LFA brings explosive SoCal vs. NorCal rivalry to California at LFA 137

June 24, 2022 10:35 am.





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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to California at the end of July. The main event of LFA 137 will feature an explosive SoCal vs. NorCal rivalry between two of the top featherweight prospects in the sport. LFA 137 will be the thirteenth LFA event to take place in the Golden State.

LFA 137 takes place Friday, July 29th at The Commerce Casino & Hotel in Commerce, California, which is located in southeast Los Angeles County. The main event will feature a featherweight showdown between top prospects Chase “El Guero” Gibson and Hyder “The Hurricane” Amil. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to bring the LFA back to my home state of California with a classic SoCal vs. NorCal rivalry,” stated Soares. “Chase Gibson and Hyder Amil are two of the most exciting featherweight prospects in MMA and will give the state another chapter to its long sports rivalry. The Los Angeles Rams just won the Super Bowl and the Golden State Warriors just won the NBA Finals, so the winner of this match will be the tie-breaker for state bragging rights in 2022. It will also have massive implications in our stacked featherweight division.”

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Gibson (11-5) is one of Los Angeles’ most revered fighters and will enjoy the home crowd advantage in southern California. The proud Los Angeleno built his popularity on the strength of his no-nonsense approach to fighting. The 32-year-old CMMA product is a veteran of Dana White’s Contender Series, but really came into his own since competing on the show in 2020. “El Guero” signed with the LFA after being on the wrong end of a controversial decision in front of the UFC boss and quickly made a statement just 59 days later. This happened when he became the first person to defeat TUF 27 alum Thai Clark. Gibson submitted Clark with a D’Arce Choke at LFA 94. He then returned in March to defeat former LFA title challenger Javier Garcia in the “Fight of the Night” and co-main event of LFA 127.

Amil (6-0) is a top undefeated prospect who represents the next generation of one of northern California’s most respected fight teams, the legendary Skrap Pack. The Gilbert “El Niño” Melendez protégé known as “The Hurricane” has hit the LFA featherweight division just like his nickname implies after signing with the promotion in 2021. The 32-year-old San Francisco native possesses the same overwhelming fighting style that made his mentor famous. In his debut for the promotion at LFA 117, Amil swarmed Brazilian prospect and BJJ ace Robson Junior en route to a second round TKO victory. Then, like his next opponent Gibson, he doubled-down by winning a dog fight in his second appearance for the promotion. This came in April against LFA veteran Devante Sewell in the co-main event of LFA 129.

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

Main Event | Featherweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Chase Gibson (11-5) vs. Hyder Amil (6-0)

Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Ricardo Dias (10-5) vs. John Sweeney (10-3)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Jacob Rosales (13-7) vs. TBD

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani (4-1) vs. Caleb Hall (4-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Cody Davis (5-0) vs. Mark Climaco (6-1)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Leandro Gomes (6-2) vs. Javier Garcia (8-5)

Middleweight Bout (185 lb)

  • Billy Elekana (4-0) vs. Daniel Compton (6-2)

Preliminary Card:

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Karlee Pangilinan (6-2) vs. Mefi Monterroso (5-3)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Dione Barbosa (3-2) vs. Lisa Mauldin (4-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Alandria Brown (1-1) vs. Jasmine Pouncy (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 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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This post was written by Ryan Bevins