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LFA 130 brings middleweight showdown to North Dakota with Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz vs. Alessandro Gambulino

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LAS VEGAS — LFA CEO Ed Soares recently announced details about the promotion's debut event in North Dakota. The main event of LFA 130 will feature a middleweight showdown between top international prospects. 

LFA 130 will be the first LFA event to take place in the Peace Garden State. This will also be the 27th state that the promotion has visited.

LFA 130 takes place Friday, April 22 at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, N.D. The main event will feature a middleweight showdown when top Canadian prospect Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz faces top Brazilian prospect Alessandro Gambulino. The entire main card will be available worldwide on UFC Fight Pass at 9 p.m. ET.

"We are excited to bring a stacked LFA event to North Dakota," Soares stated. "Canada's Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz and Brazil's Alessandro Gambulino are two of the most talented middleweight prospects worldwide. Ksiazkiewicz has fought on Dana White's Contender Series, while Gambulino is excited to make his international debut. The world will be watching when they meet in the main event of LFA 130."

Tickets for LFA 130: Ksiazkiewicz vs. Gambulino are available for purchase now at 4BearsCasino.com.

Ksiazkiewicz (9-1) is set to make his highly-anticipated LFA debut after establishing himself as the top middleweight prospect from the "Great White North" of Canada. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native did this by winning fights across four Canadian provinces, as well as Alaska. The 32-year-old Canadian's body of work was eventually noticed by UFC brass when he was invited to headline an episode of Dana White's Contender Series in 2020. He did not earn the judge's nod that night, but the Canadian fighter of Polish descent impressed fans with his aggressive, no-nonsense style of fighting, which has earned the southpaw eight finishes in his decade-long career. 

"The Iron Pol" described his style before that fight: "When I'm in there, I love to hurt people. I love hitting them as hard as I can. I love smashing them."

Gambulino (12-3) is excited to make his long-awaited international MMA debut after climbing to the highest level of MMA in his home country of Brazil. The Piumhi, Minas Gerais native will be looking to do what only his countryman Mario Sousa has been able to accomplish by defeating the dangerous Canadian. Much like Sousa, Gambulino will also be facing Ksiazkiewicz in the main event of a top UFC developmental organization, which will take place on neutral territory inside the United States. 

The 32-year-old, who is just 3 months younger than Ksiazkiewicz, will look to utilize his BJJ black belt skills as he excels once the fight hits the ground. In fact, seven of the Brazilian's 12 career victories have come by way of submission, setting up what looks to be a classic striker vs. grappler encounter. 

The LFA 130 lineup currently includes:

  • Mariusz Ksiazkiewicz vs. Alessandro Gambulino
  • Marnic Mann vs. Kelsey Arnesen
  • Hilarie Rose vs. Tiani Valle
  • Gage Saunders vs. Jalin Fuller
  • Billy Elekana vs. Kohlman Scribner
  • Manatua Lemaire vs. Daniel Gadley
  • Jacob Hauk vs. Nelly Thompson