In the main event, LXF heavyweight champion Mike Quintero (6-2) will defend his title against Blake Troop (8-6). Quintero, who moonlights as a professor at Los Angeles City College, will defend his title for the first time since winning the strap as the headliner for LXF 4 against Jay Silva. Quintero didn’t make his MMA pro debut until the age of 38. By age 43, he’d accomplished his championship dreams, and he’s aiming to teach Troop another lesson. Troop will be moving up from light heavyweight to heavyweight for the fight after falling in his LXF 3 debut to Andrey Vasilenko via unanimous decision. All of Troop’s victories have come via first round finishes, and he was riding a four-fight winning streak until he met Vasilenko.
In the co-main event, LXF bantamweight champion Albert Morales (10-6-1) takes on Ryan Lilley (9-6) in a highly anticipated rematch. Morales, a former six-fight UFC veteran who’s also scored two wins in Bellator, will look to build on the momentum in his career following his championship-winning performance against Lilley at LXF 4. Morales butchered the left eye of Lilley for two consecutive rounds and the doctor called a halt to the action three seconds into round three, awarding Morales a TKO win and crowning the Belizean bantamweight as the division’s champion.
“As a former NFL player who’s been involved in the MMA scene for 15 years, I know a thing or two about hard work and discipline,” says Shawne Merriman, co-founder of LXF and a former All-Pro linebacker for the San Diego Chargers. “Here at LXF, we’re focused on showcasing some of the most talented fighters on the local circuit and turning them into household names.”
The LXF’s mission is to develop the next generation of MMA fighters while also offering athletes from other sports a platform to step into the cage and pursue their dreams, and former NFL defensive lineman Chris McCain (3-0) will continue seizing the opportunity and crossover into the LXF cage. McCain, a four-year NFL veteran who’s played 35 career games for the Chargers, Dolphins and Saints, was recruited by Merriman to the promotion and has promptly scored a knockout at LXF 2 in July, a unanimous decision victory at LXF 3 in September and a submission victory during LXF 4. McCain will take on an opponent still-to-be-determined at LXF 5.
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Doors open at 6:30 p.m. PST, and the first bout will take place at 7:30 p.m. PST. All bouts are subject to change.
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