GJ’s Yates signs contract with Legacy Fighting Alliance

Andrew Yates is stepping back into the cage.

The Grand Junction-area professional mixed martial arts fighter signed a contract early this week with the Legacy Fighting Alliance — the result of a merger between the Resurrection Fighting Alliance and Legacy Fighting Championship — to participate on the main card of LFA 10 on April 21 at Massari Arena in Pueblo.

Yates will face a yet unannounced opponent at 145 pounds, potentially setting up a title bout with champion Kevin Aguilar, if the East Texas fighter doesn’t leave for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

All Yates said about his opponent is that he fights out of Albuquerque gym owned by Greg Jackson, who has trained UFC champions Holly Holm, Georges Saint-Pierre, Jon Jones and Rashad Evans.

“LFA is a promotion we’ve worked closely with,” Yates said. “We had a fight and it didn’t come together. They set up a fight on two weeks notice and I couldn’t make weight on two weeks notice. It was the perfect opportunity to face a big opponent with a killer record out of Greg Jackson’s gym.”

Yates has a 9-1 professional record, his only loss coming in a high-profile World Series of Fighting bout against Chad Robichaux in 2013. Robichaux, a former Bellator and Strikeforce fighter, defeated Yates with a second-round submission. During the fight, a bone broke in Yates’ right foot, and that kept him out for 15 months. Since then, he’s won his past two professional fights, both during local Cage Wars bouts.

“I get to prove myself with a second fight on national TV,” Yates said. “I just want to get my name out there and let people know that I’m game to fight anybody. I’ve fought hard this year, fought enough tomato cans to prove I’m one of the best in the state at my weight.”


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