LFA 5 Results: Adam Townsend Takes Out Marcus Edwards, Asks for UFC Call-Up

Legacy Fighting Alliance landed at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo. on Friday, the promotion’s first trip to the state since the merger between RFA and Legacy FC at the beginning of the year.

In the main event, Adam Townsend stopped Marcus Edwards, making his case for a UFC call-up.

Edwards looked like he might end the fight early, unleashing a wild fury of punches, knees, and kicks, but he couldn’t push the button. Townsend eventually shifted gears and put Edwards on the mat, where he dominated several scrambles and closed the round in top position in side mount, dropping down punches.

Townsend took Edwards to the canvas early in the second frame, where he kept it for the entire round. He never really threatened with much of a finish, but wore Edwards down with a constant ground and pound attack.

LFA 5 Edwards vs Townsend Fight PosterEdwards tried to unload on Townsend to open the final frame, but the gas tank was low. And just like he did in round two, Townsend took Edward down and dominated him for the remainder of the fight. Unlike round two, Townsend was persistent enough with his attack that the referee called a halt to the fight with just seven seconds left.

After the fight, Townsend shouted out his phone number for UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, imploring them to give him a call.

In the night’s co-main event, two of the LFA’s top featherweights went toe to toe for three rounds. Cory Sandhagen negated much of Jamall Emmers’ wrestling early. As the fight wore on, however, Emmers stayed busier, frequently backing up Sandhagen.

The fight was close going into the final minutes of the fight, but Emmers scored a takedown in the final minute and a half and dominated the remainder of the time, handing Sandhagen his first defeat before declaring, “Dana White, I’m ready!”

Local favorite Kris Hocum showed a lot of heart in his fight with Matt Frincu, but try as he might, he couldn’t overcome the Aussie’s superior striking. Frincu cut Hocum over his right eye early in the fight and never let up. He shucked off several takedown attempts, keeping the fight in his striking realm to capture a unanimous decision.

“Sean Shelby look at this guy. I’m up here are elevation doing this on three weeks notice,” Frincu said after the fight, trying to get a shot in the UFC.

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Le’Ville Simpson and Matt Johnson fought a bloody three-round war. Simpson survived a near knockout in the opening frame, but Johnson outlasted him, staying busier throughout the fight and taking a unanimous nod from the judges.

Brandon Royval showed some excellent ground skills, putting Rakan Adwan in several bad positions before landing the armbar finish less than two minutes into the opening frame of their fight early on the main card.

LFA 5: Edwards vs. Townsend Results

Main Card:

  • Adam Townsend def. Marcus Edwards by TKO (strikes) at 4:53, R3
  • Jamall Emmers def. Cory Sandhagen by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Matthew Frincu def. Kris Hocum by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Matt Johnson def. Le’Ville Simpson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Brandon Royval (4-2) vs. Rakan Adwan (3-1) by Submission (armbar) at 1:54, R1
  • Slobodan Maksimovic def. Eric Grant by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Arut Pogosjan def. Nicholi Navarro by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-27)

Preliminary Card:

  • Enrique Gonzalez def. Maurice Salazar by KO at 4:55, R1
  • Cody Yohn def. Josh Watson by Submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:39, R1
  • John DeCrescenzo def. Oscar Herrera by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)*

*amateur bout
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Former Champion Liam McGeary Smashes Brett McDermott (Bellator 173 Results)

Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary dominated Brett McDermott, knocking him out in the second round at Bellator 173, at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

It was McGeary’s first fight since he lost the title to Phil Davis last year. McGeary looked sharp and in charge, despite an early scare.

McDermott dropped McGeary early with a left jab, but McGeary popped up to his feet quickly. The two traded punches evenly until McGeary landed a right head kick that changed the tone of the fight. McGeary followed up with a few punches that bloodied McDermott’s face and later in the round he dropped McDermott with a wicked knee.

