The Legacy Fighting Alliance returns to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for its upcoming event on May 14th. Aside from its headliner, the LFA 107 main card features three bouts, each containing top-notch talents.
LFA 107: Kirk vs Swain can be viewed this Friday exclusively on UFC Fight Pass, with the main card set to kick off at 9:00 PM (ET). The Legacy Fighting Alliance has forever been a bridge for fighters who have their eyes set on reaching the biggest stages within the sport. It won’t be surprising to see several of these athletes compete for the UFC or another big promotion sometime in the future.
LFA 107 Main Card Breakdowns
Vernon Lewis (8-4) vs Alejandro Solorzano (9-2)
LFA heavyweight veteran Vernon Lewis welcomes Alejandro Solorzano to the promotion in what is sure to be a hard-hitting affair. Lewis will be making his fifth appearance for LFA after returning from a one-fight stint over at Bellator in 2018. “Big E” has yet to lose an LFA bout and he even owns a win over UFC heavyweight Jared Vanderaa. Meanwhile, Solorzano has rattled off eight consecutive victories which include a single Bare Knuckle FC win in 2019. “Goliath” has made big strides in his game since turning pro in 2012.
Lewis is 37-years-old and he stands 6’3″ with a 78.5″ reach. Impressively, aside from MMA, Lewis has continued to serve his duty as a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas. The southpaw is coming off of a much-needed opening round TKO stoppage in March of 2020, and he’ll look to keep his momentum rolling. He’s proven the ability to both fight a hard three rounds as well as end the fight early with his heavy hands. In addition to his hands, Lewis is nearing his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at Elite MMA in Texas.
Solorzano is still only 31-years-old and he has been on an absolute tear as of late. Standing at 6’5″ with a 79″ reach, the Lobo MMA affiliate is one of the top prospects currently coming out of Mexico. “Goliath” has displayed incredible durability, which was exemplified in his BKFC bout, which went a warring four rounds. Moreover, Solorzano’s most noticeable attribute is his vicious ground and pound.
This heavyweight bout at LFA 107 is an orthodox versus southpaw clash on the feet. Lewis has a more impressive resume in terms of opponents faced, but it’s difficult to look past Solorzano’s momentum. Still, the winner will ultimately be the one who comes forward. Both men have a tendency of backing up straight to avoid shots, but whoever makes that mistake will pay in the form of being KO’d.
George Garcia (9-4) vs Ricardo Dias (9-4)
Bantamweights George Garcia and Ricardo Dias are set to square off on the LFA 107 main card, with the victor inching one step closer to reaching their dreams. Garcia is a native of California who currently gets his training at Saekson’s Muay Thai and Black House MMA. His opposition, Dias, hails from Brazil and trains at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, CA.
“Gorgeous” Garcia is making his return to the cage following roughly a year and a half layoff. Despite coming up short in his previous outing, the 30-year-old has won five of his last six fights dating back to 2017. Garcia stands just 5’5″, but he doesn’t allow that to limit him, as he’s adept at gauging distance in order to land his shots. He’s lightning-quick and he possesses a sneaky step-in looping left hand that often finds the mark.
Dias is also 30-years-old and he’ll be making his second appearance for the promotion at LFA 107. Dias likes to bring the fight to his opponent early and often, swarming them with high-volume attacks. In his LFA debut last summer, he showed a keen ability to fight with his back up against the cage while eating shots in order to land strikes of his own. The 5’8″ bantamweight has a good chin and fairly fast hands.
This bout should open up and be action-packed from the very beginning. Garcia is shorter, but he’s used to that being the case so don’t expect that to be a huge factor. When it comes to speed, Garcia owns a slight edge over Dias. Both guys are very durable and both can grapple, but expect the large majority of this bout to take place on the feet. Garcia will be the one moving forward and he should be able to land more often than Dias.
Jordan Heiderman (3-0) vs Anthony Garrett (6-2)
The first of two heavyweight fights at LFA 107 will be between unbeaten Jordan Heiderman and promotional newcomer Anthony Garrett. The former has amassed a record of 2-0 since joining LFA last year, while the latter has one Bellator fight under his belt prior to signing to the alliance.
Heiderman built up his amateur record before turning to the professional ranks in 2018. The 29-year-old won two fights in four months last year, which has the Nebraskan surging at the right time. Heiderman moves particularly well for someone standing at 6’3″ with a 78.5″ reach. He’s shown to be comfortable in grappling exchanges and he absolutely has one-punch knockout capabilities.
“Lionheart” Garrett received an opportunity to compete for Bellator in 2019 following an extended tenure at Shamrock FC. Unfortunately, the bout resulted in a no-contest after an illegal knee to the groin in the very first round. Since then, the Kansas City, Missouri native has secured back-to-back opening round stoppages en route to receiving the call to compete at LFA 107. Garrett is huge, standing at 6’5″ with an impressive 80.0″ reach. The 31-year-old possesses a lot of quality tools to build upon.
Garrett fights out of the southpaw stance with his feet set wide apart. He’s pretty fluid with his combinations and he has even shown the know-how to get back to his feet from the bottom position. Heiderman must utilize leg kicks to soften up the lead leg of Garrett, but any lazy offerings will be countered effectively via the Kansas City bred fighter. It’s likely that Heiderman will face more adversity than ever before. The question remains, how will he respond?
Aside from the headliner, which fight are you most excited for on the upcoming LFA 107 main card? Drop your thoughts and predictions in the comment section below!
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