LFA 96: Mendonca vs. Dagvadorj Live Coverage

LFA will close out their year on Friday night with a welterweight title fight from the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, USA. In the main event of a seven-fight card, Maycon Mendonca and Batsumberel Dagvadorj will fight for the promotion’s vacant 170-pound belt.

Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage and results.

A full preview of the card can be viewed here.

Quick Results:

Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 1: Joseph Holmes def. Ryan Leininger via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:38)

Bout 2: William Starks def. Viecheslav Borshchev via Decision, Split

Bout 3: Lisa Mauldin def. Mitzi Merry via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Mark Martin def. Matthew Colquhoun via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Mo Miller def. Regivaldo Carvalho via TKO, Slam (RD 2, 2:57)

Bout 6: Anthony Romero def. Zach Juusola via Decision, Split

Bout 7: Maycon Mendonca def. Batsumberel Dagvadorj via Decision, Unanimous (Vacant LFA Welterweight Championship)

Live Coverage:

Bout 7: Maycon Mendonca (10-4) vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (7-0) (Vacant LFA Welterweight Championship)

Mendonca Claims LFA Belt Following Five-Round War Against Dagvadorj

Maycon Mendonca prevailed in a 25-minute war of a main event on Friday, defeating Batsumberel Dagvadorj to be crowned the new LFA Welterweight Champion.

After a hectic back-and-forth first round that saw both fighters nearly close the show, Mendonca was able to pull ahead in later rounds for a scorecard win.

Mendonca had Dagvadorj in trouble early in the first round, putting together strikes, including a loud head kick, which made Dagvadorj backpedal.

Dagvadorj had an explosive moment later in the round, dropping Mendonca with a left hand. He was able to take control on the ground briefly afterwards.

Dagvadorj’s success at points came because of his ability to consume large amounts of damage while staying on his feet.

Mendonca was able to control the fight as the match progressed, being the better striker later in the fight.

Mendonca’s championship win came as part of a campaign from the fighter which saw him turn around his LFA career. After three-straight losses in LFA from 2017 to 2018, Mendonca broke the skid in 2019, starting a five-fight win streak that culminated on Friday.

Previously undefeated, Dagvadorj had seven wins as a pro. His previous fight was a win over James Terry in Bellator.

Mendonca versus Dagvadorj play-by-play.

Bout 6: Anthony Romero (8-0) vs. Zach Juusola (11-6) (Lightweight)

Romero Wins Close Split Decision Over Juusola To Stay Undefeated

Anthony Romero pulled off a close win in the co-main event, defeating Zach Juusola via split decision to remain undefeated.

Romero had strong takedowns and strikes in the fight, although Juusola was able to keep up with him and make it a close fight.

Juusola was able to land consistent and hard jabs that stopped Romero’s offence for a large part of the fight.

Romero’s biggest fight as a pro so far was in August, where he defeated Mike Breeden on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Most of his previous wins came in regional promotion KOTC.

The fight was Juusola’s return to MMA after taking a bare-knuckle boxing match in 2019. He entered the fight on a three-fight losing streak.

Romero versus Juusola play-by-play.

Bout 5: Mo Miller (4-0) vs. Regivaldo Carvalho (5-2) (Bantamweight)

Miller Lands Slam Knockout To Remain

Mo Miller remained undefeated on Friday, knocking Regivaldo Carvalho out with a slam takedown in the second round of action. The takedown saw Carvalho’s head hit the canvas on the way down, causing him to get knocked out.

The knockout win for Miller came after a performance that saw him ragdoll Carvalho, throwing him down on his head numerous times.

“I knew he wasn’t a wrestler so I knew he ain’t used to that grind,” said Miller in his post-fight interview.

Carvalho was unconscious for over a minute after the stoppage. He was not present for the official fight ruling afterwards.

The win was Miller’s second within LFA. Miller won his LFA debut in September, where he concluded the undefeated record of Mando Gutierrez.

The fight was Carvalho’s first since 2018. His two previous bouts were stoppage wins in Bellator.

Miller versus Carvalho play-by-play.

Bout 4: Mark Martin (4-1) vs. Matthew Colquhoun (8-4) (Welterweight)

Martin Earns Second-Straight LFA Victory

Mark Martin picked up his second LFA victory on the main card, defeating Matthew Colquhoun on scorecards. The fight saw Martin control the first two rounds with a high number of takedowns.

Martin won his LFA debut in July, defeating Tony Grant within a round with strikes. He is now on a four-fight win streak.

Colquhoun’s last fight was a decision win on the regional scene in 2019.

Martin versus Colquhoun play-by-play.

Bout 3: Lisa Mauldin (3-2) vs. Mitzi Merry (2-1) (Flyweight)

Mauldin Controls Merry On Her Way To A Decision Win

Lisa Mauldin won in her return to LFA on Friday, sweeping scorecards to defeat Mitzi Merry.

Mauldin’s smothering performance saw her keep Merry in clinches and score numerous takedowns.

Mauldin’s previous LFA fight was a decision loss to Sam Hughes in January.

Merry missed weight for the fight, coming in two-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship flyweight limit.

Merry entered LFA in the fight after a two-bout run in Invicta FC. She competed as a bantamweight during that stint.

Mauldin versus Merry play-by-play.

Bout 2: Viecheslav Borshchev (2-0) vs. William Starks (3-1) (Lightweight)

Starks Takes Split Decision Win, Ends Borshchev’s Undefeated Run

Will Starks handed Viecheslav Borshchev his first loss as a pro on Friday, winning a split decision after a close three-round battle.

The fight saw Starks often utilize takedowns to control Borshchev in a fight that was otherwise back-and-forth on the feet.

Borshchev’s previous fight was his LFA debut, where he defeated Ali Zebian on the scorecards.

Starks entered the fight after two wins on the regional scene in 2020.

Starks versus Borshchev play-by-play.

Bout 1: Joseph Holmes (2-1) vs. Ryan Leininger (4-1) (Middleweight)

Holmes Stops Leininger Early With Strikes To Win LFA Debut

Joseph Holmes kicked the show off with an explosive win, stopping Ryan Leininger early with strikes in the first round. The win was Holmes’ first in LFA and third-in-a-row as a pro.

Hurting Leininger with two punches in the first round, Holmes dropped him with a knee to the head that caused the referee to stop the fight.

Holmes’ last fight was in September, where he stopped Tyler Jones within a minute with a guillotine choke. He had a two-fight stint in Bellator to start his pro career in 2019.

Leininger came into the fight after a busy few months on the regional scene, picking up three wins since September.

Holmes versus Leininger play-by-play.

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