Altitude is a real thing, but Ian Heinisch says LFA 22 foe would find same trouble at sea level


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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.

And for more on LFA 22, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 22 headed to Colorado with Ian Heinisch vs. Markus Perez Echeimberg middleweight title fight

LFA is heading back to Colorado this fall, and the vacant middleweight title will be on the line.

Colorado’s own Ian Heinisch (8-0) will take on Brazil’s Markus Perez Echeimberg (8-0) for the vacant 185-pound belt at LFA 22, the promotion announced Wednesday. In the co-feature, UFC and Bellator veteran and two-time “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Gilbert Smith (12-6) will compete in his retirement bout when he takes on Andrew Kapel (10-6) at welterweight. Plus, Maycee Barber (1-0) meets Mallory Martin (1-1) in a women’s strawweight fight.

LFA 22 takes place Sept. 8 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., near Denver. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Heinisch will be hoping to provide his home Colorado fans a thrill in the headliner. He made his promotional debut in April and submitted Lucas Rota with a scarf hold armlock in the LFA 10 main event. His resume includes a win over Tyler Vogel at WSOF 29.

Echeimberg will be making his U.S. debut against Heinisch. But his resume already is impressive. A little more than a year ago, he beat 13-fight UFC veteran Paulo Thiago by decision in Brazil. And in February, he outpointed seven-fight UFC veteran Ildemar Alcantara.

Gilbert Smith

Smith is coming off a stint on “TUF 25,” his second shot on the long-running UFC reality competition. Prior to that, he had back-to-back decision losses under the Bellator banner to Fernando Gonzalez and Ricky Rainey in 2016. But before those setbacks, he won RFA’s welterweight title with a submission of Benjamin Smith at RFA 26. He’ll be fighting in front of his home Colorado fans in what he says will be his final bout.

Kapel is an teammate of Benjamin Smith, whom Gilbert Smith beat to win RFA’s welterweight belt. So he may have some revenge on his mind. He’ll also be trying to get back in the win column after a submission loss in Minnesota this past September. Prior to that, he had won three of four fights. All 10 of his career wins are by stoppage, including seven submissions.

The LFA 22 card includes:

  • Ian Heinisch vs. Markus Perez Echeimberg – for vacant middleweight title
  • Andrew Kapel vs. Gilbert Smith
  • Maycee Barber vs. Mallory Martin

For more on LFA 22, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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