LFA 96: Mendonca vs. Dagvadorj Play-by-Play

This article is the play-by-play to accompany the live coverage of LFA 96. The live coverage article 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)

Play-by-Play:

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

Leininger was active with leg kicks early in the fight. A push kick from Holmes made Leininger fall down in the first minute. Holmes connected with a hard right hand in the second minute. He landed a second which hurt Leininger. Holmes dropped Leininger with a knee to the head, causing the referee to step in and end the fight.

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Holmes
Leininger

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

Starks clinched in the second minute of the round where both fighters landed strikes. Borshchev was showing quick hands early in the fight. Starks shot for a single leg takedown in the fourth minute of the round, although Borshchev was able to stay on his feet and resist the takedown. Borshchev was the better striker on the feet. Starks had a strong finish to the round, scoring a takedown in the closing seconds.

Borshchev caught a leg kick in the second minute, using it to land strikes after. Starks scored a slamming takedown shortly after, although Borshchev was quick to take full guard on top. They went to the feet and clinched for a moment before going back to striking. Starks was able to score another takedown in the third minute of the round. Borshchev was able to push off and get back to the feet with 30 seconds to go. Borshchev stopped a takedown attempt and let some strikes go before the round concluded.

Starks missed a takedown a minute into the third round. He was hit by a couple of hammerfist punches while moving back up to his feet. Borshchev was putting together combinations of punches in the round. Starks took the back of Borshchev on the feet after causing him to slip. Borschev left the position shortly after. Starks missed another takedown in the third minute. Borshchev landed a spinning backfist in the final minute of the round after getting hit with a leg kick. Starks landed a takedown from a clinch before the round ran out of time. (29-28 Starks, 29-28 Borshchev & 29-28 Starks).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Borshchev 10 9 9 28
Starks 9 10 10 29

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

Merry landed a series of punches early in the fight as Mauldin forced her up against the cage in a clinch. They stayed in a clinch until the referee separated them in the third minute of the round. Mauldin caught a leg kick in the fourth minute for a takedown. She took half guard on top after. Mauldin moved into side control from full guard before the round ran out of time.

Mauldin clinched with Merry against the cage early in the second round. They left the position after over a minute of being there. Mauldin clinched with Merry again in the third minute. Mauldin scored a takedown from the clinch in the fourth minute, going into a north-south position after. She kept the position until the clock expired.

Like the rounds before, Mauldin was quick to clinch with Merry against the cage. Mauldin scored a takedown in the second minute of the round. She moved into full mount on top and later moved into a north-south position. The referee stood them up with a minute to go. Merry looked for a takedown while putting Mauldin against the cage. Mauldin won in the end (30-27, 30-27 & 30-27).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Mauldin 10 10 10 30
Merry 9 9 9 27

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

Martin scored a double leg takedown in the opening moments of the match. He took full guard on top after. Martin looked for a guillotine choke while Colquhoun stood up in the fourth minute. After losing the choke, Martin scored another takedown. Martin went into a clinch with Colquhoun after they returned to the feet. They went back to striking shortly after. Martin scored another takedown with a minute left in the fight. Colquhoun attempted an armbar from the bottom, although Martin was quick to escape it. Martin kept control on the ground until the round concluded.

Martin slipped after missing a takedown in the second round. Colquhoun landed a punch while Martin was getting up. Martin scored his first takedown of the round in the second minute. Colquhoun was able to get back to his feet halfway through the round. Martin was able to land a left hand late in the round. Colquhoun answered back shortly after, landing a punch and scoring a takedown after. Martin was able to take full guard on top before the round ran out of time.

The fighters were on the feet for most of the round. While Colquhoun was seemingly the more active fighter, nothing major was attempted. They remained on the feet until the round concluded. Martin was given the victory after three rounds (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Martin 10 10 9 29
Colquhoun 9 9 10 28

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

Miller was quick to land a takedown, getting on the back of Carvalho as he worked up to his feet. Miller slammed Carvalho down later in the minute, nearly suplexing him. Miller was able to land another powerful throw takedown in the second minute of the fight. Miller continued to ragdoll Carvalho from his back. Carvalho looked for a guillotine choke from the feet in the fourth minute of the fight. Miller scored a takedown while escaping the choke. Miller held the position until the round concluded.

