LFA 31 results and highlight: Thanh Le wins interim title, but was it an early stoppage?

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LFA has a new titleholder, but was it the result of an early stoppage?

That’s what fans and cageside commentators were debating after Friday’s LFA 31 main event, which aired on AXS TV from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

In that featured bout, Thanh Le (8-1) dropped Bobby Moffett (10-3) in the second round with a stiff left hand, and he then followed him to the mat for a quick flurry of follow-up punches. The ref then waved off the fight, though Moffett appeared to be trying to secure an arm at the time.

Check out the finish, which earned Le the interim featherweight title and a likely date with champ Kevin Aguilar, above and judge for yourself.

Regardless, 32-year-old Le, who scored a head-kick win over Lazar Stojadinovic at Dana White’s Contender Series 2 in July, now has an eight-fight winning streak that includes eight stoppages.

Also at LFA 31, Ian Heinisch (9-1) stopped middleweight Daniel Madrid (13-6) via second-round knockout in the co-headliner. The stoppage was set up by a powerful right hand against the cage.

Additionally, featherweight Cory Sandhagen (7-1) blasted Jose Aguayo (2-1) with a knee to set up and score a 67-second TKO victory.

The full LFA 31 results included:

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

  • Thanh Le def. Bobby Moffett via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:55 – to win interim featherweight title
  • Ian Heinisch def. Daniel Madrid via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:56
  • Matthew Frincu def. Roman Alcantar via TKO (injury) – Round 2, 4:10
  • Casey Kenney def. Kendrick Latchman via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 30-27)
  • Jordan Winski def. Mike Hamel via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:06
  • Cory Sandhagen def. Jose Aguayovia TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:07
  • Mario Bautista def. Raphael Montini via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 2, 5:00

For more on LFA 31, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

Source: MMA Junkie

Thanh Le, Bobby Moffett hope to unify with champ Kevin Aguilar after tonight's LFA 31 title headliner

LFA will crown an interim featherweight champion tonight when Thanh Le and Bobby Moffett clash for the gold in LFA 31’s headliner.

With champion Kevin Aguilar sidelined with an injury, LFA introduced an interim 145-pound belt. Top contenders Le (7-1) and Moffett (10-2) fight for it at tonight’s event, which takes place at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and airs on AXS TV.

Although Le and Moffett both admit they would like to be fighting for the undisputed belt, they understand the reality of the situation. Aguilar (13-1) is unable to defend, and in Le’s mind this is the perfect solution.

“LFA, they wanted to put in the interim title so we could battle for it since Aguilar is sidelined,” Le told AXS TV Fights reporter Phoenix Carnevale. “Whenever (Aguilar) is healthy, the winner comes out of this fight and is going to be able to merge those two together and take the undisputed title. I’m excited for that.”

Moffett wants the undisputed LFA title, but he also said the right type of performance at LFA 31 could get him a UFC contract offer, as well. He also mentioned the possibility of Aguilar being signed to the UFC before a title-unification match can happen.

Nevertheless, Moffett said he’s focusing on the task at hand. Le has been beaten only once in professional competition, and “The Wolfman” wants to push that count to two.

“I’m fairly confident in how this fight’s going to go,” Moffett said. “I’m prepared for him to move around the entire time, or strike me. I’m prepared for him to do weird things. I just feel different. I’m a different person than who I was two years ago.

“I think he’s going to get hit a lot,” he continued. “I think he’s going to be surprised by my range. … I’ve been working a lot on using my range and my punches and I’m very confident.”

Le, a tactical striker, views the LFA 31 headliner as a game of inches. The 32-year-old has finished 100 percent of his career wins by stoppage, and he wants that trend to continue at Moffett’s expense.

“He’s a great competitor, strong fighter, strong skills on the ground,” Le said. “We’ll see who will be able to implement their game plan the best. … Obviously we think it’s going to go out way, so we’re excited for that to play out.”

For more on LFA 31, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

LFA 31 is live on AXS TV tonight at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT). Make sure to tweet along using #LFA31. AXS TV airs new, live fights almost every Friday night in 2018. Find AXS TV on your TV right here: www.axs.tv/fights.

Source: MMA Junkie

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.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News
Source: MMA Junkie

LFA 20 set for Minnesota with Chad Curry vs. Nick Barnes headliner

Welterweights will be the featured attraction when LFA returns to Minnesota in a month.

In the LFA 20 main event, Chad Curry (9-1) will take on Nick Barnes (11-2). The promotion announced the headliner on Monday. In the co-feature, Nate Jennerman (9-2) meets Bobby Moffett (9-2) at featherweight.

LFA 20 takes place Aug. 25 at Mystic Showroom at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Curry moved up to welterweight from lightweight this past fall a little less than a year after the lone loss of his career, which came by TKO to current UFC lightweight Lando Vannata at RFA 32. But after that, he has back-to-back first-round TKO wins. At RFA 45 this past October, he took out Frank Schuman. And at LFA 12 in May, he stopped Kyle Kurtz in just 59 seconds. All nine of his career wins are by stoppage, including seven in the first round.

Barnes, based in San Diego, will be trying to get back on track after a submission loss to Brian Camozzi in September 2016 at RFA 43. Prior to that, he had wins over James Terry at Bellator 147 and Jose Diaz at RFA 38. Like Curry, he’s been adept at finishing his opponents with nine of his 11 victories coming by stoppage, including six submissions.

The LFA 20 card includes:

For more on LFA 20, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, News
Source: MMA Junkie