A press conference to announce the first Legacy Fighting Championship mixed martial arts card to take place in New Mexico was held today inside the Route 66 Casino. We already knew in advance that the featured name scheduled for the Legacy Fighting Championship 30 (LC 30) event would be undefeated WMMA standout Holly Holm (6-0). The April 4th event is billed as a co-promotion venture between Legacy FC and Fresquez Productions which has been home to most of the professional bouts for Holm’s MMA and Boxing career.
While it had been announced in December after Holm’s decision victory on the Fresquez Promotion’s “Havoc” event by Southwest Fight News and other media sources, it was confirmed today that Holm would pair with Juliana Werner (7-3) of Rio Negrinho, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Often a Flyweight, Werner will step up to the plate to take on her toughest challenge to date when she faces the striking phenomenon and hometown fighter Holly Holm. Wenrer has an interesting resume; she has won five in a row and all of her three career losses have come to the same opponent (Vanessa Porto).
Holm and Werner are going to fight for the vacant Women’s 135-pound Legacy FC Title which means the bout will be scheduled for five (5) rounds. This will be the first time Holm will fight for a regional title and also the first time she will have the opportunity to fight for 25-minutes. Should Holm continue down her UFC-bound career path, this type of 25-minute fight may be in her future.
Also announced for the event is the highly anticipated match-up between FIT NHB’s top prospect Ray Borg (5-0) and Jackson-Winkeljohn top prospect Nick Urso (7-1). Southwest Fight News broke the reported match-up a couple of weeks ago and the pairing was atop the fights” we wanted to see in 2014. This fight is a big deal fight fans, arguably one of the best match-ups in New Mexico MMA history.
Judgement MMA’s Adrian Cruz (5-1) was part of the announcement process as well; looking to bounce back from his first professional loss he will take on a very tough opponent in Enrique “Henry” Briones (13-4) who will come into the bout representing the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym. Another quality match-up, Mikey “The Burque Bulldog” Lovato (10-3) will end a lengthy hiatus to take on the very tough Gene Perez (3-6).
Donald Sanchez (29-13) will also end his own hiatus and will make his debut as a fighter representing the Jackson-Winkeljohn gym and he will be taking on a very tough Brazilian fighter Flavio Alvarado (45-10). Both fighters are extremely experienced and have about 100-professional bouts between them.
Legacy FC 30 Fight Card: (Subject to change, bout order and line-up)
Legacy FC Bantamweight WMMA Title Fight – Holly Holm (6-0) vs. Juliana Werner (7-3)
145 Pounds: Donald Sanchez – Albuquerque, NM (29-13) vs. Flavio Alvaro – Sao Paulo, Brazil (45-10)
125 Pounds: Nick Urso – Albuquerque, NM (7-1) vs. Ray Borg – Albuquerque, NM (5-0)
135 Pounds: Adrian Cruz – Albuquerque, NM (5-1) vs. Henry Briones – Tijuana, Mexico (13-4)
170 Pounds: Clint Roberts – Albuquerque, NM (4-1) vs. Martin Sano – El Paso, Tx (3-0)
125 Pounds: Mikey Lovato – Albuquerque, NM (10-3) vs. Gene Perez - Belen, NM (3-6)
170 Pounds: Lenny Lovato - Albuquerque, NM (8-2) vs. Kamaru Usman - Del Ray Beach, Fl (3-1)
170 Pounds: Stacy Cly - Gallup, NM (pro debut) vs. Eric Saavedra (3-5) Albuquerque, NM
170 Pounds: Hunter Tower (debut) vs. Leonardo Pena (debut)
135 Pounds: Jesse Sandoval (1-3) vs. Terrance Shields (debut)
170 Pounds: Mike Benafiel (debut) vs. Jose Cueto (3-0)
145 Pounds: Nate Armstrong (1-0) vs. TBA
125 Pounds: Jesse Tafoya (debut) vs. TBA
125 Pounds: Ricky Esquibel (3-1) vs. TBA