LFA 79 Odds Preview
OddsUSA wants to help bettors be more educated. The UFC’s Fight Pass streaming service is here to help fight fans with just that. The NCAA is a developmental system to the NFL and NBA (be honest) and there is now an “NCAA of MMA”: the Legacy Fighting Alliance.
Since its inception in 2015, “a total of 176 LFA athletes have transitioned to UFC, including UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo, UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, and UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko” according to a statement on the promotion’s website.
Think of the promotion in similar fashion to the aggressive play of the American Hockey League as players claw their way to the NHL. For example, of the 10 fights that took place during LFA’s Fight Pass debut on Nov. 15, six ended by way of finishes according to Tapology.com.
If fighters aren’t directly signed to the UFC, you’ll see them on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” like with Maycee “The Future” Barber. Track the UFC’s next stars on their way up. With that in mind, check out our breakdown of LFA 79’s title fight main event set for Nov. 22.
LFA Flyweight Belt Odds for LFA 79
A new LFA champion will be crowned the marquee scrap between 9-4 Brandon Royval and 29-18 Bellator veteran Nate Williams.
Despite the experience of Williams, Royval is the name to watch in this one. “Raw Dawg” has stepped inside the LFA cage seven times and is on a 4-1 run dating back to September 2017. Tapology has him at tenth among 453 pro flyweights across the nation. Williams sits at 29th.
Royval has a six-inch height advantage and is fresh off a first-round armbar finish over UFC veteran Joby Sanchez. Wiliams has earned 22 finishes in his career but hasn’t gotten a finish since 2017, excluding injury. Additionally, his pro losses are an even 9-9 split between finishes and decisions. Royval has never been stopped.
LFA describes “Teddy Bear” Williams as a “high tempo” (volume/pressure) fighter. This contest should come down to who controls that pressure and if Williams’ will be durable enough after a 12-year career. Add to that the fact Royval has an 89% finish rate and an average fight time of just eight minutes to Williams 10 minutes and you have our pick.
Prediction: Brandown Royval wins LFA Flyweight championship by stoppage