LFA returns to Texas with a Bantamweight Showdown at LFA 134

May 10, 2022 10:51 am.









LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Texas in June. LFA 134 will feature a bantamweight showdown at the top of the card when the promotion returns to the state of its inception. This will be the fifth LFA event to take place in the Centroplex of Texas. It will also be the twenty-second time that the LFA has visited “The Lone Star State”.

LFA 134: Gafurov vs. Sousa takes place Friday, June 10th at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas. The main event will feature a bantamweight showdown between top Tajik prospect Muin “Tajik” Gafurov and top Brazilian prospect Herbeth “Índio” Sousa. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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“We are excited to bring a huge international clash to the Centroplex of Texas at LFA 134,” stated Soares. “Muin Gafurov is the top MMA prospect from Tajikistan and has competed all over the world. Herbeth Sousa is a BJJ black belt and one of Brazil’s most accomplished bantamweight prospects. This will only be the second time either man has competed in the United States and promises to give our passionate fight fans at the Bell County Expo Center a memorable showdown deep in the heart of Texas.”

Gafurov (17-4) comes to the LFA as a national hero in his home country of Tajikistan due to being one of its most decorated combat sports athletes. Tajikistan is a mountainous country located in Central Asia that loves combat sports. In fact, the country made gushtigiri its national sport, which is a form of traditional wrestling. Naturally, Gafurov gave up a promising soccer career after realizing he was even more gifted as a fighter. The 26-year old’s résumé includes two Combat Sambo World Championships, a FILA World Grappling Title, six bouts for Asia’s leading MMA promotion ONE, and an eight-and-a-half-year professional MMA career that has seen him compete in 11 countries. The last country he competed in happened to be his United States debut on Dana White’s Contender Series this past September. After coming up on the wrong end of a controversial Split Decision, “Tajik” will now become the first Tajik to fight for the LFA.

Sousa (15-1) will be making his LFA debut after gaining notoriety in another country with a deep appreciation for combat sports. In fact, he hails from Brazil’s capital city of Brasília and holds the rank of black belt in BJJ, which is his country’s most famous martial art. Beyond coming from a country filled with passionate fight fans, Sousa also shares other similarities with his Asian opponent. After winning various grappling matches in his country, the UNICEUB CUP (University Center of Brasília), and a regional title for Future FC, Sousa finally got the chance to make his international debut. That chance came in the form of a title fight in the United States, where he challenged the CFFC bantamweight champion Alexander Keshtov. Sousa dominated the undefeated Russian champion to earn a Unanimous Decision victory, but since he missed weight the day before, he was not eligible to take home the title. “Índio” will now use that experience at LFA 134.

Currently Announced Fight Card:

Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Muin Gafurov (17-4) vs. Herberth Sousa (15-1)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Julius Holmes (6-2) vs. Jared McLoughlin (6-2)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Kevin Fernandez (3-0) vs. Jordan Harris (2-0)

Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Joel Guzman (2-0) vs. Tanner Marlow (3-0)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)

  • Jakori Savage (1-0) vs. Taylor Escamilla (1-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Cody Rondeau (1-0) vs. Mateo Gonzalez (2-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Edgardo Guzman (2-0) vs. Mark Lorello (0-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Enrique Owens (2-0) vs. Gunner Coronado (2-3)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Zumar Archer (1-0) vs. Tanner Arnold (0-0)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Harrison Layne (0-1) vs. B.J. Miller (0-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Ian Engbrock (0-1) vs. Steve Lontine (0-0)

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 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).

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The Imperial Family Companies maintain 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