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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Ahead of LFA 17's title headliner, Thiago Moises wonders what's missing for UFC call

As he rides a four-fight streak that includes an RFA title win and two successful title defenses into Friday’s LFA 17, Thiago Moises has one question to ask.

“What do I have to do to get into the UFC?” Moises asked MMAjunkie. “I already won three belts at RFA, including by helicopter armbar, the best submission of 2016. I’m young. I’m 22. I speak English. I’m waiting for my chance.”

Moises’ claims are not exactly crazy. While he may be a tad biased in calling the helicopter armbar (over David Castillo) the best submission of 2016, the rare finish did get nominated for the 2017 Fighters Only World MMA Awards. And it lost to a stiff opponent: the iconic rear-naked choke that Nate Diaz used to beat Conor McGregor at UFC 196.

With the win over Castillo, which served as RFA 35’s headliner in February 2016, Moises earned the vacant 155-pound belt. The Brazilian fighter was originally scheduled to co-headline that same card against David Putvin but ended up with a fortuitous shot at the belt after Zach Juusola got injured.

Four months later, Moises knocked out Jamall Emmers at RFA 38 to defend his title for the first time. The lightweight was most recently seen taking a unanimous nod over Zach Freeman, a name that made waves last month after mercilessly spoiling one of the sport’s most heavily hyped debuts at Bellator 180.

“(Freeman) is tough and fights very hard,” Moises said. “Regardless, I dominated him for all five rounds. And everyone could see that Zach fights at a very high level when he quickly beat Aaron Pico.”

Moises (9-1) gets another chance to strengthen his case for the UFC call this Friday, when he meets Robert Watley (7-1) for LFA’s inaugural 155-pound title. The scrap headlines LFA 17, which airs on AXS TV from Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, N.C.

While Moises sees Watley as “a good fighter,” the Brazilian simply believes he’s the better man when it comes to striking, wrestling, stamina and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In fact, confident that he’s the “toughest and most complete” fighter Watley has ever come across, Moises doesn’t seem all that worried.

“I’m sure I’ll end the fight before the final bell,” Moises said.

After putting in the work along the world-class coaches and training partners of Florida-based American Top Team, Moises is approaching Friday as just another day at the office. And once that’s over with?

“After another victory and my fourth belt, I’d like to know if I’ll get the opportunity to fight in the UFC, where I already deserve to be,” Moises said.

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:

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