Former NFLer Greg Hardy set for amateur MMA bout at 'LFA 33: Willis vs. Stewart'

Two undefeated welterweights have taken top billing on next month’s LFA 33 lineup, which also features NFC vet Greg Hardy’s third MMA bout.

Officials today announced former U.S. Marine Kyle Stewart (9-0) and Memphis native Jaleel Willis (8-0) will meet in the main event.

LFA takes place Feb. 16 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.

In addition to the pro bouts, Hardy, a former Dallas Cowboy and Pro Bowler who’s 2-0 since moving to MMA, takes on heavyweight Ryan Chester (2-1 amateur) at the show.

Hardy, who’s expressed interest in competing for the UFC, has needed a little more than two minutes total to win his first two amateur bouts.

Headliner Stewart, meanwhile, has five stoppages in seven career wins since his 2015 pro debut. The 28-year-old recently followed up a LFA-debut submission win over Ty Freeman with a TKO victory over Jason Jackson at Dana White’s Contender Series 3 in July. Stewart didn’t get a UFC contract after Jackson’s ankle buckled after he ate a second-round punch, which forced an injury stoppage, but it did give the 170-pound prospect some solid exposure (via YouTube):

He now meets Willis, a 25-year-old who’s registered wins with organizations such as Bellator and WSOF since turning pro in 2014. He’s posted four knockouts and four decisions in eight career wins. Most recently, he edged Nolan Norwood on the scorecards at a June V3 Fights event in Tennessee.

In the LFA 33 co-headliner, former Legacy FC champion Damon Jackson (13-2-1), who’s 4-1 since his UFC release in 2016, returns to lightweight from featherweight for a fight in his hometown against Chris Pecero (14-7),

The LFA 33 card currently includes:

For more on LFA 33, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Damon Jackson is new headliner for next week's LFA 28 event

Next week’s LFA 28 event has a new headliner, and it’s a rematch.

Officials today announced the cancellation of its original main event after welterweight Evan Cutts (8-3) suffered an injury and was forced out of his fight with Jaleel Willis (8-0), who will be rescheduled for a future card.

The new headliner features former Legacy FC champion Damon Jackson (12-2-1) vs. fellow lightweight Luis Luna (14-6). Jackson was originally scheduled to fight Thai Clark (7-0) in the event’s co-headliner.

LFA 28 takes place Dec. 8 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.

Jackson and Luna first met in 2013 at 24/7 Entertainment 9, where Jackson picked up a second-round submission victory. However, Jackson connected on an accidental illegal knee in the opening round of the fight, and the eventual second-round submission loss has been a sore spot for Luna.

Luna, a 32-year-old Texan, is 6-2 since their first fight. Jackson, a 29-year-old and fellow Texas, is 3-1 since his three-fight stint with the UFC that ended in early 2016.

LFA 28’s new co-headliner features middleweights Kevin Holland (10-3) vs. Chris Bachmeier (10-1).

The latest LFA 28 lineup now includes:

For more on LFA 28, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 28 set for Dec. 8 in Dallas with Cutts vs. Willis headliner

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LFA 28 will take place next month in Dallas, and the fight card is taking shape.

LFA 28 takes place at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, and the main card airs on AXS TV.

In welterweight main event, Evan Cutts (8-3), a 26-year-old from Dallas, looks for his fourth win in five fights when he meets unseated Jaleel Willis (8-0), a 25-year-old former Bellator and WSOF fighter who has four knockouts in eight career wins.

In the lightweight co-headliner, Damon Jackson (12-2-1), a 29-year-old former UFC fighter and “Fight Master” quarterfinalist who’s 3-1 since his UFC release, looks to continue his success with Legacy FC/LFA when he takes on undefeated Thai Clark (7-0), a 28-year-old who’s 7-0 with five decisions since turning pro in 2014.

The latest LFA 28 lineup includes:

For more on LFA 28, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: DWCS winner? Here's the agonizing, awkward backstage wait for your UFC-contract verdict

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LAS VEGAS – So, you’ve gone out there and won a fight at a Dana White’s Contender Series event. Now what? As it turns out, the nervousness isn’t over.

Each Tuesday during the weekly UFC Fight Pass-streamed event series, five fights take place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, and they feature UFC hopefuls – with both up-and-comers and vets hoping to hold on to the dream. However, not everyone is guaranteed a UFC contract, even with a victory.

On Tuesday, at Dana White’s Contender Series 3, five winners – Karl Roberson, Kyle Stewart, Geoff Neal, Alonzo Menifield and Dan Ige – gathered backstage to await their fate, and MMAjunkie was there to capture the anxiety-filled moments and eventual verdicts.

There’s quiet meditation, nervous laughter and some general chitchat as the Week 3 winners – all of whom won via stoppage – await for the arrival of UFC employee Heidi Dean, who ultimately shared the news that just two winners (Roberson and Neal) had earned UFC contracts.

Check out the sometimes-awkward backstage video footage above.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 3, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Dana White's Contender Series 3 results: Karl Roberson, Geoff Neal punch tickets to UFC

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Karl Roberson floored Ryan Spann in just 15 seconds to cap off a quick and frequently weird night of fights.

A series of short elbows stopped light heavyweight Spann’s (10-5) takedown in its tracks and gave Roberson (5-0) the TKO finish. The stoppage earned him a UFC contract, decided upon by UFC President Dana White following the event. A second contract went to Geoff Neal (8-2) for a first-round TKO of Chase Waldon (11-3) earlier in the night.

“I love elbows,” Roberson, a GLOROY kickboxing veteran, said afterward. “I’m dangerous everywhere.”

