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Liam Pitts on pro career and UFC goal: “Sounds great”



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Liam Pitts. Photo: Chris Önnerby

Allstars Fight Night amateur bantamweight champion Liam Pitts is one of the most hyped MMA fighters in Sweden right now – and quite rightfully so!

Pitts, 20, has pretty much crushed the opposition as he’s gone undefeated throughout his first six bouts, amassing a 6-0 amateur MMA record thus far. With impressive victories in Fight Club Rush, AFN and the IMMAF World Championships, the rising star is soon ready to take the next step in his career.

“From AFN straight into the UFC sounds great”

– Liam Pitts to Frontkick

“I think we’re getting closer to a new chapter. Maybe one or two more amateur bouts, but we’re close so be on the lookout,” Pitts said in his post-fight interview at last weekend’s Allstars Fight Night 5 after successfully defending his AFN title against Finish and Nordic MMA and wrestling champion Toufan Ahmadi by a clear-cut unanimous decision.

Surrounded by greatness, Liam Pitts eyes the UFC

Training with the likes of Khamzat Chimaev, Alexander Gustafsson and Bernardo Sopai and Josefine Knutsson at Allstars Training Center in Stockholm for several years, Pitts goal has always been to reach the very top of the fight game.

Are you looking to turn pro in Allstars Fight Night and fighting your way towards the UFC from there?

“I’m open for anything. From AFN straight into the UFC sounds great, but I’m open to fight for other organizations around the world too,” Liam Pitts says, speaking exclusively to Frontkick, adding:

“I’ve always wanted to fight abroad as well.”

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Liam Pitts. Photo: Chris Önnerby

Liam Pitts: “I don’t feel like I have so much to prove”

Pitts made his MMA debut at FCR 11 in February 2022 and slowly but steadily built up his amateur record with harder and harder fights along the way.

A few months back he laid his hands on the AFN amateur bantamweight strap when he stopped Finnish National Team fighter Rasmus Vauhkonen, and this past Saturday he made his first title defense as he went the distance with the highly decorated Ahmadi.

“I’m just doing this for myself now”

– Liam Pitts to Frontkick

With a somewhat unusual background for a fighter, known as a Swedish reality TV personality from an early age, the young amateur talent and national junior wrestling champ always had a lot of eyes on him, and quite frankly more to prove for Swedish fight fans than any other fighters in his position.

However, the doubters aren’t as loud nowadays as Pitts keeps beating increasingly tougher competition. And while the opinions of others would irritate him from time to time before, the Allstars prospect doesn’t really feel like he has that much of a chip on his shoulder anymore.

“I don’t feel like I have so much to prove anymore, I’m just doing this for myself now.”

Is there anyone in particular you’d like to fight in your professional MMA debut?

“It doesn’t matter.”

Read more: Bernardo Sopai talks UFC debut: “Some things are good to happen early”

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