LFA announced today that the promotion will be bringing a heavyweight showdown to southern California at the end of August. LFA title challenger Jared Vanderaa will return to the LFA Octagon to face hulking Brazilian heavyweight prospect Renan Ferreira in the main event of LFA 74.
The event takes place Friday, August 30th at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium in Riverside, California. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. CT / 7 p.m. PT.
Vanderaa (9-3) makes his highly-anticipated return to the LFA Octagon in the main event of LFA 74. He returns while riding a fresh wave of momentum created during a dominant title reign in South Africa. Vanderaa first signed with LFA two summers ago as one of the best prospects in a division. Vanderaa came up short in his first shot at LFA gold, but has regrouped and found his groove on the other side of the planet. The 27-year-old has strung together three consecutive TKO wins in South Africa. This includes defeating UFC veteran Ruan Potts for the EFC heavyweight title, which many consider to be the most prestigious title on the African continent. After a successful title defense against Ricky Misholas in March, Vanderaa returns to LFA looking to handle some unfinished business in his own backyard of southern California.
Ferreira (5-2) signed with LFA this past spring with a fearsome reputation in his native Brazil. Standing 6’10 with an athletic 250-pound physique, the man known as “Problema” has been a huge problem for the heavyweight division. The Brazilian behemoth possesses physical gifts that create problems for everyone he faces. The 29-year-old has also been busy learning the ways of combat under the watchful eye of UFC Hall of Fame member Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira at Team Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ferreira made his debut for LFA at LFA 70 in June as a part of the four-man LFA heavyweight tournament. However, “Problema” ran into a problem of his own when he was disqualified due to illegal strikes he inadvertently landed on the back of Brett Martin’s head. Ferreira is now eager to right that wrong in his sophomore appearance for the promotion at LFA 74.
Fight Card (Subject to Change):
Main Card (AXS TV Fights)
Jared Vanderaa (9-3) vs Renan Ferreira (5-2)
Ryan Lilley (10-4) vs Kevin Wirth (7-1)
Moses Murrietta (8-2) vs Lucas Rota (13-8)
Vince Cachero (6-1) vs Marvin Garcia (12-3)
Anthony Jimenez (4-0-1) vs Leandro Gomes (3-1)
Irvins Ayala (2-0) vs James Chapman (1-0)