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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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 17 live and official results

A new champion will be crowned tonight at LFA 17 as Thiago Moises takes on Robert Watley for the inaugural lightweight title.

LFA 17 takes place tonight at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C., and airs live on AXS TV, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

Sweeney’s slick choke earns him submission win

John Sweeney said debuting Shelton Sales was in over head, and he wasn’t lying.

Sweeney (2-0) took advantage of Sales’ (0-1) inexperience, leading to a submission win in their featherweight fight.

It came in the first round, when Sales, rebounding from a quick flurry of punches, shot in for a takedown. In the moment, Sweeney went for a guillotine choke. Rather than fight for hand control, Sales pushed forward for the takedown, allowing Sweeney to transition to a standing inverted rear choke. It was in tight, and when Sales went limp the referee stepped in at the 1:57 mark for the finish.

“I mean, he’s a good kid, but this is a whole other level,” Sweeney said to the sound of boos. “He’s stepping up a whole other level.”

Official up-to-the-minute results:

  • Thiago Moises vs. Robert Watley – for inaugural lightweight title
  • Keith Richardson vs. Tony Gravely
  • Hugo Prada vs. Mike Stevens
  • Tebaris Gordon def. Chandler Cole via TKO (punches) – 4:25, Round 1
  • John Sweeney def. Shelton Sales via submission (guillotine choke) – 1:57, Round 1
  • Ryan Jett def. Nick Rodrigues via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 17/AXS TV Fights video: Thiago Moises, Robert Watley break down inaugural lightweight title fight

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LFA’s inaugural lightweight title will be on the line tonight when the promotion heads to North Carolina.

In the LFA 17 main event, which takes place at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C., with a main card airs on AXS TV, Thiago Moises (9-1), RFA’s final lightweight champion before its merger with Legacy FC to form the LFA, takes on Robert Watley (7-1).

Ahead of the fight, AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale caught up with Moises and Watley to talk about their headliner – and the hardware that is up for grabs to the winner.

Check out the video above to hear from them ahead of the title fight.

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 17 heads to North Carolina for first lightweight title fight

LFA’s inaugural lightweight title will be on the line when the promotion’s visits North Carolina for the first time.

Promotion officials recently announced that LFA 17 will take place July 21 at Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C. As with all LFA events, the night’s main card airs on AXS TV.

The night’s main event sees Thiago Moises (9-1), RFA’s final lightweight champion, face Robert Watley (7-1) with the LFA lightweight title on the line.

“LFA will crown its first lightweight champion at LFA 17 in North Carolina,” LFA CEO Ed Soares stated. “Thiago Moises is one of the most dominant champions in RFA history, and Robert Watley has won multiple regional titles on the East Coast. I am excited to see these two proud champions face off for the inaugural LFA lightweight title on July 21.”

Moises (9-1), just 22, enters the bout on a four-fight winning streak, with all four wins coming under the RFA banner. Meanwhile, Watley suffered a loss in his 2014 debut but has since rattled off seven consecutive victories, including four by way of stoppage.

Bantamweight prospects are featured in the night’s co-main event, a rematch with Dylan Cala (3-1) and the only man ever to defeat him, Tony Gravely (8-4).

LFA 17 currently includes:

For more on LFA 17, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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