Lightweights Terrance McKinney and Michael Irizarry will have the chance to showcase their skills when paired up in the main event of LFA 109 on Friday night. The fight headlines an eight-bout card that is set to take place at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA.
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Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Bout 1: Luis Schwenke def. Ingrid Sewa via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM EDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 8: Terrance McKinney (9-3) vs. Michael Irizarry (12-3) (Lightweight)
McKinney Continues Streak of First Round Wins In LFA Main Event
Terrance McKinney scored a big win in the main event of the card, stopping Michael Irizarry with hard punches from full guard. The damage from McKinney’s hard punches knocked Irizarry out from the position, putting an abrupt end to their bout.
The fight went to the ground earlier in the round after McKinney pulled guard. The opening moments of the fight were hectic, as McKinney threw wild strikes, falling down in the process.
McKinney is now on a three-fight win streak of first-round stoppage wins from just this year. He won his LFA debut in his previous appearance, stopping Toninho Gavinho in just 17 seconds in April.
Irizarry was fighting for the first time after a year outside of the cage. His two previous wins, which were both in 2019, saw him score rear naked choke submissions.
Bout 7: Askar Askar (11-1) vs. Justin Wetzell (6-1) (Bantamweight)
Wetzell Stops Askar In The Second Round, Calls For UFC Fight
Justin Wetzell continued his win streak in the co-main event, stopping former UFC fighter Askar Askar in the second round with strikes.
Wetzell scored with hammerfist punches while on the back of Askar in the second round, causing the referee to end the fight eventually. Askar was in visible pain when taken down by Wetzell earlier in the round, indicating that he might have faced an injury at the time.
Askar was able to score takedowns in the first round, although Wetzell threatened him late in the round with a triangle choke attempt.
Wetzell is now on a six-fight win streak. He last appeared in the fall, handing Teshay Gouthro his first pro loss.
He was visibly emotional after the win, mentioning that he was essentially in a “six-month training camp.”
“To have it all end this way … It just feels amazing,” said Wetzell in his post-fight interview. He later said he wants a UFC shot next.
Askar was making his first appearance after briefly being part of the UFC roster earlier this year. He was supposed to take a fight against Cody Stamann in February, although he was pulled from the fight and released by the UFC roster after not passing the pre-fight medicals.
Askar’s last fight was a main event LFA win over Kevin Wirth in October.
Bout 6: Edwin Cooper Jr. (3-1) vs. Robson Junior (3-0) (Featherweight)
Cooper Jr. Ends Undefeated Record of Junior With Ground and Pound
Constant punches from Edwin Cooper Jr. eventually caused an end to his fight against Robson Junior in the second round, earning him his fourth win as a pro.
Cooper Jr. was quick to score a takedown in both rounds, land punches on the ground from the back of Junior after. A steady rhythm of the strikes continued in the second round, causing the referee to eventually end the bout.
Surprisingly, Cooper Jr. was deducted a point in the first round due to landing a strike to the back of Junior’s head. The deduction came prior to any warning from the referee, a ruling which is rare in MMA.
Cooper Jr., a product of Jackson Wink MMA, now has two consecutive wins in LFA. His previous bout was in October, where he earned a decision win over Ethyn Ewing.
Junior had a three-fight win streak broken in the fight. He had previously scored his prior pro wins on the Brazilian regional scene.
Bout 5: Gerrica Trias (1-0) vs. Ky Bennett (1-2) (Flyweight)
Bennett Evens Pro Record In Return
Former Bellator fighter Ky Bennett won in her return to the cage on Friday, defeating Gerrica Trias via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28 & 30-27).
Bennett was able to take Trias down in every round, keeping her there for numerous minutes.
Trias suddenly had Bennett in trouble early in the third round, stringing together over a dozen punches to the head clean. Bennett was able to eventually stop Trias’ momentum with a takedown, mounting her back shortly after.
Bennett’s three previous pro fights took place in Bellator from 2017 to 2019, where she won one bout and lost two.
Trias won his pro debut earlier in the year, stopping Kawehi Wallace early in the third round with strikes.
Bout 4: Jacobi Jones (1-0) vs. Caleb Hall (2-0) (Lightweight)
Jones Controls Hall For Decision Win In Grudge Match
Jacobi Jones earned his second pro win on the main card, sweeping scorecards to win a grudge match against Caleb Hall (30-27, 30-26 & 30-27).
Jones was able to win all of the rounds with his ground control throughout.
Jones caused a cut on the hairline of Hall at some point in the first round while in full guard. He spent a large portion of the second round on the back of Hall, looking for a rear naked choke.
There was clearly bad blood between the fighters, as they would engage in trash talk during exchanges on the ground. Despite this, the fighters shook hands after the result for the fight was read.
Jones was returning after submitting Cam Ansel earlier this year for his first win as a pro.
Hall was making his first appearance in over a year. His two previous fights were wins in regional promotion Colorado Combat Club in 2019.
Bout 3: Manuel Medina (1-1) vs. Kevin Fernandez (0-0) (Flyweight)
Fernandez Defeats Medina In Pro Debut
Kevin Fernandez had an impressive pro debut to open the main card, scoring a unanimous decision win over Manuel Medina (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28). The scrappy three-round fight saw Fernandez showcase a wide range of skills, connecting with strikes and scoring takedowns.
Medina was constantly advancing on Fernandez on the feet with strikes, although Fernandez was able to land his own while on his backfoot.
Fernandez was able to finish every round strong, scoring a takedown and putting Medina on his back near the end of every frame.
Fernandez was seemingly hurt by strikes in the final round, looking wobbled for a moment.
Fernandez was turning pro after scoring three wins as an amateur. His last amateur fight was only one month ago, where he submitted Brandon Gutierrez in under a minute.
Medina scored his first pro win in his previous appearance, defeating Chancey Wilson in February.
Bout 2: Haris Talundzic (2-0) vs. Gabriel Gideon (0-0) (Welterweight)
Talundzic Earns First Finish Win Over Debuting Gideon
Haris Talundzic scored his third pro win quickly on the prelims, defeating Gabriel Gideon early in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Talundzic went for a takedown early in the fight, landing in side control. He was able to then move to mount, then take the back of Gideon for the choke.
Talundzic’s two previous pro fights finished via decision. His prior bout was on an LFA card in March, where he defeated Luis Iniguez.
The fight was Gideon’s pro debut.