After a 15-fight run in the UFC, Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva now headlines LFA 45.
Promotion officials today announced that Silva (19-9) will face Nick Barnes (12-3) in the featured bout of the card, which takes place July 20 at Morongo Casino Outdoor Pavilion in Cabazon, Calif. The night’s main card airs on AXS TV.
“I am excited to bring LFA back to Coachella Valley at LFA 45,” LFA CEO Ed Soares stated. “This will be our fourth show in my home state of California. Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa is a world-class, four-diamond establishment, and we look forward to returning in July with an explosive main event between Erick Silva and Nick Barnes.”
Silva made his UFC debut in 2011 and made an immediate impace, stopping Luis Ramos in just 40 seconds at UFC 134. Deemed a top prospect, Silva struggled to get consistent results in the UFC but certainly had his share of highlights, including “Fight of the Night” bonuses for memorable clashes with Matt Brown, Jon Fitch and Luan Chagas.
Meanwhile, Barnes headlines his third consecutive LFA. This past August, Barnes earned a split-decision win over Chad Curry, though more recently, he suffered a knockout loss to Curtis Millender at January’s LFA 30 event.
Additional matchups for the card include middleweights Moses Murrietta (6-1) vs. Casey Ryan (9-3), light heavyweights James Cannon (7-2) vs. Blake Troop (7-5) and middleweights Luc Bondole (5-2) vs. Taylor Johnson (3-0).
The current LFA 45 card includes:
- Erick Silva vs. Nick Barnes
- Moses Murrietta vs. Casey Ryan
- James Cannon vs. Blake Troop
- Luc Bondole vs. Taylor Johnson
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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