Former UFC fighter Spike Carlyle will make his return to LFA on Friday night, fighting former title challenger Batsumberel Dagvadorj in the main event of LFA 103. The fight sits atop an eight-fight card that will take place at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for live coverage of the event.
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 8: Spike Carlyle (9-3) vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (7-1) (Lightweight)
Former UFC Fighter Carlyle Secures First Round Submission In Return To LFA
Former UFC fighter Spike Carlyle won in his return to LFA on Friday, submitting former title challenger Batsumberel Dagvadorj in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Carlyle was able to score a takedown halfway through the round. He mounted the back of Dagvadorj as he got to the feet, although he brought the battle back to the ground by attempting a rear naked choke which eventually forced Dagvadorj to tap out.
Carlyle was having his first appearance after wrapping up a three-fight run in the UFC last year. While the stint in 2020 started strong with a finish win against Aalon Cruz, he was later cut by the promotion after losing fights to Billy Quarantillo and Bill Algeo.
Carlyle was making the move up to lightweight after previously competing at featherweight. After the fight, he said he preferred fighting at lightweight in the future as he needs more time to prepare for fights at featherweight.
On the flipside, Dagvadorj was moving down from welterweight.
Dagvadorj was returning after losing a close five-round LFA Welterweight Championship fight against Maycon Mendonca in December.
Bout 7: Vanessa Demopoulos (5-3) vs. Cynthia Arceo (5-2-1) (Strawweight)
Demopoulos Snaps Losing Streak With Quick Stoppage Win Against Arceo
Vanessa Demopoulos needed less than a minute to return to the win column in the co-main event, stopping Cynthia Arceo with strikes. Demopoulos rocked Arceo with a left hook, then charged forward with more punches that dropped her, forcing the fight to be stopped after only 37 seconds.
The former LFA Strawweight Champion snapped a two-fight skid with the victory on Friday.
Demopoulos’ two previous fights saw her lose a fight on “Dana White’s Contender Series” and drop her LFA belt to Lupita Godinez in a close majority decision in October.
Before the two losses, Demopoulos had four consecutive LFA wins, including a championship win over Sam Hughes.
Demopoulos called for a UFC fight afterwards, claiming she has “worked on some holes in my game.”
Arceo was returning after a year outside of action. Her last appearance prior to Friday saw her lose a fight to now-UFC fighter Mallory Martin in Invicta FC.
Arceo missed weight for the bout on Thursday, coming in just over two pounds past the non-championship strawweight limit.
Bout 6: Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady (10-3) vs. Jake Sebastian (6-2) (Lightweight)
Former Brave CF Fighter Al-Selwady Uses Ground and Pound To Win LFA Debut
Abdul Kareem Al-Selwady put an abrupt end to his fight in the first round, landing hard and fast punches from full mount to stop Jake Sebastian in the fifth minute of their fight.
Al-Selwady was able to score a takedown in the first round. Al-Selwady moved to full mount eventually, where he landed strikes that forced the referee to stop the fight.
The fight was Al-Selwady’s LFA debut after a five-fight run in MMA promotion Brave CF. His career in Brave CF started strong with three wins, although he departed the promotion after losing two fights.
Al-Selwady called for a UFC fight afterwards.
“I always wanted to showcase my skills in the [United] States, and now I feel I’m ready for a shot in the UFC,” said Al-Selwady in his post-fight interview.
Sebastian was making his LFA debut on a two-fight win streak.
Bout 5: Fernie Garcia (8-1) vs. Isaiah Batin-Gonzalez (4-1) (Bantamweight)
Fast-Paced Striking And A Couple of Takedowns Earn Garcia Fourth LFA Win
Fernie Garcia had his LFA win streak extended with a unanimous decision victory against Isaiah Batin-Gonzalez (29-28, 30-27 & 29-28). Garcia’s win was earned by prevailing in close striking exchanges and securing a couple of takedowns.
While Garcia shot for a few takedowns, landing two in total, the majority of the fight was focused on a striking battle between the bantamweights. The fighters would trade shots on the feet, with Garcia getting the better out of the exchanges.
Garcia now has four consecutive wins in LFA. His previous victory was in October, where he defeated Ryan Hayes via split decision.
Batin-Gonzalez was looking to bounce back from his first pro loss, which came against Jesse Strader on a Combate Americas card in 2019.
Bout 4: Kendrick Latchman (8-6) vs. Luciano Ramos (5-5) (Bantamweight)
Ramos Uses Takedowns To Defeat Latchman
Luciano Ramos used his grappling to pick up a unanimous decision win on Friday, sweeping scorecards against Kendrick Latchman (30-26, 30-27 & 30-27).
Ramos took Latchman down numerous times in the fight, controlling him on the ground afterwards for long periods of time.
Latchman did better on the feet, being able to advance on Ramos with strikes throughout the first two rounds.
Ramos’ best round was the last, as he kept Latchman on his back and scored with a steady rhythm of punches from top position.
Latchman is now on a three-fight losing streak in MMA. Prior to Friday, his most recent combat sports appearance was a bare-knuckle boxing win.
Both fighters were returning after at least a year outside of the cage.
Bout 3: Josh Quinlan (4-0) vs. Dallas Jennings (3-1) (Welterweight)
Quinlan Submits Jennings Following Close Battle On The Feet
Josh Quinlan extended his undefeated record to five wins on Friday, finishing a back-and-forth battle against Dallas Jennings with a third-round submission.
Quinlan took Jennings to the ground early in the third round with strikes. After pressuring him with ground and pound, Quinlan put in a rear naked choke that finished their fight.
The win for Quinlan came after a close fight that saw him in trouble at points.
Quinlan started the fight strong, winning a striking battle on the feet in the opening round.
Jennings had a much better second round, walking Quinlan down and connecting with more shots. He had Quinlan in trouble late in the second round, rocking him with a right hook in the fourth minute of the frame.
Quinlan now has three wins in LFA. His previous appearance was in January, where he defeated Joe Boerschig.
Bout 2: Jacobi Jones (0-0) vs. Cam Ansel (0-2) (Lightweight)
Jones Earns Arm Triangle Choke Win Against Ansel In Pro Debut
Jacobi Jones showcased his aggressive style on the prelims, submitting Cam Ansel in the third minute of their fight with an arm triangle choke to win his pro debut. The tap from Ansel came shortly after Jones took full mount and applied the choke.
Jones started the fight strong, coming forward with punches and scoring takedowns.
Ansel has now lost all three of his pro fights. His previous LFA bout was in January, where he was submitted by Shane Shapiro.
Bout 1: Giovanna Canuto (0-0) vs. Amanda Lovato (0-5) (Strawweight)
Canuto Earns Pro Debut Win With Armbar
Giovanna Canuto won her pro debut on the prelims, submitting Amanda Lovato late in the first round with an armbar. The submission win came after a smothering performance that saw Canuto take Lovato down twice and control the fight on the ground.
Lovato has now lost six consecutive pro fights.