LFA will kick off their 2022 schedule on Friday night with a show from the The Factory in Deep Ellum in Dallas, Texas, USA. The card, which lost its initially scheduled lightweight main event on Thursday, is set to include eight bouts in total and have welterweights Chris Brown and Steve Jones in the headlining spot.
Follow along throughout the evening for live updates.
Bout 1: Caleb Jensen def. Harrison Layne via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:51)
Bout 2: Zumar Archer def. Akeem Lewis via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 4:10)
Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 8: Chris Brown (7-3) vs. Steve Jones (8-2) (Welterweight)
Brown Finishes Jones Late
Welterweight Chris Brown scored a finish win in Friday’s main event, putting away Steve Jones with strikes in the third round.
Brown suddenly hurt Jones early in the final round with a left cross. Jones dropped to the ground as Brown charged at him, allowing Brown to land with ground and pound shots.
Jones returned to his feet but crumbled to his back after taking more punches. Brown took the back of Jones to continue with punches, forcing the referee to step in and end the fight.
Brown was ahead in a slow fight for the two previous rounds.
Brown now has a solid winning streak in LFA, having won three consecutive fights. He scored a stoppage win last time around as well, beating Glaucio Eliziario in July 2021.
Brown called for a welterweight title shot in his post-fight interview.
Jones was attempting to bounce back from a loss he took to Nikolay Veretennikov from LFA 102. He had a strong five-fight winning streak before then.
The fight wasn’t originally set for the main event but was moved up to headlining status after a fight between Aaron McKenzie and Joshua Jones left the card.
Brown missed weight for this bout, going over the limit by three pounds on Thursday.
Bout 7: Elijah Johns (7-2) vs. Brandon Phillips (8-4) (Featherweight)
Johns Dominates Phillips For Decision Win
Elijah Johns had a dominant performance in the co-main event, clearing scorecards against Brandon Phillips for a unanimous decision win (30-27, 30-27 & 30-26).
Johns had strong wrestling throughout the fight, taking Phillips down in every round and putting together an overwhelming amount of control time on the ground.
He also had successful moments on his feet. He notably hurt Phillips at one point with a clean head kick.
Johns was coming back from a split decision loss that he took in a main event bout against Bruno Souza last year.
Phillips has now won two consecutive bouts. His prior bout was a loss to Aaron McKenzie in April 2021. Between kickboxing and MMA, he is on a four-fight skid.
Johns missed weight for the fight on Thursday, coming in four-and-a-half pounds over the non-championship limit at featherweight.
Bout 6: Alden Coria (5-0) vs. Michael Cyr (3-0) (Bantamweight)
Cyr Earns Submission Win, Hands Coria His First Loss
Michael Cyr put a close fight against Alden Coria to an end late in the final round, scoring a rear naked choke submission to stay undefeated.
Cyr applied the choke against Coria in the final round of the fight. He attempted an incredibly rare twister submission earlier in the round, seemingly fully extending it at one point but not getting a tap from Coria.
The fight was quite close before the finishing sequence, as both Coria and Cyr succeeded on the feet in earlier rounds.
The fight on Friday was Coria’s first pro loss through six fights. He had previously earned three finish wins in LFA from 2020 to 2021.
Cyr is now on a four-fight winning streak since turning pro in November 2020. His previous fight was just two months before when he beat Kameron Jordan on a B2 Fighting Series card.
Bout 5: Isaiah Gutierrez (6-1) vs. Keeton Gorton (6-5) (Bantamweight)
Gutierrez Wins In LFA Return Via Submission
Isaiah Gutierrez extended his winning streak on Friday night, catching Keeton Gorton on the feet for a guillotine choke submission in the second round.
Gorton had a big moment early on, dropping Gutierrez with an overhand right in the third minute. He then took full guard on top for the rest of the round, landing ground and pound shots from the position.
Gutierrez regained control of the fight in the second round, taking Gorton down for a moment. He then secured a submission win on the feet, slipping in a guillotine choke for the win.
The win put Gutierrez on a three-fight winning streak, including a 2019 fight in Bellator. He also scored his first LFA win, coming back after losing in the promotion four years ago.
Gorton now has an even pro record of six wins and six losses.
Bout 4: John Pham (4-2) vs. Anvar Boynazarov (2-0) (Featherweight)
Boynazarov Stops Pham With Quick Knee KO
Anvar Boynazarov scored a brutal knee knockout on Friday, stopping John Pham in just seconds in their featherweight fight.
Boynazarov floored Phan with a step-in knee in the first minute. Pham was hit with more shots afterward before the referee stepped in to end the fight.
Boynazarov, a former GLORY Kickboxing title challenger, now has an undefeated MMA record of three wins. His two previous MMA wins were in Combate Night Pro, where he beat both opponents within a round.
Pham entered the bout with a two-fight winning streak that he earned in 2021.
Bout 3: Siteu Senghor (2-0) vs. Jakori Savage (0-0) (Heavyweight)
Savage Finishes Senghor Within A Round In Pro Debut
Former football player Jakori Savage won his pro debut to open the main card, finishing Siteu Senghor in the first round with strikes.
Savage hurt Senghor with ground and pound shots late in the opening round, unloading with punches and elbows until the referee stopped the fight.
The fight had controversy early on, as the referee stopped the fight under the suspicion that Savage had landed a knee to the head of Senghor while he was deemed a grounded opponent.
Savage was able to hurt Senghor shortly after the fight result, unloading with punches while he was up against the cage.
Senghor entered the bout on a two-fight winning streak from 2019.