LFA heads to Oklahoma for LFA 101 with over a dozen Undefeated Prospects

February 25, 2021 8:02 am.







LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will be headed to a new destination in March to host LFA 101 in the state of Oklahoma.

The main card of LFA 101 will feature over a dozen top undefeated prospects in the sport of MMA. They will be showcased at this event in fights where they are either facing top MMA veterans or other undefeated prospects. The event could end with every winner on the fight card remaining undefeated, while others could be going home with the lessons that only a first loss can teach.

LFA 101: The Undefeated takes place this Friday, March 12th at the Grand Event Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which is an exurb of Oklahoma City. The featured middleweight bout will see a high-profile clash between blue-chip prospect A.J. Dobson and top Alaskan fighter Maika Graf. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to bring the LFA back to the state of Oklahoma,” stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. “LFA 101 will be our fifth event in the Sooner State and it will feature over a dozen undefeated fighters looking to keep their perfect records intact. Some will face veterans, who have already learned the lessons that a first loss teaches, while others face fellow undefeated fighters where someone’s O must go.”

Dobson (5-0) will be making his LFA debut, but it will feel more like a long-awaited return for the blue-chip prospect. In August 2015, the Ohio native was set to make his professional MMA debut at RFA 29 against Joe Gigliotti. Dobson made weight, however, Gigliotti missed weight and the fight was canceled. Gigliotti would later go on to sign with the UFC, while Dobson built up his own resume to the point that he is now widely considered one of the most promising middleweight prospects in the sport. In his most recent outing in November, he proved that point by knocking out former LFA star Kailan Hill in just 35 seconds.

Graf (8-1) is the most exciting middleweight prospect to emerge from The Last Frontier of Alaska since current #3 ranked UFC contender Jared “Killa Gorilla” Cannonier reigned supreme in The Land of the Midnight Sun seven years ago. The Hawaii native, who now calls Alaska home, built a name for himself in the 49th state starting with his pro debut in 2013. The man known as “Red Mat”, like most fighters in 2020, had his career abruptly put on pause due to the pandemic. However, the heavy-handed local champion picked up where he left off this past weekend with a dominant win against Deven Paulsen in Soldotna, Alaska.

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

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • A.J. Dobson (5-0) vs. Maika Graf (8-1)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Anthony Kalani (5-0) vs. Tee Cumins (2-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Jalin Fuller (4-0) vs. Treston Vines (4-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Miguel Jacob (4-0) vs. A.J. Nichols (6-2-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Mitch Raposo (5-0) vs. Pololu Nakanelua (4-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Jaqueline Amorim (2-0) vs. Taisha Gandy (0-0)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Hunter Colvin (2-0) vs. Obinwa Ikebunna (2-0)

Preliminary Card (Available on Facebook.com/LFAfighting):

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Abril Anguiano (3-0) vs. Marisol Ruelas (1-2)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Alden Coria (3-0) vs. Rashaad Robinson (3-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Elmar Umarov (2-0) vs. Cody King (1-1)

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.

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