts at LFA 108 on May 21, 2021, at Sanford Pentagon.