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The Wait is Over, Candelario Returns at LFA 104

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Travis Lizotte "Full Contact Writer"

Turn the clocks back New England MMA fans, way back to well before all this pandemic bullshit put the brakes on the sport we all love, well at least I would imagine most of our readers have some sort of passion for MMA. But I digress, we pick back up in August of 2017, nearly four years ago; New England's most promising Flyweight prospect; Carlos "The Cannon" Candelario (7-0) put his name on the UFC radar with a dominant Unanimous Decision victory over Jose Aldo sparring partner and Jiu-Jitsu coach; Ronaldo "Pac-Man" Candido (6-1) in front of UFC brass on week 4 of the 2017 season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Candelario looked like he had secured his spot on the UFC roster but there was one issue, Candelario suffered a torn ACL in the fight and his celebration would be cut short, by a long and arduous rehabilitation process.

Candelario admittedly reconsidered his career many times during his nearly four year hiatus from competition, questioning if his fire to compete still burned as bright it did prior to the knee injury. Well someone at Underdog MMA must have lit a match, because Carlos has rekindled his love affair with violence and will make his long awaited return to the cage April 16th at LFA 104 (First reported by Nolan King of MMAJunkie) against Yuma Horiuchi (7-3). Horiuchi the 23 year old Japaneese Kickboxer will be looking to snap his current streak of back to back losses, coming up on the wrong side of the coin flip in two straight split decisions. Horiuchi made his LFA debut in January of last year at LFA against Leandro Gomes (6-1) in a Split-Decision loss but has been inactive in the MMA arena ever since.