LFA 51 takes place at Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas on Friday (Oct. 19, 2018) at 9pm ET live on AXS TV. In the main event Ray Rodriguez drops down to bantamweight against Factory X standout Chris Gutierrez

Rodriguez (13-4) competes for the first time since December and carries a eight-fight win streak into the main event. “The Judge” has finished two of his last three opponents and hasn’t lost since Jan. 2015. Gutierrez (11-2-1) returns to LFA off back-to-back wins including a third round stoppage victory over top prospect Jimmy Flick at XFN 342 back in April. The 27-year-old also holds a win over PFL bantamweight standout Timur Valiev..

Here’s my interview with Ray Rodriguez

The co-main event features a 130-pound catchweight as Jimmy Flick face Contender Series veteran Cee Jay Hamilton

Flick (11-4) has won three of his last four fights including a submission win over UFC veteran Johnny Bedford at LFA 16. The 28-year old hasn’t gone the distance in a fight since Mar. 2016. Hamilton (13-6) look to build off his unanimous decision win over Abdiel Velazquez in August and seize the oppertunity here in the co-main event. “The Autobot” is 8-2 in his last 10-fights.

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MMAOddsmaker Nick Kalikas opened the betting lines for LFA 52 moments ago via Bet DSI:

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LFA 52: Rodriguez vs. Gutierrez
OCTOBER 19, 2018
Bell County Expo Center | Belton, Texas

Main Card – 9pm ET on AXS TV

Bantamweight:

Ray Rodriguez +190
Chris Gutierrez -270

130lb Catchweight:

Jimmy Flick +235
Cee Jay Hamilton -315

Middleweight:

Jhonoven Pati +335
Puna Soriano -505

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