The cage has been elusive for John Lamia since he scored a first-round submission win in his 2016 MMA debut against Quail Simpson. After that fight, Lamia moved from New York to North Carolina and endured injuries before finding a steady home gym at Gym-O in Gastonia, alongside seasoned fighters like fellow Fight For It VII competitor Chase Gamble and UFC welterweight Bryan Barberena. “I am super stoked to fight again,” Lamia says. “I enjoy every aspect of it.” he says. Having proven his mettle in disparate formats, from judo and BJJ tournaments to a short but fruitful 3-0 amateur kickboxing run, expect Lamia to showcase a broad skillset.
Lamia is wise not to discount his opponent. “I would never take anything away from my opponent or underestimate him anywhere,” he says. “I’m sure he is great.” To wit, Zach Jones comes to MMA, like many, as a former high school wrestler. The Raleigh-based fighter has since honed his skills at Forged Fitness and earned a blue belt under Billy Dowey. But aside from strong grappling and athleticism, Jones also brings his experience in high level Tae Kwon Do to his striking arsenal, posing a threat on the feet as well as on the ground
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