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 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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LFA 18 results: Kevin Aguilar retains featherweight title with decision over Justin Rader

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Justin Rader had two things in mind in his quest to become LFA’s featherweight champion against titleholder Kevin Aguilar: kicks and takedowns.

The kicks were mostly there throughout for Rader (6-3). The takedowns, not so much, and Aguilar (13-1) retained his 145-pound title with a unanimous decision victory in the LFA 18 main event – despite some solid moments from the challenger throughout the five-round fight. Aguilar won with scores of 50-45 across the board.

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

Rader worked kicks early, including one to the head 40 seconds in, not seeming to care if it might lead to an Aguilar takedown. Aguilar landed a counter jab that put Rader on his butt. But back on the feet, Rader contineud to fire away with kicks, keeping Aguilar from getting inside. But with less than two minutes left in the round, Rader went after a single-leg takedown and it led to Aguilar landing heavy hands to the head. Rader landed a left hook on the way out, then had to get on his bike as the round came to an end when Aguilar tried to chase him down.

In the second round, Rader was all about the kicks again – sometimes flashy, sometimes just workmanlike. Late in the round, he again tried for a takedown, but it was easily stuffed. And just before the horn, Aguilar hurt him with a left hand that put him on the canvas with just a few seconds left.

About 90 seconds into the third, after eating a right hand, Aguilar planted his shin on Rader’s head. After that, it seemed a little eaiser for him to land some heavy punches. And when Rader shot for a takedown midway through the frame, just like before, Aguilar stuffed it and made him pay. With five seconds left in the round, Aguilar drilled Rader in the face with another kick – but Rader survived it to see a fourth frame.

Rader tried to roll into a takedown right away in the fourth, but it wasn’t there. But 45 seconds later, it finally was. Rader got the takedown he seemed to want all fight – but couldn’t keep the champion there, and it was right back to the middle. Just past the midway point of the fourth, Aguilar landed a massive kick of his own to the body. Rader worked through it and landed a right hand moments later.

In the fifth, Rader had to take some punishment to get it, but was able to get his second takedown about 90 seconds in. He just couldn’t keep things there, and Aguilar quickly got back to his feet. The champ cruised the rest of the round on his way to a sweep on the judges’ scorecards.

Brendan Allen and Chris Harris

Allen taps out Harris in second round

Brendan Allen had to rally against Chris Harris in the co-main event, but he did it in a big way.

In the second round of their middleweight fight, Allen (8-2) came out swinging. Harris (9-2) fired back. But when the fight hit the canvas, Allen locked up a triangle choke. He couldn’t keep it and tried for an armbar. Harris survived initially, but Allen went after it again.

The second shot at it included Allen getting Harris’ arm into the equation, and soon Harris had to tap at the 1:22 mark of the second round.

After a decision loss to Eryk Anders in a middleweight title fight in June, Allen said he thought LFA’s upcoming vacant 185-pound title fight (Anders vacated the belt to go to the UFC) had the wrong fighters. Ian Heinisch meets Markus Perez Echeimberg for the belt at LFA 22 in September.

“I thought Chris Harris was the best in the division, outside of myself,” Allen said. “I feel like I just fought two title fights in a row. That dude’s much better than Ian Heinisch.”

UFC vet Kelades grinds out Shinn

Chris Kelades, right, and Tyler Shinn

In his first fight since a four-bout stint in the UFC, Chris Kelades got back in the win column with his first victory in more than two years.

Kelades (10-3) took a unanimous decision from Tyler Shinn (8-4) in a 130-pound catchweight fight. Kelades took a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27.

Shinn got an easy takedown 25 seconds into the fight and moved to side control. It took Shinn another 45 seconds to jump to mount, though he gave it up quickly. Kelades got back to his feet midway through the round, but Shinn brilliantly worked for a choke. He had it tight, but Kelades popped out and was able to get on top and took over the second half of the frame with ground-and-pound.

That’s how it went the rest of the way. For 10 minutes in the second and third rounds, Kelades asserted his control on top on the ground and worked enough ground-and-pound to stay busy and avoid a standup on his way to the win.

Foxworth dominates Smith for late TKO

Chauncey Foxworth

Chauncey Foxworth had to fend off some fairly vicious leg attacks from Braden Smith, but it was mostly smooth sailing for him in their welterweight bout, all the way to a late TKO.

