Among a host of prospects attempting to make their way up the middleweight ladder in the UFC, not many have made as strong an impression as Joe Pyfer has.
Since nailing a contract with MMA’s premier promotion on Dana White’s Contender Series at the second time of trying, “Bodybagz” has made an emphatic start to life inside the Octagon.
Pyfer has gone perfect through three fights, a run that started with a brutal finish of Alen Amedovski last September. He followed that with a successful sophomore appearance opposite divisional veteran Gerald Meerschaert this past April at UFC 287.
Having displayed his knockout prowess in those two bouts, the 27-year-old showcased his submission skills last time out, defeating Ghanaian powerhouse Abdul Razak Alhassan via arm-triangle choke.
Having made a firm impression on the sport’s biggest stage to date, many are expecting Pyfer to get a shot at the top 15 when he returns to action.
And “Bodybagz” himself is lining up one ranked contender who he’s less than fond of…
Pyfer Doesn’t Like ‘Anything’ About Craig
During a recent interview with LowKick MMA, Pyfer looked ahead to the next step on his journey towards the top of the middleweight division.
After noting that he has a few injuries to sort out before he makes the walk again, Pyfer did name one prominent fighter who currently boasts a number next to his name at 185 pounds as a desired next opponent.
“There’s not a man you can put in that cage that I don’t think I can beat,” Pyfer said. “I don’t know (what’s next). I gotta get a couple injuries healed up, maybe get stem cell treatment. I’d really love to fight Paul Craig. I don’t like the guy’s face. I don’t really like anything about him. I think he’s another Gerald Meerschaert, just a little bit better because he’s a bigger, more in-shape guy.”
If that matchup is to come to fruition, Pyfer will likely need the result of the UFC Fight Night main event on November 18 to go a certain way.
On that date, Craig will shoot for a spot inside the middleweight top 10 when he shares the Octagon with the in-form Brendan Allen. Should “Bearjew” fall short against “All In,” perhaps he’ll be made to fight down the ladder against an unranked prospect like Pyfer.
Absolute unit !!! pic.twitter.com/MDLKCRMABS
— Bodybagz_Pyfer (@joe_pyfer96) October 17, 2023
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