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


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:


  • 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

DWCS 8 results: Matt Frevola, Lauren Mueller punch their tickets to UFC with impressive wins

Undefeated lightweight Matt Frevola (6-0) kept his record perfect with a second-round submission win over a previously unbeaten Luke Flores (7-1), in the process securing one of two UFC contracts awarded.

The matchup served as the featured contest of Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 8 event, which took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. The card wrapped up the debut season of the new show, designed to bring talent to the UFC.

Both men started quickly, but it was Frevola who landed flush and scored a knockdown in the opening minute. Flores did battle his way back to the feet, but Frevola kept pushing with powerful punches. Flores seemed to regain his composure as the round wore on, and Frevola had to steady his pace to prepare for a long haul. Flores focused on kicks as his primary attack, chopping away at his opponent’s legs. Meanwhile, Frevola continued to lace in powerful hooks as he pushed forward and scored a takedown. As Flores tried to attack, Frevola moved to the back, but he was unable to get the finish before the bell.

Frevola was again aggressive on the feet to start and then quickly took the fight to the floor, but Flores swept and moved to the feet. The pace remained incredibly high, and Frevola again scored a few big right hands before taking the fight to the floor. Frevola looked for options and eventually locked in an arm-triangle choke, holding mount to ensure it was secure before moving out to the side and getting the tap.

Lewis stays perfect

In a middleweight bout between previously undefeated athletes, Bevon Lewis (4-0) survived some trouble to battle back for an impressive TKO win over Elias Urbina (3-1)

Urbina was quick to start, nearly scoring with a flying knee in the opening seconds, but Lewis avoided the big shots and settled into a rhythm. The two traded shots in close quarters as bout opened, and Lewis was eventually able to push the action to the floor. Urbina tried to turn his hips for a submission, but Lewis simply brushed the legs aside and eventually backed away to the feet. Spirited exchanges on the feet ensued, with both men using their long frame to attack from all angles.

The pace was high again in the second before Urbina scores with a flying knee that stunned his foe. Lewis somehow shook it off and continued and actually started to land some big shots of his own. With Urbina seeking huge haymakers, Lewis focused on straight punches and started to hit the mark. Both men landed flush, but it was Lewis’ who earned a knockdown, and he jumped on top with huge shots to finish the deal.

Antonlin takes split call in razor-thin affair

In a flyweight matchup, Adam Antolin (13-3) gritted out a decision win over Casey Kenney (7-1-1) in a thrilling affair.

Both men were quick to start, firing punches and kicks to all angles as they danced around the cage. Antolin’s kicks were sharp, but Kenney answered back with strong punches, as well. The action remained high, and both men were swinging hard in the pocket. It was back-and-forth on the feet, and both men had impressive moments but neither took full control. Kenney did seem to catch momentum in the final two minutes, starting with a low kick that briefly swept his opponent to the floor.

The pace remained high in the second, with both fighter moving well and delivering offense. Punches and kicks from all angles were exchanged in entertaining fashion. Antolin started to land more frequently as the round wore on, but Kenney was always there to return fire. Toe-to-toe, the action continued, and Kenny’s left hand seemed the best weapon of the bunch. Kenney’s low kicks also kept his opponent off-balance, but Antolin was always there to recover and counter.

Neither man could be comfortable with the scores heading into the third, and they both continued to move at a solid pace. Antolin appeared just a touch fresher, but both were dangerous. Back-and-forth the action continued on the feet. Punches and kicks landed for both men along the way, and Antolin appeared to be the one pushing the pace. The two never stopped, and Kenny actually worked himself into an anaconda attempt to close but couldn’t get the tap. After a hard-fought affair, Antolin took home a split decision over a shocked Kenney.

Mueller shines over game Velasco

In the second women’s fight in Contenders Series history, Lauren Mueller (4-0) kept her career mark perfect with an impressive decision win over a game Kelly Velasco (2-2).

