In the last few years, Glory MMA and Fitness has been one of the hottest gyms in MMA.
Under the tutelage of James Krause (27-8), many of his fighters have both made it to the UFC and excelled on the biggest stages in the sport.
Uganda-born David Onama (5-0) could be the next one.
Onama is perfect as a pro after going an equally flawless 10-0 in his amateur career, and he will look to move to 6-0 when he takes on Justin Overton (8-4) at a Fighting Alliance Championship event on October 9 on Fight Pass.
One of the biggest differences between the two fighters is their activity level.
Onama fought just a month ago, when he knocked out Sam Agushi (2-1) at FAC 3, while Overton hasn’t fought in over a year since he submitted Arturo Roman (3-3) in the first round.
Fighting regularly is a trademark of Glory MMA fighters and something Onama prides himself in.
“I’m always ready to fight,” Onama told MMA-Prospects. “I’m always training and always ready. Whatever opportunity I get, I take it. I’m always in fight camp. Whenever they want me back in there, I’m ready to get back in. I just took a fight four weeks ago, so I’m ready for the quick turnaround.”
A major factor for Onama and his rise as a prospect is the caliber of fighters that he trains with on a daily basis.
His main training partners, Sean Woodson (7-1), Megan Anderson (10-4), and Kevin Croom (22-12), are all UFC-caliber fighters and elite strikers.
“Sean Woodson is a good striker,” Onama said. “That guy can hit you from a mile away; that’s why they call him ‘The Sniper’. I go with him a lot. We drill a lot. He’s a good kid. I love going with him, that’s a good look for me. Megan has been my training partner for the last few weeks. She’s one of the better fighters in our gym, so I try to work with her on striking and grappling. Also, Kevin Croom, who just fought in the UFC. I go with him a lot. He has a lot in his game.”
Like he has for the other fighters that train at Glory, Krause has been a key factor in helping Onama evolve, training him in all aspects of the game.
“James Krause has helped me a lot in my fight career,” Onama said. “There are times when I’m not where I need to be, and he’s helped with that. He’s one of the best people I’ve ever trained with. He’s shown me a lot.”
Onama has three knockouts, one submission, and one decision as a pro, which shows that he is well-rounded, even so early on in his career.
That is a credit to his work ethic in the gym and how he has gotten better in all aspects of the game.
The fight against Overton is an interesting one, which may force Onama to employ his all-around game.
Overton has been on a unique stretch; his last ten fights have been decided by submission.
Overton is on a four-fight win streak dating back to 2017, following back-to-back losses to two-fight Bellator veteran Aaron McKenzie (8-2-1) and recent UFC winner Darrick Minner (25-11).
Onama is expecting Overton to try to get the fight to the ground and is comfortable wherever it goes.
“I feel pretty, pretty good,” Onama said. “I’ve been working a lot on my grappling. He’s more of a jiu-jitsu guy, so he’s going to come out very hard and try to out-grapple me. I don’t think he’s ready for me. He hasn’t fought a tough guy like me. I’m ready for his jiu-jitsu, or whatever style he’s got. I don’t think he can out-strike me, that’s for sure. I don’t think he can beat me anywhere.”
“It’s going to be a tough night for him.”