This Friday, May 8, Legacy FC and the RFA will be holding a joint card featuring fighters from both promotions squaring off against each other in a first event of its kind for both companies on AXS TV.
LFC promoter Mick Maynard spoke to MMAWeekly.com to discuss the decision to do a joint production with RFA, the process of putting it together, and the one fight that he feels could very well be the wildcard amongst a very competitively balanced field.
MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Mick, can you tell us how the idea to work with the RFA on this event together came about?
Mick Maynard: I think it started when various promotions like World Series of Fighting called out Bellator back in the Bjorn (Rebney) days, and then I think that maybe we said we’d get involved in that. That’s when the idea of all that got started.
We started thinking of doing that and going down that road, people don’t realize the obstacles that stand the way. There’s a lot of ego involved, financial issues, and other things that stand in the way. It’s not as simple as it may seem.
As far as RFA and Legacy, we have a lot of similar goals. We both send a lot of people to the big leagues. The type of people who fight for us are very similar. We get along well and we decided to get together and do this. Late last year, the beginning of this year, we picked out a date, a venue, hammered out the details, and here we are.
MMAWeekly.com: How did these particular LFC fighters end up on the card?
Mick Maynard: That’s another part that’s not so easy. We went through our divisions to see what we had and how they stacked up against the competition. There was a lot of give and take on both sides.
Every single person we have fighting for us was down. I didn’t have to rally the troops. Damacio Page for an example; who is he going to say no to? There’s not a single person that he’d say no to. I think if you go down the line and say the same thing for most of the fights.
MMAWeekly.com: In looking at the fights themselves, is there any that stand out in one way or another to you?
Mick Maynard: It is a very evenly matched fight card. I’ll be honest with you, we could lose every fight. It’s that evenly match. Anything can happen. It could happen to them too. They could lose every fight.
The fight that I’m not sure what to expect the most is the Yuri Villefort versus Adam Townsend fight. Neither fighter has actually fought for the promotion. Yuri took the fight on two weeks’ notice. I don’t know that’s going to happen.
MMAWeekly.com: Considering all goes well on the upcoming show, could we see more co-promotional events like this in the future?
Mick Maynard: I think that we’ve found a very good format. I’ve probably talked to (the RFA) two or three times a day, so we have a great relationship. We want to kick each other’s asses, but we’re also working together to put on something special. I can see us doing this more frequently than once a year.