FRIDAY, AUGUST 27
LFA 114: SOUZA vs. KAWAIHAE
TOP HAWAIIAN PROSPECT
FEATHERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE FIGHT
LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS®
THE FACTORY AT THE DISTRICT
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT THEFACTORYSTL.COM
LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Missouri in August. LFA 114 will feature a featherweight world title fight when the promotion returns to the Show Me State. This will be the fourth event the promotion has hosted in the state of Missouri.
LFA 114: Souza vs. Kawaihae takes place Friday, Augut 27th at the St. Louis area’s hottest new venue: “The Factory at the District”. This state of the art venue is located in Chesterfield, an upscale community in St. Louis, Missouri.
The main event will feature a featherweight title fight between Machida Karate black belt Bruno “The Tiger” Souza and top Hawaiian prospect Canaan Kawaihae. 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 featherweight championship to St. Louis in August,” stated Soares. “Bruno Souza is an exciting Machida Karate style fighter that has earned four impressive victories inside the LFA Octagon. He will face top Hawaiian prospect Canaan Kawaihae who just secured a nominee for “Submission of the Year” in his LFA debut. They will fight for the vacant LFA featherweight title in the main event of LFA 114.”
Souza (9-1) is a protégé of former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. The 25-year-old possesses the same elusive and brutally efficient karate style of his sensei. The Machida Karate black belt is currently riding an nine-fight win streak with the last four coming inside the LFA Octagon. Those wins have come over top prospects Mike Hamel, Kamuela Kirk, Guilherme Santos, and Elijah Johns. The most recent win over Johns was his most impressive performance to date. “The Tiger” outlasted his highly-touted opponent in his first main event for the promotion. He did so by earning a hard-fought Split Decision. Now the young Brazilian looks to add LFA gold to his lengthy list of accolades at LFA 114.
Kawaihae (6-1) will be returning to the LFA Octagon after making a huge statement in his LFA debut in April. The Hawaii native needed only 20 seconds to submit former LFA title challenger Jake Childers with a Power Guillotine Choke in the co-main event of LFA 105. This win came on the heels of appearances on Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS) and Bellator. He was also scheduled to fight at LFA 75, but an injury forced him off the card. Now healed and hungrier than ever, the 23-year-old looks to capture the vacant LFA title. Kawaihae is no stranger to high-profile fights and even higher expectations as he has been training martial arts since he was 7-years-old and made his debut on DWCS when he was just 20-years-old. The BJJ black belt now looks to become the LFA featherweight champion in the main event of LFA 114.
Currently Announced Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®):
Main Event | Featherweight Title Bout (145 lb)
- Bruno Souza (9-1) vs. Canaan Kawaihae (6-1)
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 220 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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About THE FACTORY AT THE DISTRICT:
A brand-new music club built on a foundation of solid rock and roll. The first built from-the-ground-up performance venue in the Midwest in over twenty years. 52,000 square feet constructed specially for live events with every detail designed for the performers and the audience. Located in St. Louis’ upscale community of Chesterfield, The Factory is one of the anchors in the new entertainment complex – The District. The Factory is surrounded by restaurants, shops and entertainment options designed to appeal to everyone. Visit TheFactorySTL.com for more information.
This post was written by Ryan Bevins