LFA makes first trip to Utah with a Featherweight Showdown at LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal

April 2, 2019 5:22 pm.






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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will make its first trip to Utah in May. The LFA 66 headliner will feature a top-tier showdown between two of the top featherweight prospects in the world.

The main event of LFA 66 will bring a featherweight showdown to the Salt Lake City metro area when UFC veteran Tyler Diamond squares off with top undefeated prospect Jon Neal. LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal takes place Friday, May 10th at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“I am excited to bring LFA to Utah on May 10th,” stated Soares. “Tyler Diamond and Jon Neal are two of the top featherweight prospects in the world. Diamond is a UFC veteran who was just a semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 27 and Neal is Utah’s top prospect. This will be an incredible main event for our first trip to Utah at LFA 66.”

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Diamond (9-1) will make his highly-anticipated LFA debut fresh off an impressive run on the UFC’s hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter 27 (TUF 27). The 28-year-old Team Alpha Male product used a Guillotine Choke to submit LFA standout Dulani Perry in the quarter-finals of the tournament, which featured an entire cast of undefeated fighters. Diamond would bow out of the tournament in the semi-finals, but returned for the UFC – TUF 27 Finale. Diamond fought former RFA/Legacy fighter Bryce Mitchell in a three-round war, but came up short when the judges awarded Mitchell a narrow Majority Decision. Now the former NCAA Division I wrestler is looking to rebound from his first career loss with an impressive LFA debut on May 10th, when he headlines LFA 66.

Neal (10-0) is the top prospect to hail from the state of Utah. The 30-year-old Ogden native has ran roughshod over the competition inside the “Beehive State” for over a decade. In fact, his LFA debut will come exactly eleven years after he made his professional MMA debut. Over the years, Neal has won regional titles in the state in multiple divisions, while picking up notable wins over Showdown Fights veteran Scott Casey and RFA veteran Jordan Clements. The One Hit MMA product has emerged from a decade-plus of wars with an unblemished record and an unquestioned claim to the throne atop Utah’s rugged MMA scene. Now the Aldo Oreggia protégé is looking to announce his arrival to the global MMA scene with his national television debut at LFA 66.

Currently Announced Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Jon Neal (10-0) vs. Tyler Diamond (9-1)

Feature Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Emilio Trevino (4-0) vs. Joe Rodriguez (8-5)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Thiago Alves (12-5) vs. Bobby King (6-2)

In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 150 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In May 2018, the promotion joined the London Trust Media Holdings group of companies.

LFA 66 will be the first LFA event to take place in the state of Utah. RFA visited the “Beehive State” once before the merger. LFA 66 will take place in the city of West Valley City, which is a suburb of the state capital Salt Lake City. The entire main card of LFA 66 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Please visit LFA.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

About LFA:
LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 53 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, NV, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

AXS TV FIGHTS presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network every Friday night at 9pE/6pP. Events taking place on the west coast will be televised at 10pE/7pP. UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich, and veteran broadcaster Ron Kruck call all the action and Phoenix Carnevale reports from cageside as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook, and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Sling TV, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite, telco and streaming providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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Maverik Center opened its doors to the Salt Lake Valley September 22, 1997. Designed by the world’s premiere arena architect, Populous (formerly HOK Sport), Maverik Center is the home of the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies. Maverik Center gained international acclaim and exposure as the host venue for the Ice Hockey Championships at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Maverik Center combines the modern amenities of a large arena with the service and intimacy of a small theater. Please visit their website at www.maverikcenter.com for more information.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins