Curtis Millender, Nick Barnes seek victory and more at LFA 30
By Brian Martin
Millender, Barnes seek victory and more.
Curtis Millender has already quieted one outspoken MMA opponent. Now the Fullerton welterweight will look to take down a more stoic foe.
Legacy Fighting Alliance returns to Southern California on Friday, with Millender taking on fellow former Bellator fighter Nick Barnes in the main event at LFA 30 in the Costa Mesa Building at the OC Fairgrounds.
Millender, 30, who trains at CSW in Fullerton and works at the UFC Gym in Corona, sees a victory as a potential launching pad back to Bellator or to the UFC
“I know exactly what needs to be done to get to the next level,” said Millender, who went 2-2 in Bellator. “I feel like I’m the hottest property in LFA. I’m in my third main event in seven months.”
Millender (13-3), on a five-fight winning streak, needed just 38 seconds as he delivered a walk-off head kick KO of Australian Matthew Frincu three months ago at LFA 24 in Phoenix.
AXS TV analyst and former MMA great Pat Miletich said two explosive fighters like Millender and Frincu can result in a dangerous finish, so he wasn’t surprised by the stunning ending.
“One mistake and it’s lights out, and that’s exactly what happened,” Miletich said. “Frincu seemed a little overconfident, to be honest with you, and if I was fighting Millender in my prime, I certainly wouldn’t be overlooking a guy that dangerous.”
Don’t expect Barnes (12-2) to look past Millender. The San Diego fighter wouldn’t even engage with Millender in a war of words leading up to the fight.
“I don’t really do trash talking. I just go out and fight,” said Barnes, who has won three of his past four, including a split-decision win over Chad Curry in the LFA 20 main event in August.