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).