Late last year Legacy FC and Resurrection Fighting Alliance combined forces to form Legacy Fighting Alliance or LFA. This weekend the first event for the new company takes place with former LFC champion Steven Peterson taking on former RFA champion Leandro Higo for the inaugural LFA bantamweight title. LFA 1 takes place January 13th at the Bomb Factory in Dallas, TX with a main card broadcast on AXS TV.
Fans who wrote Steven Peterson off in 2013 after his loss in Bellator and two losses in LFC are in for a big surprise. As mentioned in an interview in the archives 14-4 Peterson finally committed to bantamweight and has since rattled off six wins in a row dating back two-and-a-half years. In 2015 Peterson defeated Caio Machado and Irwin Rivera while 2016 saw him take the title from Enrique Vazquez in June. Peterson was supposed to defend the belt in October however Mark De La Rosa backed out of the fight leaving Peterson the final LFC champion with no defense of the title. 8-2 Leandro Higo went 1-1 in TUF Brazil Season 4 then picked up wins in RFA over Terrion Ware, Melvin Blumer, and Joey Miola with the submission win over Miola earning the RFA belt last April. Peterson is known for his striking and especially the way he uses kicks and knees, Higo is known for his submissions with six of his wins coming by such.
In the co-main event UFC vet Damon Jackson faces Charles Cheeks III. 10-1-1 Jackson has a good record but has something to prove after going 0-1-1 with one “no contest” in the UFC. Jackson’s unanimous decision over Levi Mowles at LFC in October went a long way to repairing his image as he used his range to rack up the scoring while threatening submission on the ground with the only flaw to that fight being taking a cut to the forehead. Charles Cheeks III however is definitely no easy fight for Jackson. Cheeks enters this bout 11-4 with his 2016 stretch consisting of a split decision loss to Reynaldo Trujillo and a decision win over David Armas both in LFC followed by a triangle choke win over Justin Reiswerg for the Fury FC title.
- Victor Oreamuno vs. Jesse Nelson
- Josh Nealy vs. Fernando Salas
- Armando Servin vs. Sean Holden
- Jessie Vasquez vs. Rob Butler
- Isaiah Guiterrez vs. Oscar Neri
- Cynthia Calvillo vs. Montana Stewart
- Jason Preston vs. Orlando Coulter
- Ulysses Aguila vs. Eli Tamez
- Charles Cheeks III vs. Damon Jackson
- BW title: Leandro Higo vs. Steven Peterson