It has been a safe guess that Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) would eventually debut inside the “505” as the company in its prior capacity was once two separate promotions, Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC), and both shows had great success in New Mexico when they hosted their respective events in Albuquerque. The official debut date is January 25th in the Route 66 Casino and the show – LFA 58 will be headlined by Clovis, New Mexico trained Harvey Park (10-2) taking on Jaleel Willis (9-1) in a Lightweight bout.
Park flew under the radar in the beginning of his career amassing an unblemished 6-0 amateur record fighting for smaller shows regionally in the Southwest area. Park announced his arrival in the MMA scene in 2014, four years since his first amateur bout, when he began his professional career with a dominant victory over one of the rising prospects in the area, John Rozema.
Park would tear through the regional circuit beating notables in King of the Cage, the Jackson’s MMA Series, and JacksonWink Fight Series among smaller promotions. Park would find his way to LFA in May of last year, and has definitely made a name for himself in two outings.
Park lost a tough fight to Austin Hubbard in his LFA debut, and Hubbard would go on to become the promotion’s Champion in his next fight. Park and Hubbard had themselves a throwdown in Veil, Colorado in May and there are some that believe the fight should have gone Park’s way but most at least believe the fight was a lot closer than the unanimous decision would suggest. Park would quickly bounce back to fight in Phoenix six months later at LFA 53.
Though Park came out with the win after three tough rounds of competition, it was something that happened during the fight that went viral. Park dislocated one of his fingers in a grotesque manner that would warrant a “NSFW” warning on most websites. The bone was clearly hanging out of the skin and it was truly amazing how Park had fought during the fight with that significant of an injury.
With a win over Willis, Park seems a likely candidate to earn a rematch against Hubbard which could get him a shot at the LFA Title.
“The Realest” Willis will have to take on the leader of the Force of 1 MMA gym and meets up with a grinding, methodical approach to fighting as “Fightbot” is tough and durable, and can punch, kick, wrestle, and grapple making him a true threat wherever the fight goes.
Willis himself has a grinding style of fighting style that typically leads to a dominant judge’s decision or a heavy workload leading to a TKO. Willis is a quick-starting fighter who will be coming down a weight class who applies pressure quickly in fights. Willis, like Park, is 1-1 in LFA but he will bring the momentum of a 70-second TKO stoppage in his most recent bout at LFA 43 this past June.
Much like his opponent, Willis could be a logical choice to garner a title shot with a victory. In order to do that, Willis would need to come in to Park’s backyard with a grueling pace and prepared to give Park 15-minutes of pressure. Park has proven durable and game for any scenario he has encountered in his career. Still, Willis can push the pace at a high-level making him dangerous to win rounds, even more crucial in a three-round affair.
It was a great match-up by LFA to use as the headline for their first show in New Mexico. If you haven’t bought tickets to LFA 58 next Friday night, do so while you still can. This fight and a slew of others make this card must-see for the local fight fans. Continue to follow SWFight for more coverage as we begin fight week.