In the world of mixed martial arts, two promotions have established themselves as the premier organizations for athletes to prove they belong on the sport’s biggest stage.
Now, those two organizations will become one.
Officials from Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance are happy to announce the two organizations will merge to launch a new promotion: Legacy Fighting Alliance.
“This is an exciting day for everyone involved,” RFA President Ed Soares said. “What our two companies have accomplished individually is remarkable, but the sky is truly the limit when you consider what will come next.
“Our athletes will have an unrivaled platform to compete in front of a nationally televised audience – not to mention in more than 40 countries around the world – and prove they are worthy of a spot at the sport’s highest level. Our existing companies have placed more than 100 fighters in just the UFC and Bellator, alone. Quite simply, for the fighters on our roster, the future is now.”
Legacy Fighting Alliance will officially launch in January 2017, with Soares serving as CEO. Longtime MMA exec Sven Bean will serve as Legacy Fighting Alliance COO.
“With this merger, we have created – without a doubt – the premier developmental league in the sport of MMA,” Bean said. “The team we have assembled brings together so much knowledge and experience at every level. The formation of Legacy Fighting Alliance is a game changer for the industry. I am excited for the future and what it will hold for the organization and its athletes.”
After signing a new multi-year contract, AXS TV will remain the exclusive broadcast home of the new organization, and Legacy Fighting Alliance is currently planning to air 30 shows in 2017.
“Legacy Fighting Alliance just catapulted to the top of the list when you are talking about fights that matter in 2017,” AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon said. “Together, these two organizations bring unrivaled experience and success in identifying athletes that make it to the next level. Our new long-term deal solidifies our belief in Legacy Fighting Alliance’s mission and to our sport.”
Soares believes the new promotion will further streamline both existing companies’ goals of taking developing athletes and helping them reach their full potential.
“I have no doubt Legacy Fighting Alliance will be the premier destination for fighters hoping to reach a global stage,” Soares said. “In the same way that college football provides athletes a chance to prove they belong in the NFL or AAA baseball allows players to reach the Major Leagues, our organization will give fighters a chance to gain the experience of competing in a top-tier organization, develop a fanbase on national and international TV, and potentially reach the next level of their career.”
While further details will be announced in the coming weeks, current plans call for Legacy Fighting Alliance’s debut show to match up reigning Legacy Fighting Championship title holders with their Resurrection Fighting Alliance counterparts to crown the new promotion’s inaugural champions.
“We believe the merger of Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance is an exciting and logical progression of the sport,” Legacy FC President Mick Maynard said. “As AAA baseball is to MLB, we will continue to develop the best prospects by providing a proving ground and a stage for the fighters to grow that is unrivaled in the sport. In addition, this merger brings together some of the best minds in the business. It truly is an MMA dream team, and it will continue to build our Legacy in the world of MMA.”
Legacy Fighting Alliance – The Future is Now.
About RFA: RFA 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. The RFA presents live events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver and Milwaukee. RFA can be seen live in over 43 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, RFA 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).
About Legacy Fighting Championship:
Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the largest Mixed Martial Arts promotion companies in the world. The promotion hosts many of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. Based in Houston, Texas, Legacy FC has eight weight divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. The promotion is producing 14 live events in 2016. In 2013, Legacy was recognized as one of “Houston’s Fast 100” growing businesses by the Houston Business Journal and has a national television deal with AXS TV. For more information on Legacy Fighting Championship, please visit http://legacyfights.tv.
About AXS TV Fights: AXS TV Fights is renowned for its universally recognized Friday Night Mixed Martial Arts and Kickboxing events. As Your Home For MMA, AXS TV utilizes an expansive network of promotions from the United States, Canada, and Europe. And Asia to broadcast more LIVE fights than any other television network. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world-champion Pat Miletich provide viewers expert play-by-play, in-depth fighter coverage, and extensive analysis to each fight card. AXS TV broadcasts world-class LIVE fight events from RFA, Lion Fight, Legacy FC, and MFC every Friday night at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET.