LFA 66 - Diamond vs. Neal - takes place Friday, May 10th at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide
LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal – takes place Friday, May 10th at Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The co-main event of LFA 66 will bring a welterweight showdown to the Salt Lake City metro area when Utah MMA pioneer Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman returns to his hometown to battle fellow UFC veteran William “Patolino” Macário.
“I am excited to announce that Utah MMA pioneer and longtime UFC star Josh Burkman will return to action in the co-main event of LFA 66,” stated Ed Soares, LFA CEO. “Burkman made his pro debut in Utah over 16 years ago and has gone on to become one of the most successful and respected fighters in the state’s impressive combat sports history. He will face fellow UFC veteran William “Patolino” Macário in the co-main event of LFA 66, which will be the first LFA event in the state of Utah.”
Tickets for LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal are available for purchase through SmithsTix.com.
Burkman (28-17) is one of the longest tenured fighters in UFC welterweight history. 19 of his 45 career bouts have come inside the famed UFC Octagon and that is not including his win over Melvin Guillard on the second season of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter. Burkman will now return to his hometown on Friday, May 10th in the co-main event of LFA 66. This will be his first fight in his home state of Utah in nearly 7 years and his first fight in his hometown Salt Lake City area in more than 14 years. The man known as “The People’s Warrior” made his pro MMA debut all the way back in 2003 and is widely considered one of the most influential fighters in Utah’s long and storied MMA history.
Macário (9-4) will be the man tasked with fighting Burkman in his highly-anticipated return to Utah. The man known as “Patolino” (Daffy Duck in Brazilian-Portuguese) is 12 years younger with less than a third of the pro MMA experience than his veteran American opponent, but they still share some interesting similarities. While Burkman was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Patolino was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Patolino picked up wins over Thiago Santos, Tiago Alves, and Viscardi Andrade on the show to reach The Finale. He would fight for the UFC four times. He then picked up a pair of wins in his native Brazil before signing with LFA last summer.
The previously announced main event of LFA 66 will feature a high-stakes featherweight showdown when UFC veteran Tyler Diamond (9-1) squares off with top undefeated prospect Jon Neal (10-0). Diamond made his UFC debut last summer after reaching the semi-finals on the twenty-seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Team Alpha Male standout will meet Utah’s top prospect in the marquee bout of LFA 66. Neal holds a flawless 10-0 record in MMA after competing against the top competition in his home state for more than a decade. The One Hit MMA product is a decorated multi-division champion who is eager to showcase his skills in front of a nationally televised audience for the first time.
Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
- Tyler Diamond (9-1) vs. Jon Neal (10-0)
Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
- Josh Burkman (28-17) vs. William “Patolino” Macário (9-4)
Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
- Andrew Tenneson (7-1) vs. Westin Wilson (7-3)
Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)
- Emillio Trevino (4-0) vs. Joe Rodriguez (8-5)
Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
- Bobby King (6-2) vs. Fabio Serrão (9-6)
Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
- Kaytlin Neil (4-3) vs. Lisa Mauldin (2-0)
Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
- Hunter Azure (5-0) vs. L.J. Schulz (6-4)
In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 150 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In May 2018, the promotion joined the London Trust Media Holdings group of companies.
LFA 66 will be the first LFA event to take place in the state of Utah. RFA visited the “Beehive State” once before the merger. LFA 66 will take place in the city of West Valley City, which is a suburb of the state capital Salt Lake City. The entire main card of LFA 66 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
Please visit LFA.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.
(Friday) 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Maverik Center801-988-8800 3200 Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City, UT 84119