The Legacy Fighting Alliance will return on Friday with an event from The Bomb Factory in Dallas, Texas, USA. The event features many recognizable names on the American regional MMA scene. Here’s a preview of the main card.
Main Card (9:00 PM EST / UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 1: Elijah Johns (5-1) vs. Justin Overton (8-4) (Featherweight)
Elijah Johns will look to extend his LFA winning streak to four in a row as the main card begins. He faces Justin Overton, who holds a winning streak of his own outside the promotion. Johns last won in November, getting a unanimous decision win over Michael Murphy. Overton has won his last four, all via submission. He has appeared in Bellator before, stopping Gaston Reyno in the second round with a rear naked choke in 2017.
Bout 2: Fernie Garcia (6-1) vs. Jay Viola (3-1) (Bantamweight)
Making his LFA debut, Jay Viola will fight Fernie Garcia. Viola bounced back from a professional debut loss, getting three wins in a row, all via decision. Now he will go up against Garcia, who last got a split decision win at LFA 73. He lost his LFA debut previously also in a split decision fight, which broke his previously undefeated streak.
Bout 3: Hailey Cowan (4-1) vs. Brittney Cloudy (2-1) (Bantamweight)
For her whole professional career, Hailey Cowan has fought in LFA. Now, she looks to get her fifth professional win in a row, fighting Brittney Cloudy. Cowan last fought in August, going to decision for the first time as a pro. Cloudy has won her last two, with this being her debut in LFA.
Bout 4: Victor Altamirano (6-1) vs. Chris Ocon (4-1) (Flyweight)
Both trying to bounce back from their first losses as a pro, flyweights Victor Altamirano and Chris Ocon fight in the fourth main card bout. Altamirano fought in LFA six times before, all being wins. He took a fight in Michigan-based promotion WXC in October, losing to former-UFC fighter Jarred Brooks. Ocon’s last match was on the last season of TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series,” losing via decision to Hunter Azure. Ocon will be making his LFA debut.
Bout 5: Vernon Lewis (7-4) vs. Austen Lane (6-2) (Heavyweight)
After many bouts with some of the lighter weight classes on display, the only heavyweight bout will happen between Vernon Lewis and Austen Lane. Lewis debuted in 2010 as a pro, going 4-3. He stopped fighting in 2014, returning in 2018 with LFA. He has went 3-1 since then, with his sole loss being his Bellator debut, getting finished in the first round with strikes from Yimaz Wildman. Lane has never fought in LFA before, currently on a two-fight winning streak. He has kept a good pace of fights, fighting eight times since his 2017 debut.
Bout 6: Justin Patterson (11-5) vs. Matt Dixon (8-0) (Welterweight)
The only undefeated fighter on the main card, Matt Dixon, fights Justin Patterson in the co-main event of the show. Dixon has attained eight wins in Oklahoma regional shows, a lot of them being via punches. He fought five times in 2018, however only once in 2019. He comes off of an 11-month layoff with this fight. Patterson has had more octagon time, fighting many times in Bellator and LFA before. His more notable fights, which were both losses, were against now-UFC fighters Chance Rencountre and Derrick Krantz.
Bout 7: Damon Jackson (16-3-1) vs. Mauro Chaulet (14-6) (Featherweight)
The two most experienced fighters on the card, Damon Jackson and Mauro Chaulet, fittingly main event the card. Jackson is a fighter that has seemingly been everywhere. From 2014 to 2016, he had a three-fight UFC stint, going 0-1-1 (1 no contest). He then went to LFA, where he fought for numerous bouts, all wins apart from one. He fought in the Professional Fighters League most recently, falling on the opposite end of a viral flying knee knockout from Movlid Khaybulaev. After attaining many fights on the Brazilian regional scene, Chaulet made his LFA debut in September, getting a split decision against Samson Phommabout.
Looking ahead to LFA 84
After all is done is Texas, LFA will return on March 20th, with LFA 84. Taking place from the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, the promotion’s vacant middleweight championship on the line. Daniel Madrid and undefeated Impa Kasanganay will battle for the belt in a five round fight.