Dominic Montoya's not a big fan of taking a second fight right on the heels of another bout.
But with his arm raised following a first-round victory in March, his coach told him to get ready. They were going to jump right back into camp for a fight in six weeks.
Montoya will weigh in Thursday for his 155-pound, lightweight bout that will take place Friday at Massari Arena in Pueblo at LFA 10.
"As soon as my coach was putting my shirt on so I could get my hand raised, he said back to it on Monday, we got an opportunity possibly," Montoya said.
That opportunity for Montoya (7-0) is Serbia's Slobodan Maksimovic (12-5-1), winner of two straight.
Montoya, who used to train at Rude Effex (now Jackson's MMA Colorado) in Pueblo before moving to Colorado Springs for work and switching to Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu, took a year and a half off before for family issues. He ballooned up to more than 200 pounds as his training dipped.
In March, he fought at a catch weight of 165. He stopped Santana Martinez with four seconds left in the first round. That's when he found out he'd be in the cage again in April.
"I like to put an eight-week camp together," said Montoya, who also works for the Colorado State Patrol with the Port of Entry in Monument. "... As far as having a fight already scheduled, or almost scheduled depending on if I won or not, it hasn't ever boded well for me."
But those short-notice fights were before he went pro.
Maksimovic will be Montoya's biggest test, and the most experienced opponent he's faced.
"I've never really fought someone who is foreign. I'm excited to see how that is," said Montoya, a Pueblo East and CSU-Pueblo graduate. ". It's a bigger test to see how I rank up against lightweights across the world."
Montoya's coach, Ernest Kimball, likes the matchup.
"He's more than ready," Kimball said recently. ". He's been training hard."
Earlier this year, the mixed martial arts promotions of RFA and Legacy Fighting Championship unified to form the LFA.
Now, the organization - in conjunction with area promotion Top Shelf Entertainment - will host LFA 10.
The main card is scheduled to air on AXS TV (Comcast Ch. 701) at 7 p.m. Montoya is scheduled to be on the main card, which is headlined by Parker's Ian Heinisch (6-0) vs. Lucas Rota (12-6), of Brazil, in a middleweight bout.
Portions of the event's proceeds will go to Soaring Eagles Center for Autism, a 501(c)3 nonprofit "dedicated to helping children, families and communities overcome the limitation of autism," according to the organization's website. SECA is based in Pueblo.
For tickets, visit www.combattickets.com, any King Soopers locations or the Massari Arena box office.
Cejudo shares moves ahead of fight
Olympic gold medalist and Coronado High graduate Henry Cejudo has been active this year on Instagram (@henry_cejudo) in showing off moves to try and educate wrestlers and fighters.
Cejudo will get the chance to use some of those moves next month at UFC 211 - the promotion's biggest card of the year to date.
While Cejudo is often a co-main event or main event, the card in Dallas is so big that Cejudo is scheduled to be the opening bout of the pay-per-view segment. Cejudo (10-2) will take on Sergio Pettis (15-2) in a flyweight bout (125 pounds).
There will be four fights after Cejudo's bout, including two championship fights - the heavyweight title and the women's strawweight title.