LFA 100: Altamirano vs. Smith Preview

Celebrating their 100th numbered event, LFA is set to find their next flyweight champion on Friday. Headlining a show from the Hartman Arena in Park City, Kansas, USA, Victor Altamirano and Nate Smith will compete for the promotion’s vacant 125-pound belt.

Here is a full preview of the card.

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Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Bout 1: Maria Henderson (0-0) vs. Amanda Mitchell (0-0) (Amateur Strawweight)

In a rare occasion for LFA cards recently, the promotion will hold an amateur bout on their prelims. Both fighting for the first time in any type of MMA bout, Maria Henderson and Amanda Mitchell will compete on Friday. As you might know, amateur bouts operate with three-minute rounds as opposed to five.

Bout 2: Emmanuela Moliere (0-0) vs. Amber Danielson-Smith (0-0) (Bantamweight)

Both making their pro debuts, Emmanuela Moliere and Amber Danielson-Smith are set to compete on the prelims. There is little information online about either fighter, as databases don’t show many fights in their amateur records. Per Tapology, Danielson-Smith fought as an amateur in 2016, defeating Amanda Dieguez in the second round with a submission.

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

Bout 3: Christian Natividad (2-0) vs. Evan Woolsey (1-1) (Bantamweight)

Christian Natividad will look to build upon his quick and explosive MMA career on Friday, fighting Evan Woolsey to kick off the main card. Natividad made his pro debut in July, stopping Michael Aquila within a round with punches. He returned three months later, where he stopped Jose Holguin within a minute to pick up his second victory.

He now fights Woolsey, who enters the bout after an extended absence from action. Woolsey has a background in boxing and two MMA fights, although he has not competed since 2015. His last MMA bout was in 2014, where he won a decision against Joseph Fulk.

Bout 4: Gerald Scott (4-0) vs. Tommy Aaron (6-4) (Lightweight)

Looking for his fifth win as a pro, Gerald Scott will fight Tommy Aaron in a lightweight fight. Scott made his return to action in July, coming back after years outside of the cage to fight Keith Phathaem. Scott was successful in his LFA debut, stopping Phathaem late in the second round with punches.

He now fights Aaron, who will be competing under LFA for the third time in his career. He last appeared at an LFA card in 2018, defeating Troy Guerrero in the first round with a rear naked choke. His last fight, which came two months after that win, was a loss due to injury against Samuel Alvarez.

Bout 5: Steven Nguyen (6-1) vs. Jorge Juarez (5-2) (Featherweight)

Coming down from a loss on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series,” Steven Nguyen will make his LFA debut on Friday against Jorge Juarez. Nguyen, the former Evolution FC Featherweight Champion, last competed in July of 2019, where he was caught late in a fight with a flying knee from Aalon Cruz. The loss was Nguyen’s first as a pro and gave Cruz a UFC contract afterwards.

Juarez is coming back after a year outside of the cage. His last fight was in January of 2020, where he scored a win over Raphael Smith. His two pro losses come from appearances in Bellator.

Bout 6: Charles Johnson (7-2) vs. Karlee Pangilinan (6-0) (Flyweight)

Before flyweights fight for the title in the headlining fight, 125-pound fighters Charles Johnson and Karlee Pangilinan will compete in the co-main event.

Pangilinan sees his first LFA fight after a strong showing on the regional scene. Having fought since 2018, Pangilinan has accumulated six stoppage wins.

He now faces Johnson, who will be returning to LFA and the sport of MMA as a whole. Johnson’s last MMA fight was in 2018, where he lost a decision to Brandon Royval, who went on to become an LFA champion and UFC fighter. He has since competed in boxing, losing and winning a bout in the past two years.

Bout 7: Victor Altamirano (8-1) vs. Nate Smith (6-1) (Vacant LFA Flyweight Championship)

Victor Altamirano will have a chance to become a champion on Friday night, competing against Nate Smith for the LFA Flyweight Championship in the main event of LFA 100.

While the original plan was for both fighters to compete for the belt, Smith was ruled out of that possibility after missing weight on Thursday.

The winner of the fight will become the sixth flyweight champion in LFA history. Four of the previous five LFA champs have went on to sign with the UFC, setting a precedent for whoever is crowned on Friday night.

It only made sense that Altamirano would fight for a belt at LFA 100. Most of Altamirano’s MMA career has been held in LFA thus far. He competed at the promotion’s first event in 2017, fighting as an amateur at the time.

All eight of Altamirano’s pro wins have come in LFA. His last bout was in November, where Altamirano caught Lloyd McKinney with a triangle choke in the second round.

Smith takes the fight after being handed his first loss as a pro in 2020. Smith lost a bout in September, as former LFA champ Jimmy Flick submitted him on “Dana White’s Contender Series.” Before then, Smith had six wins including a stoppage win over Sean Stebbins in LFA.

Smith took the fight on short notice, replacing the undefeated Carlos Mota, whose departure from the card was reported last week.

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