LFA caps 4th of July holiday week with a Welterweight War in the Valley of the Sun at LFA 135

June 9, 2022 12:15 pm.






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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will conclude the red-hot 4th of July holiday week festivities with a welterweight war in the “Valley of the Sun” at LFA 135. This will be the tenth LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. All ten of these events have taken place at the Arizona Federal Theatre in the state’s capital city of Phoenix.

LFA 135: Leyva vs. Reis takes place Friday, July 8th at the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main event will feature a welterweight war between two-time Mexican Olympic wrestler Alfonso “Sniper” Leyva and Brazilian one-night tournament champion Daniel “Dani Boy” Reis. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT.

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“We are excited to cap off the 4th of July holiday week in Arizona at LFA 135,” stated Soares. “Alfonso Leyva is a two-time Olympian and one of the most decorated Mexican wrestlers to ever crossover into the sport of MMA. He will face top Brazilian prospect and one-night tournament champion Daniel Reis in a pivotal bout in our stacked 170-pound division.”

Leyva (5-0) makes his highly-anticipated LFA debut after becoming the first Olympian from Mexico to sign with the promotion. Leyva is a two-time Olympian having competed for Mexico in Greco-Roman wrestling at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He is also a ten-time Mexican national champion and the 2019 Pan-American Games silver medalist. Leyva transitioned to MMA after competing in the 2020 Olympics and has since earned five straight victories in his home country of Mexico. The man known as “Sniper” won all five of those bouts via KO or TKO with none of his opponents making it out of the second round. Now the native of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico has his sights set on winning his U.S. debut at LFA 135.

Reis (8-1) is a man cut from the same cloth that has created several MMA legends. He is a one-night MMA tournament champion. In fact, Reis achieved this accomplishment by entering the tournament eight years ago in Palmeira das Missões, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. “Dani Boy” would face three men with a combined record of 34-12, while entering the tournament with just a 1-0 record. He defeated all three opponents in the same night to become the tournament champion and immediately made a name for himself. MMA pundits throughout Brazil knew they had something special in their southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul. Now Reis, who grew up close to the Uruguay border, will fight for the first time outside of South America. That will happen when he headlines LFA 135.

Currently Announced Fight Card:

Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Alfonso Leyva (5-0) vs. Daniel Reis (8-1)

Co-Main Event | Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Felipe Bunes (11-6) vs. Wascar Cruz (13-9)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Austin Wourms (5-3) vs. Lucas Clay (8-2)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Jena Bishop (2-0) vs. Luana Santos (3-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Paris Stanford (5-3) vs. Allan Begosso (6-1-1)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Rafael do Nascimento (6-1) vs Marcus McGhee (4-0)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Maria Henderson (0-0) vs. Melanie McIntyre (0-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Angel Atoigue (0-0) vs. Nick Alwag (1-2)

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 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.

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