MMA fighting styles

Josh Fremd of LFA 108: eyes on the prize

“Oh, Denver. The State of the Sun. Magnificent. Magnificent.”

The quote above is one of the more classic lines from the 2003 hit movie Old school. This is what a lot of people really feel about Denver.

Denver and the state of Colorado – although not the Sunshine State, as that moniker actually belongs to Florida – have an allure that draws people from all over the world. The MMA scene in Mile High City has always been hot too. Denver is the training place – and often home too – for many UFC stars, including strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, former contenders Anthony Smith and Justin Gaethje, current nominee Cory Sandhagen and Dustin Jacoby. . It’s no wonder that a fighter from Pennsylvania who was visiting Colorado decided to settle there permanently.


Josh Fremd was born and raised on the East Coast. It was there that he also began his MMA career. He came to the Denver area with his girlfriend and a friend suggested he try Factory X Muay Thai in Englewood.

“I was going to go to Sanford MMA and move to Florida,” Fremd told Combat Press. “I came to Denver on a whim, because my girlfriend got a job and, man, I fell in love with it. It’s beautiful here. Everything is wide open. There are a lot of places to go by the lake or rivers. That’s about all I do outside of combat.

Fremd has now been in Denver for a few years. He also became a permanent member of the Factory X combat team. He instantly fitted into camp and picked up pretty much where he left off before the move. He brought a 4-1 mark to the West and added three more wins since then while fighting for the Legacy Fighting Alliance.

“I feel like a Dragon ball z character almost every day, ”said Fremd. “I will train fighters.”

“Dustin [Jacoby] and Anthony [Smith] have been crucial to my training, ”added Fremd. “It’s the same with Cody Brundage. Cody is an All-American D1 wrestler. He played a crucial role in my training and my ground game. I train with Jordan Williams. He moved to Denver to train. He was a huge asset to my training; it’s just a dog, man. I feel like he and I are cut from the same fabric.

“He came to train for a week to see if he liked the culture and would fit in. And, man, it fits in really well. He’s a fun guy to have with him.

Fremd last fought in the semi-finals of the LFA middleweight tournament at LFA 98 at the end of January. He faced Bruno Oliveira and scored his third consecutive first round knockout.

“I certainly could have done a little better,” admitted Fremd. “I was a little hesitant, in a way. It was my first LFA Main Event [and] for the first time getting some attention I guess you would say. I think I’m ready for that kind of shine [and] that kind of attention, and I think if I show up and show up just as the bell rings, I’m going to have a good night’s sleep.

At LFA 102 in mid-March, Brazilian Gregory Rodrigues won the tournament’s other semi-final against Al Matavao with a second round knockout. This sets the stage for a title clash between Fremd and Rodrigues on Friday night to headlining LFA 108.

Rodrigues has suffered only one loss since April 2015, and it fell into the hands of the aforementioned Williams. Their fight took place last year on Dana White Contender Series.

“He beat Rodrigues when he fought him, but, you know, we have different styles,” said Fremd. “We’re forward, guys with pressure, but our styles are a little different. We both have a punch, and we’re both tough, so I guess these are a bit similar. “

Rodrigues is 8-3 as a pro, and all but one of his wins were finishes. Meanwhile, Fremd is 7-1 and also completed all but one of his wins. These guys are definitely coming for the killing.

“He’s, for lack of better words, really good at jiu-jitsu,” Fremd said. “He’s a black belt and multiple world champion in jiu-jitsu, but everything changes when you get punched in the face. I am a very good wrestler. I might not have the praise that a lot of people get, but I train with a lot of top wrestlers and top jiu-jitsu guys.

“He moved his camp from [Los Angeles] in Florida, and I know Sanford MMA very well. My best friend from college is actually the gym manager there, and I have a friend that I started training in MMA with there. I trained there before it was Sanford – when it was Combat Club and then Hard Knocks. I know the camp very well. I know what kind of style he’s going to bring, and I’m just excited to jump in and play with the dude.

In recent years, an LFA title win has been an almost guaranteed ticket to the UFC. Fremd has a lot of current and former teammates who have taken this route before. Ian Heinisch and Brandon Royval are just two of those guys.


“I’m trying to make it to the UFC this year,” Fremd said. “It’s my aim. Whether I win the LFA belt and get a call on short notice, or get signed right after, or lose and chain two more wins and win a Contender Series fight, my goal is to get to the UFC. I live this lifestyle as a fighter and always stay ready. This is my mission, man. [In] 2021, I will definitely be in the UFC.

“I’m not putting a lot of pressure on the fact that it’s a title fight. It’s just another fight for me. Obviously in the end I get a cool and shiny belt, and that means I’m a champion of this organization. The former champions of the organization had good records and went to the UFC. It is going to mean a lot with all the hard work that I have put in.

Well, like most fighters, there are steps to climb to get to the top. Fremd’s next step comes in the form of Rodrigues in a fight broadcast live on UFC Fight Pass on Friday night.

“The only way Gregory will win this fight is to knock me out or suffocate me,” said Fremd. “Damn, even if he breaks my arm, I’m going to keep moving forward.”