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Colorado’s own Ian Heinisch thinks he might get some help from the altitude in tonight’s LFA 22 headliner – but it’s not like he needed it, anyway.
Heinisch (8-0) meets Markus Perez Echeimberg (8-0) in front of his home fans at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield looking to capture the promotion’s vacant 185-pound title. Considering Brazil’s Eicheimberg will be the one being introduced to Colorado’s altitude, it’s fair to assess that Heinisch comes in with an advantage there.
Heinisch, himself, won’t deny that. But, brimming with confidence, he also believes the outcome of the AXS TV-televised middleweight scrap would be the same regardless of setting.
“Altitude is a real thing,” Heinisch told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale. “It’s not only the lungs, it’s the lactic acid you get in your muscles. But either way, even if we were at sea level, it’s going to end the same, and I’m going to execute.
“We’re going to put on a quick, strong pace. I believe he’s going to break soon. He’s going to feel (the altitude). But, either way, if he was fine, it wouldn’t change nothing.”
Heinisch said fellow undefeated middleweight Echeimberg was actually on the fence about taking the fight due to, precisely, the altitude. But after struggling with opponents dropping out before the Brazilian, Heinisch feels blessed to finally have a fight on his hands.
Eichemberg may not be recognizable name yet, but he does carry some solid wins in his resume, including recent back-to-back wins over UFC veterans Paulo Thiago and Ildermar Alcantara. He was also shortlisted as a “TUF: Brazil 3” candidate but lost to Guilherme Vasconcelos in an eliminator bout to get in the house.
Heinisch, in turn, is a two-time state wrestling champion who comes into tonight’s headliner fresh off one slick LFA 10 submission win over yet another Brazilian opponent in Lucas Rota. While most of his wins happened under the local Sparta Combat League banner, he also added a WSOF victory to his name in 2016 with a win over Tyler Vogel.
All things considered, the American title challenger doesn’t seem too impressed by tonight’s competition.
“I don’t know how much wrestling you can get in Brazil,” Heinisch said. “That’s one of the biggest pieces of MMA. So if you don’t have that, how can you say you’re well-rounded? Either way, it doesn’t matter. I’m going to impose my will on him and break him.”
Heinisch’s pursuits, however, aren’t limited to the confines of a cage. If tonight his athletic skills and grit might help him achieve LFA glory, outside of it he’s hoping his turbulent past may serve as inspiration to others looking to turn their own lives around.
“I’m just starting off I’m mentoring some people who are pretty personal to me,” Heinisch said. “And also getting to some other people that just need help. And I feel like I can help them.
“Also, I’m soon volunteering for the church, to go to the prisons and actually speak to them and share my testimony. God has put me on a huge platform, and I’m going to use it and glorify his name.”
To hear more from Heinisch, check out the video above.
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