LFA Summer 2019 by the Numbers

July 25, 2019 10:03 am.




LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) has had a red-hot start to the Summer of 2019. It has really started to heat up over the past month for LFA alumni currently competing in the UFC, while another 11 fighters have been awarded there contacts from the UFC.

Starting on June 1st until now, the UFC has hosted 7 events along with the first half (5 episodes) of UFC President Dana White’s weekly series that is presented on ESPN+ titled Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

LFA alumni have been heavily featured in all twelve of these events this summer. 37 former fighters have participated in those seven UFC events compiling a record of 21-16 . The record could be more impressive, but consider the fact that four of those fights featured former LFA fighters fighting each other.

Furthermore, five LFA alumni were featured in either the main event or co-main event of those seven UFC events with three competing in UFC title fights (2-1 in UFC title fights). Finally, it should be noted that LFA alumni have earned 8 bonuses for their standout performances at these seven UFC events. The 8 bonuses total $400,000.00.

The presence of LFA alumni on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series has been equally impressive for a third consecutive summer. On Tuesday night, the third season reached its midway point. In the first five episodes, that began on June 18th, 17 of the 48 competitors (35.41%) had previously competed for LFA or the two promotions that merged to create it (RFA and Legacy). Each of the five episodes also featured a minimum of two alumni with Week 4 featuring a whopping 6 former fighters. The most impressive stat, however, is the fact that an LFA fighter has been signed by Dana White off of each episode this season.

That includes two sitting LFA champions and 9 of the overall 16 fighters (56.25 %) that Dana White has signed to the UFC at the midway point of the show’s third season. The nine LFA alumni signed off of the show so far are Puna Soriano (Week 1), Miles Johns (Week 2), Antonio Trócoli (Week 3), Hunter Azure (Week 3), Antonio Arroyo (Week 4), Ode Osbourne (Week 4), Don’Tale Mayes (Week 4), Brendan Allen (Week 4), and Sean Woodson (Week 5). In that time, LFA flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and LFA bantamweight contender Nohelin Hernandez have also been signed by the UFC, bringing the total number to eleven LFA alumni signed to the UFC in just over a month.

The UFC has already announced that eleven more LFA alumni are scheduled to compete on the second half of Season 3 of the Contender Series. That includes three sitting champions in Harvey Park, Julius Anglickas, and Sarah Alpar, who will be looking to join Johns and Allen as LFA champions to receive UFC contacts this season. It is safe to say that the overall number of LFA alumni competing on the final 5 episodes could easily match the number of former fighters that competed in the first five episodes of Season 3 once the final fight announcements for the final five episodes are made.

LFA returns tomorrow with LFA 72 – Madrid vs. Harris. The main event will feature a middleweight bout between top contenders Daniel Madrid and Chris Harris. The event will take place 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.

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

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

Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
– Anthony Birchak (13-6) vs. Raphael Montini (6-2)

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

Catchweight Bout (140 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)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
– Vince Arredondo (2-1) vs. Alejandro Sanchez (5-0)

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