What to Look Out For: LFA 55

One of mixed martial arts’ top feeder promotions is back this Friday, November 30, 2018 with a jam-packed event live from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas. Legacy Fighting Alliance 55 (LFA 55). This card is loaded with action-packed fights from top to bottom. Here are a few things to look out for.

1. Fortis on the Forefront

Perhaps no other gym in the sport has had a more successful run over the past two years than Dallas’s Fortis MMA. Under the direction of MMA Coach of the Year Candidate Sayif Saud, the team has continued to excel at every level of the sport including another clean sweep this past weekend with Rashad Coulter & Alex Morono (UFC Beijing) and Fernie Garcia (Liddell-Ortiz 3) all victorious in their respective bouts. Top LFA Bantamweight Miles Johns (7-0 MMA) aims to join teammate Damon Jackson bring another LFA championship belt back to the gym when he takes on Adrian Yanez (7-2 MMA) in the main event. Ramiz Brahimaj (7-1 MMA) has been ultra-impressive through his first eight contests and will look to add another big-show veteran to his growing résumé when he takes on Justin Patterson (10-4 MMA) on the main card. The 26-year-old welterweight is a primary training partner to UFC competitors Geoff Neal, Charles Byrd and the aforementioned Morono. Rising featherweight talent Austin Lingo (4-0 MMA) opens up the main card against two-time Bellator competitor Aaron Webb (2-2 MMA). In addition to his spotless professional record, Lingo has taken a unique approach to developing his fight career outside the gym, garnering sponsors and promoting his martial arts endeavors via LinkedIn – the world’s top professional networking site. Lightweight Sean Holden (6-2 MMA) kicks off the team’s evening when he takes on southeastern regional standout “Jesse” James Wallace (7-2 MMA). Holden has won back-to-back fights and four-of-five overall.

 

2. Women’s Bantamweight Showdown

With only 19 “active” fighters on the UFC women’s bantamweight roster, the division is in dire need of fresh, new talent. The LFA has produced numerous up-and-coming women fighters over the recent years, just look at Cynthia Calvillo and Maycee Barber to name a few. The LFA 55 co-main event slot features a title fight when Joselyne Edwards (8-1 MMA) makes her highly-anticipated LFA debut against Sarah Alpar (7-4 MMA). The Panamanian Edwards comes to the LFA on a seven-fight win-streak. The 23-year-old recently submitted the well-traveled Brenda Gonzales this past summer. She’ll have to get by the 27-year-old Texan Alpar though. The former Titan FC competitor has won three of four but has been out of action for just over a year. With an impressive victory, either competitor might find a “big-show” promotion calling.

3. Men’s Bantamweight Championship Picture

With top bantamweight Chris Gutierrez set to make his UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale this weekend, the promotion will crown a new men’s bantamweight champion when undefeated Miles Johns (7-0 MMA) battles Adrian Yanez (7-2 MMA), the first champion since Ricky Simon’s UFC departure. “Chapo” Johns’ selection was no surprise given his spotless professional record and four wins inside the LFA cage. The 24-year-old is one of many top talents to emerge out of the aforementioned Fortis MMA. Yanez’s selection comes as a bit of a surprise. While he has won back-to-back fights in the LFA promotion, many believe the slot should have gone to fellow LFA 55 competitor Raufeon Stots (10-1 MMA) or even his opponent, Levi Mowles (10-3 MMA); the latter of which defeated Yanez in a 2014 fight. Regardless, the winner of the Johns/Yanez bout will become the promotion’s official champion and the champion’s next challenger just might be set as well.  Roufusport’s Stots has been considered a hot-shot bantamweight prospect for some time now. Had it not been of a spinning-backfist knockout loss to Merab Dvalishvili on Dana White’s Lookin’ For a Fight, Stots may very well be in the UFC right now. The 29-year-old has been perfect outside the lone loss with his past two fights being finishes over Ryan Lilley and perhaps the most-hated man in mixed martial arts right now, Arnold Berdon. A true veteran of the LFA promotion, Mowles has won four-straight, the past three all coming via rear-naked-choke. Still just 23, the Texan Mowles is hoping a win will either earn him a shot at the title or even a “big-show” opportunity.

 

 

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