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LFA 11 takes place FRIDAY, MAY 5th LIVE on AXS TV
COMERICA THEATRE in PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Tickets are on sale NOW through ComericaTheatre.com
Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced today that the LFA will have a new headliner for its first trip to Arizona this Friday on Cinco de Mayo.
The new main event of LFA 11 will feature an explosive welterweight battle between two of the hottest prospects in the division. The headliner will now see dynamic Australian annihilator Matthew “Thunder From Down Under” Frincu clash with surging Brazilian dynamo Maycon Mendonça. The change came when original headliner Daniel Madrid withdrew due to injury and Mendonça was elevated from the main card to main event status. LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Mendonça takes place this Friday, May 5th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 about the new headliner we are bringing to Arizona on May 5th,” stated Soares. “Matthew Frincu will now fight Maycon Mendonça at 170-pounds after Daniel Madrid withdrew due to injury. Frincu looked amazing in his LFA debut and Mendonça has won six straight fights. LFA 11 will continue the long and storied tradition of great combat sporting events that have taken place on Cinco de Mayo weekend.”
Tickets for LFA 11 – Frincu vs. Mendonça are available for purchase NOW at ComericaTheatre.com.
Frincu (10-2) looked incredible in his LFA debut at LFA 5 in February. The native of Gold Coast, Australia bludgeoned his opponent Kris Hocum over three rounds in a wildly impressive tour de force of striking brilliance. That night in Colorado in late February, Frincu taught a masterclass on how to effectively utilize range and Muay Thai technique to dismantle a high-level grappler in an MMA fight. Now the talented Australian is looking to duplicate that success as he stays at welterweight to face Mendonça in the LFA 11 headliner. The move in weight class comes on short notice after Frincu’s originally scheduled middleweight bout against Madrid was canceled due to an injury to Madrid.
Mendonça (6-1) has been on an absolute tear over the last three years. In that time, Mendonça has established himself as one of the most exciting strikers and promising prospects in the country. The Brazilian dynamo earned this distinction by dispatching his last six opponents, which includes the destruction of fellow prospect Nivanilson Gonzaga in October. Mendonça has been steadily preparing for his long-awaited international MMA debut against Kyle Stewart at LFA 11. Now the anticipation for Mendonça’s international debut have reached a fever-pitch after he jumped at the opportunity to be elevated to main event status against Stewart’s teammate Frincu.
The co-main event of LFA 11 will feature the LFA debut of one of the most successful welterweights in RFA history. That would be none other than The MMA LAB standout James Nakashima (6-0). The former NCAA Division I wrestler was the main training partner of eventual Olympic gold medalist and all-time great Jordan Burroughs at the University of Nebraska before making the jump to MMA. All Nakashima has seen since switching from the mat to the cage is gold and he will look to continue that success in the co-main event of LFA 11.
The man looking to put the first blemish on Nakashima’s record is a man known for being a wrestler’s kryptonite. That would be Power MMA product LaRue “The Cannibal” Burley (7-2). Burley is the man responsible for handing former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler Bubba Jenkins his first loss in MMA at Bellator 100. He then repeated the feat by handing NCAA Division II national champion wrestler T.J. Hepburn his first loss in MMA at RFA 25. Burley finished Jenkins and Hepburn with a ferocious style that he will undoubtedly look to unleash at LFA 11
Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lbs) – James Nakashima, 6-0 (RFA vet, NCAA Division I wrestler) vs. LaRue Burley, 7-2 (RFA-Bellator vet)
Catchweight Bout (175 lbs) – Kyle Stewart, 7-0 (FFC + WFF weltweight champion, U.S. Marine Corps) vs. Ty Freeman, 9-5 (WFC vet)
Flyweight Bout (125 lbs) – Casey Kenney, 6-0 (Tachi flyweight champion) vs. Bruno Silva, 8-3 (WFF-TUF vet)
Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs) – Sean O’Malley, 6-0 (ICF vet) vs. David Nuzzo, 5-1 (WSOF vet)
Featherweight Bout (145 lbs) – “Magic” Mike Hamel, 5-0 (FFC + WFF featherweight champion) vs. Luiz “Toninho Marajó” Gavinho, 6-3 (Jungle Fight vet)
Catchweight Bout (160 lbs) – Keoni Diggs, 3-0 (KOTC vet) vs. Tyler Sidders, 1-0 (Gladiator Challenge vet)
Middleweight Bout (185 lbs) – Taylor Johnson, 1-0 NCAA Division I wrestler) vs. Dan Huber, 4-3 (WSOF vet)
Flyweight Bout (125 lbs) – Richard Palencia, 4-0 (RITC vet) vs. Fard Muhammad, 3-5 (BAMMA USA vet)
In September, RFA and Legacy FC officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. RFA and Legacy FC have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.
LFA 11 will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of Arizona. Furthermore, it will be the first time the LFA has traveled to “The Grand Canyon State” before or after the merger. The entire main card of LFA 11 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
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