Author: Legacy Fighting Alliance

Legacy Fighting Alliance 40 – Hailey Cowan

By Lance Edwards   Hailey Cowan made her LFA debut at LFA 33, in a postlim amateur fight. At LFA 40, she makes her professional debut against another debut fighter, Victoria Leonardo. It’s unusual to see a debut professional fight on the main card of a televised promotion, but with Cowan it’s for good reason. As an amateur, Cowan had three fights, all of which were wins. She brings a high level of athleticism to the cage and comes from a high level competitive background in another sport. “I started gymnastics at the age of five, and started competing by my sixth birthday. By eight, I was on the Junior Olympic Team. I was at Baylor on the acrobatics and tumbling inaugural team and signed their first scholarship for it.…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 40 – Interim Featherweight Champion Thanh Le

By Lance Edwards Thanh Le (8-1) is the current interim LFA champion at featherweight (145 lb). At LFA 31, he defeated MMA Lab’s Bobby Moffett (11-3) to claim the belt, as current title holder Kevin Aguilar (13-1) was recovering from an injury. “I was happy with the result, lots good happened. This is the one we wanted though, fighting Kevin. We’ve been waiting. After he won the title, he had the call up to the UFC but had broken his hand. I want to be the one who is called up after this fight.” It’s been a year since Aguilar took Justin Rader (7-3) to a decision victory. Some fighters feel they don’t perform so well after as lay off, whereas others say that being out of fight camp they have the opportunity to improve skills…

LFA RETURNS TO BRANSON, MISSOURI WITH A WELTERWEIGHT WAR WITH LFA 42 – KRANTZ vs. KAYNE

MAIN EVENT: FORMER LFA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION DERRICK KRANTZ vs. KNOCKOUT ARTIST KASSIUS KAYNE WELTERWEIGHT WAR FRIDAY, JUNE 8th LIVE on AXS TV BRANSON CONVENTION CENTER in BRANSON, MISSOURI Tickets are on sale NOW through CageTix.com     HOUSTON, Texas - Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will feature a welterweight war at the top of LFA 42 when the promotion returns to The Ozarks in June.   The main event of LFA 42 will feature a welterweight war between former LFA welterweight champion Derrick "D-Rock" Krantz and knockout artist Kassius "Killa" Kayne. LFA 42 - Krantz vs. Kayne takes place Friday, June 8th at the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.   "I am excited to bring the LFA back to…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 39 Recap

  Ian Heinisch def. Gabriel Checco via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:44 – to win interim middleweight title Hayward Charles def. Christiano Frohlich via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Brandon Royval def. Jerome Rivera via TKO (referee’s stoppage) – Round 1, 0:40 Maycee Barber def. Audrey Perkins via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:54 Austin Hubbard def. Harvey Park via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Ahmet Kayretli def. Turrell Galloway via TKO (referee’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00 Youssef Zalaal def. Daniel Soto via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:38

Legacy Fighting Alliance 39 – Maycee Barber

By Lance Edwards   Maycee Barber (3-0) has been getting a lot of attention and is hotly tipped as a future star of MMA. At LFA 31, she submitted Kaila Thompson (1-2) in just thirty-one seconds. Barber returns at LFA 39 to face Audrey Perkins (1-0). A win for Barber would bring her to a four-fight win streak and garnish her with more attention. Barber was due to fight Mallory Martin last fight, but her opponent pulled from the fight before; “The fight with Kaila was a replacement fight. It went really quick. I’m not going to complain about being able to go in there and do what I wanted to do, but she wasn’t ready. I’m thankful that she stepped up and am happy I won the fight.” On May…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 39 – Jerome Rivera

By Lance Edwards   It’s been a year since we saw Jerome Rivera (7-1). His last fight was at LFA 14 for the flyweight title. Unfortunately, the bout didn’t go his way, and Roberto Sanchez (8-1) won the bout in the third round via arm lock, before moving on to the UFC. Rivera returns at LFA 39 to face Brandon Royval (6-3) and is looking to show that he deserves another shot at the title. Rivera feels the best he has ever felt, physically and mentally, following his year off; “The year off from fighting wasn’t my choice. After the last fight, I took a little time as I’d had fight camps back to back but was back in the gym in August. I think there have been struggles to matchup…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 39 – Ian Heinisch

By Lance Edwards   Ian ‘The Hurricane’ Heinisch (9-1) is well known to LFA fans, having competed on three cards previously. At LFA 39 he has a chance at redemption when he faces Brazilian Gabriel Checco (10-2) in a middleweight title fight. Heinisch had previously fought for the title against Marcus Perez (9-1) and fell short at LFA 22. This time, ‘The Hurricane’ is determined to step out of the cage the victor. “In the fight with Perez, it was a lot of pressure, a lot of hype. I was looking past it to the UFC. I got caught; I wasn’t slippery like I should have been. I learned a lot, it really helped me. I was 15-0, 8-0 as a pro. I’m more of a complete fighter now. I…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 38 Recap

  Jeff Hughes def. Maurice Greene via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 48-47), retains heavyweight title Bevon Lewis def. Collin Huckbody via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Tat Romero def. Dane Sayers via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Charlie Brown def. Chris Bachmeier via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 2:18 Ashkan Morvari def. Cody Lincoln via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:53 Mallory Martin def. Linsey Williams via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:18 Josh Parisian def. Zach Thumb via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:39

Jeff Hughes – Success by Determination

By Paul L   The people of Ohio have a deep history of hard work and blue collar labor. Home to many early manufacturing jobs, including steel work, machine manufacturing, and resources processing, its people have known nothing but grit and determination in and out of the workplace.   This dedication and resolve is nothing new to Friday’s LFA 38 heavyweight title headliner, Jeff Hughes. Growing up in a split household, Jeff would be bounced back and forth between divorced parents. Where stability lacked in his family life, Jeff found in work. Starting at an early age, his ethic towards blue collar labor would fill the gaps in his home life, an escape where he could forge his own sense of normality.   Alongside work, Jeff also found comfort in…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 38 – Tat Romero

By Lance Edwards   Indelacio Tat “Mean Bean” Romero (28-6) is a veteran of both RFA and Legacy FC, and now makes the transition to LFA. Standing at just five-feet-six inches tall, Romero doesn’t have the height and reach of a lot of other welterweights. He makes up for it in tenacity and a lower center of gravity which certainly aids his wrestling. He returns at LFA 38 to fight Dane Sayers (12-3). In 2010, the two fought, with Romero taking the split decision. For this fight, Sayers aims to get vindication, and Romero is determined to show the previous win wasn’t a fluke.   Romero made his professional MMA debut way back in 2004. With a background in wrestling, Tat had his first wrestling match at three or four…