Two undefeated prospects will face off at Legacy Fighting Alliance 69 this weekend as Natan Levy faces Frank Meno. Levy says "The Bulldozer" will be the toughest fight of his career. While he's known as a submission ace, the Israeli fighter wants fans to know that there is a lot more to his game than his grappling. If his opponents think he is one dimensional, they would be mistaken, as Levy has been a life-long martial artist.
Levy takes a cerebral approach to fighting and likes to study his opponents with his team. That's one of the several challenges that Meno presents. "First of all, he is undefeated in three professional bouts like I am," Levy told The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour podcast. "Also I couldn't get much video on him. Not enough to make a complex gameplan."
However, Levy was impressed by what tape he could find. "I could definitely tell you physically he is the strongest I fought without a doubt," said the undefeated fighter. Levy thinks Meno is the type of fighter that could muscle his way out of submissions and added, "It's definitely not opponent an opponent I want to get hit by."
The same should be said for Levy. Despite the submission wins he has, Brazilian jiu-jitsu is relatively new to him. "My background is in karate, I grew up doing kung fu and transitioned to karate. I got my black belt in Japan when I was 18," said Levy. By the time, he fought his first fight, he had his third-degree black belt in karate, which accounts for him and his team developing plans for his opponents since he has the skillset to be a well-rounded fighter.
Levy is definitely a hot prospect and he said he had already turned down offers from Bellator MMA, as his goal is to get into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He has already had conversations about getting on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, so fans should not be surprised if he gets on there if he pulls off a win at LFA 69.
Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu karate. He has covered combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since the first UFC. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.