LFA 21 highlights: Check out this flying knee in a phone booth

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If you like close-quarters combat and dominant finishes, Friday’s LFA 21 event had just the fight for you.

LFA 21 took place at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and the AXS TV-televised main card had a handful of stoppages, as well as some competitive three-rounders.

However, one of the more dramatic finishes came in the co-headliner when Kevin Holland (9-3) tagged fellow middleweight Grady Hurley (11-2) with a first-round knee. The blow, which came from close quarters (or “in a phone booth,” as commentator Pat Miletich put it), set up dominant victory that lasted just 84 seconds.

In the night’s headliner, light heavyweight Kyle Noblitt (9-0) emerged victorious in a battle of unbeatens against Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-1) when he dominated the first-round action and secured a fight-ending guillotine.

Also on the card, lightweight Trey Ogden used a crazy-effective jab to set up a first-round submission victory over T.J. Brown. Additionally, flyweight Shannon Sinn (4-5), who took the fight on two weeks’ notice, upset Katy Collins (7-3) via dominant unanimous decision, and flyweight Charles Johnson edged Jeremiah Cullum via split decision in a wild back-and-forth bout.

Check out all of the highlights above.

For complete coverage ofo LFA 21, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 21's Katy Collins: It's fun to be mean in the cage

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Women’s flyweight Katy Collins screams and darts her way across the cage in fights. She’s not doing it to pump herself up; it’s simply what happens naturally.

“It’s not necessarily that I need it; I just feel that’s me,” Collins (7-2) told AXS TV Fights, which carries her fight tonight against Shannon Sinn (2-4) at LFA 21. “I’m just very aggressive. That’s what I do. I’m just mean in there, and that’s fine.

“I feel like it’s really an advantage to me. A lot of people just don’t have that.”

LFA 21 takes place at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and the main card – including Collins vs. Sinn – airs on AXS TV.

Collins favors the ground game and the “very personal” contact between her and opponents. She tries to overwhelm them with aggression until they capitulate.

For tonight’s fight, Collins will use that energy in hopes of putting away Sinn, a short-notice replacement after Collins’ original opponent backed out with a knee injury.

Collins has had only three weeks to prepare for the fight, but she’s confident her training will lead her to a winning performance.

“We know that she’s a boxer and is most likely going to keep it standing, so I’m going to have to close the distance to get to her,” she said.

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

 

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LFA 21 heads to Missouri with Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao headliner

For the first time, LFA will set up shop in Missouri when the promotion brings LFA 21 to the “Show Me State” in September.

LFA 21 is set for Sept. 1 at Branson Convention Center in Branson, the promotion today announced. The main card will air on AXS TV. It will be the promotion’s first visit to the state following the merger between the RFA and Legacy FC at the start of the year. (RFA 46 took place at the same venue this past December prior to the merger.)

The main event features a pair of unbeaten light heavyweights. Kyle Noblitt (8-0) will take on Brazil’s Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) in the headliner. In the co-main event, women’s flyweight Katy Collins (7-2) will get a fight in front of her home Branson fans against an opponent still to be named. Also on the card, T.J. Brown (7-4) is set to take on Trey Ogden (8-1) in a lightweight fight.

Noblitt has fought at both heavyweight and light heavyweight since turning pro in 2015. Now the Missouri native gets his first LFA headliner. His highest profile fight to date came in February 2016 at Bellator 150, where he knocked out David Hammons in just 45 seconds. The 27-year-old didn’t leave the first round in his first six pro fights. Earlier this year, he had to go to the second round for a submission of Ryan Debelak. And in April, he won his first decision when he topped 41-fight veteran Robert Morrow.

The 29-year-old Branjao has some high-level experience despite having just four fights. He was a contestant on Season 3 of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” and reached the quarterfinals as a heavyweight. Now back at 205 pounds, he will have a height advantage over Noblitt; he checks in at 6-foot-5. The Team Nogueira-based fighter has all four of his pro wins by knockout, but will be fighting officially for the first time in more than two years when he steps into the cage against Noblitt.

