This week kicked off with a bang in the world of mixed martial arts. Over at MMAFighting, Ed Soares (whose name you should recognize) joined The MMA Hour to discuss some big news.
Two of the more well-known developmental organizations would be combining their assets, as Soares’ Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) would be joining with Legacy Fighting Championship (LFC) to create the all-new Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA).
Soares, who will be the CEO of the newly minted organization, suggested that the decision to merge had been in the works for some six-to-eight months. The expectation is to become the premier destination for fighters looking to make a name for themselves before joining the UFC or Bellator, with Soares believing that, “we wanted to create the NCAA of mixed martial arts. And by Legacy and RFA coming together, that’s exactly what we’ve built.”
Importantly for the new organization and its soon-to-be fighters, LFA will be broadcast on AXSTV in the USA, and on the Fight Network here in Canada. The two former organizations have done 14 (LFC) and 13 (RFA) shows this year, and plan to build on that number in 2017, with Soares stating a goal of 30 shows in 2017, with hopes of further expansion in the future.
Obviously, this is great news for the fighters on the come-up. A large international audience, and a regular home to showcase talent is certainly a benefit to anyone attempting to get noticed. More than 100 fighters have gained experience inLFC or RFA before receiving the call up to Bellator or the UFC. Surely this merger is only going to see that number grow, as this creates a large, visible developmental organization, and the likely 3rd largest promotion in North America (okay, it’s a bit of a tossup between LFA and World Series of Fighting).
There was no news was announced just yet about any upcoming shows, but the champions of the two divisions will square-off against one another to determine who is crowned the inaugural LFA champions.