An explosive women's strawweight bout pitting surging strikers Itzel Esquivel (2-1) and Nicolle Caliari has been added to the Legacy Fighting Alliance 26 card, Esquivel announced via her official Instagram account. The fight, which airs live on AXS TV, is set for Nov. 3 at Houston's Arena Theatre -- not far from Esquivel's home.
The Houston native has gotten quite used to fighting in front of her hometown fans, as "LFA 26" marks her fourth straight professional MMA fight in her home state of Texas. Will the crowd give her an extra jolt of energy? No one can help her once the cage door locks, but she is expected to receive one of the biggest pops of any fighter on the card.
Unfortunately, she's going to need more than a little crowd support to get past the heavy-handed Caliari, who is riding a two-fight win streak. The young Brazilian heads into hostile territory as one of the top young female prospects in the world at strawweight, with her last two victories coming by way of knockout. A winner of three of her first four pro starts, Caliari looks to build momentum with another thunderous finish to add to her already impressive resume.
Elsewhere on the card, Richard Odoms and Jeff Hughes collide with the heavyweight belt on the line. In the co-main, Bilal Williams fights Larry Crowe in a key scrap at middleweight. Additionally, Kolton Englund tussles with Thomas Webb at lightweight, in a match expected to serve as the swing fight of the main card. See here for the full "LFA 26" fight card.