LFA BRINGS LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE FIGHT TO MINNESOTA WITH LFA 34 – WATLEY vs. JENKINS MAIN EVENT: LFA LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION ROBERT WATLEY vs. LFA #1
Fight Card (AXS TV @ 9pm ET)
Robert Watley vs Brandon Jenkins – for lightweight title
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Jordan Griffin vs Darrick Minner
John DeVall vs Nate Jennerman
Kelly Kobold vs opponent TBA
Nick Ammerman vs Bobby Lee
Tim Hiley vs Willie Whitehead
Watley can pursue his goal of improving MMA for all fighters, he first has to get past Brandon Jenkins, who holds an 11-5 mark, at LFA 34 on Friday, March 2. Watley seeks to defend his lightweight title for a third time.
“Jenkins finished all but one of his wins and is a wild guy,” Watley said. “I think it’s underappreciated with Brandon that he stepped up to fight me. I had three or four other guys decline to fight me, and I think it’s honorable that he stepped up.
“It’s the most honest way to make money — you can’t lie in the cage. I’m blessed to share the cage with him and show people that I’m for real.”
In addition to the fight, Watley also has his upcoming wedding in May to look forward to.
“I can’t wait to learn to be a better man,” Watley said. “My soon-to-be-wife is my best friend and the coolest person I ever met, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us.”
Watley has been outspoken about his goals. The effort has picked up steam lately with the announcement of Project Spearhead by UFC bantamweight Leslie Smith. Watley expressed solidarity with the initiative and sees himself as a leader in the effort to give fighters more of a voice.
“It’s not about just making sure I’m secure. I want to elevate my fellow man and the sport,” Watley said. “We’re leaving so much on the table. Fighting is in our DNA and we can all relate to it. We worry too much about control, when we need to come together to strive for excellence. Everyone can be taken care of, and we can still attract the real good athletes. We’re not close to where we could be to help move the sport forward for everyone.”