Combat Sports

LFA 135 Main Event Breakdown: Levya vs. Reis

|
Image for LFA 135 Main Event Breakdown: Levya vs. Reis

On Friday nights, depending upon whether or not you’ve got anything that needs tending to early on Saturday morning, you may eschew an early bedtime in favor of staying up late.

This Friday night, that’s just what fans of MMA might be doing as the LFA returns to live-action for the first of three cards in the month of July.

For LFA 135 (Friday, 11 pm ET/ 8 pm PT, UFC Fight Pass), the promotion sets up shop in Phoenix when Arizona Federal Theatre plays host to a 13-fight card, barring any postponements between now and Friday, culminating in a welterweight non-title showdown in the LFA 135 main event between two promotional debutantes.

Alfonso Leyva Meets Daniel Reis in LFA 135 Main Event on Friday

Alfonso Leyva (5-0 MMA, LFA debut), a former Olympic wrestler for Mexico, will take on Daniel Reis (8-1 MMA, LFA debut) this Friday evening in the LFA 135 main event.

With no championship at stake in this contest, Friday’s headliner will be an advertised maximum of three rounds at five minutes per round to close the show in Phoenix.

LFA 135 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into the LFA 135 main event on Friday night, Alfonso Leyva stands as the taller man at 5-foot-11, compared to Daniel Reis’ 5-foot-9 frame.

Unlike most other fight previews and breakdowns seen on this site, no such information as far as reach advantage was accessible online ahead of this headlining bout over the weekend.

Alfonso Leyva To Make First MMA Appearance Since Leaving Wrestling Behind

Alfonso Leyva enters the LFA 135 main event this coming Friday having yet to taste defeat thus far in his MMA career, having most recently defeated Alberto Galera (second-round knockout due to punches) in November of last year in UWC 30, his last fight in the promotion before turning his attention to MMA permanently.

Back in December, a few months removed from the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics taking place, Leyva made the decision to end his Greco-Roman wrestling career in order to focus on the action inside the cage.

“I think that’s in my past. I retired due to the lack of support (in wrestling)”, Leyva said, translated from Spanish. “I have a very good level for wrestling, but the truth is that if you really want to grow in the sport, you need to be forming yourself with the European level. Despite not having that, all my matches were close and competitive. I’m respected on an international level, but I want something more.”

Coupled with the fact that Leyva’s sparring partners were in their mid-30s, he elected to focus on MMA.

So far, it’s paid off handsomely for him, with a 100 percent finish rate since turning pro in the sport a little less than two years ago, but can he keep it up in the LFA 135 main event late-night Friday?

Daniel Reis On-Track For “The Call” After LFA 135 Main Event?

In the other corner, Daniel Reis has posted a 4-1 record in his last five MMA fights and is currently on a two-fight winning streak ahead of Friday night’s main event.

Back in February, he scored a first-round submission due to an armbar versus Dennys Alcocer in MFT 1’s co-main event, a middleweight bout.

Much like his adversary in the LFA 135 main event, Daniel Reis could potentially be on the short track for a UFC call-up from Dana White in short order after Friday’s bout.

While USA Today’s MMA Junkie’s Nolan King did not list Reis among his five competitors who might join major MMA with a victory this month, he listed him among contenders whose MMA stock could rise pending the result of their next match.

An 8-1 start to Reis’ professional career as a fighter is next to impossible for any promotion to ignore, much like the 100 percent stoppage rate that Leyva sports ahead of the LFA 135 main event.

Therefore, it stands to reason that the LFA debut of the winner on Friday could very well be the one and only fight that the winner has in the promotion.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the LFA 135 main event on Friday night seems to favor Alfonso Leyva, a former Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler who competed in the last two Summer Games, compared to Daniel Reis’ status as a submission specialist, so we might be looking at a ground war this weekend.

Alfonso Leyva Brutal With Punches

Although Alfonso Leyva is a wrestler, make no mistake:

He has been known to punch his way to a victory, something that he did all throughout his tenure in UWC.

Heading into the LFA 135 main event, Alfonso Leyva has yet to see one of his fights progress to a third and final round, with two of his fights, including his second career fight versus Luis Guzman in November of 2020, not getting out of the first round.

Leyva started out the fight by stalking his opponent, but the feeling-out process would be over abruptly, as Guzman opened things up by landing a Superman punch before attempting a leg kick to Leyva’s head that missed the mark.

Guzman then swung and missed on a few more shots, giving Leyva time to slow the pace of the fight down and plan his next move offensively, connecting on a few punches before finally unloading a vicious shot to Guzman’s head to score a walk-off knockout inside the first round.

If Leyva’s punches are on-target in the LFA 135 main event, this fight could be another short night at the office for him and his camp on Friday.

Daniel Reis Can End This Quickly With An Armbar

As previously mentioned, Daniel Reis has been known to be a submission specialist, something that Antonio Marcos Colaco found out firsthand a little more than six years ago.

Reis attacked quickly by landing several leg kicks before eventually driving Colaco to the mat with a takedown.

From there, he took top mount and rolled Colaco over to apply the necessary torque to lock in the armbar and force Colaco to tap and nap just a little over one minute into the fight.

All Daniel Reis will need to do in order to win the LFA 135 main event on Friday night is complete just one takedown.

If Reis is able to drive Levya to the ground, it’ll only be a matter of time before Leyva is going to be submitted.

Final Thoughts

Although the LFA 135 main event will take place four days after the Independence Day holiday inside the United States, expect some belated 4th of July fireworks in this one on Friday.

One question still remains:

Which one of these fighters is bringing the boom?

Prediction: Alfonso Leyva by First-Round TKO.

Featured image credit to Legacy Fighting Alliance

Share this article