UFC Veteran Fighting for LFA Championship

The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is the premier developmental organization in MMA.

Damon “The Leech” Jackson (11-1, 1 No Contest) has been in both Bellator MMA and the UFC. Riding a 2-0 run since his time in the UFC, Jackson has been on InsideSTL’s radar to be the subject of a prospect report since just before LFA 1 on January 13.

If we of InsideSTL may break the fourth wall for a moment: LFA–you beat us to the proverbial punch.

The write-up was supposed to be that of a fighter still considered an up-and-comer that has been under the UFC’s big lights and is working to return there. Jackson is no longer that kind of prospect, but rather a title prospect. He has been inserted into the main event of LFA 4 following an undisclosed injury to RFA champion Raoni Barcelos.

Jackson will face Legacy FC featherweight (145-pound) champion Kevin “Angel of Death” Aguilar. The contest was set to be another part of a series of Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy FC belt-unifying bouts under the new Legacy Fighting Alliance. The other championship bouts are still set to have RFA vs. Legacy FC bragging rights attached.

Jackson and Aguilar may both be LFC veterans, but there is no feeling of brotherhood between them.

“He was talking trash and running his mouth when I hurt my back in October. He was mad because he ended up struggling and looking bad against a 135-pounder (Levi Mowles) that fought him on short notice. They call him “The Leech”, because he sucks. He’s a one-dimensional wrestler…” Aguilar told the still-active RFA website.

Jackson used that wrestling to roll Charles Cheeks III onto his stomach at LFA 1 and secure a rear-naked choke win most recently. Aguilar will compete for the first time since winning gold against Tony Kelley last July by way of split decision—his first win on points since February of 2013.

“I wouldn’t say that Kevin and I have a lot of bad blood, but this match-up has been made a few times and has fallen through for various reasons, so it is time for this fight to happen,” Jackson said via the RFA site. “LFA is the place to be right now for all the young athletes trying to build their names. It is an honor to have fought on LFA 1 and to be fighting for the first-ever LFA featherweight title. I couldn’t be more ready for this fight and I am proud to be a part of this promotion.”

Jackson’s home gym of Fortis MMA nearly made a clean sweep in the bouts at LFA 1 with exception to the main event for the LFA bantamweight (135-pound) championship. The NAIA All-American “Leech” looks to home the camp’s first piece of LFA hardware.

LFA 4: Aguilar vs. Jackson takes place Friday, February 17th at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana and will be on AXS TV beginning at 8 p.m. CST.