The “NCAA of MMA” will start 2017 in a way unlike any other promotion. With the merger of the RFA and Legacy FC, the Legacy Fighting Alliance will begin determining the inaugural division champions beginning in January. The current titleholders will go head-to-head.
The Flyweights (125 pounds), Alexandre Pantoja and Damacio Page are both currently competing on the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter. That weight class will have its leader after the end of the TUF season. Page was also recently eliminated from the show.
Legacy’s Steven Peterson comes in with a 16-2 overall record and ten wins by rear-naked choke. He will face the RFA’s Leandro Higo for a new Bantamweight (135 pounds.) belt in the future. RFA’s Thiago Moises and Brian Camozzi (155 and 170 pounds respectively) are without challengers as the Lightweight and Welterweight championships are vacant in Legacy.
RFA Featherweight (145 pounds) champion Raoini Barcelos with Dance with Kevin Aguilar pending the result of his RFA 45 bout with Dan Moret on October 28. Both men have been known to go the full 25 minutes of a title fight. The RFA Middleweight (185 pounds) title is also vacant, but won’t be after RFA 45. Either Gerald Meerschaert or Chase Waldon will knuckle-up with Legacy’s Rafael Lavato Jr. Lavato Jr’s biggest asset should be his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
These bouts will get underway when the Legacy Fighting Alliance hybrid promotion debut in January 2017.