LFA 71 Heads to Atlanta With Welterweight Championship Main Event

By Natalie Zamudio Jun 13, 2019
Legacy Fighting Alliance will make its Atlanta debut on July 12 when it hosts a welterweight championship bout for its vacant title. Headlined by Jason Jackson versus Ednaldo Junior Marques, LFA 71 will also include a lightweight tilt between Omar Antonio Morales Ferrer (7-0) and Robert Hale (6-4), and a bantamweight showing between Devante Sewell (7-3) and Ary Farias (7-2). The remainder of the card has yet to be announced.

Jackson, also known as "The Ass-Kicking Machine," will challenge for gold against the 25-year-old Brazilian prospect training out of Imperio Fight Team, home to Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight hotshot Johnny Walker.

"I am excited to bring the LFA welterweight championship to Atlanta," promoter Ed Soares exclaimed. "This will be our first trip to Georgia under the LFA banner and we will be crowning a new welterweight champion on July 12. Jason Jackson and Junior Marques will give our southern fight fans a fantastic title fight at LFA 71."

Jackson, 28, trains at the acclaimed Hard Knocks 365 gym and owns a 9-3 mixed martial arts record. The Jamaican is a graduate of the UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter Season 21" competition, as well as the first season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. He also fought inside the Bellator MMA cage before moving to LFA.

Marques (9-1), who has thus far only competed in Brazil, will be making his United States debut at LFA 71. "Juninho" has earned finishes in eight of his nine MMA victories and has won Brazilian championships in both MMA and muay Thai.

LFA 71 goes down on Friday, July 21 at the Coca-Cola Roxy in Atlanta and will air live on Axs TV at 9 p.m. ET.

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