For the past month, the Legacy Fighting Alliance has stayed at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA and had the goal of finding new champions. Their three previous shows saw the crowning of featherweight, strawweight and flyweight champions, and now this week they look to the 155-pound division.
On Friday, LFA presents LFA 87, where they look for a new lightweight champion with a matchup between Bryce Logan and Jacob Rosales. Here’s a preview of the promotion’s last event in their stint at the Sanford Pentagon.
Bout 1: Christian Rodriguez (3-0) vs. Mike Johnson (4-4) (Bantamweight)
The first of two preliminary bouts sees undefeated bantamweight Christian Rodriguez face Mike Johnson. The last fight by Rodriguez was his first appearance in LFA, stopping Jason Huntley with strikes last February. Johnson’s even record was built in other regional promotions, with his previous fight being a second round stoppage win in December.
Bout 2: Andrew Lipp (1-2) vs. Ryan Charlebois (1-0) (Welterweight)
A year after his first LFA fight, Andrew Lipp returns to the promotion to face Ryan Charlebois. Lipp’s last fight was in January of 2019, where he lost via decision to Jalin Fuller, moving his record to a negative count. Charlebois won his professionalk debut last December, stopping Jeff Estrada in the first round.
Main Card (8:00PM EDT / 7:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 3: Joaquin Buckly (9-2) vs. Jackie Gosh (8-2) (Middleweight)
A rematch is set for the main card, as middleweights Joaquin Buckly and Jackie Gosh face off. Their first matchup came in 2016 in Bellator, where Gosh won via punches in the third minute.
Buckly continued to fight in Bellaotor until 2018, where he lost to Logan Storley via decision. He made his LFA debut last September, stopping Chris Harris in the second minute. Gosh will be making his LFA debut after just over a year’s absence from competition.
Bout 4: Zac Cavender (3-1) vs. Zac Pauga (0-0) (Light Heavyweight)
After five-straight wins as an amateur, Zac Pauga is paired to face Zac Cavender in his light heavyweight debut. Pauga’s run as an amateur was a quick one, having all of his fights within a 13 month period. His last win came in February, where he stopped Roman Marquez in the first round with strikes.
Cavender comes into the fight after a win in January over Eric Iman. He aims to get his first LFA win, as his debut in the promotion in 2019 saw him lose in the first mintue due to a spinning backfist from Kenneth Seegrist.
Bout 5: Keith Phatheam (2-1-1) vs. Gerald Scott (3-0) (Lightweight)
After a two-year layoff from professional MMA, Gerald Scott returns on Friday against Keith Phatheam. Having his first three professional fights in 2017, Scott won two via strikes. He faces Phatheam, who has had his entire four-fight professional career since then. His last fight was in February, defeating Baron Muller. He fought in LFA in 2019, although it was a decision loss to Tyler Mathison.
Bout 6: Michael Stack (4-0) vs. Kai Kamaka III (6-2) (Featherweight)
Undefeated featherweight Michael Stack will make his second LFA appearance on Friday against Kai Kamaka III. Stack’s LFA debut was in November, stopping Brian Mitchell in the first round with a rear naked choke. Kamaka III will step into the LFA cage for the first time, with his last four fights all being wins. Two of the wins came from Bellator, both being decision victories.
Bout 7: Nick Browne (9-1) vs. Ben Egli (12-3) (Lightweight)
In the co-main event of an evening that sees LFA find a new lightweight champion is another bout between two fighters of a high skill level in the weight class. Returning from his LFA debut, Nick Browne will face Ben Egli. Browne’s September debut saw him catch Trey Ogden in the second round with a rear naked choke. Egli will be making his LFA debut, although he has previously competed in high level promotions like ACB and Titan FC before. His last fight was a decision loss, although it came against Mark Lemminger, who is now a Bellator fighter.
Bout 8: Bryce Logan (11-4) vs. Jacob Rosales (12-5) (Vacant LFA Lightweight Championship)
In the main event, experienced lightweights with a fair track record in LFA in Bryce Logan and Jacob Rosales compete.
Rosales competed in the 2019 season of the UFC’s show “Dana White’s Contender Series,” losing to Jonathan Pearce in the third round. His last fight was his return to LFA, defeating Salaiman Ahmadyar in January. The decision performance was a strong one for Rosales, although the discourse around it was clouded by his attire, as the fighter wore trunks with many notable serial killers printed on it.
The fight was the second LFA appearance from Rosales, as he picked up a stoppage win against Ricardo Seixas in 2018.
Logan has competed three times in LFA, with all three bouts being victories. His first came in 2018 against Dakota Bush. He then competed in Bellator and CES, losing a bout in each. Returning to LFA in 2019, Logan got decision wins over Kenneth Glenn and Jonas Flok.
After LFA wraps up their fourth and final show in July, it’s not known what the promotion’s next move will be. Whether their next event is soon or a little more down the line, the promotion has already held eight events in 2020 in total so far, which is a higher number than what other promotions on a similar level have been able to produce in the challenging times of COVID-19.