“NCAA of MMA” Announces Future Events

The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is a leading developmental promotion to the UFC.

Part of being in the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) involves fulfilling media obligations like in the major MMA promotions. Now the debuting Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) will implement a show schedule like that of the majors. The LFA has announced four of its dates on a 30-event calendar.

The new organization has already announced that Steven “Ocho” Peterson of Legacy FC will face the RFA’s Leandro Higo in the first of a number of title unification bouts at LFA 1 on January 13 on AXS TV.

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They have since revealed that 18-6 Mike “The Marine” Richman, a fighter for Bellator MMA for just over three years, will headline LFA 2 opposite Lazar Stojadinovic just a week later on January 20. Richman has been put away only once and only two of his wins have come after going the distance. The military veteran is as much of a threat with his hands (nine KO/TKOs) as he is with his grappling (seven submissions.) The Minnesota native’s finish in his Bellator debut in 2012 was his tenth overall at the time. He currently has 15 stoppages now and is coming in as the home-state favorite.

“It feels great to be back doing what I know how to do,” Richman told RFA’s website. “It’s also pretty sweet to have my comeback fight in Minnesota for all of my hometown fans. Everyone can expect the same Mike Richman hunting for the KO on January 20th. I know Lazar trains at ATT and he’s a good striker as well, so stylistically this will be a great fight for the fans at LFA 2.”

Stojadinovic has not lost since 2009 and has not been finished since 2007. LFA 2 emanates from the Mystic Showroom in Prior Lake, Minnesota on January 20.

February kicks off with 9-3 Ryan “Superman” Spann of Legacy FC finally getting a matchup he’s been looking for. The largely submission-centered fighter had wanted to fight for titles in both Legacy FC and the RFA. He is now possibly one fight away from a chance at gold but undefeated Trevin Giles is potentially a big roadblock with five tap-outs of his own.

“I think it’s an honor to fight for the LFA in the main event. It means you’re doing something right,” Giles said. “Ryan Spann is a tough guy and a good opponent, but I’m not impressed with his will. It can be broken in a fight and it’s just a matter of time before I do at LFA 3. On February 10th, I will become the first person to win main events for RFA, Legacy FC, and LFA.”

Will the grapplers cancel each other out? Find out on February 10 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana or on AXS TV. The LFA will then travel to Bossier City, Louisiana for LFA 4 from The Horseshoe Casino & Hotel on February 17.

Peterson and Higo will unify bantamweight (135-pound) titles at LFA 1 while Kevin “The Angel of Death” Aguilar and the RFA’s Raoni Barcelos will do the same at LFA 4 ten pounds up at featherweight.

“RFA and Legacy FC have shown the best new MMA talent in the world,” The also 11-1 Barcelos said. “They were both televised live here in Brazil. My family, friends, and teammates have the opportunity to watch me fight for another world title live on Esporte Interativo. It has been a dream come true and an honor to be a champion of a great event like the RFA. Now I will prove I am the best featherweight fighter in the world by defeating the Legacy FC champion and becoming the first LFA featherweight world champion.”

This should be another boxing match as there are 13 five-knuckle-nap-inducing fight endings between both men.