A series of prospect matchups will take place on Friday night when LFA holds their third event of the year.
In the main event of LFA 123, “The Ultimate Fighter” alum Daniel Argueta will meet fellow undefeated bantamweight Mairon Santos. The fight headlines a nine-bout card that will take place at the Horseshoe Hammond Casino in Hammond, Indiana, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the card.
Bout 1: Justin Lovrich def. Aleksander Keca via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 3:24)
Bout 2: Gabriel Mota def. Tyler Hufnagle via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:18)
Bout 3: Kevin Fernandez def. Cody Linne via Decision, Unanimous
Main Card (9:00PM EST / 8:00PM CST) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 9: Daniel Argueta (6-0) vs. Mairon Santos (12-0) (Bantamweight)
‘TUF’ Alum Argueta Earns Stoppage Win To End Flawless Performance Against Santos
Daniel Argueta made a statement on Friday night, handing Mairon Santos his first pro loss in dominant fashion. The strong performance by Argueta came to an end in the third and final round, landing ground and pound to stop the fight in the closing minutes.
Argueta had full control in every round. He was quick to take Santos down to start all three frames, then would land a series of punches and elbows from a dominant position.
The fight finally was stopped in the third round, as a long series of full mount strikes from Argueta caused the fight to end.
The fight was Santos’ first pro loss through 13 appearances. He had quickly put together his previous wins, competing on the Brazilian regional scene from just 2019 to 2021.
Argueta now has a flawless pro record of seven wins. His previous LFA fight was a quick showing, submitting Rodney Mondala in the first round of a fight in October.
Argueta’s win came in front of a supportive home-state crowd. After the fight, Argueta vaguely hinted at attaining something big in the sport this year, likely implying his goal of a UFC call-up.
“I told my Dad I had one goal this year … And we all know what that goal is. Not going to say it. I’m determined to reach that goal,” said Argueta in his post-fight interview.
Argueta competed in Season 29 of “The Ultimate Fighter” last year, losing in the opening round to Ricky Turcios. Later in the tournament, Turcios went on to win the bantamweight bracket.
Argueta’s “TUF” fight was an exhibition, meaning the defeat didn’t count towards his pro record.
Bout 8: Askar Askar (12-2) vs. Ryskulbek Ibraimov (19-9) (Bantamweight)
Askar Continues Successful LFA Run With Decision Win Over Ibraimov
Askar Askar won a close battle against Ryskyulbek Ibraimov in the co-main event, snagging a unanimous decision result at the end (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Askar was given trouble in the first round, but he recovered and later took rounds that earned him the win.
Ibraimov hurt Askar early, stunning him in the opening minute with a left hook. He was able to later score takedowns and earn control time, making the first round a strong start for him.
Askar had a much better second round. Askar’s best strike in the round was a head kick that connected cleanly on Ibraimov. Askar was later able to take Ibraimov down in the round and secure top position.
After both fighters each clearly had earned a round earlier in the fight, the final frame was much harder to judge. The last five minutes saw clean shots land at times from both bantamweights, although in the end it would go to Askar.
Askar won a split decision in his previous fight, defeating Leandro Gomes in an LFA main event three months back.
Ibraimov’s prior fight was a loss to Victor Dias in a Titan FC title fight. Before then, Ibraimov had picked up an impressive 10 consecutive wins as a pro.
Bout 7: Josh Streacker (7-4) vs. Miguel Jacob (5-1) (Lightweight)
Streacker Endures Close Battle Against Jacob For Decision Win
Josh Streaker had a hard-fought battle on Friday night, taking a split decision win over Miguel Jacob after a close stand-up fight (29-28 Jacob, 30-27 Streacker & 29-28 Streacker).
The fight initially looked to be a dominating performance for Streacker, although Jacob upped his output of strikes in the latter half of the battle to make it a close result when heading to scorecards.
Streacker had Jacob in trouble numerous times in the opening round, visibly wobbling him with combinations of strikes. Streacker dropped Jacob at one point with a right hook, then motioned to the referee as he expected the fight to be stopped. It continued.
Jacob started to gain momentum in the second round, picking up his pace of strikes later on. While fatigue seemingly slowed Streacker down late, Jacob finished strong with his striking.
The fight on Friday was Streacker’s first LFA win. He lost his previous promotional appearance in early 2020. He was coming off a previous victory, having stopped Ryan McIntosh on a card recently.
Jacob slightly missed weight for the bout, coming in half-a-pound over the non-championship lightweight limit on Thursday.
Bout 6: Payton Brezinski (4-1) vs. Cody Davis (4-0) (Flyweight)
Davis Moves Flawless Record To Five Wins With Grappling Showcase
The stellar grappling skills of Cody Davis kept his undefeated record alive on Friday night, defeating Payton Brezinski via unanimous decision after three rounds (30-26, 30-27 & 30-27).
While Davis certainly has good striking, it was his work on the ground that earned him the lopsided win on scorecards.
Brezinski started the first round fine, scoring numerous takedowns on Davis early on. However, he found himself in great trouble late in the round, as Davis took his back and secured a rear naked choke. Brezinski was able to endure this submission until the round ran out of time.
Davis controlled most of the second round, taking the back of Brezinski and going for another rear naked choke at one point.
Brezinski showed urgency in the final round, but he wasn’t able to do anything to steal the fight with five minutes to go.
Davis now has five wins since turning pro in late 2020. This includes wins in notable promotions Combate Global and Cage Warriors.
Brezinski had a three-fight winning streak broken by Friday’s result. It was his first loss since 2019.
Bout 5: Halston Williams (1-1) vs Logan Nail (2-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Nail Stops Williams Quickly With Punches
Logan Nail had a quick and explosive victory on Friday night, catching Halston Williams with punches in the first round to end their fight.
Nail stormed Williams with punches, backing him up against the cage with a right cross and dropping him with follow-up strikes. The steady flurry of shots from Nail continued on the ground until the referee stepped in and finished the bout.
This finish came just moments after the fight was paused due to a groin shot that landed on Nail.
The fight put Nail back into the win column after taking a loss to Zac Pauga last year.
Williams now has a negative pro record of one win and two losses. His first pro win was in his previous appearance, defeating Cody Kelley in October.
Bout 4: Alberto Rodriguez (3-1) vs. Beau Samaniego (2-1) (Featherweight)
Samaniego Wins LFA Debut With Thorough Three Round Performance
Beau Samaniego had a strong showing to open the main card, controlling Albert Rodriguez on the feet and on the ground for a unanimous decision victory (30-26, 30-27 & 29-28).
Rodriguez spent a large portion of the opening round on his back, where he was able to threaten Samaniego with numerous submission attempts. This gave him some good moments, although most of the round saw Samaniego chip away with short strikes while in full guard.
Samaniego cut Rodriguez open in the second round, hurting him with a series of elbows while resisting a takedown attempt. Samaniego was then able to secure a takedown of his own and get top position.
Most of the third round took place on the feet, where Samaniego was able to avoid wailing shots from Rodriguez and advance forward with shots that connected.
Rodriguez was coming off his LFA debut, which was a quick finish win over Chris Mecate last year.
Samaniego bounced back from his sole pro loss in late 2021, defeating Marcus Crawford via decision.