Raufeon Stots and Ryan Lilley set to headline LFA 48 in Nebraska for homecoming of sorts

LFA is headed to Nebraska next month for a return to its roots.

LFA 48, which takes place Sept. 7 at the Viaero Center in Kearney, Nebraska, will mark the promotion’s official debut in the city where RFA started back in December 2011. RFA would later merge with Legacy FC under the LFA banner.

A bantamweight bout between Raufeon Stots (9-1) and Ryan Lilley (9-3) will headline the event. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

“Four of the first five RFA events took place in the central Nebraska town and we are excited to retrace our history by bringing LFA to the birthplace of RFA at LFA 48,” LFA CEO Ed Soares said via press release.

In addition, LFA 48’s co-main event will be a a flyweight bout between Sid Bice (8-2) and Charles Johnson (7-1). The main card will also feature a welterweight encounter between Kassius Kayne (12-5) and Calen Born (5-0), a bantamweight bout between Ryan MacDonald (9-0) and Trevor Ward (5-4) and a featherweight meeting between Darrick Minner(21-8) and Kevin Croom (18-9).

The event will also mean a homecoming for Stots, a former NCAA Division II national wrestling champion at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A Legacy FC veteran, Stots makes his LFA debut after a first-round submission over Arnold Berdon under the Victory FC banner in December. The win meant recovery from Stots’ first loss in pro MMA.

Lilley, in turn, got promoted to a main event after making quick work of Jordan Winski in the co-headliner of last month’s LFA 45. The 28-year-old fighter, who took that fight on short notice, is currently on a three-fight winning streak, all first-round finishes. The bantamweight has finished all but one of the opponents he’s met in his career.

The current LFA 48 lineup includes:

  • Raufeon Stots vs. Ryan Lilley
  • Sid Bice vs. Charles Johnson
  • Kassius Kayne vs. Calen Born
  • Ryan MacDonald vs. Trevor Ward
  • Darrick Minner vs. Kevin Croom

For more on LFA 48, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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