LFA 21 heads to Missouri with Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao headliner

For the first time, LFA will set up shop in Missouri when the promotion brings LFA 21 to the “Show Me State” in September.

LFA 21 is set for Sept. 1 at Branson Convention Center in Branson, the promotion today announced. The main card will air on AXS TV. It will be the promotion’s first visit to the state following the merger between the RFA and Legacy FC at the start of the year. (RFA 46 took place at the same venue this past December prior to the merger.)

The main event features a pair of unbeaten light heavyweights. Kyle Noblitt (8-0) will take on Brazil’s Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) in the headliner. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight Katy Collins (7-2) will get a fight in front of her home Branson fans against an opponent still to be named. Also on the card, T.J. Brown (7-4) is set to take on Trey Ogden (8-1) in a lightweight fight.

Noblitt has fought at both heavyweight and light heavyweight since turning pro in 2015. Now the Missouri native gets his first LFA headliner. His highest profile fight to date came in February 2016 at Bellator 150, where he knocked out David Hammons in just 45 seconds. The 27-year-old didn’t leave the first round in his first six pro fights. Earlier this year, he had to go to the second round for a submission of Ryan Debelak. And in April, he won his first decision when he topped 41-fight veteran Robert Morrow.

The 29-year-old Branjao has some high-level experience despite having just four fights. He was a contestant on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” and reached the quarterfinals as a heavyweight. Now back at 205 pounds, he will have a height advantage over Noblitt; he checks in at 6-foot-5. The Team Nogueira-based fighter has all four of his pro wins by knockout, but will be fighting officially for the first time in more than two years when he steps into the cage against Noblitt.

Collins fought for RFA this past December and picked up a second-round TKO of Mandy Polk, also in Branson in front of her hometown fans. In 2017, she has a pair of fights for Bellator – a submission loss to Emily Ducote and a decision win over Bruna Vargas at Bellator 181 in June, moving her to 2-1 for that promotion.

Brown will be making his LFA debut after getting three fights under the RFA banner. He was on a solid tear of seven wins in eight fights befroe suffering back-to-back losses in 2016. He was submittied by Joey Miolla at RFA 44 and dropped a split decision to Bobby Moffett at RFA 46 in Branson.

Ogden, a training partner of UFC and “TUF 25” standout James Krause and former UFC title challenger Tim Elliott, has won six straight fights. Overall, he six of his eight career wins by submission.

The LFA 21 card includes:

  • Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao
  • Katy Collins vs. TBA
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie