On Friday night, LFA returns with a six-fight card from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Headlining the card is a three-round bout between lightweights Brant Moore and Joe Giannetti. Follow along throughout for live updates.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 6: Brant Moore Jr. (6-1) vs. Joe Giannetti (9-2-1) (Lightweight)
Moore Jr. Earns Scorecard Sweep
A dominating performance on the ground earned Brant Moore Jr. a decision win in the main event, defeating Joe Giannetti. The fight showed Moore Jr.’s ability to get takedowns and retain control through transitions on the ground.
Moore Jr. credited his endurance to the fact that he quick his full-time job recently.
After the fight, Moore Jr. called for a championship bout against the promotion’s champion, Bryce Logan.
“Can’t nobody on this whole roster f*** with me,” said Moore Jr. in his post-fight interview.
Moore Jr. earned his third consecutive LFA win, as his 2019 wins in the promotion came over Edmilson Freitas and Nation Gibrick.
Giannetti, a finalist of UFC TV series “The Ultimate Fighter,” made his LFA debut in the fight after two consecutive wins in the regional scene.
Bout 5: Demarques Jackson (10-4) vs. Adrian Hadribeaj (10-1) (Welterweight)
Jackson Snaps Two-Fight Losing Streak With First-Round Win
Snapping a two-fight losing streak, Demarques Jackson finished Adrian Hadribeaj in the first round with a rear naked choke. The finish came after Jackson had control on the back of Hadribeaj for a few minutes in the round.
“That young Demarques [Jackson] is gone now,” said Jackson in his post-fight interview.
Following his win, Jackson shouted out his gym Sanford MMA, also endorsing Robbie Lawler, who is set to compete on Saturday’s UFC card.
The fight was Hadribeaj’s LFA debut, being brought into the promotion after a five-fight winning streak on the regional scene. In his now 12-fight career, Hadribeaj’s only other win came against now-UFC fighter Kyle Prepolec.
Bout 4: Desmond Torres (7-2) vs. Ricardo Dias (8-4) (Bantamweight)
Dias Wins In Return To MMA
In the fourth bout of the evening, Ricardo Dias won his return to MMA via split decision over Desmond Torres. While fighting often on his backfoot, Dias was landing the hardest punches on the feet. His proficiency on the ground also benefitted his performance over Torres.
Torres’ previous fight was a loss on the 2019 season of “Dana White’s Contender Series,” being stopped by now-UFC fighter Steve Garcia. He dedicated his fight to his father, who passed away last April.
Dias made his return to MMA with the fight, as his win before came in July of 2018 over Woo Jae Kim.
Bout 3: Tyler Ray (6-1) vs. Steve Jones (6-1) (Welterweight)
Jones Wins Close Decision Over Ray
A close battle went to Steven Jones on the card, who won a split decision over Tyler Ray. The fight ended a streak of victories that Ray carried into the cage.
The fight saw both fighters have their moments, causing the close scorecards. Jones admitted the matchup was a tight one afterwards.
“It was pretty even so, I was like ‘I gotta bring it in this third round,'” said Jones in his post-fight interview.
Jones had a good start in the first round, landing solid strikes on the feet. The second round was the best for Ray, hurting Jones with a punch on the feet, causing the fight to go to the ground.
While Ray got a takedown in the third round, Jones was able to control the positions for a large part of the round.
Ray came into the fight on a five-fight winning streak, with four of those bouts taking place in LFA. His previous fight was in January, defeating Josh Streacker at LFA 80.
Jones won his last three fights, the most recent of the trio being a March victory over Christopher Anthony on a regional card in Louisana.
Bout 2: Joshua Fremd (4-1) vs. Lamar Gosey (3-0) (Light Heavyweight)
Fremd Lands Knee To End Gosey’s Undefeated Record
A perfectly timed knee to the head delivered by Joshua Fremd gave him a first-round win, ending the undefeated record of Lamar Gosey. The fight came to a close after Fremd connected with a knee to Gosey while holding him in a body lock on the feet.
Gosey bled heavily following the stoppage. He was not present for the official decision after the fight, although he was awake and aware following the stoppage.
Fremd was making his return to MMA after an extended layoff, as his last fight was in December of 2018.
Gosey’s three previous fights were in 2018 and 2019, all being finish victories.
Bout 1: Clayton Carpenter (2-0) vs. Manuel Medina (0-0) (Flyweight)
Carpenter Gets First Decision Win In LFA Debut
Getting his first decision win as a pro, Clayton Carpenter defeated the debuting Manuel Medina. Carpenter’s win saw him as a dominant striker on the ground, being able to score takedowns in the first two rounds without issue.
The final round was the best one for Medina, as he was able to seemingly hurt Carpenter with leg kicks.
Carpenter made his MMA debut last August, winning both of his bouts since then. His last fight was in February, defeating Maui Acantilado on a WFF card.