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Airing Tonight AXS TV FIGHTS: LFA 4

MadMimi Banner LFA4

Legacy Fighting Alliance is back for the second week in a row, bringing top MMA prospects to the cage for war!

The main event features two Legacy Fighting Championship veterans. At the end of 2016, former LFC Featherweight champ, Damon “The Leech” Jackson (11-1-1), called out Kevin “The Angel of Death” Aguilar (11-1). Their fight is finally happening and it’s for the inaugural LFA Featherweight belt!

The co-main event boasts another inaugural title fight. Legacy Fighting Championship vet, Andrea “KGB” Lee (5-2) takes on Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran, Heather “Handguns” Bassett (4-2) for the LFA Flyweight strap.

Get ready for epic knockouts, submissions and all out brawls tonight, only on AXS TV!

The action starts at 9/8c on AXS TV with commentators Michael Schiavello, UFC Hall of Famer Pat Miletich & Ron Kruck

Main Card Match-ups and Weigh-in Results for LFA 4 are Below:

MadMimi Jackson-v-Aguilar

Featherweight Title: Damon Jackson 11-1-1, 1 NC (144.8) vs. Kevin Aguilar 11-1 (142.9)

MadMimi Lee-v-Bassett-MM

Flyweight Title: Heather Bassett 4-2 (124.7) vs. Andrea Lee 5-2 (125)

MadMimi Charles-v-Krantz

Welterweight: Hayward Charles 14-8 (169.9) vs. Derrick Krantz 18-9 (170)

Lightweight – Bryan Billiot 3-0 (155.9) vs. David Bosnick 7-4 (153.5)

Welterweight – Chauncey Foxworth 5-2 (169.9) vs. Nick Jackson 4-3 (169)

Lightweight – Mike Murphy 1-0 (155.6) vs. Brandon Shavers 2-0 (154)

Tweet along with the action using #LFA4

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Watch Here: Bellator 172 Fedor vs Mitrione Weigh-Ins, An Announcement and Bellator 172 Pre Fight Card

Here you will find : Friday’s Bellator 178 main event announcement, as well as the Bellator 172 weigh-ins

Saturday’s preliminary card and  the official post-fight press conference.  (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)

Bellator MMA Fedor vs Mitrione Feb 18

Bellator 178 Main Event Announcement (3:30 pm PST):

Weigh-In  (5:00 pm PST):

Preliminary Card  (4:00 pm PST):

Post-Fight Press Conference (Following Bellator 172 on Spike):

“Countdown To Bellator 172: The G.O.A.T” Premieres Tonight On Spike

“Countdown To Bellator 172 Fedor vs Mitrione

At 12:00 Midnight ET/PT

 Faceoff Fedor vs Mitrione

In the sport of mixed martial arts, Fedor Emelianenko is considered by many the greatest of all time or The G.O.A.T.


The Russian mixed martial arts icon cemented his legendary status over the last two decades as the most dominant heavyweight in the history of the sport.  In a remarkable 8-year span, fighting mostly with PRIDE in Japan, Fedor went undefeated, winning 26 fights (1 no contest), beating many of the most skilled combatants in the world. His combination of kickboxing and judo skills is unparalleled in his weight class.  Fedor returns to fight on American soil after a 4-year absence against hard-hitting heavyweight Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172 on Saturday, February 18 from the SAP Center in San Jose, airing at 9:00 pm on Spike.

Before Fedor steps in the cage,  Bellator and Spike TV give viewers a rare, inside look at “The Last Emperor”  in an original 30-minute documentary, “Countdown to Bellator 172: The G.O.A.T,” premiering on Tuesday, February 14 at 12:00 Midnight ET/PT. From rarely seen PRIDE fight footage to a revealing sit-down interview to video of Fedor and Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, “The G.O.A.T” provides a unique glimpse into MMA’s most reclusive superstar. The MMA personalities featured include Randy Couture, Royce Gracie, King Mo, Stitch Duran, Big John McCarthy, and more.



