LFA brings a Light-Heavyweight Showdown to Wisconsin at LFA 145

September 23, 2022 9:54 am.








LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Wisconsin next month. LFA 145 will feature an explosive light-heavyweight showdown when the promotion returns to America’s Dairyland. This will be the fourth LFA event to take place in the state of Wisconsin. RFA also hosted one event in the “Badger State” before the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.

LFA 145: Assis vs. Murray takes place Friday, October 21st at the Oshkosh Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The main event will feature a light-heavyweight showdown between BJJ black belt Bruno Assis and regional kingpin Jesse Murray. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Tickets for LFA 145: Assis vs. Murray are on sale NOW at Ticketmaster.com.

“We are excited to bring the LFA back to Wisconsin next month,” stated Soares. “Bruno Assis is one of the most decorated grapplers competing in MMA, while Jesse Murray is the top light-heavyweight prospect in the Midwest. They both have experience competing on Dana White’s Contender Series and know exactly what is at stake when they meet in the main event of LFA 145. This is an intercontinental showdown you don’t want to miss!”

Assis (12-6) returns to the LFA Octagon looking to make a big statement in a bigger body after coming up short in his attempt to capture the LFA middleweight title this past March. Now at light-heavyweight, the three-sport black belt in Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, and Karate has been putting his full attention into training instead of cutting weight. The Brazilian trains at American Top Team (ATT) in south Florida alongside former LFA two-division champion Josh Silveira. That will give the submission ace great insight during his transition between the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions. The 30-year-old first made a name for himself in MMA when he headlined the second-ever Dana White’s Contender Series Brazil in the summer of 2018. Now he is looking to make an even bigger name for himself as he begins his run in the light-heavyweight division. That run will begin when he returns to headline LFA 145.

Murray (9-4) will be making his highly anticipated LFA debut after earning a well-deserved reputation as the most dominant light-heavyweight force to come out of “The Buckeye State” in several years. The 29-year-old has won four of his past five fights, which includes a pair of wins over LFA standouts Tim Hiley and Alton Cunningham. The win over Hiley, who is a former LFA title challenger, caught the attention of both the LFA and UFC matchmakers. Murray was quickly signed and given a title shot against Silveira in a bout that was set to headline LFA 110 in July 2021, but an injury forced him out of the bout. Once he was fully recovered, he was then contacted by UFC matchmakers to compete on Season 5 of Dana White’s Contender Series. Murray did not earn a UFC contract that night, but quickly got back to his winning ways with a win over Cunningham this past June. Now he is ready for his long-awaited LFA debut at LFA 145.

Currently Announced Fight Card:

Main Event | Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)

  • Bruno Assis (12-6) vs. Jesse Murray (9-4)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Olivia Beeskau (1-1) vs. Jena Bishop (3-0)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Tyus White (5-1) vs. Miguel Sanson (3-0)

Lightweight Bout (155 lb)

  • Kegan Gennrich (4-2) vs. Jake Kozorosky (5-2)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)

  • Scott Writz (5-2) vs. Craig Fruth (9-5)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)

  • Cody Linne (3-1) vs. Payton Brezinski (4-2)

Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lb)

  • Rachel Martinez (0-0) vs. Diamond Long (0-1)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)

  • Kyle Zimick (0-0) vs. Moe Maali (0-0)

Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)

  • Kevin Messer (1-0) vs. Santos Verdinez (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 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