Miller scored with a leg kick early in the second round that wobbled Carvalho. Miller got on the back of Carvalho in the second minute of the round. Miller scored a takedown in the third minute, although he took numerous elbows to the head in the process of getting down. Carvalho got to his feet, although he was slammed down after, knocking him out. Miller landed a few punches before the referee stepped in.

My Scorecard:

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

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

Romero put Juusola against the cage in a clinch a minute into the first round. A pause came in the third minute of the round as Romero was struck in the groin. The fight resumed on the feet, making Romero lose the position against the cage. Romero landed a left hand while backing up that stunned Juusola in the fourth minute of the fight. Romero clinched with Juusola in the fourth minute, putting him against the cage after.

Romero scored a double leg takedown in the first minute of the second round. He took the back of Juusola shortly after, although Juusola was able to stand up a minute later. Juusola was active with jabs while on the feet. A small cut opened seemingly below the left eye of Romero.

Romero was advancing on Juusola early in the third round, although Juusola was landing harder jabs at Romero. Romero put Juusola against the casein a body lock with three minutes to go. Juusola was quick to escape the position. The left shin of Juusola was cut at some point and started the bleed significantly. Romero looked for another takedown in the fourth minute, although Juusola was able to resist it by backing up to the cage. They returned to the center of the cage with a minute to go. Both fighters connected with punches as the round ran out of time. (29-28 Romero, 29-28 Juusola & 29-28 Romero).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Romero 10 9 9 28
Juusola 9 10 10 29

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

Mendonca threw a series of kicks to start the first round. Mendonca landed a head kick in the first round that caused Dagvadorj to run away. Mendonca continued with strikes that put Dagvadorj on the backpedal. The fight slowed down in the second minute of action, allowing a moment for Dagvadorj to regain composure. Dagvadorj had his own moment in the third minute of the round, landing a left hook that dropped Mendonca. Dagvadorj took control on the ground after scoring the knockdown. Dagvadorj got to his feet in the fourth minute, eventually giving Mendonca the chance to get up as well. Dagvadorj scored a takedown in the final minute, although Mendonca got back up immediately. Mendonca landed the last shot of the round, connecting with a knee to the head while in a clinch.

Dagvadorj put Mendonca against the cage for a moment early in the second round. Mendonca landed a hard punch after they separated. Dagvadorj scored a takedown, although Mendonca was quick to spring back up. Mendonca was able to connect with a series of knees to the head in a clinch. Dagvadorj scored another takedown in the second minute of the round. He took side control shortly after taking the fight down. Mendonca was able to return to his feet in the fourth minute of the round, still in a clinch with Dagvadorj. After leaving the clinch, Mendonca landed some punches that hurt Dagvadorj. Dagvadorj was bleeding heavily at this point. A pause came in the final minute of the round as Dagvadorj’s mouthpiece fell out. Mendonca connected with two knees to the head before the round concluded.

Mendonca connected with a hard two-punch combo in the opening minute of the third round. Dagvadorj scored a takedown in the second minute of the round. Mendonca was able to push out of the position, although he was hit with punches from Dagvadorj while getting up to his feet. With his back up against the cage, Mendonca put together another hard combination of punches to Dagvadorj. Dagvadorj was able to land punches of his own before landing another takedown. They stood up shortly after. Dagvadorj’s mouthpiece fell out after he was hit with a spinning back kick to the body. Dagvadorj looked for a takedown in the final minute, but Mendonca was able to resist the attempt.

Both fighters were slugging with punches in the first half of the fourth round. Dagvadorj put Mendonca in a clinch in the third minute after charging forward with punches. Mendonca continued to be landing a high amount of punches.

Dagvadorj ate strikes early in the final round while coming forward for a clinch. A large portion of the round was spent in a clinch. While Dagvadorj initiated the situations, Mendonca was often the only person doing something from the position. Dagvadorj scored a takedown in the final minute of the fight. Mendonca got back up to his feet with less than 30 seconds to go. Mendonca was crowned the new welterweight champion after five rounds (50-45, 49-46 & 49-46).

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Total
Mendonca 9 10 10 10 10 49
Dagvadorj 10 9 9 9 9 46

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s