From my conversation with @LFAfighting boss @edblackhouse, as he talks #LFA becoming the #NCAA of #MMA. Sending 62 talents to the #UFC and #Bellator in 2020 alone. Full interview also talking promoting during a #pandemic is up on @sherdogdotcom now. pic.twitter.com/Auo9VVwD34— Jason Burgos (@CheapSeatsChat) January 14, 2021
The Legacy Fighting Alliance will hold its first mixed martial arts event of 2021 on Friday, and the championship topper is good to go.
Both fighters in the main event had no issue making weight, but three other fighters came in heavy. Jose Martinez and Cam Ansel both failed to make the lightweight limit, while Guilherme Santos missed the featherweight cap by 1.6 pounds. All three matches are still going forward, though, with the overweight fighters each fined percentages of their respective purses.
The once-beaten Browne (10-1) is looking to get his first taste of championship gold. “Nyquil” is riding a three-fight winning streak since dropping a decision to John Gunther. Along the way, Browne earned a unanimous decision victory over Ben Egli, and submitted Trey Ogden with a rear-naked choke. Browne officially came in at 154.8 pounds.
Also looking to win the vacant title is Estrazulas (12-4). The Brazilian is undefeated in his two LFA appearances, having submitted both Dominic Clark and Steve Kozola. Estrazulas last tasted defeat to Thiago Tavares in 2018. The Kings MMA product made championship weight at 154.6 pounds.
LFA 97 will air live on UFC Fight Pass starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
LFA 97 Weigh-in Results:Nick Browne (154.8) vs. Arthur Estrazulas (154.6)
Jacob Rosales (154.4) vs. Jose Martinez (157)*
Kamuela Kirk (145.2) vs. Guilherme Santos (147.6)**
Kelly D'Angelo (115.6) vs. Lovethpatra Young (115)
Michael Stack (145.6) vs. Jordan Mapa (145.2)
Josh Quinlan (170.8) vs. Joe Boerschig (168)
Thomas Petersen (258) vs. Kimo Luis (264.8)
Nadine Mandiau (125.6) vs. Claire Guthrie (125.8)
Cam Ansel (157.4)*** vs. Shane Shapiro (155.8)
* Martinez missed weight by one pound and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
** Santos missed weight by 1.6 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.
*** Ansel missed weight by 1.4 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.