Quick! Name a UFC middleweight who is 25-5, 12-1 over his last thirteen fights, and has finished all but one of the opponents he’s beaten! Still struggling for an answer? Here’s a hint. He fights tonight at UFC on Fuel 1.
If you’re racking your brain with no luck, wondering when Vitor Belfort or Michael Bisping was added to the card, the actual answer is Sean Loeffler, a 29-year old Californian making his debut on the preliminary portion of this evening’s event. Loeffler has been lighting adversaries up in promotions like Gladiator Challenge and King of the Cage for years, finally getting a chance to display his skills in the biggest organization of them all.
It’s an opportunity Loeffler has waited for a long time and fully intends to capitalize on, points he relayed to MMATraining in a recent conversation with “The Destroyer”.
“It’s the most gratifying thing I’ve ever been involved in in my life,” said a humble Loeffler about getting the call from Zuffa. “When I heard about it, I pretty much had tears in my eyes. I literally fell to my knees with tears in my eyes. I can’t really say much else besides that. I fell to my knees with tears in my eyes…it’s a dream come true to finally fight in the UFC.”
“Anytime you are on a landmark event, it’s a big deal,” Loeffler added in terms of the opportunity to fight on the UFC’s first Fuel TV event. “So I feel honored, I feel lucky, and I’m fortunate to be where I’m at. Unfortunately for Buddy Roberts, he has to fight me.”
Roberts is 11-2 and has won five fights in a row. While Loeffler respects the Greg Jackson student’s game, that doesn’t mean he envisions the bout playing out to any other conclusion than having his own hand raised.
“I know he’s a well-rounded technical fighter. I know he trains at a great camp, and I know it’s just going to be a bad night, man,” said Loffler. “He’s prepared, I’m prepared, we’re both in the UFC, and we’ll see who wants it more.
Whether it will be a knockout or submission (Loeffler has twelve of each), the excited competitor can’t be sure and isn’t aiming for one in particular, seeing the merits of both forms of stoppage.
“My preferred method…I can throw hands and go for the knockout. That’s what the fans like to see. Martial artists like to see the submission. So my preferred method is to pull out something exciting…something technical, something that showcases who I am, who my coaches are, and what I’m all about. So I don’t really have a preference…I go for the win. I mean, a W is a W.”
In closing, Loffler made sure to show love to, “Booster, O2 Trainer, Lexani, 7AD, Headrush, Ground and Pound Fight Gear, Luxury Sports Limousines, Paradigm Sports Management, Q Sports Bar & Grill in Oceanside, 3rd Street Tattoo in Hermosa Beach, Backstage Cargo, my gym, the Compound in Oceanside, thanks all my fans and everyone that’s helped me along with, and I’d like to thank God, and my daughter.”
Fans can catch Loffler-Roberts rumble on the Facebook portion of the UFC on Fuel 1 broadcast starting at approximately 6:15 PM EST. Main card action starts at 8:00 PM EST. Fans without Facebook access or simply wanting to brush up on some great fights can also watch Sanchez in some of his most-memorable scraps on Spike TV starting at 7:00 PM EST.