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LFA 14 live and official results

LFA 14 takes place today at Arena Theatre in Houston, and you can join us for live and official results beginning at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

The main card streams live on AXS TV and features a pair of title fights.

In featherweight action, Colbey Northcutt (0-1) – who had brother and UFC fighter Sage Northcutt as a guest commentator during the bout – had a rough welcome to the pro ranks, where Courtney King (1-0) had the clear edge on the mat over the karate specialist and ultimately forced a stoppage via second-round ground and pound.

In the main-card opener, 19-year-old flyweight Maycee Barber (1-0) made a successful professional debut with a dominant win over Itzel Esquivel (2-1), which came via deep first-round armbar.

Official LFA 14 results included:

  • Brendan Allen vs. Eryk Anders – for inaugural middleweight title
  • Jerome Rivera vs. Roberto Sanchez – for inaugural flyweight title
  • Noel Ligon vs. Darryl Orr
  • David Acosta vs. Dulani Perry
  • Courtney King def. Colbey Northcutt via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:27
  • Maycee Barber def. Itzel Esquivel via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:52

For more on LFA 14, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC dreams, big talk, ground-game execution at center of LFA 14's championship doubleheader

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When it’s all said and done, two men will walk out of LFA 14 with gold around their waste, an impressive addition to their resume as they try to climb the ranks.

The headliner will crown the organization’s inaugural middleweight champion as Brendan Allen (7-1), a former Legacy FC fighter who’s riding a five-fight winning streak with five stoppages, takes on Eryk Anders (7-0), a former University of Alabama football player who’s 7-0 with six stoppages since turning pro in 2015.

LFA 14 takes place tonight from Arena Theatre in Houston and airs live on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET.

In the co-headliner, a flyweight champ will be crowned. Jerome Rivera (7-0), a submission specialist who defeated Zac Riley at LFA 10, takes on Roberto Sanchez (6-0), a longtime Legacy FC fighter who was recently featured on “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.”  He’s won his past five fights via submission.

For Anders, he recognizes what’s at stake and the importance of a big finish to win an LFA title belt.

“It’s a really special opportunity,” Anders said. “LFA is a big feeder into the UFC. Usually their title holders get a shot at the UFC. So (if) I go out there, do what I’m supposed to do, end the fight in devastating fashion as I’m accustomed to doing, there’s no doubt I’ll get that opportunity in the near-future.”

Allen, though, has other plans in mind and doesn’t care about Anders’ past as a college football standout.

“This is MMA; this isn’t football,” Allen said. “I’m going to go out there, make it look easy, solidify that I’m the best 185-pounder on the roster.”

Sanchez-Rivera is an intriguing contest in that both men possess excellent wrestling and jiu-jitsu. It’s not if, but a matter of when this fight will hit the mat, and both men expect it.

“I don’t think anyone at 125 can match me on the ground,” Sanchez said. “It doesn’t matter who you put in front of me. I try to take them to the ground and grapple with them. For the most part no one wants to grapple with me. They try to stand back up. We’ll see what he does.”

Said Rivera: “I try to wrestle people. I try to beat people up with the ground-and-pound and stuff like that. I feel like that’s the difference in my jiu-jitsu game, and I feel like my ground-and-pound will make a difference when we hit the ground.”

To hear more from the four title contenders, check out the videos above and below.

And for more on LFA 14, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Andrea Lee vs. Davina Maciel headlines LFA 16 in Dallas

History will take place at LFA 16 with the first title defense since the promotion debuted in January.

Women’s flyweight champion Andrea Lee will take on Davina Maciel in the headliner of the AXS TV-televised event July 16 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas.

Lee (7-2) will enter the bout on a three-fight winning streak and make her return to LFA after one fight away. “KGB” won the inaugural title in February when she submitted Heather Bassett with an armbar at LFA 4. Lee’s most recent bout took place in Invicta FC, winning a split decision over Liz Tracy in May at Invicta FC 23.

Maciel (6-1) will make her LFA debut also riding a three-fight winning streak after an armbar submission in April under the Extreme Warriors International banner. Four of Maciel’s six victories have come by way stoppage during her 12-year professional career.

The LFA 16 card includes:

  • Champ Andrea Lee vs. Davina Maciel – for women’s flyweight title
  • Steven Peterson vs. Angel Huerta
  • Johnny Bedford vs. Jimmy Flick
  • Damon Jackson vs. Eliazar Rodriguez
  • Miles Johns vs. Levi Mowles

For more on LFA 16, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 20: Time to introduce a little 'Chaos'

Judging by the amount of boos he gets in an arena – not to mention the amount of vitriol he seems to generate online – Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) isn’t vying for the title of “fan favorite” anytime soon.

