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The Legacy Fighting Alliance returns to California for its second event of 2020 with LFA 81, which is headlined by a featherweight bout between Jamall Emmers and Rafael Barbosa.
Emmers (16-4) has rebounded from getting knocked out on the second season of the Dana White's Contender Series by finishing Fard Muhammad, Caio Machado and Jay Cucciniello. The 30-year-old will look to extend his win streak in what will be his third appearance with the organization. "Prettyboy" looked great on the scales and came in at 145.2 pounds.
A training partner of Lyoto Machida, Barbosa (12-2) is coming off a split decision defeat to Luis Alberto Nogueira in October. The Brazilian was previously on a seven-fight win streak that only saw him fight once to a decision. "Coxinha" easily made weight and came in at a healthy 145.2 pounds. Both men will be looking to get on the radar of the Ultimate Fighting Championship with a big win.
The co-main event sees Jacob Rosales take on Salaiman Ahmadyar in a 160-pound catchweight contest. "Lil' Badger" has a record of 11-5 and is looking to bounce back from a Contender Series loss to Jonathan Pearce. Prior to the defeat, Rosales had put together four wins, including one within the LFA cage. Meanwhile, Ahmadyar (7-1) is coming off a split decision win over Danasabe Mohammed and will be looking for his first LFA win having lost to Joaquin Lopez in 2018.
As a short-notice replacement, former King of the Cage bantamweight champ Marvin Garcia will step up to face Vince Cachero. Both men will hit the scales on Friday.
The main card of LFA 81 will air live on UFC Fight Pass starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
LFA 81 Weigh-in Results:Jamall Emmers (145.2) vs. Rafael Barbosa (145.2)
Jacob Rosales (159) vs. Salaiman Ahmadyar (159.8)
Christian Aguilera (170.2) vs. Glaucio Eliziario (171)
Lisa Mauldin (124.4) vs. Sam Hughes (124.4)
Yuma Horiuchi (134.2) vs. Leandro Gomes (135.6)
Crystal Vanessa Demopoulos (115.6) vs. Lovethpatra Young (115)
Geoffrey Thomas Mellor (146.2)* vs. Nicholas Badis (145.4)
Lance Lee (146) vs. Carlos Figueroa (144.8)
* Mellor missed weight by .2 pounds.