Askar Askar Defeats Leandro Gomes In LFA 118 Main Event, Calls For Title Shot

Askar Askar had an unexpected main event spotlight on him when he defeated Leandro Gomes via split decision on Friday night.

The bantamweight bout was elevated to main event status for LFA 118 after a strawweight title fight between Jaqueline Amorim and Loveth Young was removed from the card earlier in the evening.

The title fight didn’t go forward due to requirements set by the athletic commission overseeing the bout, per an announcement made on the broadcast. The fights took place at the Los Angeles-Burbank Marriott Convention Center in Burbank, California, USA.

Askar, who was previously set to appear in a co-main event bout, used his main event spotlight to call for a title fight.

“I want that LFA belt before I ride back to the UFC,” said Askar in his post-fight interview.

Askar can’t get a title fight overnight. The promotion currently has plans at bantamweight, as undefeated prospects Rich Palencia and Allan Begosso are set to compete for the vacant title on December 3rd.

Askar’s win came after a close three-round bout against Gomes. The low-output stand-up battle saw the bantamweights compete in lots of body lock positions against the cage.

Gomes had sharp striking during the brief moments that the fighters were trading at range.

Askar was returning after suffering a stoppage loss against Justin Wetzell in June.

The loss for Gomes snapped a four-fight winning streak that he had mainly developed in LFA. The 30-year-old prospect was fighting for the first time in over a year.

Former Title Challenger Garcia Returns To Win Column With Performance Over Fillingame

Javier Garcia had a strong performance on Friday, taking a bounce-back unanimous decision win against Ryan Fillingame.

Fillingame looked to stall the fight often, putting Garcia against the cage in body lock positions. Garica capitalized on these positions, connecting with tons of elbows at times.

Garcia had a load of submission attempts on the ground, putting Fillingame in trouble with kimura and rear naked choke attempts.

The final round showcased Garcia’s ability at a stand-up range.

Garcia lost an LFA title fight in his previous bout, dropping a unanimous decision to Bruno Souza after a five-round bout in August. Before then, he had secured three consecutive wins including two LFA bouts.

Fillingame was making a return to action after over four years outside of competition.

Bishop Secures Upset Win In War Against Barbosa

Short-notice fighter Jena Bishop scored her second pro win on Friday, prevailing in a hard battle against Dione Barbosa for a unanimous decision win.

Both flyweights were landing with hard punches in the opening round. While Barbosa clearly rocked Bishop early on, it was Bishop who scored a massive knockdown with a left cross.

Barbosa scored her own knockdown early in the second round, landing a left hook that dropped Bishop.

Bishop notched a takedown late in the second round, finishing the frame with a solid minute of control from full mount.

Bishop had a strong final round, getting controlling positions on the ground and searching for a submission.

Bishop made her pro debut just last month, submitting Helen Lucero in the first round with a rear naked choke. Bishop took her second pro bout on short notice, stepping in to replace Flore Hani.

Barbosa was looking to bounce back from her sole pro loss, which came in 2019 against now-UFC fighter Josiane Nunes.

Furar Scores Flashy Rear Naked Choke Win

Rickey Furar secured a highlight reel submission win in his bout, submitting Jose Avalos with an acrobatic rear naked choke sequence.

Furar slightly tossed Avalos up into the air while in a standing back position. He used this motion to set up a rear naked choke, which he took to the ground and secured for a tap-out.

Fruar is now on a three-fight winning streak, including a win he took just last month against “Dana White’s Contender Series” alum Brady Huang.

Avalos was returning to LFA after a successful Combate Global stint that resulted in three wins and one loss.

Punches From Trillo Stop Brown In The Third

Hard hooks from Sidney Trillo were on display Friday, as she punched her way to a third-round stoppage win over Alandria Brown.

Trillo put together long combinations of hook punches throughout the fight. One of these flurries in the third round landed clean on Brown, causing the referee to end the fight.

Trillo started to piece together hard punches late in the first round, connecting with numerous hooks to the head and body of Brown after leaving a clinch position.

Trillo was able to score with strikes in the second round as well, but clinch positions initiated by Brown slowed her attacks. Her finish win in the third round came after breaking from one of those positions.

Both Trillo and Brown made their pro debuts earlier this year on the same card in April.

Trillo’s first fight was a third-round submission victory over Shania Arredondo. Brown went the distance in her bout, defeating Melissa Oddessa Parker via split decision.

Mauldin Takes Scorecard Win Following Grappling Battle Against Mandiau

Taylor Mauldin picked up her second pro victory to open the main card, prevailing in a grappling-heavy fight against Nadine Mandiau via unanimous decision.

Mauldin was in a top position for a large portion of the fight, working from full guard and even full mount during the rounds.

The fight between Mauldin and Mandiau was originally set to happen on the preliminary card, but was later bumped up to the main card due to the main event’s last-minute cancellation.

Mauldin won her pro debut on at an LFA event earlier this year, defeating Ambar De La Herran via submission in May.

Mandiau now has a negative pro record of one win and three losses. Her previous LFA bout was earlier this year, where she lost to Invicta FC vet Claire Guthrie.

Quick Results:

Main Card (10:00PM EST / 7:00PM PST) (UFC Fight Pass)

Bout 7: Askar Askar def. Leandro Gomes via Decision, Split

Bout 6: Javier Garcia def. Ryan Fillingame via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 5: Jena Bishop def. Dione Barbosa via Decision, Unanimous

Bout 4: Rickey Furar def. Jose Avalos via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 1:30)

Bout 3: Sidney Trillo def. Alandria Brown via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 2:49)

Bout 2: Taylor Mauldin def. Nadine Mandiau via Decision, Unanimous

Preliminary Card

Bout 1: Joseph Dorado def. Corvan Allen via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 3, 3:17)

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