LFA 27 highlights: Ryan Spann brings the power with a fight-ending right

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Friday’s LFA 27 fight card concluded with three straight knockout stoppages. Check out the highlights.

In the headliner, which aired on AXS TV from Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., Robert Watley (9-1) notched the first defense of his lightweight belt after stopping challenger Daryl Wilson (7-2) with third-round ground and pound.

In the co-headliner, Ryan Spann (12-5) dazed fellow light heavyweight Myron Dennis (15-7) with a big right hand, which set up the first-round stoppage.

Also on the card, lightweight Alex Hernandez (8-1) made a successful promotional debut with a dominant performance over Derrick Adkins (10-5) that resulted in a third-round TKO win.

Check out all of the finishes above.

And for more on LFA 27, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Ahead of LFA 27, co-headliners Myron Dennis, Ryan Spann break down pre-fight beef

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Myron Dennis and Ryan Spann were supposed to have fought before. A broken nose on Spann’s end kept that from happening, but that wasn’t the end of the beef.

In fact, it was just the start.

After Danilo Marques stepped in to meet Dennis (15-6) at LFA 9, Spann (11-5) took to Twitter  to let his feelings on the replacement bout be known. Dennis didn’t take too kindly to it. As a result, the two men go into their rescheduled bout, at tonight’s LFA 27, with some added motivation to beat each other.

Spann maintains that, at the time, he simply stated his true feelings on the bout – which ended in a split call in Dennis’ favor. And he’ll stand by them. But, in any case, it’s not like his foe is all that bothered by carrying a little dash of bad blood into the cage.

“I always love these beef fights because you get to talk smack; the fans like it,” Dennis told ASX TV’s Phoenix Carnevale ahead of the light heavyweight co-headliner, which takes place at FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma. “And you get to hurt the person without really caring. So, I love them.”

After their failed first booking, Spann went on to meet LeMarcus Tucker – whom he beat in the first round, via submission. And, despite the fact that he doesn’t really watch film on his competition, he doesn’t seem to be expecting much more trouble tonight.

“I’m not going to say he’s easy to beat,” Spann said. “But I can do whatever I want.”

After replaying the fight “over and over” in his head, Dennis already has quite a specific vision as to how it’s going to unfold.

“For some reason, I just keep seeing this head kick in the first round,” Dennis said. “I’ve been landing it in sparring and training, so I’m definitely going to be looking for that tonight.”

But Spann, of course, has a different idea.

“He’s got to not show up if he wants to beat me,” Spann said. “That’s about the only option he has. Showing up and thinking you’re going to win, especially this me. No, it ain’t happening.”

To hear more from both Spann and Dennis – including his explanation on the “thunder cookies” he’s planning to feed Spann – check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Champ Robert Watley on life after the belt Daryl Wilson trying to take at LFA 27

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Life, Robert Watley will tell you, hasn’t changed much since he became an LFA titleholder

“It’s a cool milestone,” Watley told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale. “But it isn’t who I am. It’s just part of what it is that I do.”

Even after a unanimous decision over Thiago Moises at June’s LFA 17 brought him the promotion’s lightweight belt, Watley remained “just Rob.” But there have been a few things here and there. The gym where he teaches striking, for instance, has gotten some added influx of people trying to train under a world champion.

“Some kid called me ‘Master Rob’ the other day,” Watley said with a laugh. “I was like, ‘No, no, no. Don’t do that. Just Rob.’”

Not to mention the other thing that usually happens whenever fighters become champions: getting one big target on their backs. Not that it’s a problem; if anything, this is exactly the type of thing that keeps Watley motivated to keep improving.

Which he does with some old school, nerdy inspiration.

“I’ve got to continue to bring things to the cage that are going to surprise people and that will keep me on top of the game,” Watley said. “Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, I grew up on all of those films. So of course I’m nerding out. I’m like, ‘I’ve got to take it back to old school, I’ve got to bring some things that nobody’s doing anymore.’”

Tonight, Watley (8-1) will get to test his evolution, as he looks to defend his 155-pound title for the first time. The champion headlines LFA 27 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla., opposite Oklahoma’s own Daryl Wilson (7-1).

A former wrestler who wanted to keep competing, Wilson had his first amateur fight a few months after he started training MMA – and it was already for a title. He kept an active pace of amateur fights all through 2013 and 2014 before making his pro debut in 2015.

As Watley, himself, assessed, Wilson is a finisher – as a matter of fact, he comes into the bout tonight off a quick knockout over Jarrod Card, which followed another knockout and a submission win.

And that’s exactly the type of result that the challenger wants to keep going tonight.

“I would like a head-kick knockout,” Wilson said. “But it is what it is. Really, I don’t know. I’ve pictured so many ways that it’s hard to really pinpoint one. I’ve just got to start working and somebody’s going to open up and something’s going to land.”

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 27 heads to Oklahoma with Watley vs. Wilson lightweight title fight

LFA will return to Oklahoma next month, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Lightweight champion Robert Watley (8-1) will take on top contender Daryl Wilson (7-1) in the LFA 27 main event, the promotion today announced. In the co-feature, Myron Dennis (15-6) will take on Ryan Spann (11-5) in a light heavyweight bout.

LFA 27 takes place Nov. 10 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Watley lost his pro debut, but hasn’t looked back with eight straight wins. He signed with LFA earlier this year and got an immediate title shot against final RFA lightweight champ Thiago Moises and won a unanimous decision at LFA 17 in July to take the belt. The fight against Wilson will be his first title defense.

Wilson will be fighting in front of his home Oklahoma fans. He comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, including a one-punch knockout of Jarrod Card at LFA 18 in August in just 64 seconds. That fight was his promotional debut.

Dennis and Spann were supposed to fight at LFA 9 in April, but Spann was forced out with a training injury. Dennis fought and beat Danilo Marques, instead. Spann fought and submitted LeMarcus Tucker at LFA 23 in September.

The LFA 27 event includes:

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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