LFA brings a Welterweight War to South Dakota at LFA 156











LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to South Dakota in April. The main event of LFA 156 will feature an explosive welterweight war between two of the division’s most exciting prospects. LFA 156 will be the seventeenth LFA event to take place in the state. RFA hosted four events in the “Mount Rushmore State” before the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.

LFA 156 takes place Friday, April 14th at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The main event features a high-stakes welterweight showdown fight between top prospects Jalin “The Gentleman” Fuller and Trey “The Truth” Waters. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

“We are excited to return to South Dakota, which is one of our most frequented destinations,” stated Soares. “Jalin Fuller and Trey Waters are two of the most exciting prospects in the welterweight division. Fuller is coming off a highlight reel submission victory in January, while Waters earned a ‘Knockout of the Year’ nomination in his LFA debut last year. The LFA 156 headliner will add another exciting chapter to our lengthy history at the Sanford Pentagon.”

Tickets for LFA 156: Fuller vs. Waters are available for purchase through Ticketmaster.com.

Fuller (7-2) is a true home-grown product that has been developing inside the LFA Octagon since making his professional MMA debut four years ago at LFA 58. That night, he won his first fight in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico by defeating Andrew Lipp via Unanimous Decision. However, it wouldn’t take long before he started re-writing the LFA record books. That would happen in his second fight for the promotion when he knocked out Gabe Rodriguez at LFA 80 in just 12 seconds, which currently stands as the fourth fastest knockout in LFA history. Fuller has now competed for the LFA in 8 of his 9 fights, while racking up 6 wins for the promotion. That includes his most recent win last month against Scott Writz, who shared an identical record to him entering the bout. After the bout, “The Gentleman” requested a main event for his next bout. That wish will be granted at LFA 156.

Waters (6-1) also made an immediate impact on the LFA after signing with the promotion. The Jacksonville, Florida native made his LFA debut in Denver, Colorado at LFA 133 and scored one of the biggest knockouts of the year against Benjamin Bennett in what was a battle of unbeaten prospects. What made the knockout even more dramatic is the fact it came with just 23-seconds remaining in the fight. The win brought his record to a perfect 6-0 and earned him a spot on Season 6 of Dana White’s Contender Series. That fight came this past September against the undefeated LFA welterweight champion Gabriel Bonfim. “The Truth” gave the champ the stiffest test of his career, but he came up short as Bonfim won the fight and signed with the UFC. Waters is now looking to rebound in the main event of LFA 156 in a bout that he hopes will springboard him right back onto the UFC boss’ radar.


Currently Announced Main Card (Available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®):

Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
– Jalin Fuller (7-2) vs. Trey Waters (6-1)


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 260 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In 2018, the promotion joined the Imperial Family Companies group (formerly London Trust Media). In 2019, the promotion announced a broadcast partnership with UFC FIGHT PASS®. In 2021, the LFA expanded internationally by hosting multiple events in Brazil.

Please visit LFA.com for bout updates and information. Visit the official LFA Youtube page at @LFA_Fighting. LFA is on Facebook at Facebook.com/LFAfighting. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.


About LFA:
LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, and Minneapolis. Based in Las Vegas, NV, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

UFC FIGHT PASS® is the world’s leading digital subscription service for combat sports. Since launching in 2013, UFC FIGHT PASS is now available in more than 200 countries and territories. FIGHT PASS provides its members with unlimited access to live UFC FIGHT PASS Prelims; live mixed martial arts and combat sports from around the world; original series and historical programming; special features; behind-the-scenes content; in-depth interviews; and up-to-the minute reports on the world of combat sports. UFC FIGHT PASS subscribers also have 24/7 access to the world’s largest fight library, featuring more than 20,000 bouts from dozens of combats sports organizations, as well as every fight in UFC history. Fight fans can access UFC FIGHT PASS on personal computers, iOS and Android mobile devices, Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, LG Smart TVs, and Sony TVs with Android TV. For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

The Imperial Family Companies maintains a diversified portfolio with one common theme: bringing power to the people. The IFC is proud to partner with the LFA management team to showcase the greatest talents of tomorrow. Learn more about the IFC at ImperialFamily.com.

The cornerstone of the Sanford Sports Complex in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is the Sanford Pentagon, a 160,000-square-foot, five-sided facility featuring nine basketball courts, including the 1950s/1960s-inspired Heritage Court. The venue combines state-of-the-art amenities-including high-definition video boards and executive suites-with period-specific finishes that are a nod to the nostalgic days of basketball. The 3,200-seat Pentagon is home to Sanford POWER Basketball Academy, Sanford POWER Volleyball Academy, the NBA G League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s and Men’s Basketball tournaments and the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information, visit SanfordPentagon.com.

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