Steven Peterson tells us he’s impressed with the Performance Institute, Apex facility ahead of UFC San Antonio fight with Bruce Leeroy.
Las Vegas, NV — A former Contender Series fighter was on hand at week two of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3 on Tuesday. Fortis MMA’s Steven Peterson, a.k.a. ‘Ocho,’ was there in support of teammate Miles Johns, alongside another teammate, Ramiz Brahimaj. Peterson (17–8) sat down with Cageside Press ahead of the fight, and gave his thoughts on the UFC’s new Apex facility.
“It’s amazing. Everything that the UFC is doing is super high level. The PI is super high level, I love going over there to use the facility,” Peterson told us. “And this is just next level combat sports, to be able to have boxing, kickboxing, the UFC promoting these events, and Dana White’s Contender Series here — it’s just incredible to see how it’s growing and progressing, and the UFC continues to outdo themselves.”
Peterson, of course, is alluding to Dana White’s plan to use the facility to host events in multiple disciplines, something the UFC President revealed just a week ago.
As for Ocho’s own future, Peterson will next be fighting at UFC San Antonio (UFC on ESPN 4). It’s the first time he’ll fight there since his second pro fight. “I love the San Antonio crowd, they seem to get behind Mexican names, they chanted Ocho [the last time],” Peterson recalled. Peterson’s originally from the west coast, but has been fighting out of Texas since the beginning of his career.
“I’m hoping that we can get the “Ocho” chant going in the crowd. It’ll be a coming out fight here in Texas, it’s a great match-up for me,” he added. The opponent in question is none other than Bruce Leeroy himself, Alex Caceres. “I plan to out there and handle business, and it’ll be a good night for me.”
That featherweight scrap is not to be missed. In the meantime, some good news for Fortis MMA. Miles Johns won his Contender Series fight (contract winners were not yet announced at publication time).
Watch the full interview with Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson above!