LFA 17 video highlights: 'Your shin bone can splinter into numerous pieces'

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Robert Watley is the inaugural LFA lightweight champion, but he got a scare on his way to claiming the title.

Watley (8-1) dominated Thiago Moises (9-2) for a clean sweep on the scorecards, but he had to escape a deep leg-lock to win. As commentator Pat Miletich noted, it’s the type of submission with which “your shin bone can splinter into numerous pieces.”

Check out the highlights from Friday’s LFA 17 headliner above.

LFA 17 took place at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C., and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the LFA 17 co-headliner, Tony Gravely (10-4) used constant and stifling pressure to wear down and earn a unanimous-decision victory over late replacement Keith Richardson (17-9) in a catchweight bout.

Also on the card, lightweight muay Thai specialist Mike Stevens (7-4) picked apart Hugo Prada (7-2) to get a TKO win, heavyweight Tebaris Gordon (2-0) – aka “Boom” – pounded out Chandler Cole (2-1), and featherweight John Sweeney (2-0) backed up big pre-fight talk and tapped out wrestler Shelton Sales (0-1).

For more on LFA 17, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie

LFA 17 live and official results

A new champion will be crowned tonight at LFA 17 as Thiago Moises takes on Robert Watley for the inaugural lightweight title.

LFA 17 takes place tonight at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C., and airs live on AXS TV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Sweeney’s slick choke earns him submission win

John Sweeney said debuting Shelton Sales was in over head, and he wasn’t lying.

Sweeney (2-0) took advantage of Sales’ (0-1) inexperience, leading to a submission win in their featherweight fight.

It came in the first round, when Sales, rebounding from a quick flurry of punches, shot in for a takedown. In the moment, Sweeney went for a guillotine choke. Rather than fight for hand control, Sales pushed forward for the takedown, allowing Sweeney to transition to a standing inverted rear choke. It was in tight, and when Sales went limp the referee stepped in at the 1:57 mark for the finish.

“I mean, he’s a good kid, but this is a whole other level,” Sweeney said to the sound of boos. “He’s stepping up a whole other level.”

Official up-to-the-minute results:

  • Thiago Moises vs. Robert Watley – for inaugural lightweight title
  • Keith Richardson vs. Tony Gravely
  • Hugo Prada vs. Mike Stevens
  • Tebaris Gordon def. Chandler Cole via TKO (punches) – 4:25, Round 1
  • John Sweeney def. Shelton Sales via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:57, Round 1
  • Ryan Jett def. Nick Rodrigues via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Source: MMA Junkie