Brandon Royval, Jerome Rivera rematch for flyweight title in LFA 78 main event

The vacant flyweight title will be on the line when LFA returns to Colorado in October.

Brandon Royval (9-4) is set to take on Jerome Rivera (8-2) in a rematch for the 125-pound belt in the LFA 78 main event, the promotion recently announced. The pair first fought at LFA 39 in May 2018, but Rivera suffered a freak injury just 40 seconds into the fight for a TKO win for Royval.

The LFA 78 co-main event will be a welterweight bout between Anthony Adams (8-1) and Kassius Kayne (13-6). Plus, Adam Martinez (6-2) takes on Justin Wetzell (4-1) in a bantamweight bout on the card.

LFA 78 takes place Oct. 4 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo., near Denver. The main card airs on AXS TV. It will be LFA’s third visit to the state in 2019.

“We are excited to bring the LFA flyweight championship to Colorado,” LFA CEO Ed Soares stated. “Brandon Royval and Jerome Rivera first fought each other at LFA 39. It was a highly-anticipated bout that ended early due to an unfortunate elbow injury that Rivera sustained while bracing himself against the cage. Now that both men are fully healed and healthy, we will run this back with the title on the line at LFA 78.”

Royval has won four of his past five fights, including the victory over Rivera. His lone loss in that stretch came at LFA 53 this past November, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Casey Kenney for the vacant 125-pound title. Kenney defended the title in March, then made a quick turnaround for a short-notice UFC fight. Kenney now is 2-0 in the promotion, including a win this past Saturday at UFC 241.

Royval had wins over Demetrius Wilson, Rivera and Charles Johnson to get his first title shot. After the loss to Kenney, he returned to his winning ways with a first-round armbar submission of Joby Sanchez, who has five UFC bouts on his resume, at LFA 65.

Rivera started his career a perfect 7-0 before a third-round armbar loss to Roberto Sanchez in 2017 at LFA 14. After nearly a year on the sidelines, he returned at LFA 39 against Royval, where he suffered his elbow injury. Earlier this year, though, he returned and took out Gene Perez in 67 seconds with an armbar at a Jackson’s MMA Series event in his home state of New Mexico.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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