FRIDAY, JULY 17
LFA 85: HUGHES vs. DEMOPOULOS
SAM “SAMPAGE” HUGHES
VANESSA “LIL MONSTER” DEMOPOULOS
STRAWWEIGHT WORLD TITLE FIGHT
LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS®
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
LAS VEGAS, NV – On Thursday, July 16th, LFA hosted the weigh-in for LFA 85: Hughes vs. Demopoulos from the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls – City Centre in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The main event will feature the inaugural LFA women’s strawweight world title fight between top female prospects Sam “SAMPAGE” Hughes (4-0) and Vanessa “Lil Monster” Demopoulos (4-1). LFA 85 will be a closed-door event that will take place inside the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
The entire fight card will be available tonight LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
LFA and Sanford Pentagon officials implemented strict health codes, safeguards, and Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing protocols throughout the week. In accordance with these guidelines, the LFA 85 fight card underwent a late change.
One LFA athlete, Chris Brown, was removed from the event. His manager Rick Guerrero of Mata Leon Sports Management gave the following statement: “Chris Brown was removed from competing at LFA 85 due to testing positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are thankful that this was detected and contained by event officials. Chris is asymptomatic and is following all of the guidelines set in place by the medical team. We hope to get him back in the LFA Octagon soon.”
All of the remaining athletes competing at LFA 85 have tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19). LFA 85 will now proceed with six bouts, which includes the women’s strawweight world title fight in the main event.
LFA 85 WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
Main Card (Worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Women’s Strawweight Title Bout (115 lbs)
Sam Hughes (114.6) vs. Vanessa Demopoulos (114.6)
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs)
Kevin Natividad (135) vs. Kyle Estrada (136)
Featherweight Bout (145 lbs)
Leandro Gomes (145.6) vs. Jacob Thrall (145.8)
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs)
Jordan Leavitt (155.8) vs. Leivon Lewis (154.4)
Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs)
Christian Natividad (135) vs. Michael Aquila (136)
Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs)
Mitchell Sipe (252.2) vs. Darion Abbey (262.2)
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®.
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This post was written by Ryan Bevins