LFA 26 results and highlights: Jeff Hughes claims belt, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari gets win

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LFA has a new heavyweight champion following Friday’s LFA 26 event.

The show took place at Arena Theatre in the home city of the World Series champion Houston Astros, and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, Jeff Hughes (8-1) dethroned heavyweight champion Richard Odoms (13-4) with a unanimous decision via 49-46, 49-46 and 48-47 scores.

Hughes, a 29-year-old Ohio native who made his promotional debut, outworked his opponent and ultimately took the belt from Odoms, a 42-year-old Texan and full-time San Antonio police officer who won the title in June with a submission victory over Jared Vanderaa.

Also at LFA 26, birthday girl Nicolle Caliari (4-1), who turns 21 today, outmuscled fellow straweight Itzel Esquivel (2-2) to force a second-round stoppage due to strikes. It was Caliari’s fourth knockout win in four career victories and also marked her U.S. debut.

Additionally, bantamweight Adrian Yanez (6-2) showed some flashy striking against late replacement Trent Meaux (6-4) to earn a unanimous-decision win via 30-27 scores across the board.

Full LFA 26 results included:

  • Jeff Hughes def. Richard Odoms via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) – to claim heavyweight title
  • Larry Crowe def. Bilal Williams via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
  • Charles Cheeks III def. Cameron Graves via submission (armbar) Round 2, 4:04
  • Nicolle Caliari def. Itzel Esquivel via TKO (ref stoppage) – Round 2, 3:56
  • Juan Adams def. Brice Ritani-Coe via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:33
  • Adrian Yanez def. Trent Meaux via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jason Langellier def. Nicholas Gay via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

For more on LFA 26, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 26 heads to Houston with San Antonio cop/reigning champ in headliner

The heavyweight title will be up for grabs in LFA 26’s headliner.

Officials recently announced a fight between reigning champion Richard Odoms (13-3) and challenger Jeff Hughes (7-1).

LFA 26 takes place Nov. 3 at Arena Theatre in Houston, and the main card airs on AXS TV.

Odors, a 42-year-old Texan and full-time San Antonio police officer, may be in the twilight of his seven-year pro MMA career, but he’s still proving competitive. In June at LFA 15, he picked up his fifth win in six fights and claimed the vacant LFA heavyweight belt with a fifth-round submission victory over Jared Vanderaa.

He now meets Hughes (7-1), a 29-year-old Ohioan who recently rebounded from an IT Fight Series title loss to Dan Spohn with a decision victory over Ryan Pokryfky at a regional show. With four knockouts in seven career wins, he now gets his highest-profile bout yet.

In the LFA 26 co-headliner, Bilal Williams (8-4), a longtime Legacy FC fighter, moves up to middleweight for a fight with fellow AXS TV Fights vet Larry Crowe (9-6), who looks to halt a three-fight skid.

The latest LFA 26 card now includes:

MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)

For more on LFA 26, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 16 highlights: Major underdog Jimmy Flick puts UFC vet Johnny Bedford to sleep

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Johnny Bedford was a 5-1 favorite heading into Friday’s LFA 16 main event, and it made Jimmy Flick’s win all the sweeter.

The upset took place at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The bout, as well as the rest of the LFA 16 main card, aired live on AXS TV.

In the 135-pound featured attraction, Flick (10-3), who closed as a +350 underdog to -500 favorite Bedford (23-13-1) at the sports books, picked up arguably the biggest win of his career. After saying Bedford was taking him lightly heading into the bout, Flick jumped out to an early lead with a steady dose of submission attempts.

He finally secured a fight-ending one in the third round after submitting and putting Bedford to sleep with a D’Arce choke. It was Flick’s eighth submission in 10 career wins; it also snapped a four-fight winning streak for Bedford, who was close to returning to the UFC, where he went 2-3 (one one no-contest) after appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter 14” in 2011.

Check out the highlights above.

In the bantamweight co-headliner Miles Johns (5-0) used a jab-heavy game plan to defeated Levi Mowles (6-3) via unanimous decision.

Also on the card, local favorite Steven Peterson (15-5) dominated, controlled and ultimately caught Ryan Hollis (12-11) with a second-round choke in a 140-pound catchweight fight. Additionally, welterweight Geoffrey Neal (7-2) battered and finally knocked out Bilal Williams (8-4) with a right uppercut in the opening frame. Here’s another look (via Twitter):

Also, former Legacy FC featherweight champion Damon Jackson (12-2-1) grounded Eliazar Rodriguez (8-7) with a rear naked choke in the first round.

The full LFA 16 results included:

  • Jimmy Flick def. Johnny Bedford via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 3, 3:09
  • Miles Johns def. Levi Mowles via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Steven Peterson def. Ryan Hollis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:43
  • Geoffrey Neal def. Bilal Williams via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 4:43
  • Damon Jackson def. Eliazar Rodriguez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:49
  • Brandon Lewis def. Cameron Miller via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:44
  • Fernando Salas def. Jessie Vasquez via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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

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Andrea Lee-Davina Maciel off LFA 16 headliner, Johnny Bedford vs. Jimmy Flick new main event

Friday’s LFA 16 card in Dallas has a new main event.

History was supposed to take place at the event with the first title defense since the promotion debuted in January. But women’s flyweight champion Andrea Lee (7-2) won’t defend against challenger Davina Maciel (6-1).

Lee posted on her Instagram account that visa issues for Maciel are the culprit keeping the Brazilian from traveling to the States for the title fight, and LFA officials confirmed as much when announcing the event’s new headliner between bantamweights Johnny Bedford (23-12-1) and Jimmy Flick (8-3).

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LFA 16 takes place Friday at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. The main card airs live on AXS TV.

The 34-year-old Bedford is a UFC, “Ultimate Fighter” and Bellator veteran. Fighting out of nearby Fort Worth, Bedford went 2-3 with a no-contest in the UFC and was let loose on a three-fight skid in 2014. But since then, he has back-to-back stoppage wins.

After starting his pro career a perfect 6-0, Flick has alternated wins and losses for six fights. Included in that mix is a pair of setbacks under the Legacy FC banner before the promotion merged with RFA to form the LFA. This past December, Flick was stopped by Levi Mowles with a second-round TKO at Legacy FC 63, so he’ll be looking to get back in the win column in the headliner against Bedford.

Lee was set to 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, where she took a split decision over Liz Tracy in May at Invicta FC 23.

Maciel was going to be making 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. But now that LFA debut is on hold.

The LFA 16 card includes:

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

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