LFA brings a Middleweight Showdown to the Sunflower State at LFA 98

January 1, 2021 2:19 pm.







LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will host the second event of its 2021 schedule in the Sunflower State. LFA 98 will feature a middleweight showdown when the promotion returns to Kansas. The event will be the second of two events the promotion will host inside the state in January.

LFA 98: Fremd vs. Oliveira takes place Friday, January 29th at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, which is a suburb of Wichita. The main event will feature a middleweight showdown between devastating knockout artists Josh Fremd and Bruno Oliveira. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“I am excited to announce that we will bring our second show in two weeks to Kansas to kick off our 2021 schedule,” stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. “Josh Fremd became one of MMA’s biggest breakthrough stars in 2020. He will face Brazilian standout and fellow knockout artist Bruno Oliveira in the main event of LFA 98. This is a pivotal fight in our middleweight division, but don’t expect it to go the distance.”

Fremd (6-1) is one of the fastest rising prospects in the sport after making the most of his opportunities in 2020. While most of the world was adjusting to quarantine regulations and the disruption of live sports, Fremd was living up to the potential that many have expected to see from the talented 26-year-old. The western Pennsylvania native took nearly two years off to fix some nagging injuries. In that time, Fremd also moved to the mountains of Colorado and set up shop at Factory X. It is there, where he began training regularly with Anthony Smith and many other UFC fighters. When it was time to make his comeback, the impact was immediate. Fremd destroyed Lamar Gosey with knees after controlling him with a half nelson. The bloody stoppage came 86 seconds into their light-heavyweight contest at LFA 89. Seven weeks later, he dropped down to middleweight and knocked out Contender Series alum Antonio Jones in less than a round at LFA 93.

Oliveira (8-2) is the type of fighter that embraces the challenge of facing highly-touted prospects. While Fremd was wreaking havoc in the LFA in 2020, Oliveira was busy preparing to headline a fight card for Dana White’s Contender Series in Las Vegas. The 36-year-old earned the opportunity to headline the UFC boss’ event this past November with an impressive showing against LFA alum and current UFC fighter Jared Gooden. The signature win came in spectacular fashion in his lone bout of 2019. What made the win even more impressive was the way Oliveira handled the mind games that Gooden dished out leading up to the fight. While a weaker minded fighter could have been easily distracted by the antics that were deployed at the weigh-in and during the official in-cage introductions, Oliveira remained composed. The focused Brazilian unleashed an onslaught of strikes, as soon as the fight began, and ended the encounter via TKO in just 53 seconds.

Currently Announced Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®):

Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Josh Fremd (6-1) vs. Bruno Oliveira (8-2)

Co-Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • J.J. Okanovich (7-1) vs. Lucas Clay (6-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Richard Palencia (7-0) vs. Jeimeson Saudino (9-6)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Kyle Frost (4-0) vs. Austin Clem (4-1)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Joshua Silveira (3-0) vs. Matt Paul (3-2)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Zac Pauga (1-0) vs. James Ashby Thomas (1-0)

Preliminary Card (Available worldwide on LFA Facebook page):

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Dan Olajiga (0-0) vs. Obinwa Ikebunna (1-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Marisa Chavez (0-0) vs. Marisol Ruelas (1-2)

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 200 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®.

Please visit LFA.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Facebook.com/LFAfighting. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

About LFA:
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. 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).

UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, UFC 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. UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 20,000 bouts from dozens of combats sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access UFC FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV. For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

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.

Hartman Arena, with a total seating capacity of 6,750, is the home to great live entertainment, indoor sports and community events, and is managed by VenuWorks, America’s emerging leader in venue management. Visit HartmanArena.com for more information.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins