Updated: Feb 12, 2021
Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
Lauzon MMA's Fabio Cherant (6-1) saw somewhat of a resurgence in 2020 as he put a loss to Aleksa Camur (6-1) on the 2019 season of Dana White's Contender Series in his rear-view and continued to show why his is one of the most promising prospects in all of New England. With the landscape of the fight world up in the air for most of the last year, Cherant sill managed to find himself in high leverage situations. In July Fabio made his LFA debut in impressive fashion by submitting Erick Murray Jr. (5-3) with an Anaconda Choke under a minute into their bout at LFA 86. Cherant then returned home at CES 61 in October where he turned in an impressive decision victory over formally unbeaten Yu Ji (3-1). With big wins over two formidable opponents in 2020, Cherant looks to kick off 2021 with a splash, as he draws former TUF alum and Glory Kickboxing veteran Myron Dennis (18-7) in the LFA 99 Main Event for the vacant LFA Light-Heavyweight World Title this Friday night live on UFC Fightpass.
His opponent former Legacy Fighting Alliance Light-Heavyweight Champion, prior to the LFA/RFA merger; Myron Dennis is a kickboxer as his history with Glory would indicate and that technique translates to his style inside the cage. Dennis carries some serious knockout power in his right hand and coupled with some of the sharpest thigh kicks around Dennis' striking has a history of wearing down his opponents, leading to eight career wins by knockout. However, Dennis' finishing ability has seemed to dwindle some in recent years as he has not finished an opponent since 2017.
Dennis will need to establish his striking early if he hopes to keep the grappling prowess of Fabio Chreant at bay, because once Fabio closes the distance he should posses a serious advantage in both strength and grappling ability. Cherant has the ability to finish submissions from all angles and is absolutely constricting once he pulls his opponents into his world. In Cherant's six career victories, five have come via choke and if the game plan unfolds correctly Friday night; his next neck will send him home the new LFA Light-Heavyweight World Champion and will cement his spot as one of the top unsigned Light-Heavyweight prospects in the country at just 26 years of age.
It is fair to note that Cherant passed a major hurdle earlier this afternoon when he tipped the scales at a Championship weight of 204.8 pounds for the contracted 205 pound Championship bout. If there was one question about Cherant leading up to this bout, it was if he could overcome his battle with the scale, after missing weight in his last two bouts. With weight now made the bout is official; Fabio Cherant will meet Myron Dennis Friday night in the Main Event at LFA 99 with the victor leaving the cage as the NEW LFA Light-Heavyweight World Champion. LFA 99 kicks off at 9 pm eastern Friday night and will be broadcast live exclusively on UFC Fightpass. Below is a quick look at the entire LFA 99 card.
Main Event: Fabio Cherant (6-1) vs. Myron Dennis (18-7) [Light-Heavyweight]
Co-Main Event: Brant Moore (8-1) vs. Ago Huskic (8-2) [Lightweight]
Fernando Padilla (12-4) vs. Nate Richardson (8-4) [Featherweight]
Cody Brundage (8-4) vs. Joseph Kropschot (4-1) [Middleweight]
Valerie Ann Marie Soto (3-2) vs. Fiore Hani (2-1) [Women’s Flyweight]
Trevor Wallace (3-0) vs. Cesar Gutierrez (2-2) [Heavyweight]
Darian Weeks (4-0) vs. Craig Fairley (3-4) [Welterweight]
Prelim: Gerrica Trias (debut) vs. Kawehi Wallace (debut) [Flyweight]
Prelim: Manuel Medina (0-1) vs. Chancey Wilson (2-4) [Flyweight]