LFA 77 will be the promotion’s first event not broadcasted on AXS TV.
In fact, no broadcast or streaming details have been announced for LFA 77. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise after the shocking announcement that AXS TV would be ending its relationship with LFA, following LFA 76. That news came after the announcement that Anthem Sports and Entertainment came to a deal with Steve Harvey and Mark Cuban, to purchase the majority of AXS TV and HD Net Movies. The abrupt timing has left LFA with few options for this weekend’s show. It also forced LFA 78 and LFA 79 to be postponed until a new broadcast or streaming deal is secured.
LFA 77 takes place at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake Minnesota, featuring the finals of the LFA Heavyweight Tournament Daniel “The American Predator” James against Brett “Big Dog” Martin. James scored a TKO of Patrick Martin in the Semifinals, while Martin defeated Renan Ferreira.
Legacy Fighting Alliance is the promotion that came from the merger of Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) & Legacy Fighting Championships (Legacy FC). AXS TV broadcasted approximately 43 RFA and 56 Legacy FC events, plus all 76 LFA events prior to this weekend.
Quote from LFA.com, “Anthem Sports & Entertainment recently acquired a majority interest in AXS TV, at which point LFA was advised that AXS TV would be discontinuing its live televised programming of LFA” stated Soares. “As a result, we are in the process of seeking a new broadcasting partner. Once our new broadcasting deal is finalized, we will continue developing the next generation of MMA stars in front of a large televised audience. In the meantime, we are excited to be doing just that on Friday, when we bring the LFA Heavyweight Tournament Final to Minnesota. Daniel James and Brett Martin advanced to the final of our four-man heavyweight tournament and will face each other with the title on the line at LFA 77. The fights on Friday will be recorded for broadcast at a later date. LFA 78 in Colorado and LFA 79 in California will also be postponed until a later date. Those dates will be released in conjunction with the announcement of an exciting new broadcasting deal.”
Rumors are suggesting that bidding has been narrowed down to three unnamed companies for the rights to broadcast future LFA events.
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