Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"
After dropping a decision to Brant Moore (8-1) in his LFA 89 Main Event slot in August, in his promotional debut, Cape Cod's Joe "Skeletor" Giannetti (9-3-1) continues to seek big opportunities along his quest to land back on the UFC's radar. Joe Joe will have the opportunity to further increase his stock Friday night, October 30th, in Park City, Kansas as the 25 year old Giannetti makes his second straight LFA/UFC Fight Pass start, in the LFA 94 Co-Main Event against Aaron McKenzie (8-2-1). The 32 year old McKenzie is an understudy of former Bellator Middleweight World Champion; Rafael Lovato Jr. and trains out of Lovato BJJ and MMA in Oklahoma City. Like Giannetti, McKenzie also made his LFA debut at LFA 89 earning a first round Rear Naked Choke stoppage of Glaucio Eliziario (9-6) in their Co-Main event scrap in August.
This is a fight that makes a ton of sense given each fighters timeline, both came out of LFA 89 relatively unscathed, both are looking for big fights that can propel their promising careers and both are lethal submission specialists. Oklahoma's McKenzie has an impressive four submissions in his eight professional victories, all finishes and since capturing the HD MMA Lightweight Title in January of 2019, McKenzie had fought twice for Bellator (1-1) before signing on with LFA. Massachusetts' Giannetti has a slick, six submissions on his professional resume, not including two more sleepings handed out during his time on The Ultimate Fighter in 2018, to go along with two wins by knockout across his four year run as the most polarizing figure in Cage Titans FC, before signing on with LFA amidst the pandemic.