LFA brings the Middleweight Championship to the Mile High City at LFA 186







LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT





LAS VEGAS, Nevada — LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to Colorado next month. LFA 186 will feature a middleweight world title fight when the promotion heads to the “Mile High City” of Denver. This will be the seventh LFA event to be held on a Saturday as it will air live immediately following the broadcast of UFC on ABC 6. The UFC will have an early start time with its debut event in Saudi Arabia. LFA 186 will then follow later that evening with its live Saturday night time slot. It will also be the twelfth LFA event to take place in the state of Colorado. RFA hosted eight events in the “Centennial State” before the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.

LFA 186: Bekoev vs. Foxworth, presented by Monster Energy, takes place Saturday, June 22nd at the Magness Arena at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

The main event will feature a middleweight title fight when champion “Iron” Azamat Bekoev defends his title against top contender Chauncey “The Machine” Foxworth. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS® at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

Tickets for LFA 186: Bekoev vs. Foxworth are on sale NOW at DenverPioneers.com.

“We are excited to bring the Middleweight Championship to Colorado at LFA 186,” stated Soares. “Denver is the city where the UFC began over 30 years ago and it is a sports town unlike any other. LFA 186 will take place at Magness Arena, which is home to the University of Denver Pioneers hockey team. This program just celebrated its record-breaking tenth National Championship, which means the Denver community expects championship level performances when they attend this venue. That is exactly what we will be bringing them to kick off our busy summer schedule. The main event will feature the second title defense of LFA middleweight champion Azamat Bekoev. He will face top contender Chauncey Foxworth. This is the perfect title fight for our return to the Mile High City!”

Bekoev (17-3) became the LFA’s tenth middleweight champion when he fought for the interim title last summer at LFA 160. The interim title opportunity became available when the champion Lucas Fernando was preparing to headline Week 1 of the seventh season of Dana White’s Contender Series. Bekoev defeated top prospect Dylan Budka in a back-and-forth brawl, which saw Bekoev become the first fighter from Russia to capture LFA gold. Coincidentally, Budka would then step up as a last-minute replacement on Dana White’s Contender Series just four weeks after Fernando competed on the show. Only Budka would secure a UFC contract. Bekoev never lost focus and picked up his third LFA win of 2023 by unifying the title against Fernando at LFA 173. Now the 28-year-old looks to become the most dominant middleweight champion in LFA history.

Foxworth (19-9) is a man looking to watch his career in the LFA come full circle with a title around his waist. The Arkansas native has enjoyed a busy career dating back the past dozen years. Overall, he has competed over 40 times with 28 of those bouts coming as a pro. Moreover, he has roots in the promotion dating back to 2014, when he competed as an amateur for Legacy FC. “The Machine” then went on to fight as a pro for the promotion at LFA 4 just one month after the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created the LFA. He won that bout and another at LFA 18 with both wins coming against local favorites. However, the 32-year-old has found another gear over the past four years. In that time, he has defeated nine of the last ten men he has faced. Seven of those nine wins came against LFA veterans with one being against former LFA title challenger Tim Hiley.


Currently Announced Fight Card:
Main Card available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS®

Main Event | Middleweight Title Bout (185 lb)
Azamat Bekoev (17-3) vs. Chauncey Foxworth (19-9)

Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Nejra Repp (3-1) vs. Veronika Borisova (5-0)

Heavyweight Bout (265 lb)
Denzel Freeman (4-1) vs. Giorgi Kvirchishvilli (1-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Carlos Calderon (5-2) vs. Kurtis Ellis (3-2)

Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
Dante Schiro (9-5) vs. Austin Jones (14-10)

Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
Aaron Beltran (0-0) vs. Aeneas Renfrow (0-0)

Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
Nick Montez (1-0) vs. Alexander St. Charles (1-1)



About LFA:
LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC in 2017. It has launched the careers of over 300 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the world including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo. 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 promotion owns and operates LFA FIGHT NETWORK™, a premium YouTube channel that features live combat sports events alongside live LFA Prelims and historical fights.

Please visit LFA.com for updates and information. Visit the official LFA YouTube channel (LFA FIGHT NETWORK™) at @LFAfights. LFA is on Facebook at Facebook.com/LFAfighting. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and X (formerly Twitter) at @LFAfighting.


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The home of champions, Magness Arena is a multi-use venue within the Ritchie Center. Magness Arena is used primarily for ice, court and stage events and is available for sporting events, concerts, graduations, banquets, trade shows and more. The arena is named after cable television pioneer Bob Magness, who donated $10 million towards construction costs. It features padded individual seating, two members-only club seating areas, a four-sided video scoreboard, and a concourse with glassed-in views of the adjoining Hamilton Gymnasium and El Pomar Natatorium. The arena can be identified around the city by the attached 215-foot-tall, gold-spired Williams Tower, which contains a 65-bell carillon. For More info visit the venue’s official website.

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