Legacy Fighting Alliance has made Cinco de Mayo plans.
LFA 11 takes place on May 5 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Monday, the promotion announced that the card will be headlined by local middleweight favorite Daniel Madrid facing off with Arizona-based Australian Matthew Frincu. In the co-main event slot, undefeated MMA Lab welterweight James Nakashima will face Bellator MMA veteran LaRue Burley.
“Frincu looked amazing in his LFA debut and Madrid has been unbeatable in nearly four years. LFA 11 will carry on the long and storied tradition of great combat sporting events that have taken place on Cinco de Mayo weekend,” LFA CEO Ed Soares said in a press release.
Since dropping back-to-back bouts to Russians Erik Oganov and Ramazan Esenbaev five years ago, the 32-year-old Madrid has put together a six-fight winning streak, finishing all his opponents in that span. “Demigod” last saw action in March 2016, where he won his consecutive bout over Daniel Hernandez under the King of the Cage banner, tapping his foe with a triangle in less than two minutes.
Frincu, 23, made his promotional debut at LFA 5 on Feb. 24, earning a 15-minute decision over Kris Hocum. The win was the Aussie striker's eighth win his last nine bouts, his lone loss in the last five years coming against rising prospect Abubakar Nurmagomedov at World Series of Fighting 30 in April of last year.
After five bouts for the Resurrection Fighting Alliance before its merger with the Legacy Fighting Championship, the 28-year-old Nakashima will also make his LFA debut. At RFA 46 this past December, the Illinois transplant won a unanimous decision over Desmond Hill to move to 6-0 as a professional.
The 32-year-old Burley -- a former wide receiver on the gridiron for Southern Utah University and later several teams in the AF2, the Arena Football League's developmental ranks – came to the MMA world's attention in September 2013, when he upset then-undefeated NCAA Division 1 national wrestling champion Bubba Jenkins via knockout at Bellator 100. Following a pair of losses to Brian Foster and Ramil Mustapaev in WSOF, Burley won a tune-up bout over journeyman Cedric Marks last September via third-round knockout.
The main card of LFA 11 airs live on AXS TV.