Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), one of MMA’s leading developmental organizations, has a penchant for discovering and building top new talent; one has to look no further than last week’s UFC 262 pay-per-view event to see a wide array of LFA/RFA alumni in action.
This week’s LFA event is no different. A middleweight title fight and tournament finale between violent finishers Josh Fremd (7-1) and Gregory Rodrigues (8-3) will headline the show, two-time NCAA DI wrestling finalist Bryce Meredith will make his highly-anticipated MMA debut, and seven undefeated fighters grace the card.
While Meredith is the wrestler making the biggest waves at LFA 108, another former collegiate standout will also look to continue his rise up the MMA ranks: 1-0 welterweight standout Archie Colgan.
Colgan, 25, wrestled at the University of Wyoming from the 2013-2014 season to the 2016-2017 season following a successful high school career that saw him capture a Colorado state title as a senior. At Wyoming, Colgan amassed a career record of 78-32 (a near 71% winning percentage) and earned distinction as a fifth-place finisher at the Big 12 Championships and as an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in 2016-2017.
The husband and expectant father then transitioned to martial arts after completing his wrestling career. He compiled an impressive 3-0 career as an amateur under the Sparta Combat League (SCL) banner, a promotion in his native Colorado.
In his final amateur fight, Colgan captured the SCL amateur welterweight title in just twenty-nine seconds, stopping Jon Nelson (then 4-1 Am.) with strikes in the opening round of their July 2020 matchup.
On the strength of his standout wrestling career and burgeoning amateur MMA resume, Colgan was signed to the LFA. He debuted in March of 2021, when he scored a third-round TKO of fellow debutant Andrew Claborn (0-1) at LFA 102.
Following the win, Colgan shared on social media that he “[w]anted to get an earlier stoppage but I needed to get that experience and cage time,” and that he was “[p]roud of my growth and performance.”
Friday, Colgan will return to the LFA cage against two-fight LFA and one-fight Bellator veteran Keith Phathaem (2-2-1), 32. The fight marks an important one for Colgan, who will look to move to 2-0 as a professional and establish himself as a can’t-miss prospect in one of the sport’s deepest divisions.
Speaking to Capital News Online about the Phathaem fight back in April 2021, Colgan stated, “There is no pressure. I know what I have to go out there and do. I have to go out there and perform and show all the work I have been putting in. I will show up that night and do just that!”
As for his career aspirations, Colgan has his eyes set on greatness.
“I plan on making it [to] a big promotion like the UFC, climb[ing] my way to the top and beat[ing] top competition along the way,” said Colgan, who added, “I want to be at the top of the food chain in regards to my weight division. I want to outwork people and get the top and stay there for some years to come!”