LFA returns to New York with a Lightweight Showdown at LFA 139

June 30, 2022 3:48 pm.





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LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced details today about the promotion’s sophomore event in New York. The main event of LFA 139 will feature an intercontinental showdown between two exciting lightweight stars when the promotion returns to the Empire State. LFA 139 will be the second LFA event to take place in the state.

LFA 139 takes place Friday, August 19th at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. The main event will feature a lightweight showdown between Canadian kingpin Adam “Maverick” Assenza and BJJ black belt Junior “The Fortaleza Kid” Melo. 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 return to New York this summer,” stated Soares. “The Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino is a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort that hosted our first event in New York back in February. We will return to the venue with Adam Assenza and Junior Melo in the main event of LFA 139. Assenza is a regional champion in Canada, while Melo is coming off one of the top knockouts of the year. This is the perfect headliner for our passionate fight fans in the Empire State.”

Tickets for LFA 139: Assenza vs. Melo are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.

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Assenza (16-6) is set to make his highly-anticipated LFA debut after establishing himself as one of the most dominant lightweight forces hailing from the “Great White North” of Canada. Assenza is a native of Burlington, Ontario, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area. It is there where he created a loyal fan following and national acclaim in Canada by winning fights mainly in his home province of Ontario. The 34-year-old has been fighting professionally since 2011, but has really come into his own over the past three years. In that time, he has won six consecutive fights, which includes notable wins over UFC veteran Cody Pfister, Pancrase standout Kazuma Maruyama, as well as a pair of LFA veterans Dominic Clark and Hamilton Ash. Now the inaugural BTC lightweight champion, physical therapist, and model/actor is ready to make a splash on the global stage of MMA as he heads south of the border to headline LFA 139.

Melo (11-5) is a Brazilian fighter that lives by the Latin proverb Audaces Fortuna Juvat (Fortune Favours The Bold). In March, the BJJ black belt made his LFA debut on just 4 days’ notice. LFA fan favorite Tommy Aaron had lost his opponent and Melo did not hesitate to take the fight and make his long-awaited American soil debut. The decorated grappler shocked the crowd by knocking out the talented striker just 97-seconds into the bout. The knockout changed his career. First it went viral online, then it earned him a “Knockout of the Night” bonus, and now it has him in position to headline his first LFA event later this summer. The man affectionately known as “The Fortaleza Kid” built his strong reputation fighting in Brazil predominantly in his home state of Ceara in northeastern Brazil, but now the 27-year-old looks to do the same in the United States as he just won in California and now heads to New York at LFA 139.

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

Main Event | Light Bout (155 lb)

  • Adam Assenza (16-6) vs. Junior Melo (11-5)

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