McDermott fell to the ground, but McGeary was unable to finish him, despite an armbar attempt. McDermott stayed strong from the bottom, even reversing position, to end the round on top.

But Round 2 was all McGeary, who landed more punches and opened up a cut over McDermott’s right eye. The referee stopped the fight at 1:02 of the first round after the cageside doctor determined that McDemott couldn’t see out of his right eye.

McGeary improved to 12-1, while McDermott, who took the fight on three days’ notice, dropped to 7-5.

James Gallagher def. Kirill Medvedovsky via submission

Ireland’s James Gallagher submitted Kirill Medvedovsky at 2:53 of the first round with a rear naked choke. Gallagher established the pace of the featherweight co-main event early, outboxing the Ukranian, before finishing him on the ground.

Iony Razafiarison def. Sinead Kavanagh via unanimous decision

In women’s MMA action, Iony Razafiarison won a unanimous decision over Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh, in a 140-pound catchweight fight. The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-26 and 30-25. Kavanagh was unable to launch her boxing game and could not defend Razafiarison’s repeated takedowns.

Alex Lohore def. Colin Fletcher via submission

Alex Lohore rallied after he was nearly knocked out by an overhand right Colin Fletcher, in a welterweight matchup. Lohore survived and came back to submit a tired Fletcher via rear-naked choke at 2:42 of the second round.

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Ovince Saint Preux Faces Marcos Rogerio de Lima in Nashville

A light heavyweight bout between eighth-ranked Ovince Saint Preux and Marcos Rogerio de Lima has been added to the UFC Fight Night 108 event in Nashville on April 22.  UFC officials announced the matchup on Friday.

Saint Preux (19-10), a former football player for the Tennessee Volunteers, has lost three consecutive fights. The former title challenger reeled off four wins in a row inside the Octagon when he made his promotional debut in 2013. He fought for the title, losing to Jon Jones at at UFC 197. “OSP” looks to get back in the win column when he faces de Lima.

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De Lima (15-4-1) appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3 reality show in 2014. He’s coming off a technical knockout win over Jeremy Kimball on Jan. 28. The Brazilian hopes to pick up the biggest win over his career when he faces Saint Preux.

UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov takes place at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville on April 22. The event is headlined by a featherweight fight between fourth ranked Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov.

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USADA Hands Tom Lawlor Lengthy Suspension for UFC Anti-Doping Violation

Tom Lawlor on Friday was handed a two-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after having tested positive for a prohibited substance in October. 

Lawlor, 33, tested positive for ostarine following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on Oct. 10, 2016. Ostarine is a prohibited substance in the category of Anabolic Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

Ostarine, also known as MK-2866 and Enobosarm, is a non-FDA approved selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) which is illegally sold in the United States and globally as a performance-enhancing substance, according to USADA.

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Ostarine is not currently available as a prescription medication in any country, and its unauthorized use may carry serious side effects. Nonetheless, ostarine has been found as a declared and undeclared ingredient in many dietary supplements sold in the United States, which has prompted the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue warning letters to specific dietary supplement manufacturers stating that ostarine is an unapproved new drug and that selling the drug is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).

Lawlor’s two-year period of ineligibility began on Oct. 10, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected. 

Lawlor last fought in March of 2016, losing a unanimous decision to Corey Anderson at UFC 196.

Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time served under his or her sanction. Furthermore, if an athlete retires during his or her period of ineligibility, the athlete’s sanction will be tolled until such time the athlete notifies USADA of his or her return from retirement and once again makes him or herself available for no-advance-notice, out-of-competition testing.

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UFC 214 in Anaheim Moves to July

The UFC’s next event in Anaheim, Calif., is on the move again. 

UFC 208 has originally been slated for Jan. 21 in Anaheim, but a drought of pay-per-view headlining bouts helped influence the promotion’s decision in early December to move the event to Aug. 5.

