LFA’s strawweight champion Vanessa Demopoulos will return on Friday night, facing Lupita Godinez in the main event of LFA 94. The fight will headline an eight-fight card scheduled to happen from the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage.
A full preview of the card can be read here.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Bout 1: Edwin Cooper Jr. def. Ethyn Ewing via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 2: Loveth Young def. Reena Norville via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:16)
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 3: Jalin Fuller def. Miles Amos via Submission, Front Rear Naked Choke (RD 3, 1:59)
Bout 4: Ozzy Diaz def. Logan Woods via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:36)
Bout 5: Fernie Garcia def. Ryan Hayes via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Chase Gibson def. Thai Clark via Submission, D’arce Choke (RD 2, 4:18)
Bout 7: Aaron McKenzie def. Joe Giannetti via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Lupita Godinez def. Vanessa Demopoulos via Decision, Majority (LFA Strawweight Championship)
Bout 8: Vanessa Demopoulos (5-2) vs. Lupita Godinez (4-0) (LFA Strawweight Championship)
Godinez Endures War To Defeat Demopoulos, Claim LFA Title
Lupita Godinez became the second LFA Strawweight Champion on Friday evening, defeating Vanessa Demopoulos via majority decision. The fight, which favoured Godinez early, ended up being a close and damaging scrap for both competitors once the 25 minutes of action expired.
Godinez had the better start, putting together punches that would wobble Demopoulos frequently.
“In the first round I was like ‘what the hell is this girl made of,'” said Godinez in her post-fight interview.
Demopoulos had her better moments late in the fight, scoring takedowns that allowed her to do damage with ground and pound punches and elbows.
Both fighters were wearing a significant amount of damage on their faces following the fight.
Godinez remained undefeated in the fight, which was her first in LFA.
Demopoulos took her second-straight loss with the fight. Her previous bout was a loss on “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Demopoulos claimed the belt in July, stopping Sam Hughes with an inverted triangle choke.
Godinez versus Demopoulos play-by-play.
Bout 7: Aaron McKenzie (8-2-1) vs. Joe Giannetti (9-3-1) (Lightweight)
McKenzie Wins Second-Straight LFA Victory, Defeating Giannetti
Aaron McKenzie picked up his second-straight LFA win in the co-main event, defeating “The Ultimate Fighter” finalist Joe Giannetti via decision.
McKenzie’s large variety of takedowns and submission attempts won him the fight, sweeping the scorecards with 30-27 scores.
Giannetti spent most of the first round on his back, although he was on the attack with submissions from the positions.
McKenzie was able to keep control over Giannetti in the second and third rounds of the fight
Giannetti missed weight for the fight by two pounds.
McKenzie won his first LFA fight in August, defeating Glaucio Eliziario in the first round via rear naked choke.
The fight was the second-straight loss for Giannetti, who dropped a main event to Brant Moore in August.
McKenzie versus Giannetti play-by-play.
Bout 6: Thai Clark (8-0) vs. Chase Gibson (9-5) (Featherweight)
Gibson Hands Clark First Loss, Wins Fight Following Brother’s Passing
Chase Gibson slipped in a d’arce choke to defeat Thai Clark in the second minute of the round.
The fight was Gibson’s first after his brother Cooper Gibson passed away in September due.
“I thank my brother for everything he’s helped me with. He’s the one who introduced me to MMA,” said Gibson in his post-fight interview.
Clark, a former competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter” and Bellator fighter took his first loss as a pro in the fight.
Gibson was successful in the round before as well, taking Clark down and controlling him on his back.
Gibson’s previous fight was the month before, losing to Tucker Lutz on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
Gibson versus Clark play-by-play.
Bout 5: Fernie Garcia (7-1) vs. Ryan Hayes (9-6) (Bantamweight)
Garcia Wins Third LFA Victory, Puts Together Punches To Defeat Hayes
Fernie Garcia earned his third-straight LFA win on the main card, using his striking to control Ryan Hayes for the majority of three rounds. Like his other wins in the promotion, Garcia’s win was via decision.
The first two rounds saw Garcia dominate Hayes with strikes, landing a high volume and causing Hayes to bleed.
Hayes showed life late in the fight, being able to score two takedowns in the third round.
Hayes missed weight for the fight, coming in two-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship bantamweight limit.
Garcia versus Hayes play-by-play.
Bout 4: Logan Woods (3-0) vs. Ozzy Diaz (3-1) (Middleweight)
Diaz Stops Woods Early With Punches
Ozzy Diaz picked up a quick win on the main card, stopping Logan Woods in the second round with strikes. The stoppage came moments after Woods was dropped by a right cross from Woods.
The win was Diaz’s LFA debut after two-straight wins in Bellator. Diaz continued his career-long streak of having finish wins.
“I knew Logan [Woods] was a good striker but he’s never faced anybody like me,” said Diaz in his post-fight interview.
The loss was the first of Woods’ career. He had previous fought in Island Fights and Summit FC.
Diaz versus Woods play-by-play.
Bout 3: Jalin Fuller (3-0) vs. Miles Amos (3-0) (Middleweight)
Fuller Pulls Off Choke In The Third To End Undefeated Record of Amos
Jalin Fuller caught Miles Amos with a front rear naked choke in the third round, ending a performance for Amos that was previously controlling.
Fuller pulled off the choke from the bottom position shortly after Amos landed his second takedown of the fight.
The success in the fight for Amos came from his ability to control Fuller with clinching and takedowns.
Fuller had a strong moment in the second round, putting together a series of punches and knees that wobbled Amos after the referee separated them from a clinch.
Fuller is still undefeated as a pro through four fights now. His previous fight was his first win in LFA, defeating Gabe Rodriguez in January in only 17 seconds.
The loss for Amos was his first as a pro through four bouts.
Fuller versus Amos play-by-play.
Bout 2: Loveth Young (1-1-1) vs. Reena Norville (0-0) (Strawweight)
Consistent Right Hooks From Young Earns Her First LFA Win
Loveth Young won her first LFA bout on the prelims, stopping Reena Norville within a round with punches. The stoppage victory came after Young dropped Norville for the second-straight time with a right hook.
The strictly striking contest saw Young connect with a right hand frequently during exchanges.
Young made her LFA debut earlier in the year, losing a fight to now-champion Vanessa Demopoulos.
The fight was Norville’s debut as a pro. Young did not underestimate her because of this.
“Whoever steps into the cage to fight with me, I believe, they have what it takes to be in the cage,” said Young.
Young versus Norville play-by-play.
Bout 1: Edwin Cooper Jr. (2-1) vs. Ethyn Ewing (0-0) (Featherweight)
Cooper Jr. Puts On Dominant Wrestling Performance For Win
Edwin Cooper Jr. returned to the win column on the prelims, putting together an impressive wrestling performance over Ethyn Ewing through three rounds. Cooper Jr. scored a 10-8 round on all three scorecards from the judges.
Cooper Jr. lost his first fight as a pro in his previous bout, being caught in an armbar back in January.
The fight was the pro debut for Ewing.