LFA 21 highlights: Check out this flying knee in a phone booth

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If you like close-quarters combat and dominant finishes, Friday’s LFA 21 event had just the fight for you.

LFA 21 took place at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and the AXS TV-televised main card had a handful of stoppages, as well as some competitive three-rounders.

However, one of the more dramatic finishes came in the co-headliner when Kevin Holland (9-3) tagged fellow middleweight Grady Hurley (11-2) with a first-round knee. The blow, which came from close quarters (or “in a phone booth,” as commentator Pat Miletich put it), set up dominant victory that lasted just 84 seconds.

In the night’s headliner, light heavyweight Kyle Noblitt (9-0) emerged victorious in a battle of unbeatens against Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-1) when he dominated the first-round action and secured a fight-ending guillotine.

Also on the card, lightweight Trey Ogden used a crazy-effective jab to set up a first-round submission victory over T.J. Brown. Additionally, flyweight Shannon Sinn (4-5), who took the fight on two weeks’ notice, upset Katy Collins (7-3) via dominant unanimous decision, and flyweight Charles Johnson edged Jeremiah Cullum via split decision in a wild back-and-forth bout.

Check out all of the highlights above.

For complete coverage ofo LFA 21, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 21 live results: Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt

LFA 21 takes place tonight at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and airs on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

In the main event, a pair of unbeaten heavyweights will do battle as Kyle Noblitt (7-0) takes on Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0). MMAjunkie will have live results, which you can check out below.

Up-to-the-minute LFA 21 results include:

  • Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt
  • Kevin Holland vs. Grady Hurley
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden
  • Katy Collins vs. Shannon Sinn
  • Jeremiah Cullum vs. Charles Johnson
  • Yazan Hajeh vs. Oscar Valdez
  • Dakota Bush vs. Jose Martinez

For complete coverage ofo LFA 21, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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After 2-year struggle to get fights, Antonio Paulo Branjao thankful for LFA 21 headliner

It’s been quite the turnaround for Antonio Paulo Branjao.

When he meets Kyle Noblitt at LFA 21 on Friday, Branjao will get to not only be on his first international event – he’ll headline it, too. And, as someone who’s unwillingly spent the past two years sitting on the sidelines, the 29-year-old Team Nogueira fighter is aware of how big this is.

“Brazil is going through a financial crisis, so there are few events,” Branjao told MMAjunkie ahead of the light heavyweight scrap, which airs on AXS TV from Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo. “I had signed with a Chinese promotion, but that bout was canceled.

“I’m not idle. I haven’t fought in two years, but I’ve been training during this time. I’ve been training for two years for fights that never happened. This will be a great opportunity to represent my team at LFA.”

Hailing from a small town, Branjao says it was tough to get his career going at first. But the same 6-foot-5 frame that gave him the nickname “Montanha” (“mountain” in Portuguese) among his training partners eventually led to some valuable support in UFC Hall of Famer Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

“I was his sparring partner when he got ready for Brendan Schaub (at UFC 134),” Branjao said. “He liked me, so he brought me to Rio de Janeiro to spar with him. I’ve been here for four years now.”

It was after his move to the team that Branjao landed his biggest opportunity yet: a spot on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” cast. Branjao, who competed at heavyweight, was off to a good start, too, knocking out jiu-jitsu expert Fernando Camoles to stamp his way in.

But, in the quarterfinals, he saw himself in a tough spot when he got scheduled against Vitor Miranda.

“He is a personal friend and training partner,” Branjao said. “We got ready for ‘TUF’ together. So it was a very difficult fight for me. Fighting against a friend weighed on me. It’s the only loss I ever suffered in my career.”

Miranda went on to lose in the final, but still made his way into the UFC – where he now competes at middleweight. Branjao, in turn, would only fight once more since the show wrapped, with a knockout win sandwiched between two canceled bouts.

A win over the also-undefeated Noblitt (8-0) could certainly mean a huge push in Branjao’s (4-0) career. And, thankful for the opportunity, he counts on the likes of both Nogueira brothers and grappling ace Rousimar Palhares to help him make the most of it.

But, maybe because he’s aware of what rides in the high-stakes shot, Branjao is too focused to dare look much further than it.

“I deal with one objective at a time,” Branjao said. “My next objective is this fight at LFA. I’m focused on that only. Then I’ll be ready for whatever is next.”

As for the task at hand, Branjao knows he’s not only got a tough opponent – but one that will count on the home turf advantage. But, after making it this far, he’s not about to let the unfavorable odds faze him.

“In most of my fights, I was the underdog,” Branjao said. “That’s never bothered me. I always manage to surprise. The pressure is on him. He’s fighting at home. I’ll play my part and give my best. One of us will be victorious. I’ll try my best the entire time.

“If we hit the ground, I’m a black belt under the Nogueira brothers. I also train boxing, muay Thai, and takedown defense. I’ll be ready for whatever he brings.”

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 21 heads to Missouri with Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao headliner

For the first time, LFA will set up shop in Missouri when the promotion brings LFA 21 to the “Show Me State” in September.

LFA 21 is set for Sept. 1 at Branson Convention Center in Branson, the promotion today announced. The main card will air on AXS TV. It will be the promotion’s first visit to the state following the merger between the RFA and Legacy FC at the start of the year. (RFA 46 took place at the same venue this past December prior to the merger.)

The main event features a pair of unbeaten light heavyweights. Kyle Noblitt (8-0) will take on Brazil’s Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) in the headliner. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight Katy Collins (7-2) will get a fight in front of her home Branson fans against an opponent still to be named. Also on the card, T.J. Brown (7-4) is set to take on Trey Ogden (8-1) in a lightweight fight.

Noblitt has fought at both heavyweight and light heavyweight since turning pro in 2015. Now the Missouri native gets his first LFA headliner. His highest profile fight to date came in February 2016 at Bellator 150, where he knocked out David Hammons in just 45 seconds. The 27-year-old didn’t leave the first round in his first six pro fights. Earlier this year, he had to go to the second round for a submission of Ryan Debelak. And in April, he won his first decision when he topped 41-fight veteran Robert Morrow.

The 29-year-old Branjao has some high-level experience despite having just four fights. He was a contestant on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” and reached the quarterfinals as a heavyweight. Now back at 205 pounds, he will have a height advantage over Noblitt; he checks in at 6-foot-5. The Team Nogueira-based fighter has all four of his pro wins by knockout, but will be fighting officially for the first time in more than two years when he steps into the cage against Noblitt.

Collins fought for RFA this past December and picked up a second-round TKO of Mandy Polk, also in Branson in front of her hometown fans. In 2017, she has a pair of fights for Bellator – a submission loss to Emily Ducote and a decision win over Bruna Vargas at Bellator 181 in June, moving her to 2-1 for that promotion.

Brown will be making his LFA debut after getting three fights under the RFA banner. He was on a solid tear of seven wins in eight fights befroe suffering back-to-back losses in 2016. He was submittied by Joey Miolla at RFA 44 and dropped a split decision to Bobby Moffett at RFA 46 in Branson.

Ogden, a training partner of UFC and “TUF 25” standout James Krause and former UFC title challenger Tim Elliott, has won six straight fights. Overall, he six of his eight career wins by submission.

The LFA 21 card includes:

  • Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao
  • Katy Collins vs. TBA
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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