The company’s debut event in Brooklyn on Feb. 11 was then redubbed UFC 208, which was headlined by the inaugural women’s featherweight championship bout between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm. Amidst a controversial outcome, de Randamie walked away with the victory and the belt.

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UFC officials on Friday announced that the Anaheim date was shifted again, albeit less dramatically. UFC 214 will now take place at the Honda Center on July 29, a week earlier than anticipated.

The promotion provided no reason for the move.

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Derrick Lewis Receives Minimal UFC Fight Night 105 Suspension

Derrick Lewis scored an impressive knockout win over Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 105 on Sunday in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Although he later revealed that he broke his foot during the fight, it appears that his post fight examination didn’t catch the injury. Lewis received a minimal 30-day suspension following the fight with no notation about a foot injury.

Browne, on the other hand, received a potential 180-day suspension. He can return earlier if he gets a CT scan and is cleared by a doctor. Even if he gets a doctor’s clearance, Browne received a minimum suspension of 60 days.

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Co-main event winner Johny Hendricks, who made his middleweight debut in Halifax, was one of several other fighters that received a potential 180-day suspension.

The Nova Scotia Boxing Authority released the suspensions.

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne took place on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.

UFC Fight Night 105: Lewis vs. Browne Medical Suspensions

  • Derrick Lewis: Suspended 30 days, 21 days with no contact
  • Travis Browne: Suspended 180 days unless doctor’s clearance following a CT scan; minimum suspension of 60 days
  • Johny Hendricks: Suspended 180 days unless doctor’s clearance following left hand x-ray; minimum suspension of 7 days
  • Hector Lombard: Suspended 30 days, but requires doctor’s clearance
  • Gavin Tucker: Suspended 14 days
  • Sam Sicilia: Suspended 30 days, but requires doctor’s clearance
  • Elias Theodorou: Suspended 7 days
  • Cezar Ferreira: Suspended 180 days unless orthopedist clearance on hand injury; minimum suspension of 30 days
  • Sara McMann: Suspended 180 days unless ophthalmologist clearance; minimum suspension of 7 days
  • Gina Mazany: Suspended 180 days unless doctor’s clearance following right hand x-ray; minimum suspension of 30 days
  • Paul Felder: Suspended 7 days
  • Alessandro Ricci: Suspended 180 days unless ear, nose, and throat doctor’s clearance; minimum suspension of 60 days
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio: Suspended 30 days, 21 days with no contact due to a right cheek laceration, but requires doctor’s clearance
  • Nordine Taleb: Suspended 180 days unless doctor’s clearance for nasal fracture; minimum suspension of 60 days, 45 days with no contact
  • Randa Markos: Suspended 45 days, 30 days with no contact due to hard bout
  • Carla Esparza: Suspended 30 days, 21 days with no contact due to hard bout
  • Aiemann Zahabi: Suspended 180 days unless ophthalmologist clearance; minimum suspension of 30 days
  • Reginaldo Vieira: Suspended 180 days unless orthopedic clearance on hand injury; minimum suspension of 30 days
  • Thiago Santos: Suspended 30 days, 21 days with no contact due to hard bout, requires doctor’s clearance
  • Jack Marshman: Suspended 45 days, 30 days with no contact for right infraorbital laceration, scalp laceration, and TKO
  • Gerald Meerschaert: Suspended 7 days
  • Ryan Janes: Suspended 180 days unless orthopedic clearance; minimum suspension of 30 days

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Gian Villante Receives Retroactive Exemption, Remains Eligible for Shogun Rua Fight

USADA announced on Friday that UFC athlete Gian Villante has been granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) and will therefore not face an anti-doping policy violation for disclosing the use of an inhaler, which contains a prohibited substance as an active ingredient, and testing positive for that prohibited active ingredient. The announcement was made because the issuance of the retroactive TUE resolves a potential anti-doping policy violation.

