Octagon Oracles: Former LUX Champ Ignacio Bahamondes

Ignacio Bahamondes gets his arm raised in the LFA cage. Ignacio Bahamondes will get his UFC debut on Saturday night. Photo Credit: UFC Fight Pass

Ignacio Bahamondes is a Chilean fighter that trains at Valle Flow Striking Academy in Addison, Illinois. Bahamondes is coming off an impressive showing last summer on “Dana White’s Contender Seires” which got him signed right up by UFC President Dana White. The 23-year-old lightweight standing at 6’3″ has a solid record of 11-3. He is the former LUX Fight League Lightweight Champion and has competed in notable regional promotions like LFA and Combate Global (formerly known as Combate Americas).

Taking on Bahamondes is the 24-fight veteran John “The Bull” Makdessi. Makdessi has been in the UFC for almost a decade and has 17 fights in the promotion. “The Bull” has slowed down at 35-years-old and has lost his last two fights. In fact, Makdessi doesn’t have a win over a current UFC fighter. This is either gonna be Makdessi passing the torch or Bahamondes getting a lesson from a vet.

Shawn Bitter

Grade: B-
Bahamondes is a super talented guy, but there is still a lot he needs to show. In the past, his takedown defense and his grappling were decent at best. He’s an excellent, rangy, flashy fighter that does not like to get pressured. Bahamondes is still so young and with how good he is on the feet he has a high ceiling. He has excellent kickboxing, good movement and distance control, and such strong transitional striking. If he was 30, I wouldn’t rate him high, but at only 23-years-old there is tons of time to grow.

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Vince Rodemer

Grade: B+
I like Bahamondes because he uses his best attributes, his height and reach, well. He seems to always be fighting shorter, stockier guys though. I would like to see what he can do with a taller opponent. I like how he uses his kicks to keep his distance and when he does get inside, he has power with the uppercut. His Tapology page says he trains at VFS Academy – I looked into it and he trains with Yair Rodriguez there. That is definitely a quality training partner and someone that can push him. I definitely like his size and reach and like him as a lightweight prospect. He does have a lot of fights at welterweight too, but he hasn’t even hit 170 on the scale.

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Zac Herbison

Grade: C+
There’s a lot to like about Bahamondes. He throws a wide variety of strikes at high volume from either stance. Just his sole LFA fight featured an axe kick, and something I can only describe as a jumping rolling thunder kick (a flipping thunder?). He seems to have good cardio and a good chin. I wish I saw less of his chin getting tested and more blocking, but he seems to prefer countering, which he is certainly not bad at. He also has an absurdly huge frame for lightweight, with 6’3″ height and reaches. I expect fun, brawly performances.