FRIDAY, AUGUST 21ST
LFA 88: WILLIS vs. DE JESUS
VINICIUS DE JESUS
WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE FIGHT
LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS®
SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
LAS VEGAS, NV – On Thursday, August 20th, LFA hosted the weigh-in for LFA 88: Willis vs. De Jesus from the Holiday Inn Sioux Falls – City Centre in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The main event will feature the LFA welterweight world title fight between top contenders Jaleel Willis (12-2) and Vinicius De Jesus (9-2). LFA 88 will be a closed-door event that will take place inside the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls. The main card will be available tomorrow night LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Andre Fialho and Tresean Gore both withdrew from their bouts in the middle of Fight Week, which did not leave enough time to find and clear suitable replacements for Austin Jones and Nick Maximov.
LFA and Sanford Pentagon officials implemented strict health codes, safeguards, and Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing protocols throughout the week. In accordance with these guidelines, one athlete competing on the undercard of LFA 88 has been removed from the card after not passing these protocols.
Every fighter, except Gláucio Eliziário, made their contracted weight when they stepped on the scales. Eliziário was given extra time to make weight, but was unable. He will now forfeit a portion of his purse to his opponent Aaron McKenzie. LFA 88 will proceed with four televised bouts, which includes the welterweight world title fight in the main event.
LFA 88 WEIGH-IN RESULTS:
Main Card (Worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Welterweight Title Bout (170 lb)
Jaleel Willis (168.6) vs. Vinicius De Jesus (170)
Co-Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Aaron McKenzie (155.4) vs. Gláucio Eliziário (157.6)
Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Natan Levy (146) vs. Ben Lugo (144.8)
Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
Evan Elder (155.4) vs. Kegan Gennrich (154.8)
Preliminary Card (Not available on UFC Fight Pass):
Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Robiel Tesfaldet (125.6) vs. Charles Alex (125.6)
Middleweight Bout (185 lb)
Jeff Nielsen (184.8) vs. Brady Minner (184.6)
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This post was written by Ryan Bevins