LFA 26 results and highlights: Jeff Hughes claims belt, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari gets win


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LFA has a new heavyweight champion following Friday’s LFA 26 event.

The show took place at Arena Theatre in the home city of the World Series champion Houston Astros, and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, Jeff Hughes (8-1) dethroned heavyweight champion Richard Odoms (13-4) with a unanimous decision via 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 scores.

Hughes, a 29-year-old Ohio native who made his promotional debut, outworked his opponent and ultimately took the belt from Odoms, a 42-year-old Texan and full-time San Antonio police officer who won the title in June with a submission victory over Jared Vanderaa.

Also at LFA 26, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari (4-1), who turns 21 today, outmuscled fellow straweight Itzel Esquivel (2-2) to force a second-round stoppage due to strikes. It was Caliari’s fourth knockout win in four career victories and also marked her U.S. debut.

Additionally, bantamweight Adrian Yanez (6-2) showed some flashy striking against late replacement Trent Meaux (6-4) to earn a unanimous-decision win via 30-27 scores across the board.

Full LFA 26 results included:

  • Jeff Hughes def. Richard Odoms via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) – to claim heavyweight title
  • Larry Crowe def. Bilal Williams via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Charles Cheeks III def. Cameron Graves via submission (armbar) Round 2, 4:04
  • Nicolle Caliari def. Itzel Esquivel via TKO (ref stoppage) – Round 2, 3:56
  • Juan Adams def. Brice Ritani-Coe via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:33
  • Adrian Yanez def. Trent Meaux via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jason Langellier def. Nicholas Gay via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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Source: MMA Junkie

LFA 26 heads to Houston with San Antonio cop/reigning champ in headliner

The heavyweight title will be up for grabs in LFA 26’s headliner.

Officials recently announced a fight between reigning champion Richard Odoms (13-3) and challenger Jeff Hughes (7-1).

LFA 26 takes place Nov. 3 at Arena Theatre in Houston, and the main card airs on AXS TV.

Odors, a 42-year-old Texan and full-time San Antonio police officer, may be in the twilight of his seven-year pro MMA career, but he’s still proving competitive. In June at LFA 15, he picked up his fifth win in six fights and claimed the vacant LFA heavyweight belt with a fifth-round submission victory over Jared Vanderaa.

He now meets Hughes (7-1), a 29-year-old Ohioan who recently rebounded from an IT Fight Series title loss to Dan Spohn with a decision victory over Ryan Pokryfky at a regional show. With four knockouts in seven career wins, he now gets his highest-profile bout yet.

In the LFA 26 co-headliner, Bilal Williams (8-4), a longtime Legacy FC fighter, moves up to middleweight for a fight with fellow AXS TV Fights vet Larry Crowe (9-6), who looks to halt a three-fight skid.

The latest LFA 26 card now includes:


For more on LFA 26, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie