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LFA 19 highlights: Watch Ciro Rodrigues spoil UFC vet David Michaud's homecoming with sick left

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Homecoming was the theme of Friday night’s LFA 19 event in South Dakota. It went very well for one of the fighters at the top of the bill. For another? Not so much.

In the main event, UFC veteran David Michaud (11-4) hoped to thrill his home fans. Instead, Stateside newcomer Ciro Rodrigues (21-6), from Brazil, ended his night early thanks to a wicked left hand and a few punches on the ground for good measure.

In the co-feature, though, flyweight Sid Bice (7-1), a South Dakota native now fighting out of Denver, moved to 2-0 for LFA with a dominantn decision win over Ken Porter (10-4).

LFA 19 took place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card aired on AXS TV.

Check out all of the highlights of the main and co-main event above. Additionally, see how Maikel Perez made easy work of Derrick Mandell, as well as Maurice Greene’s devastation of Jermaine McDermott with a first-round triangle choke.

For more on LFA 19, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 19 results: Brazilian newcomer Ciro Rodrigues devastates David Michaud

Fighting in the U.S. for the first time, Brazilian Ciro Rodrigues (21-6) made quite the impression, scoring a first-round stoppage of three-time UFC veteran David Michaud (11-4).

The welterweight affair headlined Friday’s LFA 19 event, which aired on AXS TV from Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Rodrigues opened the contest with a few strong low kicks, while Michaud countered with strong punches up top. A few early clinches proved stalemates, and the pair returned to striking, where Rodrigues absolutely devastated his opponent with a huge left hand. Michaud crashed to the floor, and Rodrigues followed up with a few punches to seal the result at the 1:57 mark of the first frame.

In the night’s co-feature, flyweight Sid Bice (7-1) improved to 2-0 under the LFA banner with a clearcut decision win over Ken Porter (10-4).

It was a quick pace to start, with both men switching stances and moving well to open the contest. Bice got the first advantage, sweeping his opponent off-balance and pushing the action to the floor, where they remained until a stand-up in the closing seconds of the round.

Bice was aggressive again in the second, opening up with a high kick and then a wild rolling escape into a successful takedown, earning his way to top position. Porter eventually escaped and looked to counter but wound up only forcing a few scrambles.

The pattern continued in the third, with Porter looking lively but simply unable to stop the takedown, allowing Bice to cruise to a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.

LFA 19 results include:

  • Ciro Rodrigues def. David Michaud via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:57
  • Sid Bice def. Ken Porter via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Marcus Edwards def. Clarence Jordan via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Maikel Perez def. Derrick Mandell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Maurice Greene def. Jermaine McDermott via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:06
  • Emeka Ifekandu def. Steven Merrill via TKO (punch) – Round 3, 1:25
  • J.P. Saint Louis def. Tyler Ray via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 1:44

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: Sid Bice on South Dakota homecoming for co-main event vs. Porter

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a flyweight prospect will fight in front of his home crowd.

In the LFA 19 co-main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, Sid Bice (6-1) takes on Ken Porter (10-3).

Bice, a Titan and RFA veteran, fights out of Denver at Factory X. But in Sioux Falls, he’ll be fighting close to where he’s from. He got back on track in front of his home fans in April with a decision over Cody Land after a loss to Pedro Nobre at Titan FC 38 in April 2016.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Bice to talk about tonight’s co-feature, fighting for the home crowd, and where he thinks he beats Porter.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 19/AXS TV Fights video: David Michaud on his quest to get back to the UFC

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LFA returns tonight for an event in South Dakota, and a former UFC fighter will continue to try to fight his way back to the big show.

In the LFA 19 main event, which takes place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a main card that airs on AXS TV, David Michaud (11-3) takes on Ciro Rodrigues (20-6).

Michaud is 3-1 since he went 1-2 in a three-fight stint in the UFC, including a TKO win over Jake Lindsey in Sioux Falls in April. His only loss since being bounced from the UFC came to recent “TUF 25” runner-up Dhiego Lima at Titan FC 39.

