LFA 88: Willis vs. De Jesus – Staff Predictions

Vinicius de Jesus weighs in ahead of a Bellator event. Credit: Bellator

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is set to crown a new welterweight champion on its upcoming card, LFA 88: Willis vs. De Jesus. Scheduled to take place on Friday, August 21, LFA will now be bringing fans a four-fight main card stacked with some of the best rising prospects the sport has to offer.

As usual, a few of the staff writers here at MMA-Prospects.com have given their predictions on who they believe will walk out of the cage with a win.

The full LFA 88 fight card can be found below:

  • Jaleel Willis (12-2) vs. Vinicius de Jesus (9-2) – welterweight main event
  • Aaron McKenzie (7-2-1) vs. Gláucio Eliziário (9-5) – lightweight co-main event
  • Ben Lugo (5-3) vs.  Natan Levy (4-0) – featherweight bout
  • Evan Elder (3-0) vs.  Kegan Gennrich (2-1) – lightweight bout
  • Robiel Tesfaldet (2-3) vs. Charles Alex (0-0) – flyweight bout
  • Jeff Nielsen (4-0) vs. Brady Minner (9-4) – middleweight bout

Shawn Bitter, Contributor

Picks:  Vinicius De Jesus, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy, and Evan Elder.

Most Confident: “Evan Elder. [I’m] Confident because he’s the more complete fighter as his opponent don’t look too good in the footage I’ve seen,” wrote Bitter.

Joe McDonagh, Contributor

Picks: Vinicius De Jesus, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy, and Evan Elder.

Most Confident: “De Jesus. De Jesus has faced some very legit competition in the Bellator and CES cages,”wrote McDonagh. “He has been on a tear, has barely even had to use his best weapon, he is on a mission right now to get the call from Dana White. Next step in that direction is becoming an LFA champion.”

Sergio Pineiro, Contributor

Picks: Jaleel Willis, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy

Most Confident: “Levy. Lugo has managed to win his last four after a 1-3 start to his career. Despite this, his five victories have come with opponents have a combined one victory,” wrote Pineiro. “Levy on the other hand is undefeated as a pro and amateur. He’s looked very impressive and expect him to get a comfortable victory this weekend.”

Ryan Fortune, Contributor

Picks: Vinicius De Jesus, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy and Evan Elder.

Most Confident: “Evan Elder. I believe he is just better everywhere than his opponent and he is likely to make a statement in his LFA debut,” wrote Fortune.

Billy Nayden, Contributor

Picks: Vinicius de Jesus, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy, and Evan Elder.

Most Confident: “De Jesus. He’s already won a title in CES which for my money is the #2 regional promotion in the US,” wrote Nayden. “Fully expect him to lock up another title in LFA.”

Kristen King, Contributor

Picks: Vinicius De Jesus, Aaron McKenzie, Natan Levy, and Evan Elder.

Most Confident: “De Jesus. While both men have finishing abilities, especially in the striking department, I think De Jesus is the more well-rounded fighter with more than one way to finish the fight against Willis. Willis has never been submitted in his professional career, but De Jesus could find an opening to do so if the fight makes it to the ground after some exchanges on the feet.”