Villante, 31, declared the use of a Breo Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/vilanterol) inhaler during an out-of-competition urine test conducted on Jan. 18, 2017, and subsequently tested positive for vilanterol. Vilanterol is a prohibited substance in the category of Beta-2 Agonists and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Gian Villante - UFC 167Following his disclosure, USADA advised Villante that absent a valid TUE, the use of the inhaler was prohibited under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy. Thereafter, Villante submitted a TUE application documenting that his physician prescribed a 14-day course of the inhaler to treat conditions associated with airflow restriction and asthma.

Upon a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Villante’s use of vilanterol, which included the retroactive TUE application process, USADA determined that the athlete had an unequivocally diagnosed acute medical condition for which the use of vilanterol is consistent with the standard of care. Further, it was determined that the short-term use of the Breo Ellipta inhaler was within the manufacturer’s therapeutic recommendation and was intended to return the athlete to a normal state of health without providing a performance-enhancing benefit. Finally, other permitted therapeutic alternatives were not successful at controlling the athlete’s condition. 

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Because Villante’s TUE application was granted retroactively, his declaration of a prohibited substance and his subsequent positive test will not result in an anti-doping policy violation. Accordingly, Villante remains eligible to compete on the UFC Fight Night Card in Fortaleza, Brazil, on March 11, 2017. He is slated to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil.

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Ian Heinisch ‘Ready and Prepared for War’ in LFA Debut

When it comes to his 2016, middleweight up-and-comer Ian Heinisch wasn’t as active as he would have liked, but overall he feels like it was a productive year.

Most importantly to Heinisch, it was his development that mattered in 2016 more so than the amount of fights he was able to have.

“I had a little bit of a setback fighting with Combate Americas; I got shelved for six months, and I probably would have been out in the LFA and most likely already been in the UFC, but everything happens for a reason,” Heinisch told MMAWeekly.com.

“It’s given me more time to grow as a person and a mixed martial artist. Overall it was a great year and I’m excited for this year to be even better.”

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In particular, Heinisch is most pleased with his maturation and the way he’s been able to adapt to the pro game over the past couple of years.

“Overall I’m more comfortable on my feet,” said Heinisch. “My ground and pound is stronger. I’m not trying to force submissions. I’m pretty much hitting (my opponents) so much that they’re trying to get a way out and give me a submission.

“I’ve developed a lot more skills and feel a lot more calm in the cage. Now I’m looking for more finishes, and I’ve had a lot of time to grow this past year.”

Heinisch (7-0) will make his Legacy Fighting Alliance debut on Friday in Broomfield, Colo., when he takes on veteran Lucas Rota (12-6) in a main card 185-pound bout at LFA 5.

“He’s been around a while and has experience,” Heinisch said of Rota. “I’m excited to challenge myself. I don’t know if he’s going to be the guy that puts me to the test, but either way I’m ready and am prepared for war.

“I don’t know what round, but I see a finish happening. I think anywhere this fight goes, I’m better than him. He’s kind of on his way out, and I’m on the way up, so I think I’ll help him make that decision of calling it a career.”

Heinisch feels now he has the opportunity to make a case for himself to jump to the next level, and feels that could very well happen for him in 2017.

“I would say one fight, maybe two in the LFA, and then I should be getting that call (to the UFC),” said Heinisch. “I’m staying ready. There’s no off season for me. I’ll take a week or two off after a fight, and then all I’m doing is training.

“I’m ready for that short notice call. My weight is always the same. So if that short notice call comes, I’ll be ready.”

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Cris Cyborg: Holly Holm Doesn’t Deserve de Randamie Rematch

Germaine de Randamie secured her spot in the history books as the first UFC women’s featherweight champion when she defeated former bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. It was a closely contested bout that also had a bit of controversy.

de Randamie landed punches after the bell in the second and third rounds of the title fight. Holm filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission requesting a “review of Referee Todd Anderson’s failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”  Due to the controversy, de Randamie believes Holm deserves an immediate rematch. 

