LFA is back:
Four months ago, on March 6, the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) held its LFA 83 card in Dallas at a venue known as The Bomb Factory (a concert venue, not an actual factory in North Texas.)
At the time, the LFA had planned to return to live action on UFC Fight Pass two weeks later on March 20 with LFA 84 from the Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix, but eight days before the event, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as a pandemic.
Due to the pandemic, the LFA reversed course and elected to postpone the original LFA 84, LFA 85, and LFA 86 cards, scheduled for March 20, April 3, and April 17, to later dates in the interest of public safety.
In June, the LFA announced its scheduled return for this Friday night, July 10, with the new LFA 84.
Subsequent to the announcement of LFA 84, the MMA promotion announced that LFA 85 and LFA 86 would be rescheduled to July 17 and July 24, with LFA 87 taking place July 31.
LFA in a bubble:
All four July LFA events will take place without fans in attendance from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD, where the original LFA 86 was supposed to have taken place on April 17.
The LFA’s return begins this Friday night at 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT with the new LFA 84, a seven-fight show with a six-fight main card.
Gonzales vs. Childers:
Highlighting the show this Friday night is a five-round main event for the vacant LFA Featherweight title between Justin Gonzales (10-0) and Jake Childers (8-0).
Its winner will become the fifth LFA Featherweight titleholder all-time, succeeding now-former champion Damon Jackson, who left the LFA last year to join the roster of the Professional Fighters League.
Heading into Friday night’s main event, Justin Gonzales is the taller contender, standing 5-foot-10, two inches taller than Jake Childers at 5-foot-8.
How they got here:
Both fighters have yet to lose in their professional MMA careers, entering this main event with a combined 18-0 record.
Last year, Gonzales fought to a unanimous decision victory against Zach Zane in the June 25, 2019 episode of Dana White’s Contender Series on ESPN+.
In the other corner, Jake Childers won back in February against Nate Richardson by first-round knockout (slam) in LFA 82 on UFC Fight Pass.
The Tale of the Tape:
According to Tapology, Justin Gonzales owns a 1.5-inch reach advantage (72 inches to 70.5 inches) over Jake Childers heading into this main event.
Prediction: Justin Gonzales by unanimous decision.
Other fights on Friday night’s main card include:
Co-main event: Kassius Kane (11-6) vs. Andre Fialho (10-3) [Welterweight]
Shawn West (16-10) vs. Boston Salmon (6-3) [catchweight- 150 lbs.]
Kamuela Kirk (9-3) vs. Bruno Souza (6-1) [Featherweight]
Maycon Mendonca (8-4) vs. Tyler Ray (6-1) [Welterweight]
Ben Lugo (5-3) vs. Natan Levy (4-0) [Lightweight]
The following prelim will take place ahead of Friday night’s main card:
Kameron Jordan (debut) vs. Christian Rodriguez (3-0) [catchweight- 140 lbs.]
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LFA 84 at a glance: (Friday)
Card: 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, UFC Fight Pass