By lead writer, Jorden Curran

Former UMMAF National Champion and IMMAF World Champion Jose Mariscal (pictured above, left) will headline the upcoming card of LFA 57 on January 18 as part of the major new “Friday Night Fights” unveiling by AXS TV.

On January 11 AXS unveiled the launch of “Friday Night Fights” for 2019, beginning on Jan.18. with a four and a half hour broadcasting slot of original MMA and pro wrestling, the former being provided by standout professional MMA organization, Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA).

“Legacy Fighting Alliance is the number one MMA promotion in the world for cultivating talent and delivering on the promise of watching tomorrow’s champions today. In the last two years, LFA has sent over 50 fighters to the UFC and we expect to create more legendary champions inside the octagon on AXS TV in 2019.”

LFA 57 takes place in Denver, Colorado, for its first live AXS event of the year that sees undefeated featherweight prospect Youssef Zalal (6-0) taking on 2014 IMMAF gold medal winner Jose “Chepe” Mariscal (8-3) in the main event.

Before making his professional transition, Mariscal remained undefeated as an amateur MMA contender with a run that culminated in being crowned amateur world champion at the inaugural IMMAF World Amateur Championships in Las Vegas.

Competing in the men’s lightweight division, the now 26-year-old Mariscal secured gold for Team USA with four triumphs across five days in the 155lb bracket, besting standout opposition from Romania, Poland, the UK and Sweden, all via first round stoppages.

Since Mariscal featured in the pioneering first IMMAF World Championships, the premier proving ground for amateur mixed martial artists has continued its rapid evolution, with leading safety standards and enhanced competition gear such as amateur size gloves and shin guards developed by Green Hill, in addition to the ever increasing depth of global talent.

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