Three former champions pick up key wins at UFC 237

May 16, 2019 1:38 am.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) and the two promotions that merged to create it, RFA and Legacy FC, had three former champions in action Saturday night at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and all three of the promotion’s former champions picked up big UFC wins.

“Three of our former champions picked up the key wins in the UFC on Saturday night,” stated Soares. “Ryan Spann, Thiago Moisés, and Raoni Barcelos were dominant in their fights at UFC 237 in Brazil and showed that the fighters we develop are among the best in the world .”

Inaugural LFA light-heavyweight champion Ryan “Superman” Spann wore his cape as he returned to Brazil at UFC 237. This is the country where he also won his UFC debut in September. Spann picked up the biggest win of his career by knocking out MMA legend Antonio Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira. The knockout came just over two minutes into their bout. The win was Spann’s sixth in a row and improved his UFC record to 2-0.

In the bout just prior to Spann’s win, former RFA lightweight champion Thiago Moisés picked up his first UFC win in dominant fashion. In fact, two of the three judges gave him 10-8 rounds with the final verdict reading 30-26, 30-26, 30-27. Coincidentally, Moisés won the RFA lightweight title during the RFA’s first trip to Utah at RFA 35 in 2016. He won the belt by submitting David Castillo with an ultra-rare Helicopter Armbar.

Raoni Barcelos got things started for the former champions. The former RFA featherweight champion picked up his third UFC win via TKO over Peruvian prospect Carlos Huachin. The finish came in the second round due to a big right hand followed by an onslaught of ground and pound. In the 10 months that Barcelos has been competing in the UFC, he has finished all three of his opponents. 

LFA returns Friday, May 24th with LFA 67 – James vs. Martin. The main event will feature a heavyweight bout between hulking one-punch knockout artists Daniel James and Patrick Martin. The event will take place at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. The main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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

Main Event | Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
– Daniel James (8-3-1) vs. Patrick Martin (7-4)

Co-Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
– Dakota Bush (6-1) vs. Jaleel Willis (9-2)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– T.J. Brown (12-6) vs. Ken Beverly (8-4)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– TeeJay Britton (5-1) vs. Solo Hatley Jr. (5-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
– Chel-Erwin Davis (5-2) vs. Mike Breeden (6-2)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
– Garrett Armfield (2-0) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (4-1)

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.

Please visit 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).

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This post was written by Ryan Bevins