LFA 90: Lazishvili vs. Steele Play-by-Play

This article is the play-by-play to accompany live coverage of LFA 90. Live coverage of the event can be found here.

Quick Results:

Preliminary Card (7:30PM EDT / 6:30PM CDT) (FaceBook)

Bout 1: Alden Coria def. Calvin Harbaugh via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 2:20)

Bout 2: Daniel Argueta def. Jackson Filho via Decision, Unanimous

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

Bout 3: Tabatha Ricci def. Kelsey Arnesen via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Allan Begosso def. Sean McPadden via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:48)

Bout 5: Mo Miller def. Mando Gutierrez via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 2, 4:26)

Bout 6: Ignacio Bahamondes def. Chris Brown via Decision, Split

Bout 7: Devin Smyth (9-2) vs. Maycon Mendonca via TKO, Strikes (RD 2., 4:21)

Bout 8: Zviad Lazishvili def. Ricky Steele via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 3:42) (Vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship)

Play-by-Play:

Bout 3: Tabatha Ricci (2-0) vs. Kelsey Arnesen (0-0) (Strawweight)

Arnesen was the better on the feet, connecting with punches in exchanges. Ricci put Arnesen against the cage with a body lock in the second minute. They separated with under two minutes to go in the round. Arnesen landed a body kick in the final minute of the round that connected clean. Ricci tried for a takedown in the final minute, although Arnesen was able to back up against the cage to defend for a while. Ricci secured a takedown in the closing seconds of the round.

Ricci landed a couple of hard punches early in the second round. Ricci got a takedown moments after from a clinch. Ricci was able to move into side control on the ground. Ricci moved into full mount with more than half of the round to go. Arnesen was able to escape, forcing Ricci back into a side control. Ricci left the position, causing the fight to return to the feet for the final 20 seconds of the round. 

Like the first round, Ricci exploded with punches in the start of the third round that put Arnesen against the cage. Ricci got a takedown in the second minute of the round. Arnesen tried an armbar for a moment from the bottom. Ricci was able to land strikes periodically while in control on the ground. They got back to the feet in the final minute, with Ricci connecting with some more punches before the clock ran out. After three rounds, Ricci was given the win on the scorecards (30-27, 30-27 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Ricci 10 10 10 30
Arnesen 9 9 9 27

Bout 4: Sean McPadden (4-0) vs. Allan Begosso (3-0-1) (Bantamweight)

Begosso threw some wailing punches early on in the fight. A combination of hooks dropped McPadden in the first minute. Follow-up punches on the ground caused the referee to step in and end the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
McPadden
Begosso

Bout 5: Mando Gutierrez (4-0) vs. Mo Miller (3-0) (Bantamweight)

Miller hurt Gutierrez with a right hand in the first minute, dropping him. Miller went down to the ground to try for a guillotine choke. Gutierrez escaped the choke, but Miller kept top position on the ground in full guard. Gutierrez tried for a triangle choke from the bottom, although Miller was able to get out of the position. Gutierrez was able to get back to the feet and return to striking with three minutes left in the fight. Gutierrez got a takedown from a clinch in the third minute, although Gutierrez was able to try for a leg lock on the ground. Miller escaped the choke, bringing the fight back to the feet. Miller earned a takedown in the fourth minute from a clinch. Miller held full guard for a while, leaving the position just before the round concluded.

Miller got a takedown early in the second round after Gutierrez came forward in an attempt of a takedown of his own. After being in control in full and half guard with strikes, Miller took the back of Gutierrez halfway through the round. He was flipped back to full guard with two minutes to go. Back on the back of Gutierrez, Miller landed a series of punches. He transitioned into full mount after trying for an arm triangle choke for a moment. Moving to the back again, Miller put in a rear naked choke that made Gutierrez tap out.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Gutierrez 9
Miller 10

Bout 6: Ignacio Bahamondes (9-3) vs. Chris Brown (5-2) (Welterweight)

Brown got a takedown in the first minute after Bahamondes came forward with strikes. Bahamondes was able to get back to the feet within the minute. Bahamondes was comfortable on the feet, smoothly switching stances while connecting with singular punches or kicks. Brown put Bahamondes against the cage with strikes late in the round.

The second round saw a close striking battle between the welterweights. Bahamondes scored with a left cross in the third minute that connected clean. Brown failed with a takedown from the clinch in the fourth minute. Brown was hurt by another punch late in the second round.

The pace of the fight slowed down significantly in the third round. Bahamondes was able to out-strike Brown throughout. After three rounds, Bahamondes won a split decision (29-28 Brown, 29-28 Bahamondes & 30-27 Bahamondes).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Bahamondes 10 10 10 30
Brown 9 9 9 27

Bout 7: Devin Smyth (9-2) vs. Maycon Mendonca (9-4) (Welterweight)

Smyth caught a kick in the first minute for a takedown. He took half guard on the ground. Mendonca was able to move Smyth into full guard after he tried to move into full mount. Smyth left the position halfway through the round, allowing Mendonca to get up as well. Smyth nearly got a takedown in the fourth minute from a clinch, going over to the cage with  Mendonca before they split up again. Smyth landed a spinning backfist in the closing seconds of the round.

Mendonca started the second round strong as Smyth did not throw the volume he was putting out. Mendonca connected with a body kick in the third minute that made Smyth bend over. Mendonca continued to press forward with punches, although Smyth was able to stick in the fight. Mendonca landed a right hook in the final minute to counter a spinning backfist of Smyth, dropping him. The referee ended the fight while Mendonca threw follow-up punches.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Smyth 10
Mendonca 9

Bout 8: Zviad Lazishvili (12-0) vs. Ricky Steele (6-0) (Vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship)

Lazishvili caught a leg kick in the first minute, putting Steele against the cage. Steele tried for a guillotine choke on the feet that Lazishvili escaped eventually. Lazishvili got a takedown from the body lock, getting on the back of Steele shortly after. Lazishvili tried for a rear naked choke, letting go and re-applying a few times. He put the choke back in, putting it under the chin of Steele in the fourth minute. Steele tapped out eventually, ending the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Lazishvili
Steele

 

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