But with a one-sided decision win over perennial contender Dong Hyun Kim at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 event, the man known as “Chaos” is now an impressive 7-1 in his UFC career – a mark good enough to earn him the No. 11 slot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings.

Check out the new looks at 170 pounds and get an idea of what’s at stake in this busy dual-event weekend, with both Bellator NYC and the UFC Fight Night 112 happening Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 14: Mark Hunt still packs a punch

He’s 43, he’s been fighting professionally for nearly two decades, and he’s registered more than 70 MMA, kickboxing and boxing bouts. He’s also now back in the top 10.

Following a fourth-round TKO win over Derrick Lewis in this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, Hunt has moved up a spot and reclaimed top-10 status – with the No. 10 slot – in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings.

He wasn’t the only fighter on the move, though. Check out all of the rankings above.

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Champ Ashley Gooch defends heavyweight title vs. Juliano Coutinho at CES MMA 45

The heavyweight title will be on the line in August when CES MMA returns to Rhode Island.

Champion Ashley Gooch (10-5) will defend his belt against Juliano Coutinho (7-3) at CES MMA 45, the promotion today announced. In addition, the card will feature a a lightweight bout between Nate Andrews (10-1) and Bruce Boyington (14-10).

CES MMA 45 takes place August 11 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.. The main card will air on AXS TV Fights.

Gooch, who trains at The MMA Lab near Phoenix, won CES MMA’s heavyweight title with a comeback TKO of Greg Rebello at CES MMA 37 in August 2016. That win gave him eight straight, all by stoppage.

Two months later, though, he took a fight at WSOF 33 against Shawn Jordan and was knocked out in the first round for his first setback in more than three years. Still, he holds the CES MMA title and is ready to defend it.

Coutinho, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, has won both his fights under the CES MMA banner. The Massachusetts-based fighter has won seven of his past nine fights. But like the champ, his downfalls have come for WSOF. For that promotion, Coutinho has a 2015 knockout loss to Steve Mocco and a knockout loss a year ago to Justin Willis.

Additional fights for CES MMA 45 are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, June 6: A new king at featherweight

With his big title-unifying win, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway is the new king of featherweight.

In our latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, the 25-year-old Hawaiian jumped to the top spot at 145 pounds. He also ascended from No. 15 to No. 8 on the pound-for-pound list.

However, he wasn’t the only fighter on the move. Check out the full list above.

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Could LFA 13 headliner Kevin Holland get a UFC contract? Not with this opponent

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Let’s just say Kevin Holland is keeping it real ahead of tonight’s LFA 13 headliner.

Whether he’s looking to get in his opponent’s head or just being pessimistic about the stakes for the fight, Holland had a rather sobering assessment of the nationally televised bout.

Holland (9-2) meets Curtis Millender (9-2) in a welterweight bout at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Convention Center in Burbank, Calif. The AXS TV-televised headliner is a great way for Millender to get noticed, but unlike some past LFA main-event fighters, he doesn’t see it as a ticket to the big show.

“It’s hard to believe someone like Curtis is my final exam (to get into the UFC), so no,” he told MMAjunkie Radio. “I believe it’s just another stepping stone. I believe it’s another pawn on the chess board that I simple have to sacrifice to get where I need to be.

“Yeah, it’s a big-time show. It’s a big card. But it’s not the biggest. I’m not fighting for a title. It’s their first time coming to Cali. They’re really just experimenting.”

Holland, 24, is riding a four-fight winning streak with four stoppages. In fact, in nine career wins, he’s never gone to a decision. But he’s not sure his body of work is enough to get him a shot in the UFC octagon.

“Dreams due to come true, but will the dream of going to the UFC after this fight (come true)?” he said. “I think not. I’m only going to be 10-2. They keep mentioning record, record, record. So I see a couple more fights after this, and I’ve got no problem with that.”

Although his first four fights were first-round wins, Holland said he got a little overly focused on the finish, and it eventually cost him. He said he learned his lesson, and he’s ready to wait for his opening tonight against Millender.

“I started off doing kung fu, and you wait for the kill,” he said. “You can smell the kill. If the kill isn’t there, I’m not the type of guy who’s going to try jump all on it.

“I did that. I was 4-0. I went in my fifth pro fight, and I was thinking I could finish anybody from the road anywhere. And I did that, and I lost the fight with a decision because the whole time I was looking for the kill, and the guy was looking to play pussyfoot. I couldn’t put him away because he was playing around the whole time. But I learned from that.”

Besides, with the confidence he has in his skills, he said there’s no need to rush it.

“The kill’s coming to come regardless,” he said. “When you’re this long, this strong, this fast, this damn good – it’s going to come to you.”

For the full MMAjunkie Radio interview, check out the video above. And for his chat with AXS TV Fights’ Ron Kruck, in which Holland calls Millender a “one-trick pony,” check out the video below.

For more on LFA 13, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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