LFA 137: Caleb Hall is ‘expecting hard 15 minutes’ with Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani (Photos)
LFA 137: Caleb Hall is ‘expecting hard 15 minutes’ with Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani
Las Vegas, NV — Caleb Hall steps onto the biggest stage of his young MMA career on Friday night when he faces off with local hero, Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani at LFA 137.
The undefeated fighter, who is riding four wins, all first-round submissions, spoke with FanSided ahead of the bout at his gym, Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, NV.
“This was the very end, this is my last spar before the fight. The very end, last of the live rounds,” Hall tells me as he sits on the bleachers after pro practice. “Just the last as spar I’ll still come in and do jiu-jitsu, wrestling, pad work, and stuff like that, cardio. That’s it for punching in the face.”
Hall might be new-ish to MMA, but he’s well-aware of the reputation of his opponent.
“I watched his fights, I know he’s a tough guy, a really tough guy, and thought it was a good fight for me. It’s a good tough fight. I expected to go into the deep waters,” he said.
This will be the first time Hall steps into a fight in the LFA cage, a big step up from the only promotion he’s ever fought for, New England Fights.
“This is such a step up in promotion for me,” he said. “I really want the experience of a really tough guy. This way bigger stage it definitely was something I’m looking forward to.”
For many fighters climbing the ladder and maintaining an undefeated record could put additional pressure on them. Hall doesn’t feel that way.
“I don’t think about it like that, just one fight at a time trying to get through this one,” he said. “Huge fight, the most important one so I don’t really feel pressured about the first loss or nothing. I’m just out there to fight and hopefully put on a show for the fans.”
With each win, Hall gets closer to his goal … a chance at the UFC. And he sees his path to getting there.
“Well I’d love to win this fight, LFA calls me back, and hopefully potentially Dana White calls for a Contender Series fight,” he said. “That’d be the best timeline for me personally but no I don’t have like a timeline on when I’m gonna stop or nothing like that, just all depends on how I feel.”
Hall recently relocated from Maine to Las Vegas in order to have a better chance at this career.
“In Maine, there’s not a whole lot of training partners,” he said. “So when I had my first few pro fights, first I went out of Florida for a couple of weeks checked out American Top Team, and then for my next fight I came out here for two weeks to train with the best in the world and I just fell in love with it here so I decided to move. The summer is brutal, but I love the winter.”
With the fight fast approaching, Hall gave me his prediction for Friday night.
“Ideally, I’d like to finish it right off. But yeah, I’m expecting hard 15 minutes,” he said. “Third round TKO would be what I think.”
Published at Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:49:52 +0000