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UFC newcomer James Llontop explains signficance of regional promotion neck tattoo

September 13, 2023 9:15 pm ET LAS VEGAS – Peru’s James Llontop impressed with his skills at Dana White’s Contender Series 62, but his neck tattoo also became a talking point for the UFC CEO. Llontop (14-2) defeated Malik Lewis (6-2) by unanimous decision in the feature bout of DWCS 62 Tuesday evening, earning a

UFC newcomer James Llontop explains signficance of regional promotion neck tattoo

LAS VEGAS – Peru’s James Llontop impressed together with his expertise at Dana White’s Contender Sequence 62, however his neck tattoo additionally turned a speaking level for the UFC CEO.

Llontop (14-2) defeated Malik Lewis (6-2) by unanimous decision within the function bout of DWCS 62 Tuesday night, incomes a UFC contract on the conclusion of the present, together with each different winner on the cardboard.

However Llontop had one thing else that stood out to Dana White, and that was the “FFC” tattoo on his neck, which pays homage to the regional promotion Fusion Preventing Championship. Llontop fought beneath the promotion’s banner on 10 events, together with a stoppage victory in Might which led to his alternative to struggle for a UFC contract on DWCS.

Whereas discussing Llontop’s efficiency with Laura Sanko earlier than asserting he was being prolonged a contract, White joked in regards to the tattoo, saying that it ought to should be modified to learn “UFC” now.

Llontop appreciated the humor, however has no plans to make any changes to the ink as he prepares to embark on the following chapter of his skilled profession.

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“No, it’s not possible as a result of this marks a second in my lifetime of a earlier than and after of my profession,” Llontop informed MMA Junkie and different reporters by an interpreter at a post-fight information convention. “I’m very grateful to them (FFC), so I wouldn’t change it. I’m not pondering of any new tattoos. Not for now, however I haven’t actually considered it but.”

Llontop, 24, was born in Peru, which is a rustic with a budding MMA scene. As the most recent product from the South American area to enter the UFC, Llontop says there are numerous extra on their approach.

“I feel the Peruvian struggle scene is rising and evolving,” Llontop stated. “I feel there’s plenty of fighters in Peru that offers you one thing to speak about. I feel you will notice an increasing number of there’s a excessive stage of preventing in Peru, and I feel you need to be seeing extra fighters arising sooner or later.”

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