Fresh off a two-fight win streak under the Victory FC banner, Dakota Cochrane (29-12) returns to Legacy Fighting Alliance with a fight against Ciro "Bad Boy" Rodrigues (21-6-0, 1 NC) in his home state of Nebraska. The hotly-anticipated welterweight showdown is scheduled for Oct. 20 in the main event of "LFA 25," from the historic Ralston Arena.
A veteran of such high-level promotions as Bellator, Titan FC and RFA, the 31-year-old Cochrane will look to elevate his profile and cement his spot atop LFA's stacked 170-pound weight class when he collides with the surging 28-year-old Brazilian, who has won eight of his past nine starts. Cochrane is perhaps best known for his appearance on the "TUF: Live" reality show, but his wins over the likes of Joe "Daddy" Stevenson and Jamie Varner have earned him a massive following with hardcore MMA fans. He'll be sure to have the crowd behind him on fight night, as he lives and trains in Nebraska -- not far from the host venue.
As for Rodrigues, he's riding a three-fight win streak that includes a pair of devastating knockout finishes. His elite striking and incredible takedown defense has opened the eyes of UFC's matchmaking team, and he could be just one or two wins from a call-up to the big show. Elsewhere on the "LFA 25" fight card, featherweights collide as Darrick Minner battles Fernando Padilla in co-main action.
The swing fight of the night is likely to be a barnburner, as fast-rising phenom Kassius Holdorf meets hard-hitting contender Jordon Larson at welterweight. Elsewhere on the AXS-televised bill, bantamweight talent Emeka Ifekandu goes toe to toe with Michael Graves. This is a card that features some of the top young prospects in the sport, as well as a slew of grizzled MMA veterans. It's not to be missed.