Back in September, AXS TV, formerly known as HDNet, was sold to Canada-based Anthem Sports and Entertainment.
In light of Anthem’s acquisition of the digital cable network, live MMA events were discontinued on the channel after Legacy Fighting Alliance’s LFA 76 card on Sept. 13.
AXS TV had previously dropped CES MMA from its programming lineup after 2018, at which point the promotion moved to UFC Fight Pass.
As a result of AXS TV cancelling its LFA deal, the AXS TV Fights programming block, which formerly aired on Friday evenings and had shown either live MMA fights or reruns of earlier shows, was discontinued.
In the aftermath of AXS TV and the LFA ending the TV contract, the LFA announced that the Sept. 27 LFA 77 show would take place as scheduled but would be seen at a later date via tape-delayed status.
The MMA promotion also announced the postponement of LFA 78 and LFA 79 on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 to a later time to permit itself to find a new media partner.
Shortly after LFA 76 occurred back in September, this Website ran an opinion piece concerning the LFA’s next broadcast home, presenting two potential avenues as to where it could land.
An excerpt from that September article follows:
“LFA lands on UFC Fight Pass for online streaming.
As previously mentioned, Fight Pass already has CES MMA as part of its catalog of regionally-based promotions that stream fights.
LFA would undoubtedly bolster that catalog.
Plus, it’s a natural move, seeing as how some of the current UFC roster, such as Greg Hardy and Miles Johns have spent time in the LFA.
Without Fight Pass, these promotions, and the fighters contracted to them, wouldn’t get nearly as much exposure.”
On Nov. 2, during the early prelims of UFC 244 from Madison Square Garden in New York City on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass, it was announced that UFC Fight Pass would be the new home for LFA events.
This new agreement takes effect beginning on Nov. 15 with the rescheduled LFA 78, to be followed up with the rescheduled LFA 79 a week later for the final LFA shows of 2019.
LFA 78 will originate from Belton, TX’s Bell County Expo Center and feature a seven-fight card, highlighted by a three-round non-title fight in the LFA’s Bantamweight division between 9-3 Adrian Yanez and 10-4 Kyle Estrada in the main event.
Coverage will stream live that night at 9 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. PST on Fight Pass.
LFA 79 will stream the next week at the same time from Broomfield, CO’s 1stBank Center with an LFA Flyweight title fight between 9-4 Brandon Royval and 9-1 Jared Scoggins for the vacant championship.
This, too, will be a seven-fight card.
LFA begins streaming on UFC Fight Pass Nov.15.
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