LFA announces 3 events, 4 fights, 3 title bouts for January

LFA is coming out strong in the new year.

Officials recently announced three events, including the headliners, for January.

LFA 30 takes place Jan. 12 at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., LFA 31 is set for Jan. 19 at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and LFA 32 closes out the month on Jan. 26 at Golden Nugget Lake Charles in Lake Charles, La.

All of the events air on AXS TV.

At LFA 30, Curtis Millender (13-3) and Nick Barnes (12-2) – both former LFA headliners and both veterans of the Southern California scene – meet in a welterweight clash. Millender, a former Bellator fighter, carries a five-fight winning streak into his bout with Barnes, a Bellator and RFA vet who’s on a 3-1 run.

At LFA 31, Bobby Moffett (10-2) meets Thanh Le (7-1) for the organization’s interim featherweight title. Moffett, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt with six submissions in 10 career wins, meets Le, a striker with six knockouts in seven career wins, which included a DWCS 2 victory over Lazar Stojadinovic.

Two titles are on the line at LFA 32. Brendan Allen (8-2), who fell short in an LFA title fight with now-UFC fighter Eryk Anders in June, meets undefeated guillotine specialist Anthony Hernandez (5-0) for the vacant middleweight title. Additionally, the inaugural light-heavyweight champion will be determined in the co-main event when former UFC fighter Alex Nicholson (10-4) takes on proven finisher Ryan Spann (12-5).

For the latest on LFA 30, LFA 31 and LFA 32, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 28 live results

LFA 28 takes place tonight at The Bomb Factory in Dallas, with a main card on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and can follow the live results right here on MMAjunkie.

The main event features former Legacy FC champion Damon Jackson (12-2-1) vs. fellow lightweight Luis Luna (14-6). And in the co-headliner, co-headliner Kevin Holland (10-3) meets Chris Bachmeier (10-1) in a middleweight bout.

The latest LFA 28 results include:

  • Damon Jackson vs. Luis Luna
  • Chris Bachmeier vs. Kevin Holland
  • Jose Otavio dos Santos Lacerda vs. Alonzo Menifield
  • Miles Johns vs. Caio Machado
  • Steven Peterson vs. Dustin Winter
  • Melvin Jordan vs. Nikolay Veretennikov
  • Ramiz Brahimaj vs. Ben Simons

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

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Tonight's LFA 28 features grudge-match headliner in which opponents cap 4-year argument

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Sometimes, it’s tough to just let go of a grudge. Look at Damon Jackson (12-2-1) and Luis Luna (13-6).

The two first met in April 2013 at a local show in West Texas. On that much, they both can agree.

They also both recognize that Jackson was granted a victory that night via second-round armbar. But how things got to that point, that’s a whole different story.

To hear Jackson tell it, he was cruising in the opening round until he inadvertently landed an illegal knee, forcing a stoppage in the action. On the restart, “The Leech” believes he was the victim of a cheap shot, with Luna faking a glove touch and instead landing a punch over the top.

“We came out, we both had a pretty solid performance the first round, kind of scrapped back and forth,” Jackson told AXS TV Fight’s Phoenix Carnevale. “In the middle of all that, I got him in a front headlock, and I threw a knee while we were up next to the cage, and he had played that little touch-go game where people stick their hand on the ground, and I connected with the knee, obviously, because I was throwing it.

“The referee broke us apart, and I felt horrible because I didn’t want to be that guy that does anything illegal, so I went to go apologize by touching gloves, and in the middle of all that, he reached out like he was going to touch gloves and everything was OK, and then he came over the top with an overhand right and almost took me out of the fight. It was really frustrating because I was just going out to apologize, and then he got me with that.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Luna sees things a little differently. In his eyes, there was no reason for any apology, which is why he never planned on participating. In the dog-eat-dog world of a cagefight, Luna said he simply planned on keeping the pressure high and breaking the man on the opposite side of the cage.

“I made some mistakes in that fight,” Luna said. “I feel like I was clearly winning this fight. It’s not us as fighters’ job to sit here and complain about illegal knees and stuff like that that happened, and I feel like I was not nowhere near hurt, and I showed that I was not near hurt from the knee, so when we broke apart, I didn’t take a break at all, and I went right back to the fight right off.

“I didn’t think it was apology-worthy. I came into the sport as a natural fighter, believing in whatever happens, you just keep going. Don’t sit there if you get clipped in the groin or whatever happens. If they don’t see it, you just keep fighting. That’s how I always believe. I go into a fight just to fight. I put the rules second.”

Jackson ultimately walked away with the submission victory in what he considered a character-building matchup. He didn’t walk away with a ton of respect for Luna.

“It worked out great, but it was a tough fight,” Jackson said.

Meanwhile, Luna always felt like he was in the right and made only a small tactical error that haunted him as Jackson went on to fight in the UFC. But now, the two will meet again under the LFA umbrella and rematch in the main event of tonight’s LFA 28 event at The Bomb Factory in Dallas.

As with all LFA events, the card airs on AXS TV.

For Luna, especially, the chance to redeem himself seems of particular importance.

“It took me many, many years to get to this spot right here, and I’m still staying focused on coming up,” Luna said. “I’m thinking this is time for the rematch to see if Damon is ready for the same kind of fighter he fought, just a little more knowledged and better at every aspect of the sport.

“Don’t look for no excuses. … I’ve been watching you the last couple years, Damon. Tonight, I’m going to get you.”

