LFA 21 live results: Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt

LFA 21 takes place tonight at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and airs on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

In the main event, a pair of unbeaten heavyweights will do battle as Kyle Noblitt (7-0) takes on Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0). MMAjunkie will have live results, which you can check out below.

Up-to-the-minute LFA 21 results include:

  • Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt
  • Kevin Holland vs. Grady Hurley
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden
  • Katy Collins vs. Shannon Sinn
  • Jeremiah Cullum vs. Charles Johnson
  • Yazan Hajeh vs. Oscar Valdez
  • Dakota Bush vs. Jose Martinez

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

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LFA 21 headliner Kyle Noblitt addresses sexual-assault case

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Undefeated heavyweight and LFA 21 headliner Kyle Noblitt regrets the actions he took that led to a sexual-assault case in 2012, but he said it made him a better person.

“If anybody’s ever made a mistake, just think of that mistake and give me a chance,” Noblitt (7-0) told AXS TV, which airs tonight’s headliner opposite Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo. “Don’t let 30 seconds define what you think about me.”

Noblitt, who was removed from a spot on a Dana White’s Contender Series event after his case came to light, denies a battery of charges that were filed against him in 2012, which include forcible sodomy and rape of a 29-year-old woman.

Noblitt served four months in prison and was sentenced to five years’ probation. He is also a registered sex offender and must wear a GPS monitor that only can be removed when he fights.

While Noblitt admits to grabbing the alleged victim’s breast outside a bar, he said he never committed sexual assault.

“This girl was flirting, and one thing was leading to the other, and next thing, she started flipping out, and I didn’t really know why,” said Noblitt, who was 22 at the time. “It was after I grabbed her boob, but I didn’t know why. She came out three years after the fact saying she was on bath salts the night this all happened.”

Noblitt claims the alleged victim, whom he said passed away “a couple Decembers ago” from a drug overdose, later admitted she was on bath salts the night of the alleged attack. He also claims she was a DEA informant who’d testified in several cases, and prosecutors went for the maximum punishment against him to keep her from being discredited in court.

“They actually tried to pin her murder on me,” Noblitt said. “They threw the book at me. I was a state standout, two-time state champion, two-time national champion. Small town, front-page article. But man, if it wouldn’t have happened, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Noblitt claims he’s turned his life around through MMA and is married with a child on the way.

“I just want a fair chance like everyone else,” he 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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