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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Source: MMA Junkie