Breaking Down LFA 93’s Main Event: Middleweight prospects Aaron Jeffery and Andre Petroski clash

The LFA 93 event poster, headlined by Jeffery and Petroski. Credit: LFA.

LFA 93 is back in Park City, Kansas, for the second straight week. Headlining this action-packed card is the featured bout between Aaron Jeffery (8-2) and Andre Petroski (5-0).

Either the 2019 Contender Series veteran, Jeffery, will extend his winning streak to three straight, or the undefeated Petroski will stay unbeaten and move a step closer to a big stage.

Tale of the Tape

Aaron Jeffery (8-2)
Age: 27 years old
Height: 6’2″
Fighting out of: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Gym: Para Bellum MMA
Two-fight win streak
Combined Record of Opposition (wins): 40-29

Andre Petroski (5-0)
Age: 29 years old
Height: 6’0″
Fighting out of: Springfield Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Gym: Factory X
97-30 NCAA wrestling, 2-0 kickboxing
Combined Record of Opposition: 15-17-1

Pros and Cons

Aaron Jeffery

Pros

  • Strong against the cage
  • Good right hand
  • Solid cardio
  • Very clean hands
  • Excellent pocket striker
  • Good output
  • Physically strong

Cons

  • Takedown defense needs some work
  • Will sit in the pocket too long
  • Grappling defense needs work

Andre Petroski

Pros

  • Good wrestling
  • Very strong
  • Solid grappling
  • Transitions from strikes to wrestling well
  • Good ground and pound
  • Solid positional grappling

Cons

  • Will throw blind kicks
  • At times one-dimensional
  • Striking defense could be shored up

Who has the advantage?

Striking: Jeffery.

Jeffery is a technically smooth striker, and Petroski is still a bit wild and too hittable. This area should mark a big advantage on the side of Jeffery.

Speed: Even.

Output/Volume: Jeffery.

Petroski does a nice job throwing flurries in bursts, but Jeffery is always throwing in volume. Jeffery, when in the clinch, in the pocket, or breaking off the clinch, is always throwing something.

Knockout Power: Jeffery.

Petroski has shown some nice power in his looping overhands, but Jeffery has been far more consistent. I would consider Jeffey more of a volume guy, but he has the knees and hands to put guys down.

Chin: Even.

Tough one. I’ve seen both guys dropped badly before, and it’s an issue I’ve worried about with both guys.

Kickboxing: Jeffery.

Even though Petroski has more competitive kickboxing experience, it hasn’t always shown in his MMA career. He does kick hard and has a nice kick to the body, but he throws single kicks, not putting them in any combinations. Jeffery at least throws kicks before or after punches.

Footwork: Jeffery.

Not much footwork stands out to me from Petroski, as he’s a guy that plants his feet and fires away with a lot of throwing power. Jeffery, on the other hand, is light on his feet and does a lot of bouncing around.

Wrestling: Petroski.

Jeffery does have some nice wrestling, but Petroski may just be on a different level. The NCAA wrestling standout has had no issues getting guys down to the canvas, and he’s shown off his superior skillset with strength, explosiveness, setups, and ferocious finishing ability. It should be a big advantage for Petroski here.

Grappling: Petroski.

Not only does Petroski have strong wrestling, but he also has excellent grappling. Petroski is good at taking the back and transitioning to better and more dominant positions. He moves smoothly on top, and so far has cruised with top control.

Submissions: Petroski.

Petroski is the easy pick here. Jeffery doesn’t have any submission wins of yet, compared to the two Petroski has as a pro. By the way, both of Petroski’s submissions came by armlock – an armbar and a kimura – and both were well-executed.

Cardio: Jeffery.

Petroski has gone deep inside round two and looked pretty well-conditioned, but has never seen the distance. Jeffery has gone into the third before and went all three rounds twice; he has also gone into a fourth round before. It’s close but Jeffery has more ring-time and is more proven, so he should get the nod here.

Prediction:

This fight has been, and rightfully so, billed as a striker vs wrestler matchup. Jeffery has a clear advantage on the feet, just as Petroski does in the wrestling and grappling.

Petroski may have an unblemished record, but the best record of an opponent he’s beaten was 4-1. Jeffery’s lone two losses came at the hands of now-UFC standouts Brendan Allen and Sean Brady, showing the clear edge in experience and strength of opposition he holds here. He hasn’t beat a lot of great fighters in his own right, but his overall level of competition has been much better.

I expect Petroski to come forward right off the bat, trying to execute takedowns. I do believe Petroski will have success early on with his wrestling. With that said, I like the chances of Jeffery to take over as the fight goes. I don’t see Jeffery getting taken down over and over, and I see him wearing on Petroski for as long as the fight stays standing.

I think Jeffery’s perceived striking edge and output will be too much for Petroski.

Now, Andre Petroski could go out there and put on a wrestling-grappling clinic, but it’s gonna be a tough ask against a higher caliber fighter in Aaron Jeffery.