Before we begin our preview of Friday’s LFA 82, one note regarding Aleksander Rakic:
Rakic will remain in the UFC, thanks to a new six-fight contract with the promotion.
He signed the deal on Tuesday, his third pact with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The third show in the mixed martial arts trifecta this Friday night sees Legacy Fighting Alliance set up shop in Prior Lake, MN for LFA 82 on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. PST live from Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.
The last time LFA was in Minnesota, it was last September for LFA 77.
That night’s card, which went unaired on television due to AXS TV’s cancellation of its broadcast contract with the promotion, saw Brett Martin win the LFA’s Heavyweight championship by fifth-round disqualification (illegal knees) vs. Daniel James in the main event of the evening.
LFA 77 remains unaired, as it’s not accessible for archival streaming on UFC Fight Pass.
This time around, supremacy in the Light Heavyweight ranks will highlight the visit to Minnesota in Friday’s main event.
Alex Polizzi (5-0) will battle Jamal Pogues (7-2) in the headliner of LFA 82, with the fight’s winner becoming the new LFA Light Heavyweight champion and third all-time.
Previously, Julius Anglickas defeated Clayton York just over a year ago during LFA 60’s headliner.
Anglickas vacated his belt last fall when he signed with Bellator MMA.
Heading into Friday night’s championship main event, Jamal Pogues is the taller combatant, standing 6-foot-2, two inches taller than Alex Polizzi at six feet even.
How they got here:
Alex Polizzi has yet to lose in his professional career.
Last time out, he stopped Daniel Jolly (first-round knockout) in Final Fight Championship 40 last September.
In the other corner, Jamal Pogues has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, most recently scoring a unanimous decision victory against Marcos Brigagao last August on Dana White’s Contender Series.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Jamal Pogues has a 77-inch reach heading into this fight. No such information, however, exists for Alex Polizzi.
Prediction: Alex Polizzi by unanimous decision.
Four other fights make up the main card:
Nate Togbah (7-1) vs. Jake Childers (7-0) [Featherweight co-main event]
Pauline Macias (3-0) vs. Dana Zighelboim Grau (2-2) [Strawweight]
JP Saint Louis (6-3) vs. Korey Kuppe (7-3) [Welterweight]
Sean Stebbins (2-0) vs. Nate Smith (5-0) [Flyweight]
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LFA 82 at a Glance: (all times Friday)
Card: 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST, 6 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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