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Pentagon to host four more weeks of MMA events

08/11/2020, 5:15pm CDT
By Sanford Media Relations

LAS VEGAS -  The Sanford Pentagon will host four more consecutive weeks of MMA events beginning August 21 with cards from Legacy Fighting Alliance.

These events will continue to be closed to the public. The main cards will air worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 8 p.m. CT.

Sanford Health will leverage its strength as a health care system to accommodate the fights, following strict medical guidelines to ensure the safety of those involved. LFA has implemented a five-page health and safety document based on UFC standards that will establish and guide protocols for upcoming events. All fighters will take a COVID-19 test, and all personnel will be screened for temperature and asked a series of health questions prior to entering the Pentagon. All personnel will also be required to comply with social distancing guidelines.

"I am excited to announced that LFA will be returning to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota," stated LFA CEO Ed Soares. "We brought four successful closed-door events to the Sanford Pentagon in July. This continued a great working relationship we established with the South Dakota Athletic Commission and Sanford Pentagon six summers ago, when we brought the first sanctioned MMA event to the state. Our partnership with Sanford Heath has allowed us to create a safe and healthy environment for our fighters and staff. We look forward to continuing our residency on our LFA fight campus in Sioux Falls. We return on August 21 and will host four events in a span of four weeks."

LFA 88: Willis vs. De Jesus takes place Friday, August 21. The main event will feature a welterweight world title fight between two of the most accomplished prospects in the division. Jaleel "The Realest" Willis (12-2) and Vinicius "The Brazilian Bad Boy" De Jesus (9-2) are two of the biggest stars in the 170-pound division. Willis is a 4-time LFA veteran that has either headlined or co-headlined for the promotion in each of those bouts. Prior to competing in MMA, Willis received All-American honors in Greco-Roman wrestling. De Jesus, like Willis, has made a name for himself competing in Bellator. The second-degree BJJ black belt also won and defended the CES welterweight title. The winner of this vacant title fight will become the fourth welterweight champion in LFA history.

LFA 89: Moore vs. Giannetti takes place Friday, August 28. The main event will feature a showdown between two of the top fighters in the stacked lightweight division. Brant "Killer Bee" Moore (7-1) and Joe "Skeletor" Giannetti (9-2-1) are two of the most promising prospects in one of LFA's deepest divisions. Moore is a BJJ black belt that earned his first headlining bout for LFA after going 3-0 for the promotion. The Texan will now lock horns with a popular Boston native in Giannetti. The Bostonian made a name for himself competing on the UFC's hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated. Giannetti reached the tournament final after submitting his first two opponents in the first round. He then made his UFC debut at the UFC: TUF 27 Finale where he dropped a razor-close Split Decision.

LFA 90: Lazishvili vs. Steele takes place Friday, September 4. The main event will feature a bantamweight world title fight between the top two undefeated prospects in the division. Zviad Lazishvili (12-0) and Ricky "The Karate Kid" Steele (6-0) understand the implications and prestige behind winning this title. This title has a long history as it was first awarded at LFA 1, after the merger of RFA and Legacy created LFA in 2017. Leandro Higo won the title that night and went on to fight for the Bellator title. The other three champions Ricky Simón, Miles Johns, and Casey Kenney currently fight in the UFC. Lazishvili is an undefeated Georgian fighter who earned a dominant win in his LFA debut at LFA 79. Steele is a fourth-degree black belt in Keishinkan Karate who has impressed in RFA, TUF 27, and Contender Series.

LFA 91 takes place Friday, September 11th. The main event is being finalized and will be announced soon.

In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 190 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In 2018, the promotion joined the Imperial Family Companies group (formerly London Trust Media). In 2019, the promotion announced a broadcast partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS®.

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