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The MMA world is filled with redemption stories, but Ian Heinisch’s is unique.

After a college wrestling career didn’t pan out, Heinisch found himself caught in the drug trade world and on the run. Eventually, he served time in prison.

After turning his life around, Heinisch (6-0) headlines LFA 10 tonight in a middleweight fight against Lucas Rota (12-6). The event takes place at Massari Arena in Pueblo, Colo., near Denver, and the main card airs live on AXS TV.

“Those times were everything, and I have no regrets,” Heinisch told AXS TV Fights’ Ron Kruck. “I know I did some things I shouldn’t have done, but it’s transformed me into the person I am today. And I just want to use this story to inspire people. It’s a great story, and I’m excited for the opportunity in front of me. I can’t wait.”

Heinisch, from Colorado, will fight in front of his home fans and will be trying to stay unbeaten against Brazil’s Rota, who has three times as much experience as him.

“He’s a tough guy,” he said. “He’s going to fight. He’s not going to quit easily. I get to showcase everything I’ve been working on, so I’m really exctied about that.”

Check out the video above for more from Heinisch with Kruck ahead of LFA 10. Below, don’t miss Kruck’s interview with LFA 10’s Zac Riley.

And for more on LFA 10, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

LFA 10 is live on AXS TV tonight at 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. CT). Make sure to tweet along using #LFA10. AXS TV airs new, live fights almost every Friday night in 2017. Find AXS TV on your TV right here: www.axs.tv/fights.

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