LFA 58: Harvey Park vs. Jaleel Willis to Headline
By Press Release
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion will make its first foray into the Land of Enchantment with an explosive lightweight showdown when the promotion heads to New Mexico in January.
The main event of LFA 58 will feature a lightweight showdown between New Mexico Sheriff’s Deputy Harvey “Fightbot” Park and fellow top prospect Jaleel “The Realest” Willis. LFA 58 – Park vs. Willis takes place Friday, January 25th at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
“I am thrilled to announce that we are bringing an action-packed LFA event to New Mexico,” stated Soares. “Harvey Park and Jaleel Willis are two of the best lightweight prospects in the sport, and two of the most exciting fighters on the LFA roster. They will make the perfect headliner for the debut LFA event at the world class Route 66 Casino on January 25th.”
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Park (10-2) is a U.S. Navy veteran and Curry County Sheriff’s Deputy from Clovis, New Mexico. The proud New Mexican made his highly-anticipated LFA debut this past May at the highest of locales. That would be on the LFA 39 card that took place in Vail, Colorado. Park fought Austin Hubbard for three competitive rounds that night, but Hubbard won the decision. That earned Hubbard the title shot, which he then won to become champion. However, Park’s momentum did not end there. He also won his next fight in one of the most memorable fights of 2018. After suffering a compound fracture to his right ring finger in the first round of his fight against Le’Ville Simpson at LFA 53, the “Fightbot” continued to press on and throw his right hand with the bone protruding. He did this for three rounds to earn a dominant Unanimous Decision victory as well as national praise from fans and fellow fighters alike for his incredible display of heart and toughness.
Willis (9-1) hails from Memphis, Tennessee and much like the “Home of the Blues”, Willis’ opponents have been singing the blues since he began his illustrious MMA career in 2014. The southern juggernaut known as “The Realest” has dispatched nine of his ten opponents, while competing as a welterweight. His lone setback came via decision in his promotional debut against top welterweight contender Kyle Stewart in the main event of LFA 33 this past February. Willis bounced back beautifully in his sophomore appearance for the promotion in June. That win came against the well-respected Chel-Erwin Davis in the co-main event of LFA 42. Willis needed only 70-seconds to finish the Bellator veteran via TKO due to a monster knee, which he followed up with an onslaught of punches. Now the charismatic Memphian is taking his talents to the lightweight division as he prepares to make his 155-pound debut in the high desert of New Mexico.
The co-main event of LFA 58 could cause a statewide day off from work on January 25th as the long-awaited showdown between two of New Mexico’s most beloved MMA pioneers is among us.
Page (20-10) and Cullum (21-7) have been on a collision course for well over a decade. They helped pave the way for the lower weight classes within the state of New Mexico and throughout the sport of MMA. Both men began competing as professionals in 2005 and went on to carve out two of the biggest fighting legacies in New Mexico’s long combat sports history. Page is a proud Albuquerquean who fought for both the UFC and WEC at bantamweight. He was a cast member on the UFC’s hit reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Tournament of Champions and became a Legacy FC champion at flyweight. While reigning supreme for Legacy FC, he also headlined the historic RFA vs. Legacy event in May 2015.
Meanwhile, Cullum has carved out his own storied career in the Land of Enchantment. Currently serving as a Corporal for his hometown Tucumcari Police Department in eastern New Mexico, Cullum has taken two three-year hiatuses during his fighting career to focus on law enforcement. However, Cullum has once again been drawn back to the Octagon with a desire to add to his own list of MMA accomplishments. The Tucumcari lawman is a five-time KOTC champion, he has fought for the EliteXC (ShoXC) 140-pound title on Showtime, he competed in Japan three times in two Grand Prix tournaments hosted by DREAM, and he won back-to-back RFA co-main events via submission in the span of four weeks.
Currently Announced Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT):
Main Event | Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
– Harvey Park (10-2) vs. Jaleel Willis (9-1)
Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
– Damacio Page (20-10) vs. Abel Cullum (21-7)
In 2017, RFA and Legacy FC merged to form LFA, the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts. The combined forces of LFA launched the careers of over 150 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. In May 2018, the promotion joined the London Trust Media Holdings group of companies.
LFA 58 will be the first LFA event to take place in the state of New Mexico. RFA and Legacy FC visited the “Land of Enchantment” a total of three times before the merger. The entire main card of LFA 58 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
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