LAS VEGAS, Nevada – LFA and the rest of the world’s sporting events came to a halt in mid-March due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the UFC became the first major sports entity to come back earlier this month with three events that took place in Jacksonville, Florida.
Now the UFC is returning home with closed-door events at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first of a series of events scheduled to take place at their home base this summer is set for this Saturday. It will be televised live on ESPN.
“It was great to see the UFC bring live sports back to the world earlier this month,” stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. “This brought a sense of normalcy back to the world during a devastating time. This weekend we now get to see our most recent champion to get signed by the UFC, Brandon Royval, make his debut alongside five other LFA alumni.”
The six alumni set to compete on Saturday will be Mackenzie Dern, Spike Carlyle, Tim Elliott, Brandon Royval, Casey Kenney, and Chris Gutierrez.
The event features the UFC debut of Royval, who is the most recent LFA alumni to get signed by the UFC. Interestingly, he will be facing Elliott, who is the first fighter the promotion sent to the UFC under the RFA umbrella. Elliott was signed by the UFC eight years ago after picking up wins over Jens Pulver and Josh Rave at RFA 1 and RFA 2.
Along with this flyweight “superfight” of sorts pitting Royval against Elliott, the event also includes BJJ phenom Dern, fan favorite Carlyle, former headliner Gutierrez, and LFA’s first and only champ-champ Kenney.
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 180 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In 2018, the promotion joined the Imperial Family Companies group (formerly London Trust Media). In 2019, the promotion announced a broadcast partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS®.
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 to markets including Atlanta, Minneapolis, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Based in Las Vegas, NV, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world.
About UFC FIGHT PASS®:
UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, FIGHT PASS is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. FIGHT PASS provides its members with unlimited access to live UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims; live mixed martial arts and combat sports from around the world; original series and historical programming; special features; behind-the-scenes content; in-depth interviews; and up-to-the minute reports on the world of combat sports. FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 17,000 bouts from dozens of combats sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV. For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.
About IMPERIAL FAMILY COMPANIES:
The Imperial Family Companies maintains a diversified portfolio with one common theme: bringing power to the people. The IFC is proud to partner with the LFA management team to showcase the greatest talents of tomorrow. Learn more about the IFC at imperialfamily.com.
This post was written by Ryan Bevins