Houston – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: BERMUDEZ vs. THE KOREAN ZOMBIE had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Dennis Bermudez: “I’m just trying to enjoy it (the experience) and not worry about what’s actually at stake here. It’s a super big opportunity and super big scene here; I’m trying to have fun with the whole experience. All the hard work is done; I’m going to go out there and do what I do and I’ll be fine. After I win here, realistically I would like to fight Max Holloway. I have a win over him, he has the interim belt. That’s the reason I signed up to be in the UFC, it’s to be a world champion.”

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung: “It’s really good to be back and it’s really nice to see all these people come out to support us. I don’t know exactly what is going to happen once we get in the Octagon, but I think we can always expect an exciting fight. There are no easy fights in the UFC, everyone is tough. So, if I’m going to come back I might as well fight the toughest guy I can so I can make my road back to championship contention as quick as possible.”

Alexa Grasso: “I know she is very well-rounded, she’s very dangerous for me, but I’ve been training very hard for this fight. This is a great opportunity, not just for the weekend because there are so many people here, but it’s great for both of us.”


Felice Herrig: “I was really excited for this fight, this matchup. I think I’m at a good place mentally and physically. I think styles make fights and I’m at a point in my career where I want to put on fun and exciting fights for the fans and I want to put on fights that people are excited for and pumped up about. I’m really pumped up; I think it will be Fight of the Night and I think it’ll be fun to watch.”

Abel Trujillo: “This fight is like every fight, you’re only as good as your last fight. This fight I want to put on a great performance and make sure people remember my name. I’m prepared and I’m ready to take on whoever. After this victory, I definitely want another top-10 opponent.”

James Vick: “This is my state! I was born and raised here in Texas. I love fighting in Texas. If I could pick, I’d always fight here in Texas, every fight. This is a big fight for me.”

 UFC Fight Night Bermudez vs The Korean Zombie

About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

JOSH KOSCHECK vs MAURICIO ALONSO Added to Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione




HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (January 31, 2017) – A welterweight bout pitting Josh Koscheck (17-10) against Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC) has been added to the Spike-televised main card of Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on February 18, 2017.


In addition, recently signed Russian star Anatoly Tokov (24-2) is set to square off against Francisco France (13-4-1) in a middleweight clash that will be featured on the undercard, while a previously announced main card bout between Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus has been cancelled after Piccolotti has been forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.


Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione will be broadcast live and free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while preliminary action will stream on and the Bellator Mobile App. Tickets for the event are on sale now at the SAP Center Box Office as well as

Bellator MMA Fedor vs Mitrione Feb 18

Koscheck will be making his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut after signing with the Viacom-owned promotion in 2015. Prior to the signing, “Kos” competed under the UFC banner for nearly a decade, compiling 15 wins and nine finishes. Now, the 39-year-old Dethrone Base Camp product hopes to soar to the top of Bellator MMA’s stacked welterweight class and add to his impressive resume of 17 career victories. Never one to mince words, Koscheck has made it clear that he hopes to once again meet Paul Daley inside the cage, but first, the Fresno, Calif. native must get through Alonso on Feb. 18 when he returns to action on Spike.


Hailing from Parana, Brazil, Alonso will be making his second appearance under the direction of Bellator MMA and first in the welterweight division since 2014. The 36-year-old enters the bout riding a recent string of success, earning victories in each of his last two contests and seven of his last 10 dating back to 2010. Of his 12 career wins, Alonso has finished his opponent five times, including four knockouts. Alonso will look to build off of an undefeated 2016 campaign when he competes on Feb 18.


Under the tutelage of the legendary Fedor Emilianenko, Tokov has strung together an impressive resume of his own, where from 2012 to 2016, the prospect was riding a streak of 17 consecutive wins. The 26-year-old Russian is known to end fights early and often, finishing his opponent in 19 of his 24 career wins, including nine first round finishes. If Tokov is going to continue to blossom on the Bellator roster, he will have to defeat his opponent on Feb. 18 first.


Hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, 18-fight veteran France enters the bout having won six of his last eight contests, including one draw and five finishes. The 33-year-old submission specialist will be making his third appearance under the Bellator MMA banner and first in nearly a year at Bellator 172. “Kiko” brings with him one of the most dynamic ground games in the division, finishing 12 of his 13 victims via submission; displaying a wide array of devastating techniques, including rear-naked and arm-triangle chokes, arm bars, and kimuras.


Updated Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Main Card:

Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)

Lightweight Co-Main Event: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8)

Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)

Welterweight Feature Bout: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)


Preliminary Bouts:

Middleweight Preliminary Fight: Anatoly Tokov (24-2) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)

Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)

Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)

Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)

Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

About Bellator:

Bellator is a leading mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization featuring many of the best fighters in the world. Under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator is available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries. In the United States, Bellator can be seen on Spike, the combat sports television leader. Bellator is comprised of an executive team that includes top industry professionals in television production, live event orchestration, fighter development/relations, venue procurement, sponsorship creation/development, international licensing, marketing, advertising, publicity and commission relations.  Bellator is based in Hollywood, Calif. and owned by entertainment giant Viacom, home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms.

About Spike:

Spike is available in 98.7 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike’s Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike’s press site at  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About SAP Center at San Jose:

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SAP Center at San Jose is the premier sports and entertainment venue in Northern California. Each year, SAP Center hosts approximately 175 events featuring professional and amateur athletes, Olympic athletes, Grammy award-winners, international recording artists, and a variety of performers who appeal to children and families alike. SAP Center at San Jose is home to the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. For more information about SAP Center at San Jose and for a list of upcoming events, visit the SAP Center home page at


Las Vegas – As fight night approaches, here is what the stars of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: SHEVCHENKO vs. PENA had to say leading up to their Saturday night matchups:

Valentina Shevchenko: “It’s a very important fight, not only because it’s very close to a title shot, but because every fight is very important to me. For each fight, I prepare like it’s my last fight and I know exactly what victory can bring me. I am very motivated for this. I feel very great and I push myself to the limit every time.”


Julianna Pena: “My mind is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. My determination is my biggest weapon in the Octagon. I can beat anyone at 135-pounds that steps in the Octagon with me.  I think, 110 percent, the winner of this fight is getting a title shot. Numbers one and two are going at it and the winner definitely deserves a crack at the belt.”


Donald Cerrone: “I am so excited to fight at home, we’re going to blow the roof off this place on Saturday night. Home court, home turf, I don’t know what that means but I feel like I have some kind of advantage. I’m looking to finish; I’m looking for a second-round finish. Hopefully a win puts me in line for the number one contender.”


Jorge Masvidal: “This week has been great, I’m ready to fight. I’m doing what I love to do. I think Cowboy is easy money. I see me beating his a**, I don’t know if I finish or if I just beat his a** for three rounds, but I’m beating him. I prefer to leave the judges out of it, I prefer to fight.”


Andrei Arlovski: “Fighting is easy, but it’s a little bit cold in Denver. Francis is big, cocky and strong. He said he was going to knock me out in the first round, but we’ll see how it happens.”


Francis Ngannou: “I’m very excited to fight Andrei Arlovski. I will probably finish him. My first choice is by knockout, second maybe by submission – but knockout first. I know that the fight is going to be strong and hard, but I expect to finish him before the end of the fight.”


About UFC®

UFC® is a premium global sports brand and the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Singapore, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 29 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS®, a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit and follow UFC at, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

Watch here Bellator 171 Guillard vs. Njokuani Weigh-Ins and tomorrow’s Preliminary Card




Today’s official Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani weigh-ins, as well as Friday’s preliminary card, which features Tyrell Fortune, Bruna Ellen, Gaston Reyno, and Jarod Trice in action.

