UFC Wichita Adds Daniel Spitz, Facing LFA Heavyweight Champ Jeff Hughes

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LFA heavyweight champ Jeff Hughes has landed in the UFC, as he’ll take on Daniel Spitz at UFC Wichita.

Another LFA champion is making his way to the UFC. Following in the footsteps of names like Eryk Anders and Andrea Lee, Jeff Hughes is the latest LFA title holder to make it to the big show. The heavyweight will make his debut at UFC Wichita this March, taking on Daniel Spitz. Flo Combat was first to report the news, which Spitz later confirmed.


Hughes (10-1) last appeared on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, defeating former Bellator MMA competitor Josh Appelt. That extended Hughes current winning streak to four straight wins, which includes a recent victory over Ultimate Fighter 28 cast member Maurice Greene. The Greene fight was Hughes’ first defense of his LFA heavyweight crown, which he captured in his previous outing, defeating Richard Odoms.

In Daniel Spitz (6–2) Hughes gets a fighter looking to rebound after a loss to Walt Harris at UFC Utica. Overall, Spitz is 1-2 in the UFC, with a win against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Pittsburgh in 2017.

UFC Wichita (UFC on ESPN+ 4 / UFC Fight Night 146) takes place March 9, 2019 at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.