Undefeated Dan Argueta had a hard-fought five-round performance against Diego Silva on Friday night to earn the LFA Bantamweight Championship.
Argueta’s win headlined LFA 131, which took place at the Oshkosh Arena in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA.
Argueta’s fight was close throughout and ended in a split decision.
Silva had a quick start to the fight, scoring a takedown early in the first round and using most of that frame to keep Argueta down. The second round remained on the feet, where Silva and Argueta had back-and-forth exchanges.
Argueta scored two takedowns in the third round, using those moments to attempt submissions and keep Silva down. Silva continued to succeed on the feet later in the fight, landing with combinations of punches. Argueta consumed lots of shots in the fight, in part due to a style that saw him not keep his hands up during exchanges.
Argueta’s final round was his best, taking Silva down early in the frame and getting on his back for a rear naked choke attempt.
Argueta was critical of his performance afterward but saw positives to his performance after going five rounds for the first time.
“It wasn’t the prettiest but I showed my grit,” said Argueta, who had an emotional post-fight interview alongside his parents.
Now undefeated with eight wins, Argueta called for a spot in a major MMA promotion.
Argueta has scored four consecutive wins in LFA since 2020. His previous victory headlined a card in February, stopping Mairon Santos in the third round with strikes.
Santos was making his LFA debut in the appearance. He was coming off a recent title win in CES from earlier this year, where he beat UFC alum Andre Soukhamthath.
Flowers Wins Quick Turnaround Against Hiley In Just 43 Seconds
Darrius Flowers scored an incredibly fast win in the co-main event, putting away Tim Hiley in just 43 seconds with strikes.
Flowers hurt Hiley with an uppercut early in their fight. He then unloaded with a combination of hooks to the head that dropped Hiley to the ground. While Hiley was quick to pop up to his feet while Flowers taunted, the referee stepped in and decided to end the bout there.
Flowers’ previous appearance was a second-round finish victory against Daniel Gadley at LFA’s previous event. He’s now on a three-fight winning streak.
Hiley has seen less success as of late, winning just two of his last five fights.
Orolbay Defeats Fuller In LFA Debut
Myktybek Orolbay had a strong LFA debut on Friday night, defeating promotional vet Jalin Fuller in a unanimous decision result.
Orolbay’s wrestling allowed him to dominate the fight through all three rounds. It was a pretty drama-free win for him in this appearance, as his work on the ground made it a comfortable victory for him.
Orolbay now has a strong pro record of seven wins and one loss.
Fuller was returning just two weeks after scoring a submission win against Gage Saunders at LFA 130. His sole pro loss was before then, suffering a defeat against Bruno Assis in late 2021.
Schultz Beats Salim For Second Pro Win
Wes Schultz picked up his second pro win with a tough win against Hamza Salim.
Schultz had to overcome a tough second round to win the fight. While he won the first and third rounds of the fight, Salim earned a fair amount of ground control with his grappling in the second frame.
Schultz won his pro debut last year, earning a 24-second submission victory over Victor Jones.
Salim was originally booked to face Roland Dunlap on this card. He is now on a three-fight losing streak, with the previous appearance being fought in Bellator.
Gennrich Takes Decision Over Lutchen For First LFA Win
Keegan Gennrich pulled off an upset win on Friday night, working toward a unanimous decision victory against Austin Lutchen.
Gennrich dominated the second and third rounds of the fight, landing numerous impactful takedowns and following those moments up with dominance on the ground. The first round was the only close frame, as Lutchen was able to have controlling moments in what was a grappling-heavy contest.
Gennrich was returning to LFA for the second time. He was unsuccessful in his previous fight, losing to Evan Elder back in 2020.
Lutchen was looking to bounce back from his only pro defeat, which was against Nate Jennerman in January.
Evans Dominates Konkol To Return To Win Column
David Evans opened the main card with an incredibly one-sided performance, out-landing Gary Konkol throughout three rounds for a comfortable unanimous decision win.
Evans had the sharper striking out of the two fighters in all three rounds. His shots caused visible damage to Konkol, forcing bruising and opening cuts.
Evans was coming off his first pro loss, which saw him get finished on a FAC card earlier this year. Before then, he had a flawless record of four wins.
Konkol had a three-fight winning streak heading into Friday.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 12: Dan Argueta def. Diego Silva via Decision, Split (Vacant LFA Bantamweight Championship)
Bout 11: Darrius Flowers def. Tim Hiley via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 0:43)
Bout 10: Myktybek Orolbay def. Jalin Fuller via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 9: Wes Schultz def. Hamza Salim via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 8: Kegan Gennrich def. Austin Lutchen via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 7: David Evans def. Gary Konkol via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 6: Nick Klein def. Tristan Overvig via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 5: Christy Tyquiengco def. Leslie Hernandez via Decision, Split
Bout 4: Maria Henderson def. Jena Williams via Submission, Triangle-American (RD 3, 1:41) (Amateur Bout)
Bout 3: Edwin Jimenez def. Randy Rivera-Santiago via Decision, Split (Amateur Bout)
Bout 2: Dalton Holmes def. Malaquais Jarmon via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 1:32) (Amateur Bout)
Bout 1: Jeremy Strobel Jr. def. Andre Sellars via TKO, Strikes (RD 3, 1:11) (Amateur Bout)