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Michaud to talk about tonight’s headliner and his goal of getting back to the UFC.

Check out the video above to hear from him ahead of the fight.

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2513 with Andrea Lee

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Andrea Lee.

Lee, the LFA flyweight champion, joined us to announce her next fight against Carina Damm on Sept. 22 at LFA 23.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Andrea Lee and Ali Abdelaziz (in studio)

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Andrea Lee and Ali Abdelaziz.

Lee is LFA’s women’s flyweight champion. Abdelaziz, who joins us in studio, manages the likes of UFC champ Cody Garbrandt, Frankie Edgar and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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CES MMA 45 video highlights: Mouthpiece not required for victory

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Sure, the MMA world is fixated on The Money Fight right now, but the grind continues for fighters hoping to break through to the next level.

On Friday, AXS TV broadcasted CES MMA 45 from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The night’s main card featured five finishes in six bouts, including a pair of championship tilts.

Check out highlights of all the action, including a few nifty finishes, as well as an epic comeback that saw Richie Santiago (5-0) nearly finished on the feet before bouncing back to secure an impressive submission win.

For additional coverage of CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Friendly outside the cage, CES MMA 45's Saul Almeida and Pedro Gonzalez mean business inside it

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Saul Almeida and Pedro Gonzalez have never fought before, but they’re not going into tonight’s CES MMA 45 as strangers, either.

Years before they were scheduled to try to beat each other inside the cage, Almeida (19-8) and Gonzalez (12-5) trained together. And, as it turns out, that still translates to some mutual respect as they head into the co-headlining scrap at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.

Too bad that, with CES MMA’s interim featherweight title on the line, the respect can only go so far.

“He’s a guy to look up to,” Gonzalez told AXS TV Fights’ Phoenix Carnevale. “He’s been fighting for a long time. I’m actually kind of friends with him a little bit.

“But this is the fight game. Things like this are going to happen. You’re going to fight friends, and it’s business when you get in there. After the fight, we’ll grab a drink and … talk about the fight.”

A 28-year-old WSOF and Bellator veteran, Almeida will also tell you he has nothing against his former training partner. That is, before and after the bell rings, of course.

“There’s nothing crazy outside of the fight,” Almeida said. “But for 25 minutes or less, like I told him, we’re going to try to kill each other.”

Their mutual experience could be why the two are also cautious not to overlook each other’s abilities. In fact, although Gonzalez is the one riding the momentum – he comes off a five-fight winning streak, while Almeida has just recently snapped a three-fight skid – he struggles to see many openings in his opponent’s game.

“I guess I couldn’t really say what he’s weak and vulnerable for,” Gonzalez said. “He’s a grinder. He’s durable. And he’s hard to finish. I can’t really see any weaknesses. He doesn’t have much power in his punches, maybe that’s where I can say he has a little weakness.

“But other than that, my plan is just to keep it on the feet, I guess. And roll with the punches.”

Almeida, in turn, does sound a tad more confident – especially when he tells Carnivale that he believes his 20-year experience with martial arts training grants him superiority basically “everywhere.” In fact, he doesn’t seem to carry much doubt that his arm will be getting raised tonight.

But he’s also careful not to simply dismiss his competition.

“Pedro is very tough and aggressive,” Almeida told MMAjunkie. “He always looks for submissions – guillotines, rear-naked chokes. But I don’t know if he’s ever faced someone on my level. I think he’ll have a few problems with me.

“Plus, he hasn’t been fighting very often, maybe once a year. And he was supposed to face the champ before, but he got hurt. Regardless, he’s on a nice win streak. So it will be a nice challenge for me. We’ll see. It will be a great fight – a great fight for me.”

The winner is expected to face undisputed champ Matt Bessette – who’s healing up after a recent loss to Kurt Holobaugh at Dana White Contender Series 1. And while unifying the belts presents an exciting prospect for both, it does carry some added weight for Almeida.

