Looking to crown their new bantamweight champion, LFA is holding LFA 90 on Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. Fighting for the title in their main event is Zviad Lazishvili and Ricky Steele, who both came into the fight undefeated. Follow along throughout the night for live updates.
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 8: Zviad Lazishvili (12-0) vs. Ricky Steele (6-0) (Vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship)
Lazishvili Remains Undefeated, Becomes New LFA Bantamweight Champion
A rear naked choke in the first round made Zviad Lazishvili the new LFA Bantamweight Champion, defeating formerly undefeated fighter Ricky Steele.
Lazishvili got a takedown halfway through the first round, being able to get on the back of Steele moments after. He was able to secure a rear naked choke from the back in the final minute of the fight after attempting the choke a few times before.
“To be honest, two weeks ago I twisted my ankle,” said Lazishvili, revealing an injury in his post-fight interview. “In my career, I’ve had more than 10 fights cancelled in the last few days [leading up to them], and I didn’t want Ricky [Steele] to feel the same way in these hard times.”
Lazishvili made his LFA debut last November, picking up a decision victory over 34-fight MMA veteran Josh Huber.
Steele’s previous fight was a win on TV series “Dana White’s Contender Series,” getting a split decision win over Phil Caracappa.
Bout 7: Devin Smyth (9-2) vs. Maycon Mendonca (9-4) (Welterweight)
Mendonca Stops Smyth, Earns Fourth Straight LFA Win
LFA’s co-main event had a quick stoppage, as a right cross from Maycon Mendonca dropped Devin Smyth, ending their fight in the second round.
The punch came while Smyth attempted a spinning backfist, a strike that he connected with earlier in the fight.
Mendonca was surprised by how little Smyth tried for takedowns.
“It’s not a good idea staying on the feet with me,” said Mendonca in his post-fight interview.
Mendonca earned his fourth consecutive LFA win in the fight. His previous fight was in early July, stopping Kassius Kayne in the second round with a triangle choke.
Mendonca called for a title shot in his post-fight interview.
Smyth, who was making his LFA debut, was focused on heavily before the matchup due to being godson of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans.
Bout 6: Ignacio Bahamondes (9-3) vs. Chris Brown (5-2) (Welterweight)
Bahamondes Wins LFA Debut Over Brown
After a three-round striking battle, Ignacio Bahamondes won a split decision over Chris Brown. The fight saw Bahamondes showcase his smooth striking in what was his LFA debut.
Bahamondes bounced back from a loss, with his fight before being a November loss to Salvador Becerra on a Combate Americas card. Before then, he had a five-fight winning streak.
Brown lost his second fight in a row. The matchup before saw him lose a decision to Carrington Banks at LFA 80.
Bout 5: Mando Gutierrez (4-0) vs. Mo Miller (3-0) (Bantamweight)
Miller Stops Gutierrez With Choke
Remaining undefeated, Mo Miller tapped out Mando Gutierrez in the second round with a rear naked choke. The finish came after an explosive performance that saw Miller’s skill with striking and grappling.
Before the stoppage, Miller had a strong round on the ground, switching positions frequently.
The first round was a back-and-forth one that saw Miller drop Gutierrez with a right hand.
The fight was a quick turnaround for Gutierrez, who won at a late July LFA card over Jeff Jepsen as well. The loss ended the four-fight undefeated record of Gutierrez.
Bout 4: Sean McPadden (4-0) vs. Allan Begosso (3-0-1) (Bantamweight)
Begosso Wins Explosive LFA Debut
Allan Begosso had a quick and explosive LFA debut, handing Sean McPadden his first loss as a pro. The stoppage came in the first minute, as hooks to the head from Begosso dropped McPadden, with follow-up punches ending the bout.
Begosso’s four previous fights were outside of the LFA, with two of the victories being stoppages. The fight was also the first in a while for Begosso, who had his previous fight in December of 2017.
It was mentioned on the LFA broadcast that Begosso was absent from competition due to hand injuries.
The fight was McPadden’s return to LFA, with the bantamweight winning in the promotion three times in 2018 and 2019.
Bout 3: Tabatha Ricci (2-0) vs. Kelsey Arnesen (0-0) (Strawweight)
Ricci Wins In Return To MMA
Winning her return to MMA, Tabatha Ricci got a unanimous decision victory over debuting Kelsey Arnesen. The victory saw Ricci utilize grappling along with her punches to win rounds.
Arnesen’s best round was the first, where she was able to connect with some punches on the feet.
The second and third rounds were the best for Ricci, as she spent the majority of the time in control on the ground. Ricci was able to back up Arnesen against the cage with punches, getting a takedown from that position.
Ricci’s previous two wins as a pro came in 2013 and 2014.