LFA 72 headliner Nohelin Hernandez gets UFC call; LFA to make a new main event in Phoenix, Arizona

July 2, 2019 12:15 pm.

LFA 72

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that Nohelin “Suave” Hernandez was released from his previously announced LFA 72 main event after he got the call from the UFC to fight this weekend at UFC 239.

On June 15th, it was announced that Hernandez was scheduled to headline LFA 72 in a high-stakes showdown in the state capital of Arizona. He was set to face UFC veteran Anthony “El Toro” Birchak in a pivotal bantamweight bout. Birchak will remain on the card and a search of a suitable opponent is underway. LFA 72 takes place Friday, July 26th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“LFA is the top developmental organization in the world,” stated Soares. “Nohelin Hernandez is one of our top bantamweight prospects and we are letting him out of his contract so he can pursue his dream of competing in the UFC. Anthony Birchak will remain on the card at LFA 72, which will be our seventh event at Comerica Theatre in downtown Phoenix.”

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Hernandez got the UFC call on Monday night to face longtime UFC star Marlon “Chito” Vera this Saturday at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout will be televised live on ESPN, one fight before the swing bout. The UFC events that take place annually on the week of the 4th of July are one of the UFC’s flagship events as it caps off International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Hernandez will join three other LFA alumni, who will also be competing at UFC 239. Those three include Holly Holm (Legacy), Randa Markos (RFA), and Chance Rencountre (RFA). Holm, who was a Legacy FC champion, will be looking to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title for a second time in the co-main event of UFC 239. The main event will feature all-time great Jon Jones. He will be defending his light-heavyweight title against Thiago “Marreta” Santos.

Currently Announced Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT):

Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
– Anthony Birchak (13-6) vs. TBD

Co-Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
– Daniel Madrid (16-6) vs. Chris Harris (11-3)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
– Jacob McClintock (9-3) vs. Raymond Pina (8-3)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
– Roman Salazar (13-8) vs. Mario Israel (10-4)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– Paris Stanford (4-1) vs. Jake Heffernan (7-1)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– Mike Hamel (6-2) vs. Bruno Souza (5-1)

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 160 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 72 will be the seventh LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. All seven of these events have taken place at the Comerica Theatre in the Grand Canyon State’s capital city of Phoenix. The entire main card of LFA 72 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 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.

London Trust Media is a diversified business focused on the Internet and media industries – bringing the Internet back to its original state and bringing power back to the people. London Trust Media runs the leading no-log VPN service provider in the world Private Internet Access (PIA) as well as Kore Asian Media, Linux Journal, freenode, Snoonet, JOG, BlockExplorer, and Provocateur. Please visit their website at www.londontrustmedia.com for more information.

Comerica Theatre is a 5,000 seat entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The unique design of Comerica Theatre has changed the way people think about live entertainment, as it marries the classic theatre style with the pulsating excitement of modern arena technologies. The theatre’s state-of-the art music & sound systems are perfect for concerts, comedy performances as well as theatre and family friendly shows.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins