LFA will look to crown a new light heavyweight champion on Friday night, as Myron Dennis and Fabio Cherant will compete for a vacant belt in the main event of LFA 99. The event will take place at the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on the event.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 9: Myron Dennis (18-7) vs. Fabio Cherant (6-1) (Vacant LFA Light Heavyweight Championship)
Cherant Lands Slick Striking Against Dennis, Claims LFA Belt In Emotional Win
Fabio Cherant put together a high tempo of strikes through five rounds to defeat Myron Dennis and become the new LFA Light Heavyweight Champion via unanimous decision on Friday (49-46, 48-47 & 48-47).
Cherant was emotional after the fight, noting that he lost his mother during the lead-up to the fight.
“I lost my mom three weeks ago and it has been one of the toughest things to keep my composure,” said Cherant in his post-fight interview.
While Cherant was able to score a takedown in the fight, it was his striking that earned him the LFA belt.
Cherant had a hot start in the fight, dictating the pace of the first two rounds of competition. He kept a high output of strikes early on, connecting with many that Dennis was able to absorb.
Cherant caught a leg kick of Dennis late in the first round, using the position to land a series of punches that hurt him. Dennis scored a takedown to stop the flurry of strikes from Cherant.
Dennis started to pick up with his own strikes in the third and fourth round of the fight, although Cherant kept pressing forward with his own strikes.
Damage on the face of Dennis became visible late in the fight, as he started to bleed heavily in the fourth round.
The title crowning win for Cherant was the first time he competed into the fifth round of a bout. Cherant’s title shot came after a successful return to action in 2020, picking up two wins on the regional scene.
Dennis entered the bout on a three-fight win streak that included a November win in LFA.
Bout 8: Brant Moore (8-1) vs. Ago Huskic (8-2) (Lightweight)
Moore Continues Win Streak With Grinding Performance
Brant Moore had a controlling performance in the co-main event, keeping Ago Huskic on his back for the majority of three rounds to earn a unanimous decision win (30-26, 30-27 & 29-28).
Moore was able to score numerous takedowns in the fight, often keeping Huskic down afterwards for a long time. Numerous times Huksic placed himself in a bad position by failing at a takedown attempt or being caught while throwing a spinning back kick.
Moore is now on a seven-fight win streak that includes four wins in LFA.
Huskic had a three-fight win streak snapped with the loss.
Bout 7: Fernando Padilla (12-4) vs. Nate Richardson (8-2) (Featherweight)
Padilla Earns Split Decision Win Over Richardson Following Stand-Up Battle
Fernando Padilla emerged victorious from a striking battle against Nate Richardson on Friday, staying in his fight to pick up a split decision victory (29-28 Richardson, 29-28 Padilla & 29-28 Padilla).
The fight saw Padilla start strong with striking in the first two rounds. Padilla was able to use his height and reach advantage in the bout.
Padilla dropped Richardson late in the second round with a two-punch combo, although he wasn’t able to close out the fight with the knockdown.
Richardson started to pressure Padilla more in the third round, scoring with punches and leg kicks that were doing clear damage. As the pace of Padilla slowed down, it felt as if he was looking to hang on against Richardson in the closing minutes.
The win was Padilla’s first since 2019. His previous fight was a decision loss to Spike Carlyle two years ago.
Richardson’s previous fight was a decision victory over Darius Estell in September.
Bout 6: Cody Brundage (5-1) vs. Joseph Kropschot (4-1) (Middleweight)
Brundage Takes Scorecards Out of Equation With Arm Triangle Submission
Cody Brundage erased the risks that come with a scorecard result by submitting Joseph Kropschot early in the third round with an arm triangle choke.
Brundage was quick to attain the choke, quickly coming forward for a takedown as the round started. He easily slipped in the choke on the ground that caused Kropschot to tap out.
The finish came just after the LFA broadcast revealed that all three scorecards were tied 19-19 heading into the third round.
Brundage had his best moments on the feet in the first two rounds, showing composed striking against Kropschot.
Kropschot had his moments in the second round, piecing together punches on the feet and threatening a submission on the ground.
Brundage bounced back from a 2020 loss he took to William Knight on TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Brundage had five wins as a pro prior to the loss.
Kropschot was also returning after his first loss as a pro.
Bout 5: Valerie Soto (3-2) vs. Flore Hani (2-1) (Flyweight)
Hani Picks Up Decision Win Over Soto In Return
Flore Hani showcased sharp striking on Friday to defeat Valerie Soto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 & 30-27). Hani got the best of most striking exchanges to get the nod on scorecards.
Hani was competing for the first time since 2019. She had numerous bookings in 2020 cancelled due to various reasons.
Hani missed weight for the fight, coming in three-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship flyweight limit.
Soto was competing for LFA for the third time in her career. Like Hani, she was returning after a year outside of the cage.
Bout 4: Darian Weeks (4-0) vs. Craig Fairley (3-4) (Welterweight)
Weeks Showcases Striking, Stops Fairley In The Second To Win LFA Debut
Darian Weeks continued his undefeated run on the main card, stopping Craig Fairley in the second round with strikes.
Fairley suffered a long beating in the second round before the referee concluded the fight. Weeks dropped Fairley during a combination with a knee to the head. He then landed ground and pound for over a minute while Fairley looked to escape position.
Weeks showcased his punches in the first round as well, stunning Fairley twice with punches.
Fairley left his gloves in the cage after the fight, a gesture that usually conveys that a fighter is retiring from the sport.
Bout 3: Trevor Wallace (3-0) vs. Cesar Gutierrez (2-2) (Heavyweight)
Wallace Prevails In Heated Exchange, Stops Gutierrez In First Minute
Trevor Wallace prevailed in a firefight to kick off the main card, dropping Cesar Gutierrez with a left hook to stop a heavyweight fight in the first minute.
The stoppage came after a hectic exchange where both fighters were connecting with punches. Wallace landed some ground and pound after dropping Gutierrez before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
The win was Wallace’s first for LFA. The previous fights in his rookie year as a pro included three stoppage wins.
With his loss on Friday, Gutierrez now has a negative record of two wins and three losses.
Bout 2: Gerrica Trias (0-0) vs. Kawehi Wallace (0-0) (Flyweight)
Trias Shows Strong Fists In Pro Debut
Gerrica Trias picked up a stoppage win in her pro debut, finishing Kawehi Wallace in the third round with strikes.
Trias had an explosive start to the third round, stringing together a series of strikes that backed Wallace up and clearly hurt her. The referee intervened after a series of unanswered shots dropped Wallace.
Trias showcased her ability with striking in earlier rounds too. She connected with numerous overhand lefts before stunning Wallace with a left hook late in the first round.
Wallace was able to score takedowns in the fight, although Trias was able to reverse some positions afterwards.
Trias entered the fight with a background in kickboxing and Muay Thai.
The fight was Wallace’s pro debut as well.
Bout 1: Manuel Medina (0-1) vs. Chancey Wilson (2-4) (Flyweight)
Medina Submits Wilson Early For First Pro Win
Manuel Medina earned his first pro win on the prelims, submitting Chancey Wilson in the first round with a triangle choke. Medina was quick to search for submissions on the ground after Wilson pursued a takedown early in the fight.
Medina tried for numerous submissions on the ground before getting Wilson to tap out in the second minute. Medina was active with punches while he searched for takedowns on his back.
Medina is now back in the win column after losing his pro debut in 2020 to Clayton Carpenter.
Wilson is on a four-fight losing streak in MMA now. Prior to Friday, Wilson’s last combat sport bout was a bare-knuckle boxing loss to Nico Hernandez.