LFA 96: Mendonca vs. Dagvadorj Preview

5:01PM EST CORRECTION: A previous version of the article mentioned that the main event was a lightweight bout. This is false, and the fight is actually a lightweight contest.

LFA will finish their 2020 schedule on Friday with a seven-fight card from the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, USA. Headlining the card is Maycon Mendonca and Batsumberel Dagvadorj, who will compete for the promotion’s vacant welterweight belt.

Here’s a preview of the action.

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

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

Ryan Leininger will look to close out his busy late 2020 against Joseph Holmes on Friday. Leininger has fought three times since September, picking up quick victories in regional promotion DCS.

Holmes last got a win in September, defeating Tyler Jones within a minute with a guillotine choke. His two previous fights were in Bellator.

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

Viecheslav Borshchev will look for his second LFA win on Friday, fighting William Starks. Borshchev won his LFA debut in October, defeating Ali Zebian via decision. His previous fight was a 2019 win over David Marquez.

He now fights Starks, who enters LFA with double the amount of pro experience. Starks will have his LFA debut after two wins in 2020, defeating Steven Kinnison and Chuka Willis earlier in the year.

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

Flyweights Lisa Mauldin and Mitzi Merry will compete on Friday. Mauldin will attempt to return to the win column in the fight, as her previous bout was a loss in January to Sam Hughes.

Merry enters LFA after a two-fight run in Invicta FC. She lost her Invicta FC debut in 2018, dropping a decision to Chelsea Chandler. She competed in the promotion’s one-night “Phoenix Series 3” tournament in March, defeating Morgan Hickam in a one-round fight as a reserve for the bracket. She was not utilized later on in the night.

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

After a win in July, Mark Martin has gotten the call to return to LFA to fight Matthew Colquhoun. Martin had a dominant LFA debut in July, where he stopped Tony Grant in the first round with ground and pound. The win was his third-in-a-row.

Colquhoun lost his last LFA appearance, being stopped by Spike Carlyle in the first round in 2019. He has picked up a win since then, defeating Jonathon Morris in October of 2019.

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

Undefeated fighter Mo Miller will return to LFA on the main card when he fights Regivaldo Carvalho. Miller won his LFA debut in September, taking the undefeated record of Mando Gutierrez with a second-round guillotine choke finish.

Carvalho, a former Bellator fighter, returns to action on the card after somewhat of a layoff. His last two fights were Bellator wins in 2017 and 2018. It took only 17 seconds for Carvalho to finish his last fight.

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

Anthony Romero returns to the regional scene in the co-main event when paired against Zach Juusola. Romero’s last fight was a win on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Despite winning against Mike Breeden, he was not signed to the UFC after the episode.

Undefeated through eight fights as a pro, Friday will be Romero’s LFA debut.

The fight will be Juusola’s return to MMA. His last combat sport bout was a bare-knuckle boxing fight against Fred Pierce in October of 2019. Juusola won the fight, stopping Pierce in the second round.

Juusola is currently on a three-fight losing streak in MMA that was developed from 2017 to 2019.

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

The main event fight on the card sees Maycon Mendonca and Batsumberel Dagvadorj compete to become the fifth LFA welterweight champion. The previous champion, Jaleel Willis, vacated the belt earlier in the year after he signed with Bellator. He won the belt in August, defeating Vinicius de Jesus at LFA 88.

Mendonca’s seven-fight LFA career has seen him go from a bad run to a title-worthy one. After three-straight losses in 2017 and 2018, Mendonca has turned his career around with four consecutive wins in the past two years.

Mendonca’s last win was in September, where he stopped Devin Smyth in the second round of action with punches. After the win he asked for a title shot.

Dagvadorj enters LFA with an undefeated record. The Mongolian fighter has been competing in the United States since 2018. His last win was his biggest yet, as he defeated James Terry in 2019 on a Bellator card. The first-round victory saw Dagvadorj put in the rare bulldog choke for the win.

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