LFA brings Bantamweight Showdown to Chicagoland at LFA 123

January 14, 2022 9:05 am.








LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will make its first trip to Indiana in February. LFA 123 will feature a bantamweight showdown when the promotion heads to the northwestern part of the state located on the border of Chicago. RFA hosted one event in the “Hoosier State” before the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.

LFA 123: Argueta vs. Santos takes place Friday, February 4th at The Horseshoe Casino Hammond in Hammond, Indiana, which is located in the Chicago metro area. The main event will feature a bantamweight showdown between top undefeated prospects Daniel “The Determined” Argueta and Mairon “A Lenda” Santos. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for LFA 123: Argueta vs. Santos are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster.com.

“We are excited to bring the LFA to Chicagoland in February,” stated Soares. “Daniel Argueta has grown up inside the LFA Octagon as he made his pro debut for us back at LFA 65. Half of his wins have been in the LFA and now he gets a chance to return home to the Chicago area to headline LFA 123. He will face Mairon Santos, who is one of the most exciting prospects in Brazil. Santos is 21-years-old and has already compiled a 12-0 record since turning pro three years ago.”

Argueta (6-0) returns home to Chicagoland after enjoying an impressive MMA career over the past three years. In that time, the dynamic Cub Swanson protégé has won all six of his fights since turning pro. That includes three fights inside the LFA Octagon and a stint on the UFC’s hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter 29 (TUF 29). Argueta was coach Brian Ortega’s first overall pick on TUF 29, which aired on ESPN+ and quickly earned him a loyal fan following due to his affable personality and fan friendly fighting style on the show. Argueta most recently earned a submission win at LFA 116 in Vail, Colorado, which is the same town where his pro career began. Now the Orland Park, Illinois native is looking to pick up a win close to home in the main event of LFA 123.

Santos (12-0) is one of the most highly-touted prospects in all of MMA. The Brazilian dynamo quickly made his presence felt competing in his native Brazil as well as western Africa by rattling off a staggering 10 wins in his first 12 months as a professional fighter. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that the Niterói native began that streak shortly after his 18th birthday. The streak included claiming the Shooto Brasil featherweight title with one of the top knockouts of 2020. The win came courtesy of a creative upward elbow followed by two crushing body shots that folded the previously undefeated Julio Pereira. Now the young Gilliard Parana protégé is looking to take out another undefeated prospect when he makes his North American debut at LFA 123.

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

Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Daniel Argueta (6-0) vs. Mairon Santos (12-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Josh Streacker (7-4) vs. Miguel Jacob (5-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Payton Brezinski (4-1) vs. Cody Davis (4-0)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Halston Williams (1-1) vs. Tanner Marlow (3-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Alberto Rodriguez (3-1) vs. Beau Samaniego (2-1)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Motaz Askar (2-0-1) vs. Garrett Sharp (2-1)

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 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).

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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 legendary Horseshoe Hammond casino is Chicagoland’s No. 1 destination for 21 and over gambling, dining, sports betting and entertainment. Home to delicious cuisine courtesy of Jack Binion’s Steakhouse restaurant, we also host the Chicago area’s top acts and concerts at The Venue. Exceeding expectations at every turn, Horseshoe is where Chicagoland gambles. For more information, visit the official Horseshoe Hammond Website.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins