LFA 75 GETS NEW MAIN EVENT IN UTAH
TOP FEATHERWEIGHT PROSPECT
U.S. ARMY SSG
ANDREW “HURRICANE” CRUZ
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6th LIVE on AXS TV
in WEST VALLEY CITY, UTAH
TICKETS on sale NOW through SmithsTix.com
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that LFA 75 will have a new main event when the promotion returns to Utah tomorrow night. This is the third change at the top of this event. Original headliner Clay Collard was signed by the UFC just days after his headlining bout at LFA 75 was announced. Collard was then replaced by Troy Lamson on August 12th, but Lamson has now withdrawn from the bout with an injury earlier this week. The LFA 75 co-main event between featherweight prospects Jon Neal and Andrew Cruz will now serve as tomorrow night’s headliner.
The main event of LFA 75 will now bring a featherweight showdown to the Salt Lake City metro area when top featherweight prospect Jon Neal faces U.S. Army SSG Andrew “Hurricane” Cruz. LFA 75 – Neal vs. Cruz takes place Friday, September 6th 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.
“LFA will return to Utah with a new main event at LFA 75,” stated Soares. “Clay Collard was signed to the UFC just a few days after we announced that he would be headlining LFA 75. His replacement Troy Lamson sustained an injury earlier this week, so we are now elevating our co-main event to headlining status. Jon Neal and Andrew Cruz are exciting prospects that always come to fight. They will look to make a statement in our deep featherweight division tomorrow night at LFA 75.”
Tickets for LFA 75 – Neal vs. Cruz are available for purchase through SmithsTix.com.
Neal (10-1) is the top prospect to hail from the state of Utah. The 31-year-old Ogden native has ran roughshod over the competition inside the “Beehive State” for over a decade before signing with LFA. In fact, his LFA debut came exactly eleven years after he made his pro 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 signed with LFA after a decade-plus of wars with an unblemished record and an unquestioned claim to the throne atop Utah’s rugged MMA scene. Neal would engage in a “Fight of the Year” candidate in his LFA debut, but came up short on the score cards in the main event of LFA in May. Now the Aldo Oreggia protégé looks to get back to his winning ways in the main event of LFA 75.
Cruz (6-3) is a decorated war hero that has served our U.S. Army for ten years. While serving in the Middle East, Cruz was stationed at Victory Base Complex (VBC) about 20 minutes outside of Baghdad, Iraq. Staff Sergeant (SSG) Cruz is still active in the military, where he is currently a Bradley Fighting Vehicle (BFV) commander. Last September, Cruz made his Bellator debut in his hometown of Boise, Idaho at Bellator 205. He defeated featherweight prospect Nathan Stolen via armbar in the first round of their bout. The 28-year-old would follow up that win, the biggest win of his career, with another dominant performance against Drew Brokenshire this past February. Cruz finished the 28-fight veteran via TKO to earn a regional title in his hometown. Now the surging Idahoan is heading 4 hours southwest on the I-84 to face one of Utah’s favorite sons in the main event of LFA 75.
Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– Jon Neal (10-1) vs. Andrew Cruz (6-3)
Co-Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– Samson Phommabout (5-1) vs. Mauro Chalet (13-6)
Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
– Bobby King (6-3) vs. Westin Wilson (7-4)
Catchweight Bout (175 lb)
– Miles Hunsinger (6-0) vs. Nate Kearsley (6-4)
Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
– Ty Gwerder (3-0) vs. Mike Jones (7-5)
Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
– Eric Iman (7-5) vs. Tony Darling (2-0)
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 75 will be the second LFA event to take place in the state of Utah. RFA visited the “Beehive State” once before the merger. LFA 75 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 75 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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About the MAVERIK CENTER:
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.
This post was written by Ryan Bevins