Collins fought for RFA this past December and picked up a second-round TKO of Mandy Polk, also in Branson in front of her hometown fans. In 2017, she has a pair of fights for Bellator – a submission loss to Emily Ducote and a decision win over Bruna Vargas at Bellator 181 in June, moving her to 2-1 for that promotion.

Brown will be making his LFA debut after getting three fights under the RFA banner. He was on a solid tear of seven wins in eight fights befroe suffering back-to-back losses in 2016. He was submittied by Joey Miolla at RFA 44 and dropped a split decision to Bobby Moffett at RFA 46 in Branson.

Ogden, a training partner of UFC and “TUF 25” standout James Krause and former UFC title challenger Tim Elliott, has won six straight fights. Overall, he six of his eight career wins by submission.

The LFA 21 card includes:

  • Kyle Noblitt vs. Antonio Paulo Branjao
  • Katy Collins vs. TBA
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Bellator 181 sees Brittney Elkin step in to face Amanda Bell, Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas added

Featherweight prospect Brittney Elkin is set to make her Bellator debut on Friday night at “Bellator 181: Campos vs. Girtz 3” in Thackerville, Okla.

Elkin (3-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) steps in on short notice to face Amanda Bell (4-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a rematch from April 2014. Bell’s original opponent for Friday’s card, Alexis Dufresne, withdrew from the event due to undisclosed reasons, leaving an opportunity for Elkin to sign on for her most high-profile fight to date.

Also confirmed for the Bellator 181 preliminary card is a flyweight matchup between proven finisher Katy Collins (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and highly-touted Brazilian Bruna Vargas (2-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), who seeks redemption after dropping her Bellator debut this past year.

MMAjunkie recently confirmed the updated fight bookings with Bellator officials.

Elkin has won two of her past three fights, including a decision victory over Bellator contender Gabrielle Holloway. The Colorado native makes a quick return to action after scoring a first-round TKO win two weeks ago under the Sparta Combat League banner.

Bell halted a two-fight losing skid by defeating Holloway in a February bout for King of the Cage, which earned her a Bellator contract and a spot on Friday’s card. She will look to make it two-for-two against Elkin, whom she submitted with a second-round rear-naked choke in the pair’s first meeting three years ago.

Collins racked up a stellar five-fight winning streak – including four first-round stoppages – leading into her bout with top Bellator flyweight contender Emily Ducote at Bellator 174 in March, but she succumbed to a Ducote rear-naked choke very late in the opening round.

Like her opponent, Vargas also looks to get back in the win column after suffering a loss to Ducote at Bellator 159. She has not fought in almost a full year, but plans to get back into contention in Bellator’s ever-expanding 125-pound women’s division with a win on Friday.

In addition to the Elkins-Bell and Collins-Vargas preliminary-card bouts, Bellator 181 includes a main-card flyweight showdown between the aforementioned Ducote (5-2 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) and promotional mainstay Jessica Middleton (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA).

The Bellator 181 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
  • Kendall Grove vs. John Salter
  • Emily Ducote vs. Jessica Middleton
  • Steve Garcia vs. Joe Warren

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Romero Cotton vs. Aaron Rodriguez
  • Rafael Lovato vs. Mike Rhodes
  • Justin Lawrence vs. Treston Thomison
  • Valentin Moldavsky vs. Carl Seumanutafa
  • Jordan Howard vs. Johnny Marigo
  • Andre Fialho vs. A.J. Matthews
  • Amanda Bell vs. Brittney Elkin
  • Kemmyelle Haley vs. Logan Storley
  • William Florentino vs. Jonathan Gary
  • E.J. Brooks vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos
  • Katy Collins vs. Bruna Vargas
  • Guillermo Gonzalez vs. Fernando Trevino

For more on Bellator 181, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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