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In early September, it was announced that Legacy FC would merge with Resurrection Fighting Alliance to become Legacy Fighting Alliance. Now, they have announced the very first card as LFA and it's pretty damn exciting.

The debut card, set for early January, will pit a RFA champion against a Legacy FC champion in order to declare a new LFA champion.


Anytime you put two champions against each other, you know there are guaranteed fireworks. Both fighters are established, talented athletes and neither wants to lose the belt he's already earned.


The first card matches Legacy bantamweight champion Steven “Ocho” Peterson against RFA bantamweight champion Leandro “Pitbull” Higo at a showdown in Texas.

“I am extremely excited to see this historic first event of the world’s largest and premiere developmental league for MMA,” said Former Legacy President Mick Maynard. (H/T MMAWeekly) “Our very first LFA unification bout features two bantamweight title holders that haven’t lost in 4-5 years and they have very aggressive submission games. Both are young, exciting prospects, and a perfect representation of LFA.”

I predicted these type of fights would happen when the merger was announced, and paired the champs up here.

Peterson is the hometown favorite and a LFA staple. He first made his LFA debut back in 2011 and has gone on to compete a total of 10 times for the promotion since. He's on a six-fight win streak with a 14-4 professional record.

He will face Higo, a Brazilian with an impressive 16-2 professional record. He has been with RFA for just one year, but is on a stunning seven fight win streak.

Watch the first ever LFA card on January 13, Live on AXS TV.


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