LFA kicks off Super Bowl weekend with a pair of Flyweight Showdowns in Arizona at LFA 124

January 28, 2022 2:22 pm.





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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will kick off Super Bowl weekend with a flyweight showdown in the “Valley of the Sun” at LFA 124. This will be the ninth LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. All nine of these events have taken place at the Arizona Federal Theatre in the state’s capital city of Phoenix.

LFA 124: Formiga vs. Bunes takes place Friday, February 11th at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main event will feature a flyweight showdown between longtime UFC star Jussier Formiga and fellow Brazilian standout and BJJ black belt Felipe Bunes. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Tickets for LFA 124: Formiga vs. Bunes are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.

“We are excited to kick off Super Bowl weekend in Arizona at LFA 124,” stated Soares. “Jussier Formiga is one of the fighters that helped establish the UFC flyweight division. Over the past decade, he has defeated some of the biggest names in the sport. He will face Pitbull Brothers product and fellow Brazilian standout Felipe Bunes in a pivotal bout in our stacked 125-pound division.”

Formiga (23-8) is one of the men that pioneered the UFC flyweight division when the industry leader added the division in 2012. Since that time, Formiga fought for the promotion a total of 16 times and holds the notable distinction of having victories over Deiveson Figueiredo, Alexandre Pantoja, and Sergio Pettis.

Formiga’s win over Figueiredo is frequently mentioned since he is only one of two men to defeat the current UFC flyweight champion. Formiga’s wins over Pantoja and Pettis are also noteworthy as they are both former RFA flyweight champions that are now considered two of the best in the sport. Pantoja was the man originally set to face Brandon Moreno for the UFC flyweight title this past weekend, while Pettis is currently the Bellator bantamweight champion.

Formiga’s win over Figueiredo also adds extra intrigue to Formiga signing with the LFA, because now that Figueiredo successfully avenged his loss to Moreno this past weekend at UFC 270 to regain his UFC flyweight title, there remains only one man that he has not settled the score with. That would be Formiga.

In order for that rematch to happen, Formiga will have to take the same path Moreno did after he was released from the UFC three years ago. Moreno signed with the LFA and was quickly re-signed by the UFC after a dominant win in the main event of LFA 69. Formiga will look to do the same in the main event of LFA 124.

Bunes (11-5) is the man standing in the way of Formiga’s lofty plans and he happens to have in-depth knowledge of Formiga heading into his encounter with his fellow Brazilian compatriot. This is because Bunes is the man that was Figueiredo’s main training partner leading up to his title fight victory this past weekend and Figueiredo possesses first-hand knowledge of who Bunes will be facing. Bunes also holds a wealth of international MMA experience and a BJJ black belt to match-up against the longtime UFC veteran and BJJ black belt.

The co-main event of LFA 124 will feature two of the most promising prospects in the flyweight division. Carpenter (5-0) is one of Arizona’s fastest rising stars and will enjoy the home crowd advantage as he looks to add to his perfect record. Three of those wins have come inside the LFA Octagon, which includes a 13-second Head Kick knockout over Rodney Kealohi last month.

He will face the dynamic Brazilian grappler Ramos (4-1). The BJJ black belt is the husband of newly crowned LFA Female Fighter of the Year Jaqueline Amorim and looks to join his wife as one of the promotion’s top stars.

Currently Announced Main Card (Watch worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT):

Main Event | Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Jussier Formiga (23-8) vs. Felipe Bunes (11-5)

Co-Main Event | Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Clayton Carpenter (5-0) vs. Windson Ramos (4-1)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • James Wilson (4-0) vs. Ahmad Hassanzada (7-1)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)

  • Waldo Cortez-Acosta (4-0) vs. Derrick Weaver (7-7)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Austin Wourms (4-3) vs. JaCobi Jones (3-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Ray Waters (2-0) vs. Thad Jean (2-0)

Preliminary Card:

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Federico Flores (1-1) vs. Aupuni Pagaoa (1-1)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • An Ho (0-0) vs. Guilherme Crossi (0-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Ben Goodwin (0-1) vs. Jose Bojorquez (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 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.

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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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Arizona Federal Theatre is a 5,000-seat entertainment venue located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The unique design of Arizona Federal Theatre has changed the way people think about live entertainment, as it marries the classic theatre style with the pulsating excitement of modern arena technologies. The theatre’s state-of-the art music & sound systems are perfect for concerts, comedy performances as well as theatre and family friendly shows. For more information, please visit ArizonaFederalTheatre.com.


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This post was written by Ryan Bevins