Mueller came out quickly, rifling in punches and firing kicks, as well. Velasco seemed a bit surprised by the early aggression and struggled to score early. The two moved quickly into the clinch, dirty boxing a bit before resetting after a failed Mueller takedown. Mueller appeared the more powerful woman as they exchanged strikes on the feet. Still, Velasco stayed firm in the pocket and battled strong in the clinch, as well. The pace slowed a but as the round wore on, but Mueller still looked the stronger fighter when they engaged. Mueller briefly dropped her hands to invite her foe to trade and then blasted her with heavy punches and knees, but Velasco wouldn’t go away. With the final seconds ticking away, Mueller unleashed another barrage that clearly rocked her foe but didn’t get the finish before the bell.

Velasco tried to use her reach to keep range in the second, but Mueller was simply too much. The action transitioned quickly from the feet to the floor, and Mueller worked her way to the top. Velasco refused to go away, showing heart and determination but absorbing damage along the way. The action was one-sided, but Velasco refused to quit, and Mueller – a late replacement – did start to slow. Still, Mueller remained in clear control.

Velasco tried to push the action in the third, but Mueller gathered herself and again went on the attack. She still showed the power edge but struggled to keep her volume high. Velasco found some success from range, but Mueller dominated when they moved in close. McGill briefly threatened with a guillotine, but it was never truly close. Mueller pushed until the end, landing a stunning spinning backfist and then blasting away with knees to the body. Velasco survived until the end, but the winner was clear.

Crowder outlasts Mayes

Heavyweights kicked off the night, with Allen Crowder (7-2) outlasting Don’Tale Mayes (3-2) to earn a late TKO.

Both fighters threw heavy low kicks to start the contest, before Mayes started head-hunting with big shots on the feet. Crowder then looked for a takedown, but a slick Mayes sweep saw him move to the back and land some big punches. An alert Crowder then crawled to his feet pulled his head free from a guillotine and scores his own takedown to reverse the action. Mayes worked hard to wiggle free, but Crowder maintained dominant position until the final minute, when they returned to the feet for a quick salvo.

Crowder was the aggressor to start the second, and he seemed the fresher fighter. Mayes threw heavy punches in return but struggled to land clean. Crowder eventually pushed an off-balance Mayes to the floor and took top position. Crowder willingly moves out of the dominant spot in hopes of chasing an armbar or triangle choke, but it backfired, leaving Mayes in side control. Crowder quickly reversed but then had the favor returned. Crowder spent some time on bottom before a last-minute kimura attempt that seemed dangerous but saw his opponent saved by the bell.

Mayes looked downright exhausted to start the third, though Crowder wasn’t too much better. Still, Crowder landed the better shots on the feet and eventually moved inside for a takedown, dragging his winded opponent to the floor. Crowder briefly tried top isolate the right arm but let in go in favor of maintaining position and eventually posturing with a series of punches and elbows that brought the fight to a close.

For more on DWCS 8, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 2 results: Sean O'Malley gets lone UFC contract for highlight-reel KO

LAS VEGAS – Daniel Spohn didn’t let three illegal punches to the back of the head stop him from pulling off a first-round submission victory against Angel DeAnda in the Week 2 main event of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

Spohn (16-5) got caught with some clean punches by DeAnda (18-6) early in the opening round of the light heavyweight bout. The sizable betting underdog had Spohn on the verge of a quick stoppage, but in the heat of the moment threw the series of illegal blows, causing referee John McCarthy to halt the action.

After a break of several minutes, McCarthy deducted a point from DeAnda and the action resumed. Spohn blitzed his opponent immediately and rocked DeAnda. His legs collapsed and Spohn kept on him with the attack. Spohn transition to the grappling and maneuvered his way into position for an arm-triangle choke, and DeAnda tapped out at the 3:10 mark of Round 1.

“This feels amazing,” Spohn told backstage reporter Laura Sanko after his win. “To go out there and fight a fight like that – that’s what I wanted. … I’m here to fight. I’m putting it on the line. Win or lose, I’m coming to get it.”

