Legacy Fighting Alliance will crown its inaugural flyweight champion at LFA 14 on June 23 when Jerome Rivera takes on Roberto Sanchez.
A native of Santa Fe, N.M., Rivera opened his pro MMA career with four consecutive submission wins. “The Renegade” eventually found his way into the LFA cage, where he toppled Zac Riley via unanimous nod in his promotional debut at LFA 10 in April. At 6-0, the Luttrell-Yee MMA product is stoked for what will be the biggest fight of his still-blossoming career.
“I am so humbled by the opportunity in front of me,” said Rivera. “To be considered to compete for the inaugural flyweight title is a tremendous honor and I couldn't be more excited to train for this fight. When I saw Roberto listed as potentially the top flyweight for LFA, I knew I had to step into the cage with him. He was definitely on my short list of fighters that I would love to test my skills against.”
Sanchez, meanwhile, debuted at Legacy FC 39 in February 2015 and beat Jacob Silva via unanimous decision. From there, the Houstonian has submitted every single foe he’s faced, all but one via rear-naked choke. “Little Fury” is coming off a second-round sub of Klayton Mai at LFA 7 in March.
LFA 14 will take place at Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. AXS-TVwill televise the action beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Additional bouts will be announced in the coming days.