James Nakashima

Legacy Fighting Alliance 11 – James Nakashima

By Lance Edwards   James Nakashima (6-0) had five of his six professional fights for RFA. He now makes his LFA debut at LFA 11 against another tough 170 lb prospect in LaRue Burley (7-2). Nakashima is a fighter that people are paying close attention to. hailing from the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, he is a fighter who potentially could make it to the top of his division. Before moving into MMA, like so many fighters before him, Nakashima wrestled in college. “I wrestled at the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln. A lot of guys transition to MMA. The other route is Olympic wrestling, but I wasn’t of that caliber to go the Olympic route. I wrestled in college for five years and cross-trained in the off season, training…

LFA RETURNS TO LOUISIANA WITH CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLEHEADER AT LFA 23

MAIN EVENT:   LFA WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION DERRICK "D-ROCK" KRANTZ vs. LFA WELTERWEIGHT #1 CONTENDER JAMES NAKASHIMA   WELTERWEIGHT WORLD TITLE     CO-MAIN EVENT:   LFA FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION ANDREA "KGB" LEE vs. 82nd AIRBORNE ARMY VETERAN JAMIE "PRETTY ASSASSIN" THORTON     WOMEN'S FLYWEIGHT WORLD TITLE     FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd LIVE on AXS TV HORSESHOE CASINO & HOTEL in BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA     HOUSTON, Texas - Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Louisiana in the third week of September with a championship doubleheader.   The main event of LFA 23 will feature the first title defense of LFA welterweight champion Derrick "D-Rock" Krantz. The Texan powerhouse will defend his world title against undefeated super prospect James Nakashima. The co-main…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 23 – Derrick Krantz

By Lance Edwards   Derrick Krantz (20-9) steps into the LFA cage once again to make a welterweight title defense at LFA 23 against the dangerous James Nakashima (7-0). Krantz won the title back in May when he defeated Ben Neumann (19-9) at LFA 12. “It went well. I got a second round TKO. I went out there and did what I needed to do. He had a good submission game, I knew that going in, but he didn’t get a chance to show it. I was able to dictate the fight and control it even before he was able to use his ground game.” Krantz has evolved over time, having won six of his last seven fights, with the only loss in there being to current UFC fighter Alex…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 23 Recap

James Nakashima def. Derrick Krantz via (split decision (49-46, 47-48, 50-45) Andrea Lee def. Jamie Thorton via submission (kimura) – Round 2, 2:54 Ryan Spann def. LeMarcus Tucker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:55 Bryan Billiot def. Brandon Shavers via submission (heel hook) – Round 2, 3:07 Sabina Mazo def. Linsey Williams via knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 4:26 Peter Stanonik def. Kendrick Williams via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 4:18

Legacy Fighting Alliance 25 – Dakota Cochrane

By Lance Edwards Dakota Cochrane (29-12) is a veteran of both RFA and LFC and made his LFA debut back in April, when he faced Jordon Larson (7-3). The fight was controversial with Cochrane being disqualified for an illegal knee. “It was a questionable call,” Cochrane explains. “The fight was going my direction, I didn’t think it was an illegal knee but the referee did. Decisions aren’t revisited, and I can’t do a lot about that. He wouldn’t have finished that round. It was frustrating more than anything.” Since that fight, Cochrane has added two more wins to his record, and returns at LFA 25 against the dangerous Brazilian Ciro Rodrigues (21-6) in what promises to be an exciting welterweight matchup. “I don’t know a whole lot about him. I…

Legacy Fighting Alliance 42 – Derrick Krantz

By Lance Edwards Derrick Krantz (21-10) is no stranger to the fans of LFA. The former welterweight champion lost his belt by split decision in September of 2017. James Nakashimna (7-0) took D-Rock, who was making his first title defense, through all five rounds. Krantz has started his path to redemption, and faces off against Kassius Kayne (12-4) in a fight that sees him wrangling his way towards regaining the title. Krantz was by no means happy with the result, and feels that his drive to keep fighting and give the fans a good fight cost him the title. “I fought the fight handicapped, I couldn’t see in one eye. In the first round, he stabbed me in the eye with a finger. I couldn’t see for a month, and…