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LFA 78, LFA 79 to be delayed following split with AXS TV, new broadcast deal teased

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Amy Kaplan, Legacy Fighting Alliance

The Legacy Fighting Alliance is rolling on, though it will take some time before fans can tune in to watch.

LFA CEO Ed Soares released a statement Thursday to announce that Friday’s LFA 77 card scheduled to take place in Prior Lake, Minn., this Friday will go on as scheduled in the wake of the the promotion’s shows recently being dropped from AXS TV’s programming slate after AXS TV was acquired by Anthem Sports & Entertainment.

LFA 77, which features Daniel James (9-3-1) and Brett Martin (8-1, 1 NC) competing in the finals of a heavyweight tournament to crown a new champion, will not air live, but will be available to watch at a later date, while the Oct. 4 LFA 78 card and Oct. 11 LFA 79 card will be postponed until the promotion finds a broadcasting partner.

See Soares’s statement below:

“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. 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.”

The statement does not indicate whether LFA officials are pursuing a traditional broadcast partner or distribution via a streaming service.