LFA 77 – JAMES vs. MARTIN
“THE AMERICAN PREDATOR”
LFA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th LIVE on AXS TV
MYSTIC LAKE CASINO HOTEL
in PRIOR LAKE, MINNESOTA
Tickets are on sale NOW through MysticLake.com
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Minnesota next month with the LFA Heavyweight Tournament Final. The event will feature the culmination of the tournament and the crowning of a new LFA heavyweight champion.
The main event of LFA 77 will feature a heavyweight title fight when knockout artist Daniel “The American Predator” James faces top prospect Brett “Big Dog” James for the vacant championship. LFA 77 – James vs. Martin takes place Friday, September 27th at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. 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 to bring the LFA Heavyweight Tournament Final to Minnesota on September 27th,” stated Soares. “Daniel James and Brett Martin advanced to the final of our four-man heavyweight tournament and will now face each other with the title on the line. They will get to fight for the title at Mystic Lake, which is a world-class venue and regular destination for LFA. Minnesota fight fans will be getting one of our most highly-anticipated title fights of the year at LFA 77.”
Tickets for LFA 77 – James vs. Martin are available for purchase NOW at MysticLake.com.
James (9-3-1) wasted little time putting the LFA heavyweight division on notice in his promotional debut last fall at LFA 50. “The American Predator” faced NCAA Division I wrestler turned undefeated MMA prospect Calyn Hull that night and stopped the former Wisconsin Badger with an onslaught of punches just 32-seconds into the second stanza. The win surprised many MMA scouts that were high on Hull, but it also resulted in James and Hull teaming up to train together. Moreover, it confirmed what many hardcore MMA fans have known for years. That is the fact that the former celebrity bodyguard is a stylistic nightmare for anyone. Knockout power in both hands with a strong Judo base makes the 6’5″, 265-pound powerhouse a tough match-up for anyone. That includes Patrick Martin, the man he faced in the first round of the LFA Heavyweight Tournament at LFA 67. James dispatched the former collegiate basketball player with his signature, vicious ground-and-pound.
Martin (7-1) is widely-regarded as the top, young American heavyweight prospect in MMA. The up-and-comer known as “Big Dog” proved to be just that long before he crossed over to MMA. The 25-year-old was an alpha dog on the wrestling mats in his native Michigan as well. Martin went undefeated his senior year at powerhouse Hesperia High School en route to becoming the 2012 heavyweight state champion. He then earned All-American honors at Muskegon Community College. More recently, Martin has won multiple heavyweight MMA titles, which includes a 68-second submission win over previously top-ranked AXS TV Fights heavyweight, LFA star, Contender Series standout, and TUF 28 alum Josh Parisian. That win earned him a spot in the LFA Heavyweight Tournament. In the first round of the tournament at LFA 70, Martin defeated the 6’10” behemoth Renan “Problema” Ferreira, when the Brazilian was disqualified for multiple illegal blows to the back of the head.
Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Heavyweight Title Bout (265 lb)
- Daniel James (9-3-1) vs. Brett Martin (7-1)
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
- Calyn Hull (6-1) vs. Chad Johnson (5-1)
Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
- Jonas Flok (12-3) vs. Bryce Logan (10-4)
Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
- Nate Richardson (6-1) vs. Matt Jones (8-3)
Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
- J.P. Saint Louis (5-3) vs. Scott Writz (2-1)
In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA have 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 77 will be the twelfth LFA event to take place in the state of Minnesota. RFA and Legacy FC hosted a combined nine events in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” before the merger. Six of those events took place under the RFA banner inside the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The entire main card of LFA 77 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
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