LFA 82: Polizzi vs. Pogues Full Coverage

Out of all regional promotion’s the Legacy Fighting Alliance is up there for putting out the most frequent amount of events. They went to Minnesota in February in search of a new light heavyweight champion in the main event. Here’s full coverage of LFA 82.

Quick Results:

Bout 1: Thomas Petersen def. Brian Peterson via TKO, Punches (RD 1, 1:52)

Bout 2: Nate Smith def. Sean Stebbins via TKO, Punches (RD 2, 0:45)

Bout 3: Korey Kuppe def. J.P. Saint Louis via TKO, Elbows (RD 2, 3:08)

Bout 4: Pauline Macias def. Dana Grau via Decision, Split

Bout 5: Jake Childers def. Nate Richardson via KO, Slam (RD 1, 2:50)

Bout 6: Alex Polizzi def. Jamal Pogues via Submission, Heel Hook (RD 4, 0:41)

Full Coverage:

Bout 1: Thomas Petersen (1-0) vs. Brian Peterson (3-1) (Heavyweight)

Kicking off the main card, the similarily named Thomas Petersen and Brian Peterson battled in a heavyweight fight. Petersen got a single leg takedown in the first minute of the fight. From side control, Petersen landed some punches. Peterson flipped around, although that didn’t stop the strikes from Petersen, which continued until the referee stopped the fight. Getting his second win as a pro, Thomas Peterson finished the fight within a round.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Petersen
Peterson

Bout 2: Sean Stebbins (2-0) vs. Nate Smith (5-0) (Flyweight)

A double undefeated fighter clash happened in the second fight of the evening. Flyweights Sean Stebbins and Nate Smith fought. Stebbins shot for a takedown early on, although Smith fought it off, trying for a guillotine on the feet. They went to the ground while Smith had the guillotine choke in. Stebbins escaped the choke, taking top position. Stebbins was able to get on the back of Smith. They got to their feet in a clinch, where Stebbins threw Smith back down, still on his back. This time, Stebbins tried for a rear naked choke. Smith eventually escaped and went back to trying for a guillotine. Stebbins got on the back of Smith for a moment. Stebbins got in half guard on the ground after escaping another guillotine. Smith tried for a kimura before they stood up. On their feet, Smith got on the back of Stebbins. He put in a rear naked choke for a second before ending the round with strikes.

Smith landed leg kicks to start the second round. Stebbins caught a leg kick, clinching up in attempt for a takedown. They went down, with Smith behind Stebbins. Smith started to throw punches while trapping the arms of Stebbins. After enough punches, the referee ended the fight. Staying undefeated, Nate Smith finished Sean Stebbins in the second round.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Stebbins 9
Smith 10

Bout 3: J.P. Saint Louis (6-5) vs. Korey Kuppe (7-3) (Welterweight)

Welterweights J.P. Saint Louis and Korey Kuppe fought in the next fight. Both fighters had all their wins via stoppage before this fight. Saint Louis caught a kick early for a takedown. Kuppe tried for a guillotine from the bottom. Saint Louis popped out eventually. Saint Louis tried some elbows from the top. Saint Louis stood up, but went back down after he got hit in the chin with an upkick. He got hit with another upkick in the final minute. Kuppe was able to take top position after he hurt Kuppe. He went flying down after trying for a superman punch while coming down.

Saint Louis clinched up to start the second round. He threw Kuppe down for a takedown. They both exchanged strikes for a minute or so on the ground. Kuppe put Saint Louis in a triangle choke. Trapping his head, Kuppe threw punches and elbows until the referee stopped the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Saint Louis 9
Kuppe 10

Bout 4: Pauline Macias (3-0) vs. Dana Grau (2-2) (Strawweight)

In the only womens fight of the evening, undefeated Pauline Macias fought Dana Grau. The first round was mostly a stand-up battle, with not much landing from either fighter. They fought from a distance which didn’t allow much to connect.

Macias got a takedown in the second minute of the second round, however they got up seconds after. In the fourth minute, a leg kick from Grau dropped Macias. The stand-up was pretty slow paced again, although the fighters were moving around and keeping active.

In the first minute of the final round, Macias got her second takedown. Grau shoved Macias off her with her foot, lending her time to stand back up. Grau picked up the pace of striking in this round, coming forward with combinations of punches. Macias got another takedown in the third minute, but just like before they stood up fast. Grau stopped a takedown in the final minute. The fight went the distance, with Pauline Macias maintaining her undefeated record (30-27 Grau, 29-28 Macias & 29-28 Macias).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Macias 10 10 10 30
Grau 9 9 9 27

Bout 5: Nate Richardson (7-1) vs. Jake Childers (7-0) (Featherweight)

The co-main event of the show saw two featherweights with similar records in Nate Richardson and Jake Childers fight. They clinched up in the first minute, going to the take eventually. After being in the clinch for a few minutes, Childers threw Richardson down, knocking him out with the slam. In a rare slam stoppage, Jake Childers got his eights in as a pro.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Richardson
Childers

Bout 6: Alex Polizzi (5-0) vs. Jamal Pogues (7-2) (Vacant LFA Light Heavyweight Championship)

 

In their first championship fight of the year, LFA’s Light Heavyweight Championship was put on the line when Alex Polizzi faced Jamal Pogues. After both scoring with a punch to start the fight, the fighters clinched against the cage. They went back to striking a few moments later. Pogues caught a kick to dump Polizzi to the ground. Pogues landed a punch clean. Polizzi got a takedown in the second minute, but Pogues reversed the position to get on top quickly. Back on their feet, Pogues was on the back of Polizzi. Polizzi jumped and landed on his back, slamming Pogues to the ground in the process. They got back up with Polizzi putting Pogues against the cage. Polizzi got another takedown with a minute and a half to go in the round. It looked like Pogues tried for a heel hook for a moment. Polizzi landed punches to the body as the round ended.

Polizzi clinched up in the first minute of the second round, putting Pogues against the cage. He turned that clinch into a takedown seconds later, although Pogues got up while trying for a choke. Pogues landed two good punches in the second minute. Polizzi shot for a takedown, however Pogues dodged it. Polizzi got a takedown upon another attempt. He got on the back of Pogues, standing back up seconds later. Polizzi would land punch combinations before either clinching up or getting a takedown. Pogues tried to get on the back of Polizzi in the final minute, slipping out of the position moments later.

To start the third round, Polizzi threw a few punches before getting a single leg takedown. On the back of Pogues, Polizzi tried for a choke. Pogues was able to escape and take top position. They got back up in a clinch with three minutes left. Polizzi got a creative takedown with just over a minute left. 

Pogues started the first championship round with some hard punches. Polizzi got the fight to the ground with a single leg, then put in a heel hook which made Pogues tap out quick. With dominant wrestling for many rounds, Alex Polizzi found a heel hook to make him the third LFA Light Heavyweight Champion.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Polizzi 10 10 10
Pogues 9 9 9

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