For his part, Jackson doesn’t seem quite as emotionally charged but does expect a true battle in the headlining bout.

“It’s going to be a scrap,” Jackson said. “I can promise you that.”

For more on LFA 28, check out the UFC 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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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, Nov. 28: As Askren exits, Gastelum climbs

With a victory in his career finale, Ben Askren has exited the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

The undefeated ONE Championship titleholder, who was ranked No. 7 at welterweight, defeated Shinya Aoki this past weekend in is retirement fight. With his fighting career now (seemingly) over, Askren exits the top 15.

Also this past weekend, Kelvin Gastelum got a major boost up the middleweight ranks with a knockout of ex-champ Michael Bisping.

Check out all of the rankings above.

 

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings, Nov. 21: Can Gastelum make big leap?

The UFC is in mainland China for the first time this week, and “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum is poised for a potentially massive leap.

Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who currently stands as an honorable mention in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, meets former UFC 185-pound champion Michael Bisping (30-8 UFC, 20-8 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.

Bisping stands No. 3, meaning Gastelum could potentially make a big run up the list should he prove victorious in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed headliner. Just how far remains to be seen, provided he can get past a stern test against Bisping.

Check out all of the rankings above.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Justin Gaethje, Ali Abdelaziz and Andrew Simon

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Justin Gaethje, Ali Abdelaziz and Andrew Simon – all in studio.

Gaethje fights fellow “The Ultimate Fighter 26” head coach Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on Dec. 2. Abdelaziz manages many of the sport’s top stars, and Simon is head of AXS TV Fights, home to LFA, CES MMA and other promotions.

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.
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CES MMA 47 highlights: 6 main-card fights, 6 stoppages, 6 in 1st round

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If you like to keep the judges out of your MMA viewing, Friday’s CES MMA 47 event was the show for you.

The event, which aired on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., featured six main-card bouts. Six ended via stoppage – all in the first round.

For real.

In fact, the entire main card featured just 16 total minutes of fighting.

In the headliner, Greg Rebello (23-8) needed just 82 seconds to stop fellow heavyweight Derrick Brown (7-5) via TKO with punches. It marked his 11th victory under the CES MMA banner, where the 35-year-old Rhode Island native almost exclusively since 2012. After the win, which came via stiff combo, he called for a shot in the UFC.

In the co-main event, Nate Andrews (12-1) picked up his sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive submission win with a first-round rear-naked choke of Tyler Combs (15-17-1) in a 160-pound catchweight affair.

Check out all of the highlights above.

The full CES MMA 47 results included:

For more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Fun' is operative word for tonight's CES MMA 47 headliners, Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown

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Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown may have very different pro records, but they share one thing: respect for each other’s skills.

Coming off a loss at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, 35-year-old Rebello (22-8) makes his 15th CES MMA appearance when he steps in the cage for tonight’s heavyweight headliner. Brown (7-4), in turn, finally makes the promotional debut he’d been longing for.

Considering that Rebello’s 30-fight record dates back to 2005 – with a brief retirement in between – and Brown’s 11-fight run started being built in 2014, it’s clear who has the experience edge.

Still, Rebello is not resting on that.

“Derrick is a young, athletic, elusive striker,” Rebello told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale ahead of CES MMA 47, which takes place tonight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “He’s good. It’s going to be a tough challenge. He poses a lot of problems. Guys that are big and heavy, and they move around a lot and got good footwork – it’s always tough and difficult to figure them out.

“But I’m kind of one of those guys too. So it’s two of us going in there at the same time. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”

“Fun,” by the way, is the operative word for the veteran.

“As soon as this sport stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it,” Rebello said. “I have a good time in training, and no matter what I’m doing, if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to do it. That’s kind of my motto.”

Brown, who had a three-fight winning streak snapped by a loss at CFFC 65 to Karl Roberson in May, acknowledges not only Rebello’s experience but his power – you know, the type that gave him four knockout wins among his five most recent victorious outings.

But as he prepares for a high-visibility headliner against a seasoned vet, Brown believes he’s got the recipe to keep things from becoming overwhelming.

“Just staying calm and being myself and not trying to do anything out of the ordinary or that I wouldn’t normally do,” Brown said. “But I definitely try to be creative with all of my strikes and all my techniques at the same time.”

Thankfully for the fans, Brown shares his opponent’s willingness to keep things exciting in the cage.

“As a fighter, just know I’m going to bring it,” Brown said. “It’s not going to be boring. I’m not going to just try to take somebody down, to hold them down for three rounds trying to get a decision.

“I don’t want to leave in the judges’ hands. I hate going to the decision. I just want to win, I want to compete, and I want to be fun to watch.”

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

And for more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 27 highlights: Ryan Spann brings the power with a fight-ending right

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Friday’s LFA 27 fight card concluded with three straight knockout stoppages. Check out the highlights.

In the headliner, which aired on AXS TV from Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., Robert Watley (9-1) notched the first defense of his lightweight belt after stopping challenger Daryl Wilson (7-2) with third-round ground and pound.

In the co-headliner, Ryan Spann (12-5) dazed fellow light heavyweight Myron Dennis (15-7) with a big right hand, which set up the first-round stoppage.

Also on the card, lightweight Alex Hernandez (8-1) made a successful promotional debut with a dominant performance over Derrick Adkins (10-5) that resulted in a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the finishes above.

And for more on LFA 27, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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