LFA brings an explosive Middleweight Showdown to North Dakota at LFA 130

March 22, 2022 3:28 pm.






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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced details today about the promotion’s debut event in North Dakota. The main event of LFA 130 will feature a middleweight showdown between the top international prospects. LFA 130 will be the first LFA event to take place in the Peace Garden State. This will also be the twenty-seventh state that the promotion has visited.

LFA 130 takes place Friday, April 22nd at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. The main event will feature a middleweight showdown when top Canadian prospect Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz faces top Brazilian prospect Alessandro Gambulino. 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 a stacked LFA event to North Dakota,” stated Soares. “Canada’s Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz and Brazil’s Alessandro Gambulino are two of the most talented middleweight prospects worldwide. Ksiazkiewicz has fought on Dana White’s Contender Series, while Gambulino is excited to make his international debut. The world will be watching when they meet in the main event of LFA 130.”

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Ksiazkiewicz (9-1) is set to make his highly-anticipated LFA debut after establishing himself as the top middleweight prospect from the “Great White North” of Canada. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native did this by winning fights across four Canadian provinces as well as Alaska. The 32-year-old Canadian’s body of work was eventually noticed by UFC brass when he was invited to headline an episode of Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020. He did not earn the judge’s nod that night, but the Canadian fighter of Polish descent, impressed fans with his aggressive no-nonsense style of fighting, which has earned the southpaw eight finishes in his decade-long career. “The Iron Pol” described his style before that fight, “When I’m in there, I love to hurt people. I love hitting them as hard as I can. I love smashing them.”

Gambulino (12-3) is excited to make his long-awaited international MMA debut after climbing to the highest level of MMA in his home country of Brazil. The Piumhi, Minas Gerais native will be looking to do what only his countryman Mario Sousa has been able to accomplish by defeating the dangerous Canadian. Much like Sousa, Gambulino will also be facing Ksiazkiewicz in the main event of a top UFC developmental organization, which will take place on neutral territory inside the United States. The 32-year-old, who is just 3 months younger than Ksiazkiewicz, will look to utilize his BJJ black belt skills as he excels once the fight hits the ground. In fact, seven of the Brazilian’s twelve career victories have come by way of submission, setting up what looks to be a classic striker vs. grappler encounter.

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

Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz (9-1) vs. Alessandro Gambulino (12-3)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Marnic Mann (4-0) vs. Kelsey Arnesen (1-1)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Hilarie Rose (5-4) vs. Tiani Valle (3-3)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Gage Saunders (8-4) vs. Jalin Fuller (5-1)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Billy Elekana (3-0) vs. Kohlman Scribner (3-1)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Manatua Lemaire (3-0) vs. Daniel Gadley (4-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Jacob Hauk (4-4) vs. Nelly Thompson (5-2)

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.

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This post was written by Ryan Bevins