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 headliner Justin Rader got a win, cheeseburger, fries, milkshake and title-shot offer

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Featherweight Justin Rader was two days removed from his victorious LFA debut, treating himself to a cheeseburger, fries and a milkshake when he got the call.

“They were like, ‘Hey, do you want to fight for the title here in 32 days?’” Rader told AXS TV’s Ron Kruck. “We talked about it. Slept on the decision. Opportunity knocked, and I was ready to go. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ It was best for me, (for) my career.

“Opportunity knocks, and I’m going to answer.”

And answer he did. Tonight Rader (7-2) meets fellow Legacy FC vet and reigning LFA titleholder Kevin Aguilar (12-1) hoping to become LFA’s second featherweight champ. The two headline LFA 18, which airs on AXS TV from FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla.

Rader, a jiu-jitsu black belt with two world titles in no-gi competition, is not exactly a stranger to high-level competition. However, tonight is the 30-year-old’s first time fighting for a belt since his transition to MMA in 2014.

In order to get it, he’ll have to snap Aguilar’s four-fight winning streak, which includes three TKO finishes and both LFA and a Legacy FC title wins. And he gets to do it in front of his Oklahoma home fans.

Still, Rader doesn’t seem all that fazed by the high stakes.

“I don’t put any pressure on myself for fights,” Rader said. “This is the toughest opponent I’ve face yet, and my toughest opponents bring out the best in me. That’s really how I’m looking at this fight. I’m very excited for it.”

The stylistic setup for this one is pretty easy to spot. Rader obviously knows his way on the ground, the same way Aguilar has been known to inflict some damage on the feet. And Rader has prepared for that.

But, much like his opponent, he’s careful not to look past the many unexpected ways the title scrap can unfold.

“Hey, anything can happen while you’re in there,” Rader said. “And things start going bad, I’m not going to be afraid to stand and strike. When I start to get afraid, that’s when things can start to break down and I can abandon the gameplan. Hey, he’s a tough guy – no doubt about it, no way around it.

“I have a lot of respect for Kevin, and especially how hard he hits. Those things are going to happen. And things go bad, I need to stay calm, and I need to keep my composure. Exactly the same way that he does. We’ve prepared. We’re ready. It could be one heck of a fight.”

To hear from Rader, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 18, check out the MMA Rumors 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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