UFC veteran Anthony Birchak, top prospect Nohelin Hernandez headline LFA 72 in Phoenix

LFA returns to Arizona next month, and a UFC veteran is slated for the main event.  

LFA 72 takes place July 26 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

The headliner features a bantamweight showcase fight between UFC and RIZIN veteran Anthony Birchak (13-6) and rising star Nohelin Hernandez (10-2).

From 2014-2016, Birchak competed four times in the UFC and alternated wins and losses. After he was submitted by Ian Entwistle via heel hook in his debut, Birchak picked up his first promotional victory at UFC Fight Night 68 with a knockout of Joe Soto.

Subsequently, “El Toro” lost to Thomas Almeida via strikes at UFC Fight Night 77. Despite winning his final UFC bout against Dileno Lopes at UFC Fight Night 77, Birchak departed the promotion to pursue an opportunity in Rizin.

Hernandez is highly regarded by many as one of the top up-and-coming bantamweight prospects in North America. The American Kickboxing Academy product has won his past four MMA bouts for Tachi Palace Fights, LFA and Bellator.

Before the headliners take the stage, the co-main event is being deemed a “middleweight war” with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Daniel Madrid (16-6) vs. prospect Chris Harris (11-3).

A win over Harris would extend his winning streak to four and could propel Arizona’s Madrid into the UFC. For Harris, a victory at LFA 72 would mean back-to-back wins for the first time since 2016.

Also on the card, Kevin Natividad (8-1) and UFC veteran Roman Salazar (13-8) will square off at 135 pounds. Additionally, a featherweight bout between Mike Hamel (6-2) and Flavian Pilgram (5-1) is slated for the event.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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