Not that the Brazilian veteran has anything against the champ, of course. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – he thinks Bessette is a cool guy and a good opponent. But after dropping a decision loss to him on the Bellator stage in 2012, Almeida might get a chance to settle a score en route to his ultimate goal.

“I personally felt I won, but there’s nothing we can do about the judges’ opinions,” Almeida said. “But that was five years ago. It would be a completely different fight now. If all goes well, he should be next. My goal is to go on a good win streak, finish my opponents and get into the UFC.”

To hear more from tonight’s co-headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Expect the expected tonight from champ Ashley Gooch, fellow CES MMA 45 headliner Juliano Coutinho

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Tonight’s heavyweight title bout between CES MMA heavyweight champion Ashley Gooch and challenger Juliano Coutinho might look like a classic striker vs. grappler matchup.

But, as the two CES MMA 45 headliners will tell you themselves? Actually, yes, they’ll agree that is pretty much what it is.

A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Daniel Gracie, Coutinho (7-3)  is set to end a more than yearlong layoff when he meets Gooch (10-5) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. And looking at the matchup with a man who used his fists to finish seven of his 10 pro wins, he’s got a pretty clear idea of what needs to be done.

“He lands very heavy strikes,” Coutinho told MMAjunkie ahead of the bout, which airs live on AXS TV Fights. “The strategy is to avoid those strikes and take him to the ground. My preferred way to win is by Brazilian jiu-jitsu submission. It’s my strong point. Not to say I’m not comfortable on the feet, but jiu-jitsu is my forte.

“Getting people down and working for submissions is something that was missing from my recent fights. So now my focus is to get a submission, from start to finish. My cardio is great, but I’ll try to catch him in the early rounds.”

Of course Gooch, who earned the promotion’s vacant heavyweight crown with a comeback TKO win over Greg Rebello at CES MMA 37, does have a submission among his most recent wins – a rear-naked choke that ended a CES MMA 32 encounter with Josh Diekmann in the first round. But he is also aware of what he brings to the table.

“I kind of do see it (as a striker vs. grappler matchup), ” Gooch told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale. “I do think I’m the better striker. Obviously, he’s the better on the ground. He is a BJJ guy. But you never know how things work out.”

While their styles may be different, the heavyweights come into the bout under similar circumstances. Both, for instance, are coming off WSOF knockout losses – Gooch lost to Shawn Jordan at WSOF 33, while Coutinho was finished by Justin Willis at WSOF 31.

The two are also snapping layoffs. Gooch, who was riding an eight-fight winning streak since the most recent setback, hasn’t fought since October of 2016. And Coutinho, who suffered a four-inch hamstring tear, has been out of action since June of last year.

“I couldn’t train for three to four months while doing physical therapy,” Coutinho said. “I was surprised to get the call to fight for the belt.”

Which, after approaching his title camp with full-time dedication, is not to say Coutinho is unprepared for it.

“I’m feeling great,” Coutinho said. “I’m very confident. I’m chasing after this victory.”

To hear more from both headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 45, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 18 highlights: Check out this nifty 1st-round face-plant

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Friday’s LFA 18 event had a title and a handful of stoppages, including a memorable one early in the night.

LFA 18 took place at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar (13-1) retained his bout with a unanimous-decision clean sweep of Justin Rader (6-3) while scoring 50-45 tallies across the board. It was “not an overly exciting fight,” as cageside commentator Pat Miletich put it.

However, there was plenty of action earlier in the fight, including Daryl Wilson (7-1) knocking out and face-planting lightweight veteran Jarrod Card (16-9-1) in 64 seconds.

Additionally, in the co-main event, Brendan Allen (8-2) rallied to tap out middleweight Chris Harris (9-2) with a second-round triangle choke, and in a main-card welterweight bout, Chauncey Foxworth (7-4) bullied and beat down Braden Smith (8-2) for a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the highlights above.

For more on LFA 18, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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