Beginning a busy month for the LFA, the promotion will hold a six-fight card on Friday from the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA. In the main event of the show, Yuma Horiuchi and Charles Johnson will fight to become interim flyweight champion.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates on LFA 110.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 5: Charles Johnson (8-2) vs. Yuma Horiuchi (8-3) (Vacant Interim LFA Flyweight Championship)
Johnson Prevails Over Horiuchi In Five Round Striking Battle, Earns Interim Belt
Charles Johnson prevailed in a hectic five-round battle against Yuma Horiuchi on Friday to become the interim LFA Flyweight Champion (49-45 Johnson, 48-46 Horiuchi & 48-46 Johnson). The close fight saw Johnson get the split decision nod after 25 minutes of action.
The strict stand-up battle saw both fighters trade back and forth with a frenetic pace throughout the five rounds. While they both had strong combinations, the damage was more apparent on Horiuchi by the end.
Horiuchi was deducted a point in the second round after landing his second accidental groin kick to Johnson. The move to deduct a point by the referee set him back in the fight, meaning he would have to take four rounds on scorecards at the very least to win.
Johnson was disappointed afterward, saying that he only got going later in the bout.
“I feel like I won the fight but I didn’t fight to my best ability,” said Johnson in his post-fight interview. He also mentioned that he wasn’t confident while a split decision from the judges was being read.
There was concern in the fourth round that an eye poke to Johnson could cause an end to the fight. These worries faded after a few minutes, as Johnson rested and eventually resumed competing.
The interim title fight was made due to current LFA Flyweight Champiom Victor Altamirano being busy, as he is booked to appear on the TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” this year.
Both fighters were getting the fight after scoring a recent victory in the LFA.
Horiuchi submitted Donavon Frelow in his previous bout, submitting him in the second round with an armbar.
Johnson also had a submission victory in his last showing, stopping Karlee Pangilinan with an anaconda choke in February.
Bout 4: Chibwikem Onyenegecha (7-0) vs. Renato Valente (7-4) (Middleweight)
Martin Defeats Returning Onyenegecha
Renato Valente spoiled the return of Chibwikem Onyenegecha on Friday, using his striking skills to earn a split decision win in the co-main event (30-27 Valente, 29-28 Onyenegecha & 30-26 Valente).
Onyenegecha found himself in trouble early in the fight, getting dropped by a combination of punches. He was knocked down again in the final round of the bout.
A large portion of the fight went at a slow pace, where Onyenegecha had a steady output of strikes.
Onyenegecha had an undefeated record of seven wins before Friday. Previous victories in his career included an appearance in LFA and on UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series.”
His fight on Friday was his first appearance in nearly three years.
Valente is now back in the win column after losing a unanimous decision to Mark Martin in April.
Bout 3: Christian Natividad (3-0) vs. Luis Aguirre (2-2) (Flyweight)
Natividad Takes Decision Win, Moves Undefeated Run To Four Consecutive
Christian Natividad’s sharp striking earned him two rounds on all judges’ scorecards, moving his pro record to four wins and no losses (29-27, 29-27 & 29-26).
Natividad’s boxing consistently saw him hurt Aguirre, visibly rocking him for moments. Aguirre’s face started to show significant damage from strikes in the second round, worsening as the bout carried on. His toughness was on display during the fight, as he never came close to being finished by Natividad.
Aguirre was able to slow down the fight at moments with his work on the ground.
Natividad was critical after what was a somewhat dominant performance from him.
“I got a lot of work to do when I get back to the gym,” said Natividad in his post-fight interview.
Natividad’s rookie year as a pro will conclude with four wins in total. His three previous appearances saw him successful at bantamweight, including two first-round wins due to strikes.
Aguirre now has a negative pro record of three losses and two wins.
Bout 2: Jaqueline Amorim (3-0) vs. Megan Owen (1-0) (Strawweight)
Amorim Ends Fight In 10 Seconds, Earns Quickest Win Yet
Jaqueline Amorim continued her streak of first-round finishes and even earned her quickest win yet on Friday, stopping Megan Owen in just 10 seconds with punches.
Amorim dropped Owen with a right hook only seconds into the fight. The referee stopped the fight after a few more punches were scored on the ground.
Amorim now has four wins as a pro. She won her LFA debut in her previous outing, submitting Taisha Gandy in 33 seconds with a rear naked choke.
Owen won her pro debut in her previous fight, defeating Ashley LeTourneau in 2019.
Bout 1: Arpan Gurung (0-0) vs. Oscar Herrera (0-0) (Flyweight)
Herrera Pulls Off Quick Armbar In Pro Debut
Oscar Herrea was able to pull out an armbar on Arpan Gurung, calling an abrupt end to their fight in the second round. The victory earned Herrera a win in his pro debut.
Herrera secured the armbar after being on his back for numerous minutes. Gurung was able to secure a takedown earlier in the round, which turned out to be his strongest moment in the fight.
Both flyweights started the bout out with quick, fast-paced strikes throughout the first round. Herrera was frequent to march forward, although Herrera answered back.