O’Malley gets UFC contract with big knockout

Sean O’Malley (8-0) styled on Alfred Khashakyan (8-4) for just over four minutes before he put the lights out for the knockout courtesy of a straight right hand.

The 22-year-old bantamweight made a huge impression when he put on a flashy display of striking in the dominant performance. He landed everything from spinning kicks to powerful punches, and while Khashakyan hung tough, he finally went down at the 4:14 mark of Round 1.

After the event wrapped up, it was announced O’Malley was the lone winner on the card to be offered a UFC contract. UFC President Dana White said he sees star potential in the youngster.

“I think the kid has the style and the mentality to be a star, and to win fights,” White told Sanko. “I’m going to give him the opportunity and the rest is up to him.”

Le sleeps Stojadinovic with slick kick

“The Ultimate Fighter 22” competitor Thanh Le (7-1) made a memorable return to the “TUF” gym when he starched Lazar Stojadinovic (12-6) with a slick second-round knockout.

After picking his shots throughout the first round, Le found his timing in the second and connected with a right head kick that dropped Stojadinovic. Le followed up with a series of hammerfists, forcing the referee to stop the action at the 1:35 mark of Round 2.

Outlaw survives Cora’s late rally

Sidney Outlaw (8-3) managed to keep himself safe from a late storm by Michael Cora (4-2) and earn a unanimous decision win in the welterweight bout.

Cora’s late takedown and swarm of ground-and-pound was his one highlight of the fight. Other than that, Outlaw consistently put him on his back and threatened with submissions. He nearly finished the fight on multiple occasions, but Cora showed his grit, lasting to a 29-27, 29-28 and 29-27 loss on the scorecards.

Kenney overwhelms Hamilton in brawl

Casey Kenney (7-0-1) and C.J. Hamilton (11-5) impressed with an exciting flyweight brawl. In the end, Kenney’s ability to stay a step ahead in all scenarios led to his unanimous decision win.

The first round was a barnburner, with both men putting each other in danger with hard strikes. As the fight progressed, Kenney’s superior pace, control and output was the key in earning 30-27 scorecards across the board.

Complete Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2 results included:

  • Daniel Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 4:14
  • Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via knockout (kick, punches) – Round 2, 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Casey Kenney def. C.J. Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Angel DeAnda vs. Daniel Spohn headlines 'Dana White's Contender Series: Week 2' on July 18

The five-fight lineup for the second edition of the new “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” has been revealed.

UFC officials announced the full card for “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” which takes place July 18 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. A light heavyweight fight of Angel DeAnda (18-5) vs. Daniel Spohn (15-5) serves as the featured bout.

Additional contests include Alfred Khashakyan (8-3) vs. Sean O’Malley (6-0), featherweights Thanh Le (6-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (12-5), welterweights Michael Cora (4-1) vs. Sidney Outlaw (7-3), and flyweights C.J. Hamilton (11-4) vs. Casey Kenney (6-0-1).

A California-based fighter, DeAnda is likely best known for a two-fight stint under the WSOF banner, where he suffered back-to-back decision losses to Tyrone Spong and Krasimir Mladenov. However, he’s currently in better form and is riding a six-fight winning streak. The 32-year-old has earned 14 of his career wins via knockout.

Meanwhile, Spohn was a cast member on “The Ultimate Fighter 19” who fought once officially in the octagon. The 32-year-old suffered a decision loss to Patrick Walsh. Spohn has since gone 7-1 in eight fights on the regional scene and now hopes to catch the eye of UFC President Dana White.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuts on July 11. The series features a mix of former UFC fighters, journeymen and hot prospects.

The full “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2” line up includes:

  • Angel DeAnda vs. Dan Spohn
  • Alfred Khashakyan vs. Sean O’Malley
  • Thanh Le vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
  • Michael Cora vs. Sidney Outlaw
  • Cee Jay Hamilton vs Casey Kenney

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 2,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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