Dana White’s Contender Series 3 took place Tuesday at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

Roberson shared a quick conversation with UFC President Dana White afterward and revealed the boss may want him to move weight classes, presumably down to middleweight. White said the same following the event, believing Roberson could fight at light heavyweight for smaller promotions, but in the UFC might be undersized for the division.

“I said wherever he needs me, that’s where I’m going to go,” Roberson said.

Jeremy Jackson hobbled; Kyle Stewart wins in another injury TKO

An apparent ankle dislocation brought Jeremy Jackson’s UFC dream to a halt and the second injury TKO of the night.

Kyle Stewart (7-0) picked up the win when Jackson’s (7-3) ankle gave out, prompting a stoppage just 21 seconds into the second round.

“Nobody wants to win that way,” a way-hyped Stewart said afterward. “I injured my shoulder before and I felt it pop back out on the first takedown. I’m a little upset how it ended. But all hats off to him. He’s a stud.”

It was Stewart’s powerful right hand that laid the groundwork for the finish. Smothered, out-grappled, and pounded for much of the opening frame, he got back to his feet and landed a right hand that dropped Jackson. As Jackson fell, his ankle folded awkwardly beneath him.

When the fight resumed in the second, the injury’s severity was revealed.

Geoff Neal gets second first-round KO in two weeks with stoppage of Chase Waldon

Maybe it was a head kick that motivated middleweight Waldon to shoot for a takedown on Neal. It was a good idea, however short lived.

After “Handz of Steel” Neal righted himself, he plastered Waldon with a flurry of punches to pick up a TKO at the 1:56 mark of the opening round.

“I come in and try to knock people out,” Neal said afterward. “That’s what people want to see.”

Just two weeks ago, Neal had done the same thing at LFA 16, leaving him primed to earn the UFC contract.

“The nerves weren’t there,” he said “I was ready to repeat what I did a couple of weeks ago.”

Alonzo Menifield (unhappily) wins an injury TKO over Daniel Jolly

Usually, fighters are pretty stoked to win in front of White. But not light heavyweight Alonzo Menifield.

“Are you (expletive) serious? Menifield said after being informed he won an injury TKO over UFC vet Daniel Jolly. “I don’t want to win like that.”

Menifield (4-0) would have to live with it, however, after a mildly contentious round with Jolly (5-3), who looked to get back into the octagon after getting cut on a two-fight skid. Jolly landed a nice overhand right that got Menifield’s attention, leaving him eager to repay the favor in the second round.

But in the 60 seconds between rounds, Jolly said he couldn’t see, an escalation of a previous complaint to the referee that an eye poke had occurred in a late-round exchange.

Menifield wasn’t sure when the alleged foul occurred and told Laura Sanko he wanted another shot to impress White – win or not.

“He caught me with a good right,” he said. “I wanted to go through a second round, so I could get him back. But I can’t, so whatever.”

Justin Gaethje training partner Dan Ige stings Luis Gomez before submitting him

Almost every time featherweight Dan Ige connected with his right hand, Luis Gomez went wobbling backward. At several points, he was a punch away from a finish.

Gomez managed to survive for two rounds. But in the third, he succumbed to another weapon: the rear-naked choke.

In a battle of proteges, Ige (8-1), a training partner of Justin Gaethje, went toe-to-toe with Gomez (4-1), a disciple of Jorge Masvidal, before sinking in the choke at 3:23 of the final round.

“I don’t want an easy fight – I want tough fights,” Ige told UFC commentator Laura Sanko afterward. “I believe I earned my contract tonight.”

Ige smashed Gomez’s nose with his power punch in the first round, but a kick gave Gomez the opportunity to slow the fight down on the mat.

Gomez repeated the strategy in the second, though his lack of work up top prompted referee Jason Herzog to stand the fight up. He was stunned again, only to get another takedown.

Ige’s fists missed in the final frame, but a slick kimura attempt allowed him to take Gomez’s back and sink the choke.

Dana White’s Contender Series 3 results:

  • Karl Roberson vs. Ryan Spann via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 0:15
  • Kyle Stewart def. Jason Jackson via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 0:21
  • Geoff Neal def. Chase Waldon via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:56
  • Alonzo Menifield def. Daniel Jolly via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 5:00
  • Dan Ige def. Luis Gomez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:23

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 3, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Dana White's Contender Series: Week 3' lineup revealed, includes Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson

A light heavyweight matchup between Legacy FC and LFA veteran Ryan Spann and undefeated prospect Karl Roberson tops the bill for next week’s edition of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

UFC officials recently revealed the five-fight lineup for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3,” which takes place July 25 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Spann (10-4) was victorious in his most recent outing, scoring a 20-second submission win over Roman Pizzolato at a World Fighting Championships event in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Roberson (4-0) is undefeated in the first four fights of his career, though he endured nearly two years off between his first two wins in 2015 and his most recent two, which came in April and May of this year.

Additional matchups include welterweights Jason Jackson (7-2) vs. Kyle Stewart (6-0), middleweights Gabriel Checco (10-2) vs. Chase Waldon (11-2), light heavyweights Daniel Jolly (5-2) vs. Alonzo Menifield (3-0) and featherweights Dan Ige (7-1) vs. Luis Gomez (3-0).

Jolly is the only one who boasts UFC experience. “The Werewolf of Texas” came to the promotion in 2015 as an undefeated prospect but suffered first-round knockout losses to Misha Cirkunov and Khalil Rountree and now looks to fight his way back to the octagon.

The “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3” lineup includes:

  • Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson
  • Jason Jackson vs. Kyle Stewart
  • Gabriel Checco vs. Chase Waldon
  • Daniel Jolly vs. Alonzo Menifield
  • Dan Ige vs. Luis Gomez

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 3,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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