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LFA 129 Main Event Preview: Petersen vs. Cortes-Acosta

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Spring is in full swing at this point and while the weather warms up outside, so does the action in the arenas inside MMA cages– and what better way to kick off your holiday weekend than a championship bout in the main event of the evening?

Legacy Fighting Alliance provides just that on Friday night as the promotion sets up shop in Prior Lake, MN and Mystic Lake Casino Hotel for LFA 129 where supremacy at 265 lbs. will be at stake in the LFA 129 main event– and somebody’s 0 will need to go.

LFA Heavyweight Championship at Stake in LFA 129 Main Event This Friday Night

Incumbent champion Thomas Petersen (5-0 MMA, 4-0 LFA) will defend his strap for the first time when he meets challenger Waldo Cortes-Acosta (5-0 MMA, 1-0 LFA) in your headlining bout, a five-round fight at five minutes per round to close the evening’s action.

As with all LFA events, LFA 129 will be streamed live on UFC Fight Pass this coming Friday evening beginning at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT as part of an MMA doubleheader on the service including CFFC 107.

LFA 129 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the LFA 129 main event on Friday night, challenger Waldo Cortes stands as the taller man at 6-foot-4, compared to the 6-foot-1 frame of champion Thomas Petersen.

In addition, Cortes owns an eight-inch reach advantage (80 inches to 72 inches) over Petersen going into this championship fight on Friday evening.

Champion Thomas Petersen Looks To Defend LFA Heavyweight Championship in “Home Game” During LFA 129 Main Event

A universal storyline going into the LFA 129 main event this Friday night is that both of these men are undefeated thus far in their respective professional MMA careers.

The champ is currently on a 10-fight winning streak dating back to his amateur career, most recently scoring a first-round knockout of Vernon Lewis (ground and pound shots) during LFA 113.

After the fight, Petersen was interviewed by Texas MMA Round-Up, during which he gave his initial reaction to securing the title.

“It [the belt] feels so light, but it’s heavy,” Petersen said. “It was so much hard work, so much determination, so much (expletive deleted) going into this, man. It was a trip. This was the hardest I trained for anybody. It meant the most for me. It meant the most for me and my family. I just love LFA. I love everything they do and this is a great promotion. Man, it was a trip. This is (expletive deleted) a trip.”

Counting professional and amateur wins, that championship win was his ninth victory under the LFA banner.

But the LFA 129 main event looks to be Thomas Petersen’s biggest fight of his 11-fight career, all because of geographic location.

Petersen’s fight camp is based out of Farmington, MN, a community located just roughly 17 miles, or a 24-minute car drive, from Prior Lake, where the LFA 129 main event is to be staged this weekend.

If ever there were a “home game” in an MMA fight, this Friday’s main event would have to be it.

With his teammates rooting him on, can Petersen retain the LFA Heavyweight Championship in front of his hometown crowd and potentially impress UFC President Dana White enough to the point that he trades the belt in for a contract in the biggest show in MMA?

As the saying goes, tune in next time and find out.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta Looks to Spoil the Party in LFA 129 Main Event

In the other corner, Waldo Cortes-Acosta, a veteran of Bellator MMA who also competes as a boxer in Bob Arum‘s Top Rank, has been on a seven-fight winning streak in MMA, most recently scoring a second-round knockout against Derrick Weaver just two months ago in LFA 124, a “home game” for Cortes in his own right.

Now, Cortes-Acosta, whose fight camp is based in Arizona, goes into what will no doubt be a hostile environment, playing the heel.

Fighting wasn’t always in Cortes-Acosta’s blood, however, as he revealed in an interview with UFC.com’s Walker Van Wey prior to LFA 124.

Cortes-Acosta revealed that his athletic aspirations were initially set on baseball.

“I started [in MMA] because I had a surgery in my elbow from being a pitcher,” Cortes-Acosta began. “At that time, I tried to play American football, but I didn’t know how to speak English. I have the age and time and I wanted to be in a sport, so I used MMA and boxing for that.”

Can he play the heel perfectly and spoil the party?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the LFA 129 main event on Friday night seems to favor Thomas Petersen, whose background is in wrestling, compared to Waldo Cortes-Acosta’s previously-mentioned boxing background.

Thomas Petersen Can Make Quick Work of Waldo Cortes-Acosta

One constant in Thomas Petersen’s professional MMA fights is a constant of all fights at heavyweight:

As little as a single punch can write the finish to the show.

None of his five previous fights in the professional ranks have even so much as lasted one full round.

Vernon Lewis found this out the hard way last summer, when during the first round of a scheduled five, Petersen closed in on him and delivered a well-timed left-handed punch to the head to put him down, ending the evening with a flurry of ground and pound shots to secure the championship.

If Thomas Petersen’s punches are crisp and on the money, the LFA 129 main event will be like all of his other professional fights: over in a hurry.

Waldo Cortes-Acosta Can Score The Knockout, Too

In the other corner, Waldo Cortes-Acosta’s boxing background serves to bode well for him, as he also has the penchant to score the knockout victory, as he did against Derrick Weaver two months ago.

In the second round of a scheduled three, Cortes-Acosta and Weaver exchanged strikes when the latter stumbled and fell down, giving the former the opening he needed to unload with a flurry of vicious punches to the head, including some nasty ground and pound shots, to score the knockout.

Should Thomas Petersen mistime his footwork by a small fraction, it could be beneficial to Waldo Cortes-Acosta.

Final Thoughts

As mentioned earlier, there’s one constant in heavyweight fights:

Just one punch can end the LFA 129 main event, so don’t miss this one.

Prediction: Thomas Petersen by First-Round Knockout.

Featured image credit to LFA

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