LFA 85: Hughes vs. Demopoulos Preview

LFA continues it’s four-week campaign to crown new champions on Friday, with a main event between two flyweights looking to become the promotion’s new champ. From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, LFA presents a main event between Sam Hughes and Vanessa Demopolous. Here’s a preview of the evening’s festivities.

Prelim Fight

Bout 1: Christian Natividad (0-0) vs. Michael Aquila (1-1) (Bantamweight)

The singular prelim fight on LFA 85 sees Christian Natividad make his MMA debut against Michael Aquila. Natividad had a successful five-fight amateur career, although four of the five fights were from 2016 to 2017. His last amateur fight was in February, stopping Estevan Ulibari with punches in the second round. Aquila got his first pro loss at LFA 79 in November, being stopped in under a minute by Justin Wetzell.

Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 2: Mitchell Sipe (4-2) vs. Darion Abbey (1-1) (Heavyweight)

On the main card, Mitchell Sipe will aim to break his two-fight losing streak when facing fellow heavyweight Darion Abbey. Sipe’s first loss came in 2018, losing to Dontale Mayes on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Later that year, he lost on his first LFA fight due to doctor stoppage. After not competing in 2019, Sipe returns on this show. Abbey’s last MMA bout was his first pro win, stopping Cornelius Chapman in the second minute with strikes. Abbey’s pro debut was a loss in Bellator.

Bout 3: Jordan Leavitt (5-0) vs. Leivon Lewis (3-0) (Lightweight)

Undefeated lightweights Jordan Leavitt and Leivon Lewis will fight on the main card of this show. Lewis picked up his first LFA win in his last outing, defeating Jonathan Jackson a year ago at LFA 71. Leavitt will be making his LFA debut, with his most recent fight being a February win via decision over Izzy William.

Bout 4: Leandro Gomes (5-1) vs. Jacob Thrall (6-2-1) (Featherweight)

Returning LFA competitors Leandro Gomes and Jacob Thrall will collide on this show. Gomes fought his last two bouts in LFA, defeating Anthony Jimenez and more recently, a split decision win over Yuma Horiuchi. Thrall’s last fight was his first LFA appearance, picking up a guillotine choke win late in the first round over Eric Ellington.

Bout 5: Ignacio Bahamondes (9-3) vs. Chris Brown (5-2) (Welterweight)

Ignacio Bahamondes has fought on numerous high-profile regional MMA promotions, but on Friday he will have his first appearance in LFA. Bahamondes has fought in LUX Fight League, Titan FC, Island Fights and more. His most recent bout was a loss to Salvador Becerra in Combate Americas. He faces Chris Brown who, just like him, is returning off of a loss. Brown fought on a January LFA card, dropping a decision to Carrington Banks.

Bout 6: Kevin Natividad (8-1) vs. Kyle Estrada (10-5) (Bantamweight)

In the co-main event of the evening, Kevin Natividad will wager his four-fight winning streak when facing Kyle Estrada. Three of Natividad’s last four wins have come in LFA, however, he’s been out of action for just under a year-and-a-half. Estrada lost his last fight when he went to a split decision versus Adrian Yanez in November.

Bout 7: Sam Hughes (4-0) vs. Vanessa Demopoulos (4-1) (Vacant LFA Strawweight Championship)

In the main event, two strawweights in Sam Hughes and Vanessa Demopoulos will fight for the vacant LFA Strawweight Championship. While most vacant titles are in the position they’re in due to someone signing with the UFC, this situation is different. The winner of Friday’s bout will be the very first LFA Strawweight Champion.

Hughes has been flawless through her four professional bouts. Her most recent was her first under the LFA banner, defeating Lisa Mauldin via decision. The fight was her first decision, with her three fights before being stoppage victories.

Demopoulos has more scorecard experience and more LFA experience. Her last three fights were wins in the promotion including her most recent, a January victory over Loveth Young.

The championship fight has the potential to go five rounds. If it does, it will be a first for both fighters.

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