LFA’s four-week stretch of events continues on Friday as the promotion holds LFA 86. From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, the promotion will look for their new flyweight champion by booking a matchup between Greg Fischer and Jimmy Flick. Here’s a preview of the seven-fight card.
NOTE: There will NOT be live coverage of LFA 86 tomorrow due to scheduling issues. A delayed report will be released on Sunday afternoon.
Bout 1: Calvin Harbaugh (1-1) vs. Nate Morrow (2-0) (Bantamweight)
The one preliminary fight on the card sees undefeated Nate Morrow and Calvin Harbaugh make their respective LFA pro debuts. Morrow had an extensive amateur career, fighting from 2014 to 2018. He had his first year as a pro in 2019, stopping both of his opponents he faced in the first round. Similarly, Harbaugh has also fought twice as a pro, getting his first win in his last appearance, defeating Jose Pireto in February.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 2: Jordan Heiderman (1-0) vs. Jacob Heavlin (1-0) (Heavyweight)
Two heavyweights with a win to their name in Jordan Heiderman and Jacob Heavlin will collide on the main card of LFA 86. Heavlin turned pro in 2019, with his first win being a first-round victory against Ryan Shough. He fought again, however, his December matchup against Jordan Seufzer was a no contest. Heiderman has fought once as a pro, with a 10-second win over Mike Seymour in 2018.
Bout 3: Mark Martin (3-1) vs. Tony Grant (1-1) (Welterweight)
Welterweights Mark Martin and Tony Grant will show their skills to the LFA audience for the first time on Friday. Martin is on a two-fight streak of wins, with both wins coming from regional promotion Iron Tiger FS in 2019. Grant will aim to come back from his first loss as a pro, as he got caught in a rear naked choke from Trevor Ollison in August of 2019.
Bout 4: Mando Gutierrez (3-0) vs. Jeff Jepsen (5-2) (Bantamweight)
Mando Gutierrez has won his first three as a pro and will look to make it four when he faces Jeff Jepsen on Friday. Gutierrez debuted in 2019 and has since gotten three consecutive submission victories. Jepsen has more experience, but he has lost two of his last three fights, including a decision against Nate Williams.
Bout 5: Favio Cherant (4-1) vs. Erick Murray Jr. (5-3) (Light Heavyweight)
After losing on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series,” Favio Cherant returns to MMA in a matchup against Erick Murray Jr. Cherant’s four-fight streak of wins ended last summer on UFC’s television program, being stopped by now-UFC fighter Aleksa Camur in the second round with a flying knee. Murray Jr. has been absent for a year, with his last fight being a second-round loss to Ty Flores in May of 2019.
Bout 6: Arthur Estrazulas (11-4) vs. Dominic Clark (14-10) (Lightweight)
In the co-main event of the evening, Arthur Estrazulas will face Dominic Clark in a lightweight bout. Estrazulas has fought in numerous big promotions in MMA before including Bellator, PFL and ACB. His last fight was his LFA debut, defeating Steve Kozola with a rear naked choke in the first round in June of 2019. He has had trouble finding a fight since, with three different bookings falling through.
Clark will be making his LFA debut in this fight. He will aim to bounce back from his two last fights, which were both first-round losses in Bellator. Before then, Clark had a three-fight streak of wins from 2018 to 2019.
Bout 7: Greg Fischer (10-1) vs. Jimmy Flick (13-5) (Vacant LFA Flyweight Championship)
In the main event of the show, LFA will look for their fifth bantamweight champion. The former champion was Brandon Royval, who vacated his belt last May when he took a short-notice bout in the UFC against Tim Elliott.
Fighting for the belt is Greg Fischer and Jimmy Flick. Fischer has spent the majority of his career fighting in regional promotion Shogun Fights in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. His last three fights in the promotion were wins, although the more recent of the three was in April of 2019.
Flick doesn’t carry a streak of wins like Fischer, although he has fought more recently. His last fight came in February, prevailing over Jesse Bazzi with a first-round submission. A year before was his second most recent fight, where he lost due to punches in the second round to Ray Rodriguez.
LFA will hold one more event at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA next week, ending their four-week quest to find new champions. Headlining that show is Bryce Logan and Jacob Rosales, who will fight for the vacant lightweight belt.