Texas based Legacy Fighting Championship is one of the top regional MMA promotions in the US and they been the launching pad for many up and coming fighters in the sport today. Legacy FC has established a reputation for finding and developing great talent and putting together excellent fight card; a major reason why they have a deal with AXS TV.

On Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, Legacy FC heads to the Allen Event Center in Allen, Texas, for Legacy FC 46: Peterson vs. Rivera. As always the team at Legacy FC has put together a tremendous fight card with tons of potential.

Top Young Talent

As one of the premier regional promotions in MMA today, Legacy FC’s roster contains a strong mix of high level veterans and top tier up and comers. Legacy FC has become a proving ground for fighters looking to make it to the UFC and every event they host will feature at least one fighter who is destined for bigger and better things.

Rafael Lovato Jr.

If you are a fan of high level grappling, then you are already very familiar with Lovato. If not, then you will be in for a real treat Friday night as Lovato steps into the cage for his second professional MMA bout. A 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Lovato was the second American – BJ Penn being the first – to win the Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship; a feat he has accomplished twice. In addition to that, Lovato is a multiple time World Jiu-Jitsu Champion and owns numerous other world competition medals.

Lovato is arguably the greatest American born BJJ practitioner in the world and any time he competes, it’s must see TV.

Bantamweight Prospect Showdown

In the main event of the evening, two of the world top up and coming bantamweight will battle it out in hopes to move on to bigger and better things. The favorite heading into the bout has to be long time Legacy FC veteran Steven Peterson. Even though Peterson is only 25 years old, he already has 16 pro bouts under his belt; 12 of which he has won. Currently riding a four fight win streak with three wins by stoppage, Peterson looks like he is ready to compete with the best the world has to offer.

Irwin Rivera on the other hand, at just 4-0, is still a work in progress; a work in progress with tons of upside. Training with the Blackzilians in Florida, Rivera works with and competes against some of the best MMA fighters in the world day in and day out. Rivera is a prospect who is being molded for future greatness, but is he ready to compete with the likes of Peterson?

On Friday night, fans will get to see top young talents looking make some noise and stamp a ticket to their future.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.