Weigh-In  (5:00 pm CST):

Preliminary Card  (6:00 pm PST):
















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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that LFA will make its first visit to Colorado in February. This will be the fifth LFA event after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC).


It was announced that the main event of LFA 5 will feature a lightweight war between hometown destroyer Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards and scintillating Tennessean Adam “Prime Time” Townsend in a high-stakes showdown that has already been circled by many as an early favorite for “Fight of the Year”. LFA 5 – Edwards vs. Townsend takes place Friday, February 24th at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The entire main card of LFA 5 – Edwards vs. Townsend will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.


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Now in the newly announced co-main event of LFA 5, undefeated Colorado dynamo Cory Sandhagen (5-0) will look to defend his home turf against fellow RFA standout Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers (10-3) in a battle of two two of the sport’s most promising featherweight prospects.


By the time Sandhagen entered the pro ranks of MMA, the excitement among fight fans in “The Centennial State” had already reached a fever pitch. Widely-regarded as the next big thing to come from the talent-rich state of Colorado, Sandhagen burst on to the global MMA landscape in style. He did so twelve months ago by defeating fellow prospect Andrew Tenneson in a wildly entertaining “Fight of the Year” candidate at RFA 34. Once the cat was out of the bag, regarding Elevation Fight Team’s best kept secret, there was no looking back. The WKA kickboxing world champion won three more bouts in 2016, which culminated in a dominant Unanimous Decision victory over fellow RFA standout Clay Wimer at RFA 43 in September.


The fighter assigned to engage in fisticuffs with Sandhagen in the LFA 5 co-headliner is none other than Jamall “Pretty Boy” Emmers. This is the prospect many consider to rival Sandhegen as the RFA’s biggest featherweight breakthrough star of 2016.


Emmers went up a weight class in his RFA debut last June to face reigning RFA lightweight champion Thiago Moisés on one week’s notice. UFC President Dana White was sitting cageside filming hit reality series “Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight” that night and gave rave reviews on the heart and skill possessed by “Pretty Boy”. The UFC boss also added that he would be keeping an eye on Emmers despite his shortcoming in the fifth round of his title fight with Moisés. Emmers quickly proved that Dana White’s eye for talent was correct, one month later, when he dropped back down to his natural weight class of 145-pounds and dominated the co-main event of RFA 41 en route to a one-sided Unanimous Decision victory.


The main card of LFA 5 will also feature be the promotional debut of Colorado’s top middleweight prospect Ian “The Hurricane” Heinisch (7-0), who recently signed a multi-fight deal with the LFA. The two-time Colorado state wrestling champion from Ponderosa High School will bring his perfect MMA record into the LFA Octagon when he meets Brazilian powerhouse Lucas Rota (12-6). Rota has won eight of his last nine bouts over the past four years. The signature win during that run came at RFA 11, when he defeated local fan favorite Vinnie Lopez via KO in a back-and-forth war. Rota will now look to duplicate that success in the very same venue on February 24th.


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. RFA has hosted eight events in the state of Colorado that were televised live and worldwide.


The entire fight card for LFA 5 – Edwards vs. Townsend and further information regarding this event will be announced soon. LFA 5 will be the promotion’s first event to take place in “The Centennial State” of Colorado. The entire main card of LFA 5 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Friday, February 24th.


Please visit for bout updates and information. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.


About LFA:

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC). LFA presents 30 live MMA events on a yearly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Houston, Texas with offices in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Denver, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).



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Watch HERE: Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen Rress Conference, Friday’s Weigh-Ins, & Saturday’s Preliminary Card

Tomorrow’s official Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen press conference, Friday’s weigh-ins, as well as Saturday’s preliminary card. Lastly, the stream for the official post-fight press conference is also below.  (ALL TIMES PACIFIC)

Pre-Fight Press Conference (12:00 pm PST):

Weigh-In  (11:00 am PST):

Preliminary Card  (3:30 pm PST):

Post-Fight Press Conference (Following Bellator 170 on Spike):