LFA has started to set its schedule for the summer months with a pair of events in Minnesota and California in the weekends following Memorial Day.
LFA 68 is set for May 31 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., the promotion recently announced. And the following week, LFA 69 goes down at Morongo Outdoor Pavilion in Cabazon, Calif. Both events have main cards on AXS TV.
In the LFA 68 headliner, two-time NCAA D-II national wrestling champion Raufeon Stots (11-1) takes on Brazilian prospect Gustavo Erak (21-4-1) in a bantamweight bout. In addition, Nate Jennerman (13-4) meets Luis Saldana (13-6) at featherweight in the co-feature and Brandon Jenkins (12-6) fights Le’Ville Simpson (8-4) at lightweight.
In the LFA 69 main event, Jacob Rosales (10-4) has a lightweight bout against Arthur Estrazulas (10-4), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and GLORY kickboxing vet. In the co-feature, former Bellator middleweight champion Brandon Halsey (12-5) takes on Blake Troop (8-5) at light heavyweight.
Stots made his promotional debut at LFA 48 in September 2018 and had a highlight-reel TKO of Ryan Lilley. Then he took a decision from Levi Mowles at LFA 55 for his third straight win.
Erak took an eight-fight winning streak into his promotional debut in the LFA 51 main event in September 2018, but dropped a decision to Cody Gibson. With back-to-back wins already in 2019, he’ll be looking to get his first victory under the LFA banner.
The LFA 68 lineup includes:
- Raufeon Stots vs. Gustavo Erak
- Nate Jennerman vs. Luis Saldana
- Brandon Jenkins vs. Le’Ville Simpson
Rosales, who is 3-0 in Bellator fights, has won three straight, including a first-round TKO of Ricardo Seixas this past November at LFA 54, his debut for the promotion. Coincidentally, one of Seixas’ cornermen for his fight against Rosales was Estrazulas, who trains at Kings MMA in Southern California.
Estrazulas has wins for Bellator, Absolut Combat Berkut and King of the Cage on his resume, and he’ll be looking to bounce back from a split-decision loss to UFC veteran Thiago Tavares at in the PFL this past August. Prior to that, he had won five of his past six.
Troop has won four striaght fights, including back-t-back first-round TKO wins over Khadzhimurat Bestaev at LFA 30 and James Cannon at LFA 45, both in 2018. After leaving Bellator, Halsey has fought for M-1 Challenge, the PFL and Rizin, but he’ll be looking to get back on track after a first-round loss to Jiri Prochazka at Rizin FF 14 this past New Year’s Eve.
The LFA 69 lineup includes:
- Jacob Rosales vs. Arthur Estrazulas
- Brandon Halsey vs. Blake Troop
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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