LFA 144: Gafurov vs. Silva where to watch, fight card, start time, date and more

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LFA 144 main event will be a bantamweight world title fight between two of the division’s most exciting prospects. LFA 144 will be the state’s sixteenth LFA event, with the main event crowning the eighth 135-pound champion in LFA history.

LFA 144, the first live MMA event on FIGHT PASS to be included in Meta Horizon Worlds, will take place on Friday, Oct. 14, at 9 p.m. ET from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The main event will feature a bantamweight world title battle between two of the division’s most exciting prospects, Muin “Tajik” Gafurov of Tajikistan and Diego “Magrinho” Silva of Brazil.

Fans will enter an immersive atmosphere in Meta Horizon Worlds, where they will be able to see and communicate with other fans in real-time, as well as enjoy unprecedented VR views of all the exhilarating action in the LFA Octagon, including strikes, takedowns, grappling, and more.

LFA 144 will be produced by YBVR in VR180, a virtual reality video format that provides spectators with a 180-degree overview of the event.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the LFA bantamweight title to South Dakota,” LFA CEO Ed Soares said. “Muin Gafurov and Diego Silva are two of the sport’s most gifted and promising prospects. Gafurov is coming off a spectacular knockout win in his LFA debut in June, while Silva is coming from a tremendous win in August after losing a close Split Decision in his first attempt at the championship in May. The bantamweight championship is the longest-running title in LFA history, and we can’t wait to crown our next champion at LFA 144 at the Sanford Pentagon.”

LFA 144 will be the state’s sixteenth LFA event, with the main event crowning the eighth 135-pound champion in LFA history.

When is LFA 144, what is the date, and what time does it begin?

LFA 144 will take place in the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Friday, October 14th. The main event will be a bantamweight title battle between Muin “Tajik” Gafurov of Tajikistan and Diego “Magrinho” Silva of Brazil. At 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, the complete main card will be available worldwide on UFC FIGHT PASS.

  • LFA 144 Start Time: Friday 14 October 2022 at 09:00 PM ET | 6 PM PT

Where to Watch LFA 144?

LFA 144, which airs live on UFC Fight Pass on Friday, will be the first combat sports event to be added to the Horizon Worlds app. LFA 144 is held at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

LFA 144 Fight Card:

Main Event: Muin Gafurov (17-4) vs. Diego Silva (135 lb) | Bantamweight Title Bout (15-7)

Co-Main Event: Heavyweight Bout (265 lb) | Jordan Heiderman (5-0) vs. Daiqwon Buckley (3-0)

Yuma Horiuchi (9-5) vs. Felipe Bunes (125 lb) flyweight bout (12-6)

Jared Revel (11-3) vs. Renato Valente (185 lbs) in a middleweight bout (8-5)

Christian Natividad (4-0) vs. Jordan Harris (125 lb) in a flyweight bout (2-0)

Ron Coleman (2-0) vs. Chato Wiest in a heavyweight bout (265 pounds) (1-1)

Brady Minner (5-2) vs. Patrick Rivera (170 lb) welterweight bout (6-3)

Adamu Isah (1-0) vs. Mateo Gonzalez (135 lb) in a bantamweight bout (3-0)

LFA 144 Gafurov vs Silva Preview:

Gafurov (17-4) joined the LFA as a national hero in Tajikistan, where he is one of the country’s most distinguished combat sports athletes. Tajikistan is a mountainous Central Asian country that enjoys combat sports. In fact, the country designated gushtigiri, a type of traditional wrestling, as its national sport. Naturally, Gafurov abandoned a brilliant soccer career after deciding he was a better combatant.

Two Combat Sambo World Championships, a FILA World Grappling Title, six bouts for Asia’s biggest MMA company ONE, and a nine-year professional MMA career in 11 nations round out the 26-year-resume. old’s The Dana White’s Contender Series alum made his LFA debut with a shocking knockout of Herbeth Sousa at LFA 134 and now aims to follow in the footsteps of his colleague Zviad Lazishvili by claiming the LFA bantamweight title at the Sanford Pentagon.

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Silva (15-7) also signed with the LFA this spring, joining the organization as one of Brazil’s most promising bantamweight prospects. In the red-hot pressure cooker of the Brazilian MMA scene, the decorated Brazilian began honing his combat talents. There, he obtained black belts in both Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre, his country’s two most well-known contributions to modern-day MMA.

Over the last decade, the 28-year-old has used his expertise in both martial arts to gain fifteen victories. “Magrinho” has competed in competitions all around the world. His career started in Brazil and has since brought him to Portugal, Finland, Spain, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Silva amassed a slew of hardware along the way, earning him a shot at the crown in May. He lost a split decision against Dan Argueta (who was shortly hired by the UFC), but promptly returned with a victory over Askar Askar at LFA 138.

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