LFA’s Quick-Finisher Austin Lingo Ready For Whatever Is Next (Exclusive)
Rising prospect Austin Lingo is unbeaten in his career and coming off three consecutive quick finishes inside the Legacy Fighting Alliance cage.
Lingo, a 25-year-old who trains out of Fortis MMA, picked up a main event victory over Chris Hatley at Legacy Fighting Alliance 73 live on AXS TV. That win came on the heels of a 25-second submission win over Angel Cruz and a 13-second flattening of Aaron Webb.
“I’m very aggressive in all my fights. I have five first round finishes including this one so I’m not surprised by it,” Lingo told FightLine. “I have power in both hands. I always prepare and train to go the distance, but I’m always trying to finish.”
LFA has potential superstar in Austin Lingo
Nicknamed “Lights Out,” Lingo is now 7-0 in his career with three knockout and two submission wins to his credit. Six of those seven fights have come under the LFA banner, with a handful having aired live on AXS TV in front of thousands.
“This is my eighth time on LFA/LFC including my amateur career and third AXS TV Fight, so it’s kind of similar,” Lingo said. “Every fight is important so it seems like I get more attention each time so maybe that’s added pressure but when the cage closes it’s always the same. I know I got bumped up to the main event so yeah, that’s a big deal. I didn’t really get all the lead up hype that the actual main event usually gets but a lot more people probably paid attention to this one. So yeah, this was important. I knew he was a prospect as well with a lot of power and coming off a KO win – and we had similar records – so I knew I had to be smart.
“It definitely was exciting to win and I know it helps my career.”
Official Results: Lingo def. Hatley Jr. via KO at :25 into Round 1. pic.twitter.com/zfWv73ElzA
— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) August 3, 2019
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As important as his unbeaten record is, Lingo knows that could be taken away with one bad night at the cage. His career has seen him compete in all kinds of combat sports, including a run to Golden Globes.
“I’m always pretty much the same. I’m definitely excited when the stoppage comes and my hand is raised,” he said. “The adrenaline is part of that. I always prepare to win so I’m not surprised at the end. I don’t have any losses yet in my pro career so I’m not sure how that’s going to be. I’ve been fighting since I was 13 in everything from Golden Gloves boxing to Muay Thai as part of the US Team fighting in the world championships in Thailand. I’ve done probable 75 smokers over the years, judo tournaments, NAGA, Grappler’s Quest and even Tae Kwon Do tournaments.
Lingo has built up his skills through various combat sports
“I’ve won and lost, seen bad decisions, fights cancelled, opponents changed, so I’m pretty calm about most of it.”
After the victory over Hatley, Lingo called for a shot at the LFA featherweight title. That belt is currently vacant after Damon Jackson signed with the Professional Fighters League in April.
— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) August 4, 2019
“I have a multi-fight deal with LFA so I’m up for whatever LFA, my management company, SuckerPunch Entertainment, and coach want me to do,” Lingo said. “LFA prides itself on being the feeder league to the UFC so we’ll see if that happens. I asked for a title shot at the end of my fight but LFA has a lot of featherweights so again, I’ll just take this week off and go back to the grind next week. We’ll see what happens.
“I take it one fight at a time. I’m in this for the long term so I need to be smart about it. I don’t have a backup occupation. I’m all in. I just have to be ready when an opportunity comes up. Everything else pretty much stays the same whether it’s Legacy or the UFC.