Smith (8-2) worked for a takedown early, but couldn’t get it. When Foxworth (7-4) landed some big punches three minutes in, Smith had even more reason to want to look for a takedown. He couldn’t get it, and instead pulled guard – but it was Foxworth who got on top on the canvas and worked ground-and-pound with Smith along the fence. Smith tried for a toe hold in the final 30 seconds, but Foxworth made him pay with more punches.

In the second round, Smith struggled on the feet – then again pulled guard and got into even more trouble. But on the ground, he went after Foxworth’s leg again and cranked hard. Foxworth survived and teed off on Smith’s head and body. And in the third, it was more of the same – just absent any significant submission attempts from Smith. Finally, Foxworth was able to get full mount and pounded Smith till he got the stoppage with 29 seconds left in the fight.

Wilson KOs overzealous Card in 64 seconds

Daryl Wilson and Jarrod Card

Jarrod Card was at a big height and reach disadvantage against Daryl Wilson, but that didn’t play much of a part in working against him.

Card (16-9-1) rushed in with his hands down and his head straight up a minute into the first round, and Wilson (7-1) made him pay with a knockout just 64 seconds into their lightweight fight. When Card came forward strong trying to throw a left, Wilson peppered his left out, then threw a big right hook that planted Card on the canvas. It took Wilson only another couple punches to get the stoppage.

LFA 18 results:

  • Kevin Aguilar def. Justin Rader via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) – to retain featherweight title
  • Brendan Allen def. Chris Harris via submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 1:22
  • Chris Kelades def. Tyler Shinn via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Chauncey Foxworth def. Braden Smith via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:31
  • Daryl Wilson def. Jarrod Card via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:04
  • Derrick Adkins def. Kyle Driscoll via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jose Martinez def. James Warren via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 3

For more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 18 announced with Aguilar-Rader title fight and journalist/ex-UFC fighter Mike Jackson

The lineup is taking shape for next month’s LFA 18 event, which features a title fight and an MMA journalist/recent UFC competitor.

Officials today announced the event takes place Aug. 4 at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., and the main card airs on AXS TV.

In the headliner, reigning featherweight champion Kevin Aguilar (12-1) meets Justin Rader (7-2).

Aguilar, a 28-year-old Texan, was the final Legacy FC champion, and following a merger with RFA and the creation of LFA, he beat Damon Jackson via knockout to win the inaugural belt. He now has four straight four wins, three of which have come via knockout.

He meets Rader, a 30-year-old Oklahoman and longtime Legacy FC fighter who’s currently riding a three-fight winning streak. He recently scored a decision victory over Emmanuel Rivera in his promotional debut at LFA 15.

In the LFA 18 co-headliner, recent title challenger Brendan Allen (7-2) meets fellow middleweight contender Chris Harris (9-1)

Also on the card is MMA journalist/photographer Mike Jackson (0-1), who suffered a February 2016 submission loss to Mickey Gall at UFC Fight Night 82; the bout earned the winner a matchup with former WWE start Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. The boxer and kickboxer, who runs mikethetruth.com, takes on welterweight Rafael Venancio Justino (2-1), the older brother of upcoming UFC title challenger Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

The latest LFA 18 fight card includes:

For more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 14 highlights: A dislocated arm and Colbey Northcutt's rough pro debut

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Two MMA newcomers kicked off Friday’s LFA 14 event, but the one who flew under the radar got the victory.

Featherweight Courtney King (1-0) spoiled the heavily marketed debut of Colbey Northcutt (0-1) – the older sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt – after getting the fight to the mat and forcing a stoppage via ground and pound.

Check out the highlights above.

LFA 14 took place at Arena Theatre in Houston, and the main card aired on AXS TV.

Also on the card, two inaugural champs were crowned. In the headliner, Eryk Anders (7-0) became the middleweight champ after a back-and-forth fight with Brendan Allen (7-2) that ended in a unanimous-decision victory. Additionally, Roberto Sanchez (7-0) became the flyweight titleholder after tapping out Jerome Rivera (7-1) in the third round.

Additionally, 19-year-old flyweight Maycee Barber (1-0) got her first pro win with a deep first-round armbar that forced Itzel Esquivel (2-1), who reportedly suffered a dislocated arm, to tap.

For more on LFA 14, including a full event recap, 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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