LFA brings Middleweight Showdown to Vail, Colorado at LFA 116

September 15, 2021 6:08 pm.








LAS VEGAS, Nevada —LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Colorado in October. LFA 116 will feature a high-stakes middleweight showdown between two of the promotion’s biggest stars when the promotion returns to the Centennial State. LFA 116 will be the third LFA event to take place in the Colorado resort town of Vail.

LFA 116: Fremd vs. Valente takes place Friday, October 22nd at the Dobson Arena in Vail, Colorado. The main event will feature a middleweight showdown between LFA middleweight stars Josh Fremd and Renato “Índio” Valente. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Tickets are on sale now at LFATIX.com.

“We are excited to bring the LFA back to the beautiful resort town of Vail, Colorado,” stated Soares. “Josh Fremd and Renato Valente are two of our biggest stars and have been on a collision course for months. Fremd is our reigning ‘Male Fighter of the Year’, while Valente just became the first man to defeat Chibwikem Onyenegecha. There will be a lot at stake when they meet in the main event of LFA 116.”

Fremd (7-2) is one of the most exciting prospects in the sport after making the most of his opportunities in 2020. The western Pennsylvania native immediately burst onto the global MMA scene shortly after singing with the LFA. This happened after the 27-year-old made the move to the mountains of Colorado to train at Factory X. It is there, where he began training regularly with Anthony Smith and many other UFC fighters. The improvement immediately showed. Fremd destroyed Lamar Gosey and Contender Series alum Antonio Jones in a span of seven weeks to earn a spot in the LFA Middleweight Tournament. In the first semi-final of the tournament, Fremd scored a third consecutive highlight reel knockout against another Contender Series alum Bruno Oliveira in the main event of LFA 98. The win got him a shot at the LFA middleweight title, which is an outcome he hopes to recreate heading into the main event of LFA 116.

Valente (8-4) is the next exciting LFA middleweight prospect to hail from Brazil. In just the past three months, LFA has sent Brazilian stars Alex “Poatan” Pereira and Gregory “Robocop” Rodrigues to the UFC. Pereira is widely-regarded as the most dangerous striker on the planet, while Rodrigues is the former LFA middleweight champion. In fact, Rodrigues is the man that defeated Fremd in the finale of the LFA Middleweight Tournament to win the LFA title and earn a UFC contract. Those are the same two goals that Valente shares with his countryman. In order to do so, he must also find a way to get past Fremd, the reigning “LFA Male Fighter of the Year. The 29-year-old Brazilian known as “Índio” earned his first LFA main event slot by defeating previously undefeated LFA star and Contender Series alum Chibwikem Onyenegecha. The win came in the co-main event of LFA 110 in Onyenegecha’s home state of Oklahoma

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

Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Josh Fremd (7-2) vs. Renato Valente (8-4)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Michael Stack (5-1) vs. Jackson Filho (4-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Pauline Macias (4-1) vs. Marnic Mann (3-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Jalin Fuller (5-0) vs. Ryan Charlebois (3-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Haris Talundzic (3-0) vs. Brock Smith (4-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
Dan Argueta (5-0) vs Rodney Mondala (6-3)

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 250 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.

At 35,000-square-feet, Dobson Ice Arena is one of the largest multi-purpose ice facilities on Colorado’s Western Slope. It’s open year-round for hockey, figure skating and broomball. It hosts ice events such as the Vail Invitational Skating Championships and the Bob Johnson Hockey Camp, yet the Lipizanner Stallions have also performed here, and the arena has been home to many other non-ice events, including concerts. Visit VailRec.com for more information.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins