LFA kicks off 2022 with 5th Year Anniversary celebrated in the promotion’s birthplace at LFA 121

December 28, 2021 12:45 pm.





LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT


LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will kick off its 2022 schedule in Dallas, Texas when the promotion celebrates its 5th anniversary in the city and venue that it began. LFA 121 will be the eleventh LFA event to take place in the City of Dallas. It will also be the twenty-first time that LFA has traveled to “The Lone Star State” of Texas.

LFA 121 takes place Friday, January 14th at The Factory in Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas. The main event will feature a lightweight showdown between fan favorite Aaron McKenzie and surging Bellator veteran Joshua Jones. 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 kick off 2022 by celebrating the fifth anniversary of LFA,” stated Soares. “LFA 1 was a monumental event as it was the first event after the merger of RFA and Legacy FC. This created the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts, which has since expanded worldwide with international events and a partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS. It will be fun to return to Dallas at LFA 121 to celebrate everything we have accomplished in the 120 shows we hosted since our inaugural event at The Factory in Deep Ellum. “

Tickets for LFA 121: McKenzie vs. Jones are available for purchase through LFATIX.com.

McKenzie (10-2-1) and Jones (11-5) have been on a collision course for nearly three years as both men have come to LFA after finding success competing for Bellator. After the two standout lightweight prospects fought for the promotion a combined total of eight times, they have now found themselves on opposite sides of an event poster as they will finally square off in the main event of LFA 121. McKenzie is a protégé of BJJ legend and undefeated MMA champion Rafael Lovato Jr. and has been red-hot since signing with LFA in the summer of 2020. He has won all three of his bouts in LFA with a knack for packing his fights full of fan-friendly action. McKenzie will now welcome Jones to the LFA Octagon after years of speculation that they might meet in Bellator. Over the past four years, Jones has competed at a high level picking up three wins in Bellator. He also holds wins over LFA veterans Dominic Clark and Craig Wilkerson in that time.

Currently Announced Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass):

Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Aaron McKenzie (10-2-1) vs. Joshua Jones (11-5)

Co-Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Elijah Johns (7-2) vs. Brandon Phillips (8-4)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Steve Jones (8-2) vs. Thomas Powell (5-5)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Isaiah Gutierrez (6-1) vs. Keeton Gorton (6-5)

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 260 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®. In 2021, the LFA expanded internationally by hosting multiple events in Brazil.

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 Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix , Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis. 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.

The Factory in Deep Ellum is a historic venue that accommodates up to 4,300 fans, consists of a mezzanine, VIP suites, and premium reserved seating options. The Factory in Deep Ellum is a state-of-the-art, 50,000 square foot venue located in the heart of Dallas’ world-famous Deep Ellum neighborhood, which is known for its rich culture of arts and entertainment. For more information visit TheFactoryInDeepEllum.com.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins