LFA TRAVELS TO THE “SOONER STATE” WITH LFA 9 – DENNIS vs. MARQUES
DENNIS vs. MARQUES
FRIDAY, APRIL 14th LIVE on AXS TV
FIRELAKE ARENA in SHAWNEE, OKLAHOMA
HOUSTON, Texas — Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that LFA will host three consecutive weeks of LFA events in April. The second of the three will be LFA 9, which will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of Oklahoma. It will also be the ninth LFA event to take place after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC) and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA).
The main event of LFA 9 will feature a showdown between two of the most entertaining 205-pounders in the sport. Former Legacy FC light-heavyweight champion Myron “The Future” Dennis looks to defend his home turf against two-time Legacy FC title challenger Ryan “Superman” Spann. LFA 9 – Dennis vs. Spann takes place Friday, April 14th at the FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
“I am excited to bring the LFA to the great state of Oklahoma,” stated Soares. “Myron Dennis and Ryan Spann were two of the most popular fighters in Legacy FC history. On April 14th, fight fans get to finally see these exciting light-heavyweight prospects face each other in the main event of LFA 9.”
Dennis (12-6) is one of the most decorated Oklahomans to have ever competed in the famed Legacy FC promotion. The Oklahoma City native defeated former UFC heavyweight star Paul Buentello to capture the Legacy FC light-heavyweight title in the main event of Legacy FC 29. Dennis also competed in Legacy FC’s kickboxing promotion LK as well as GLORY alongside his older brother Demoreo Dennis. He then went on to compete on the UFC’s hit reality reality television show The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) last summer. Dennis impressed UFC President Dana White with his elite striking skills that helped Dennis advance to the quarter-finals of TUF 23. Dennis is now eager to make another statement in his LFA debut in his hometown on April 14th.
Spann (9-4) returns to the LFA in the LFA 9 headliner just two months after headlining LFA 3. Only this time, we will see a bigger, stronger, and meaner “Superman”. After being edged out via Split Decision to undefeated middleweight juggernaut Trevin Giles in February, the towering 6-foot, 5-inch Spann decided bigger is better and has bulked back up to the light-heavyweight limit. This is where Spann feels he can cause the most damage and once again establish himself as the top contender in the division. Prior to his LFA debut, Spann had four consecutive appearances for Legacy FC, which included two title fights. The Memphis, Tennessee native, who now calls Texas home, travels north of the border on April 14th to add a new chapter to the Red River Showdown.
The co-main event of LFA 9 will feature Dennis’ older brother Demoreo Dennis (6-3), who made a triumphant return to MMA last summer after competing for the top-flight kickboxing promotion GLORY. The heavyweight destroyer made his MMA comeback glorious by forcing a TKO stoppage after two dominant rounds. The win earned the older Dennis brother a local MMA title in Shawnee, Oklahoma. This will be the location of his LFA debut, where he will co-headline LFA 9 just one bout before his younger brother throws down in the main event.
The man looking to play spoiler is the massive 6-foot, 6-inch Don’Tale “Kong” Mayes (2-1). Mayes quickly established himself as one of the top heavyweight prospects in MMA last year with two dominant stoppage wins. However, his third fight at RFA 46 in December was spoiled by a questionable call. After battering his opponent with a barrage of unanswered strikes on the ground, that should have forced a referee stoppage, the referee instead stopped the fight due to one glancing blow to the back of the head after multiple unquestionable shots had already done the damage.
Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lbs) – Myron Dennis vs. Ryan Spann
Co-Main Event | Heavyweight Bout (265 lbs) – Demoreo Dennis vs. Don’Tale Mayes
Women’s Strawweight Bout (115 lbs) – Sabina Mazo vs. Jamie Thorton
Lightweight Bout (155 lbs) – Kyle Driscoll vs. Jose Martinez
Bantamweight Bout (135 lbs) – Travis Quintero vs. Nathan Trepagnier
Featherweight Bout (145 lbs) – Eddie Brown vs. Malcolm Hill
In September, Legacy FC and RFA officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. Legacy FC and RFA have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.
LFA 9 will serve as the first LFA event to take place in the state of Oklahoma. Legacy FC visited the “Sooner State” seven times before the merger. The entire main card of LFA 9 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. RFA can be seen live in over 48 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).
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