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Written by Ben Pherson   
Thursday, 02 November 2017 09:45

Legacy Fighting Alliance is set to return to Minnesota in December, and the major organization announced the bulk of that fight card this week.

LFA 29 is slated for Dec. 15 at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. Fights are scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and tickets are on sale now through participating fighters, cagetix.com and at the Mystic Lake box office. Also, check back next week as Minnesota MMA News will have tickets to give away every week leading up to fight night. 

LFA 29's main event is for the organization's 135-pound title. UFC veteran Chico Camus is set to square off against Ricky Simon.

Simon has run his pro record to 10-1, and he was a perfect 7-0 as an amateur. Simon already has big promotions like Tachi Palace Fights and Titan FC. He fought for the Titan belt 2016 but suffered a submission loss to Anderson dos Santos. After starting his career with four straight knockouts, five of Simon's last six wins have come via decision.

Camus is a fan favorite, and he's been on a tear since being cut by the UFC. He has a career record of 18-7, but Camus has won four straight since his UFC release. Three of those wins have come under the RFA/LFA banner, and all wins came via decision.

Minnesota's Ben "The Baker" Neumann returns to action at LFA 29. This will be Neumann's first fight since suffering a loss to Derrick Krantz in May for the LFA 170-pound title.

Neumann, who's 12-5 as a pro, will square off against Jason Witt in December. Witt is 11-4 as a pro and he's fighting out of Kansas City. He is a Bellator and Titan veteran who's coming in on a three-fight winning streak.

In a featured bout, Minnesota's Mike "The Marine" Richman returns to action against Jeff Peterson.

Following a suspension for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Richman returned to MMA in January. He suffered a loss at LFA 2 against Lazar Stojadinovic by unanimous decision. Richman, who's 18-7 as a pro, still is a deadly striker, but he'll be tested against another tough opponent in Peterson, who's gained a big following in Minnesota.

Peterson is originally from Wisconsin, but he trains at Alliance in California now. He started his pro career at just 3-3

before he got serious about the sport. Since then Peterson has been on a tear, winning five straight. Four of those five wins have come in Minnesota, with the last two coming under the LFA banner. He's taken out two of Minnesota's top prospects in his last two fights, with decision wins over Bobby Lee and Brandon Jenkins (split).

Jenkins also returns to action on this card. He's set to face submission specialist Carl Wittstock in a 155-pound matchup.

Jenkins, who trains at American Top Team of Savage, is 10-5 as a pro, while Wittstock comes in 10-2. Wittstock is coming off a loss to Minnesota's Travis Perzynski at LFA 20.

Also on the main card, Wisconsin's Alton Cunningham is set to make his LFA debut. Though he's from Wisconsin, Cunningham is eligible for the Minnesota MMA News rankings, and he's up to No. 4 at 185 pounds. Cunningham is 3-0 as a pro and he's known as a devastating striker with improving ground skills.

Cunningham brings his perfect record into a matchup with Dominic Garcia of Kansas City. Garcia, who's a Bellator veteran, is 4-1 as a pro, and he's finished all four of his victories (three via TKO, one submission).

"We're all around just really excited for this card; we have some of Minnesota's best in some huge fights with national implications and we have some guys stepping up to fight on TV, giving those local guys the exposure they deserve," LFA local matchmaker Jeremy Bjornberg said. "LFA is bringing yet another world title fight to Minnesota. The fans around here have responded, and I think they're in for another treat."

Wisconsin's Cam Olson also is on the professional portion of the card. He's set to take on Herdem Alacabek (3-0) at light heavyweight. Olson recently bounced back with a win following his knockout loss to Julian Marquez at LFA 12.

Minnesota's Ashkan Morvari (11-6) also is on the pro card. Another ATT of Savage product, Morvari faces 3-1 Damion Shehan at 155. Shehan is coming off a loss to Bobby Lee at RFA 45, while Morvari also is coming off a loss to Lee at LFA 20.

Undercard amateurs include Henry Pendleton, Jason Wong, Andrew Johnson, Angel Pacheco, Ryle Masterson, Yamah Sadozai, Bryan Bautista, Zach Buros-Nash, Laura Sanchez, Akeela Al-Hameed, Coty Milhausen, Micah John, Billy Simon and Rodney Nash.

Pro Nate Jennerman also is expected to compete against an opponent to be determined.

Make sure to watch MNMMANEWS.com over the next month and a half for your chance at free LFA tickets!