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'LFA 127: Diaz vs. Assis' set for March 25 on UFC Fight Pass

LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will return to California later this month. The main event of LFA 127 will feature a middleweight world title fight between two of the sport's most exciting prospects. LFA 127 will be the 12th LFA event to take place in the state, while the main event will crown the eighth 185-pound champion in LFA history. 

LFA 127 takes place Friday, March 25 at The Commerce Casino & Hotel in Commerce, Calif. The main event will feature a middleweight title fight between knockout artist Ozzy Diaz and Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Bruno Assis. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 10 p.m. ET.

"We are excited to bring the LFA back to Southern California," stated Soares. "Ozzy Diaz and Bruno Assis are two of the most exciting middleweight prospects on the planet. Diaz is a prolific knockout artist, while Assis is one of the most decorated grapplers in the sport. The world will be watching when we crown our next middleweight champion at LFA 127."

Tickets for "LFA 127: Diaz vs. Assis" are available for purchase through LFATIX.com.

Diaz (6-1) is one of the most exciting middleweight prospects to come out of the MMA hotbed of Southern California in recent years. The 31-year-old California Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness product has built his popularity on the strength of a fan-friendly fighting style that has never seen him go past the second round in any of his fights. 

The knockout artist's reputation was on full display in his LFA debut, when the Los Angeles native needed only 96 seconds to knock out the previously undefeated Logan Woods at LFA 94. The win earned Diaz a nominee for LFA Knockout of the Year in 2020. Then exactly one year later, he returned with another brutal knockout win. This time it came against former LFA title challenger Moses Murrietta. Now Diaz will have his own shot at the title and looks to win it in front of his home crowd at LFA 127.

Assis (12-5) is a three-sport black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo and karate that trains at American Top Team in South Florida alongside former LFA middleweight champion Josh Silveira, as well as LFA middleweight tournament participant Bruno Oliveira. That will give the submission ace a wealth of knowledge to pull from as he gets ready for his own LFA middleweight title fight. 

The Brazilian dynamo first made a name for himself in MMA when he headlined the second ever Dana White's Contender Series Brazil in the summer of 2018. Most recently, Assis won his LFA debut in December. The win came against the previously undefeated Jalin Hill in the co-main event of LFA 120. The Brazilian dominated the fight with his grappling prowess to solidify his case for a shot at the title. He will get that at LFA 127.

The LFA 127 lineup currently include:

  • Ozzy Diaz vs. Bruno Assis – for vacant middleweight title
  • Chase Gibson vs. Javier Garcia
  • Tommy Aaron vs. Nandin-Erdene Munguntsooj
  • Karlee Pangilian vs. Victor Rosas
  • Sidney Trillo vs. TBD
  • Arnold Jimenez vs. Josh Wang Kim
  • Giovanna Canuto vs. Jasmine Pouncy
  • Whittany Pyles vs. Lisa Mauldin
  • Steve Mora vs. Aiden Ingram
  • Riley Wiseman vs. Bryen Dao