Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced that LFA will return to Minnesota on the first day of June with a lightweight showdown between the final RFA lightweight champion and a surging upset artist.
The main event of LFA 41 will feature the return of the final RFA lightweight champion Thiago Moisés when he faces the division’s biggest upset machine Jeff “The Administrator” Peterson. LFA 41 – Moisés vs. Peterson takes place Friday, June 1st at the Minnetonka Ballroom inside the new Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Peterson (9-4) of Wisconsin is currently riding an impressive six-fight win streak and hasn’t tasted
defeat in over three years. However, the Alliance MMA product really started to make a name for himself last year after signing with LFA. Peterson did this by winning all three of his fights for the promotion against the heavily favored opposition. The first win came against top undefeated prospect Bobby Lee via Unanimous Decision at LFA 12. The second win came against local fan favorite Brandon Jenkins via Split Decision at LFA 20. The third and biggest win came against longtime Bellator star and fellow U.S. Marine Mike Richman via Unanimous Decision in the co-main event of LFA 29.
Now the 28-year-old known as “The Administrator” will be looking to add the final RFA lightweight champion to his list of upsets. This is the next necessary step he will need to take if the Peterson regime plans on taking over as the new ruling administration atop the LFA lightweight division. He has gotten to this point by defying the odds. Peterson has administered his rugged, no-nonsense style of fighting to upset an undefeated prospect, a local favorite, and a popular vet. Now he will up the ante by facing his biggest test to date. When the opening betting odds are released for this fight, expect Peterson to once again be the underdog. He wouldn’t want it any other way. That is where he thrives. A devil dog, seen as an underdog, in a prime-time headlining fight is a scary thing. Oorah.
Moisés (9-2) recently turned 23-years-old but has long been considered one of the most exciting lightweight prospects in the world. The Brazilian dynamo submitted Javon Wright in his RFA debut at RFA 28. The win earned Moisés a shot at RFA gold in his next outing at RFA 35. Moisés used this opportunity to secure one of the most memorable submission wins in MMA history. He executed an electrifying and ultra-rare Helicopter Armbar to submit David Castillo. The submission made him the second youngest champion in RFA history, went viral on the internet, and earned him a nominee for “Submission of the Year” at the annual World MMA Awards.
Moisés then defended his RFA lightweight title twice. The first title defense came against Jamall Emmers at RFA 38. The win came with UFC President Dana White sitting cage side and was featured on the seventh episode of Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight. The second title defense came against Zach Freeman in Freeman’s hometown at RFA 44. During that fight, Moisés broke his hand. The American Top Team product still managed to cruise to a Unanimous Decision victory, but he missed nearly a year of action waiting for his surgically repaired hand to heal. Moisés then re-injured his hand vying for the inaugural LFA lightweight title last summer at LFA 17. Now the BJJ black belt is back and ready to remind the world, that when he is at 100%, he is the top lightweight prospect in the world.
The co-main Event at LFA 41 brings Killys Mota (11-0) to take on Local Bobby Lee (10-1) in a fantastic Lightweight Matchup featuring two top world prospects.
James Lynch interviewed Jeff Peterson, Thiago Moises, Nate Jennerman, Amanda Byers, and Brittany Nieman which you can watch below. Also, Tap Out and TKO interviewed Joey Hart and Coty Milhausen, who are also on the card. MMA UK caught up with Bobby Lee and you can read his story below as well.
The UPDATED LFA 41 line-up follows the video interviews below.
Jeff Peterson on Thiago Moises
Thiago Moises on Jeff Peterson
Nate Jennerman discusses Kevin Croom fight
Coty Milhausen talks LFA 41
Amanda Byers Interview
Brtanny Nieman Interview
Joey Hart Interview