Jaqueline Amorim had another quick performance on Friday night, submitting Ashley Nichols in the first round to defend her LFA Strawweight Championship for the first time.
Amorim’s title fight victory headlined LFA 142, which took place from the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA.
Amorim fully extended an armbar against Nichols during the first round, moving into the submission after being in the full mount before. Nichols was quick to tap due to the risky hold being put in place.
Amorim controlled the fight before the finish, taking Nichols down halfway through the first round.
Despite Amorim’s performance Friday ending within a round, the bout is now her longest appearance as a pro. Her previous five wins all came in under two minutes, with the shortest bout lasting just 10 seconds.
Amorim became champion earlier this year, submitting Loveth Young in the first round of a fight via kneebar.
After the fight, Amorim kept all of her options open regarding her next fight.
“Right now I’m just focused on improving more,” said Amorim in her post-fight interview. “I know I have a lot of [room] to grow. I just know whatever’s next for me, I’ll be ready.”
Nichols, a former GLORY Kickboxer, was given the title shot after defeating Hilarie Rose earlier this year.
Former Champion Petersen Wins In Return
Former LFA Heavyweight Champion Thomas Petersen returned to the win column in Friday’s co-main event, picking up a finish victory against Kory Moegenburg.
Petersen used ground and pound to dominate Moegenburg up until the finish. For nearly two full rounds, Petersen scored with ground and pound shots against a covered-up Moegenburg.
The referee made the call to stop the fight late in the second frame.
Petersen was appearing for the first time since dropping his LFA Heavyweight Championship against now-UFC fighter Waldo Cortes-Acosta in April. Before then, Petersen had an undefeated record of five wins.
Moegenburg’s record is now a negative two wins and four losses.
McPadden Makes Comeback For Submission
Sean McPadden made an impressive comeback to hand Michael Cyr his first pro defeat on Friday night.
McPadden battled past a tough beginning to his fight, later hurting Cyr with strikes and then submitting him on the ground.
Cyr started the fight strong, proving to be accurate with his punches on the feet. Along with his stand-up skills, he also put together a brief amount of ground control on McPadden.
McPadden started to show some life halfway through the second round of the fight, lighting Cyr up with his own punches.
McPadden caught Cyr with a guillotine choke after stuffing a takedown attempt. Just moments later, a tap caused the fight to end.
McPadden was returning to LFA for the first time since 2020, when he took his first pro loss.
After his win on Friday, McPadden called out for a fight anywhere, including the UFC.
“Pressure makes diamonds. And when these lights are on, I shine,” said McPadden in his post-fight interview.
Cyr had a flawless record of four wins heading into this weekend. He scored a big win in his LFA debut earlier this year, submitting Alden Coria in January.
Canuto Remains Undefeated
Giovanna Canuto kept her undefeated record alive on Friday evening, putting together a solid three-round performance against Jamie Colleen Miller for a unanimous decision victory.
Canuto spent a large portion of the fight controlling Miller on the ground. She specifically took the back of Miller many times and spent numerous minutes in that position.
Canuto also briefly spent time in stand-up positions early in the fight.
Canuto has now attained four wins since making her debut in 2021. Her three previous wins as a pro have all come via first-round finish.
Miller was appearing for the first time since 2019. The two-time “Dana White’s Contender Series” alum now has a record of five wins and four losses.
Vaci Earns Decision Win Over Fenicle
Zach Vaci had a hard-fought fourth win as a pro on Friday night, going the distance for the first time as a pro to defeat Rob Fenicle via unanimous decision.
Vaci was succeeding more and more as the fight progressed. He struggled somewhat in the first round, as explosive striking from Fenicle had him in trouble at times.
Vaci’s ground abilities helped him evade damage in the first round. He notably was knocked down in the round but was able to attempt a leg lock submission on the ground after hitting the canvas.
Vaci did much better on the feet in the second and third rounds, landing against Fenicle and using his striking to take rounds on scorecards.
Vaci’s record is now a strong four wins and just one loss. This weekend was his first appearance in nearly a year.
Fenicle, a former Bellator fighter, has now lost two consecutive fights. His previous fight, an appearance in July, saw him get submitted in the first round by Matias Nader.
Vigil Stops Lemaire In Hectic Battle
Adam Vigil put an end to his brief fire-fight against Manatua Lemaire in the first round, knocking him out with punches.
Vigil first had Lemaire visibly rocked in the third minute with a clean left and right hook combination for a knockdown.
A still-wobbled Lemaire returned to his feet after this exchange, but then ate a left cross that knocked him out and ended the fight.
Lemaire came close to finishing the fight earlier in the round. He notably dropped Vigil with a right cross during the fight’s opening exchange.
Lemaire and Vigil were paired up just earlier this week. Vigil joined the card after a September 9th fight against Kohlman Scribner fell through.
Vigil has now scored two consecutive wins. His previous fight, a June appearance, saw him win in just 17 seconds.
Lemaire entered the fight with an undefeated record of three wins, all of which came via finish.
Main Card (9:00PM EDT / 8:00PM CDT) (UFC Fight Pass)
Bout 18: Jaqueline Amorim def. Ashley Nichols via Submission, Armbar (RD 1, 4:39) (LFA Strawweight Championship)
Bout 17: Thomas Petersen def. Kory Moegenburg via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 3:14)
Bout 16: Sean McPadden def. Michael Cyr via Submission, Guillotine Choke (RD 2, 3:26)
Bout 15: Giovanna Canuto def. Jamie Colleen Miller via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 14: Zach Vaci def. Rob Fenicle via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 13: Adam Vigil def. Manatua Lemaire via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:57)
Bout 12: Dan Moriarty def. Oscar Jurado Sanchez via Decision, Technical
Bout 11: Donald Bush def. Jimmy Padilla via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 1, 1:24)
Bout 10: Griffin Parriott def. Ratavious Thrasher via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 1, 2:16)
Bout 9: Gary Konkol def. Sam Hernandez via Submission, Arm Triangle Choke (RD 2, 3:10)
Bout 8: Devon Lozej def. Reshal Malik via Decision, Unanimous
Bout 7: Cody Jerabek def. Bruce Xavier via TKO, Strikes (RD 1, 2:32)
Bout 6: Steven Asplund def. Rick Jones via Decision, Unanimous (Amateur)
Bout 5: Shamar Williams def. Jared McKinley via TKO, Doctor Stoppage (RD 1, 3:00) (Amateur)
Bout 4: Taylor Meyers def. Shaelyn O’Connor via Decision, Majority (Amateur)
Bout 3: Mitchell Wilson def. Nowa Blabuh via Decision, Unanimous (Amateur)
Bout 2: Noah Gasho def. Daniel Guadalajara via Submission, Rear Naked Choke (RD 1, 2:47) (Amateur)
Bout 1: Shad Walters def. Andre Sellars via TKO, Strikes (RD 2, 0:10) (Amateur)