“I want to say that it was a heated battle with lots of emotion, but I am not a dirty fighter. I have always trained to fight to the end or until the referee steps in. Never did I punch around or over the referee to deliver a cheap shot on Holly. I have nothing but respect for Holly and the UFC, and because of that I want to say right now that I think I owe it to Holly and the fans to do this fight again to make sure that the winner of this historic belt is crystal clear. Holly let’s do this again,” de Randamie posted on Facebook on Feb. 13. 

Cris CyborgSitting in attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for the UFC 208 title fight was the top 145-pound female fighter in the world, Cris “Cyborg” Justino. UFC president Dana White recently admitted that the women’s featherweight division was created for Cyborg. The only reason Holm and de Randamie fought for the inaugural belt was because Cyborg didn’t want to fight in February.

In December, Cyborg was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. Following a two-month investigation she was cleared of the anti-doping allegation after it was determined that a doctor prescribed medication was the cause of the positive test result. She was granted a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for the medication and was given the green light to accept a fight on Feb. 17.

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If she had her way, she would face de Randamie at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 3 for the 145-pound title.  de Randamie wants to give Holm a rematch, but Cyborg doesn’t think Holm deserves one. 

“I don’t think Holly Holm deserves the rematch now. I really don’t think so. I think Germaine won the fight,” Justino said while appearing on The MMA Hour.  “I think she should fight again and get a win. She fought Germaine for the belt and had two losses in a row. I don’t think the rematch is going to happen.

“I don’t think she deserves to fight again with Germaine.”

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Cory Sandhagen Says LFA 5 Opponent Jamall Emmers ‘One of His Toughest’

In 2016, featherweight prospect Cory Sandhagen had his best year yet. After turning pro in late 2015, Sandhagen had four fights last year, and managed to pick up wins in all four bouts.

Not only was Sandhagen’s year successful inside the cage, but changes in his career outside it have helped crystalize his outlook for fighting going forward.

“Last year was kind of the year that I decided to make my UFC run,” Sandhagen told MMAWeekly.com. “I’m kind of tired of being one of the better guys in the gym and not having too many pro fights, and that motivated me last year.

“I made the decision to go to 145-pounds and fight a lot. Last year was easily my best year. I was in training camp basically the whole time and I loved it.”

For Sandhagen, the decision to move up in weight has more so paid off in terms of his preparations. Rather than worry about making weight, it allows him to focus more on getting the most of out his training each time he’s in the gym.

“In the fight it’s not a huge difference, but leading up to the fight is a major change,” said Sandhagen. “135-pounds gets a little bit ugly for me.

“Six weeks out I’m not lowering my calories, but eating really clean six weeks out, which takes a toll on you mentally and physically. I was hungry all the time, and wasn’t able to give my full push in any of my practices, just because I was worried about making it through the week and not dying from a lack of food.”

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On Friday in Broomfield, Colo., Sandhagen (5-0) takes on his most experienced opponent yet, when he faces Jamall Emmers (10-3) in the co-main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 5.

“In his fights he’ll stand with guys quite a bit, and he’ll shoot takedowns, he kind of plays the whole MMA game,” Sandhagen said of Emmers. “I think he’ll stand with me and realize that he can’t hit me or get his hands on me, so I think he’ll get desperate and shoot bad shots, and will leave himself open to submissions.

“I think he’ll be one my toughest opponents – maybe not my toughest opponent – but definitely the most skilled and most talented guy I’ve fought thus far.”

While he’s unsure of when he’ll get his opportunity to move up to the next level, Sandhagen feels that if he continues on his current course, the jump will happen sooner than later.

“It’s not up to me about that, I just have to stay in the gym and roll off as many fights as I can this year, and if I get the call, I get the call,” said Sandhagen.

“I’m going to doing my best to take big fights as much as I can, and if I do that and mind my business and keep my head down and work hard, I think I’ll get that call after two or three good finishes. Hopefully after this one I can get the LFA belt, and then it’s on to the UFC from there.”

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