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LFA 42 Results: Former Champ Derrick Krantz With Decision

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Former Legacy Fighting Alliance welterweight champion Derrick Krantz made a statement Friday night at LFA 42, turning back the challenge of Kassius Kayne.

Krantz improved to 22-10 in his career with a split decision victory in the main event. The card aired live on AXS TV from the Branson Convention Center in Branson, Missouri.

The win was the fourth in five fights for Krantz, who lost the belt to James Nakashima back in September. He is 7-2 under the combined Legacy FC/LFA banner, fighting for the promotion since 2014.

Kayne fell to 12-5 in his career with the defeat.

The co-main event saw Jaleel Willis scored a first round TKO victory vs. Chel Erwin-Davis, as the welterweight improved to 9-1 and positioned himself nicely in the division.

Jaimee Nievera topped Katy Collins, Josh Marsh knocked out Teejay Britton, Charles Johnson stopped Andrew Kimzey, Lucas Clay bested Mike Breeden and Julius Anglickas submitted Erik Murray Jr.

  • Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Derrick Krantz (22-10) defeated Kassius Kayne (12-5) by split decision (30-27, 30-27, 28-29).
  • Co-Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Jaleel Willis (9-1) defeated Chel Erwin-Davis (5-2) by TKO at 1:10 in round one.
  • Flyweight Fight – Jaimee Nievera (7-3) defeated Katy Collins (7-5) by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Featherweight Fight – Josh Marsh (4-1) knocked out Teejay Britton (5-1) at 1:15 in round one.
  • Flyweight Fight – Charles Johnson (7-1) scored a TKO victory (strikes) against Andrew Kimzey (3-2) at 1:41 in round one.
  • Lightweight Fight – Lucas Clay (4-0) outlasted  Mike Breeden (4-1) to win by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Light Heavyweight Fight – Julius Anglickas (3-1) submitted Erik Murray Jr. (3-1) with a rear-naked choke at 2:29 in round three.

UFC 225: Will You Tune In Saturday To Watch CM Punk?

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In all honesty, the UFC did things right with UFC 225 this weekend and CM Punk.

How do you get the casual fan to care about a former pro wrestling superstar with a record in MMA of 0-1?

Throw him in the opening main card bout live on pay-per-view with a lineup that includes two title fights and two other bouts with former champions involved.

Saturday’s event from the United Center in Chicago is far from the CM Punk Show. But, for a generation that tends to follow both combat sports and professional wrestling, the itch to buy a PPV with Punk featured is key for the UFC.

Robert Whittaker can make a big-time statement as one of the top fighters in MMA with a successful defense of his middleweight crown vs. Yoel Romero in the main event.

Whoever emerges from the co-main between former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington for the interim welterweight title will be a strong adversary for reigning champion Tyron Woodley.

Holly Holm, a former UFC female bantamweight champion and featherweight title challenger, welcomes ex-Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson to the Octagon. And former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski looks to tame Tai Tuivasa.

But Punk is making headlines.

He’s been talked about all week due to a civil case he has been fighting in court while preparing for his second appearance inside the cage. He’ll meet fellow 0-1 fighter Mike Jackson in a welterweight clash.

Has the former WWE champion made enough improvements under the careful eye of Duke Roufus to be a legit fighter?

Do you even care?

Legacy Fighting Alliance 42 Heads To Missouri With Krantz-Kayne Main Event

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The Legacy Fighting Alliance ship will head to Branson, Missouri this Friday night for LFA 42 live on AXS TV.

In the main event, former LFA welterweight champion Derrick Krantz meets Kassius Kayne from the Branson Convention Center. The main card will begin at 9 p.m. ET.

“I am excited to bring the LFA back to Missouri in June,” stated Soares. “RFA hosted four shows across the state and we returned last year as LFA. Missouri has some of the best fans and MMA talent in the country. Derrick Krantz won the inaugural LFA welterweight title. He is on a path to reclaim his crown. Standing in his way is Kassius Kayne, who is one of the most exciting fighters on our roster.”

Krantz (21-10) was the first-ever LFA welterweight champion, besting Ben Neumann. Previously, the Texas native downed Brock Larson to claim the Legacy FC title.

After dropping the belt to James Nakashima, Krantz bounced back into the win column by besting Artenas Young.

Kayne (12-4), a native of Nebraska, earned a win in his LFA debut last October over Jordon Larson. He recently stepped away from the promotion to earn a win over Ivey Nixon.

Other planned fights for the AXS TV main card include Jaleel Willis vs. Chel Erwin-Davis, Charles Johnson vs. Andrew Kimzey and Erick Murray vs. Julius Anglickas.

5 Reasons To Go To Your Local Fights

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So you’re looking for something to do tonight and you’re just not quite sure what’s out there. All the movies playing aren’t your thing, the bar is played out and if you spend one more night really cementing that ass groove on the corner of the couch, you may as well just give up and finish the transition to actual hermit.

Here’s an idea, go check out your local fight card. Odds are good there is one near you and soon. You may be asking yourself why in the world you would want to go to a ballroom somewhere to watch people you don’t know slug it out in their underwear. Let me give you a few solid reasons.

1) Fun Fights

If you have even a passing interest in combat sports, which I assume you do as you’re reading this, you’ve seen boring fights. Fights between pros that are so evenly matched they stymie each other’s offense with their excellent defense and seemingly nothing happens. That is rarely the case on your local fight card. Slug fests are common, and sick submissions are likely. If you’re a fan of fights not going the distance it’s hard to beat a local fight card.

2) Great Value

A typical PPV fight is going to cost you 60 bucks and you have to be worried that the cable company or the streaming service might drop the event. At best you’ll get ten fights. At a local show you’ll see double that. In fact, most of the time you can show up after work, grab a seat, and watch 4-5 hours of fights for about 35 dollars. What else are you going to do for five hours on a Friday for 35 dollars?

3) Live Is Better

Sure, watching a fight on TV is fun. It’s exciting, you can get into it. It’s a whole different thing up close and personal. You can hear the kicks land, and immediately see damage as it happens, in a way not so evident when viewed remotely. There is a feeling in the crowd that’s palpable when a hard strike lands or a combo culminates in a KO. Live fights are electric to watch.

4) Next Big Thing Potential

Everyone wants to be able to say, “I saw that guy when he was coming up”. Well, the local scene is where the super stars come from, and they come from all over. Right now there are more and better amateur and new professional fighters than maybe at any time in the past. Big fight promotions have to pull from somewhere and their development leagues are the local fight card. Who knows, you could see the next super star born in front of you.

5) Atmosphere

Local fights are packed with people with real skin in the game. Teammates and family members comprise the bulk of the audience. The level of buy-in in the crowd is incredible. That makes for a really exciting atmosphere; at every fight there is a large contingent of people hanging on every bead of sweat. That collective anticipation makes the fights that much more real from the crowd.

There you go. If you’ve never seen a fight live or need something fun to do on a down night, it’s hard to beat a good fight.

UFC Fight Night 131 Results, Highlights: Marlon Moraes Stuns Jimmie Rivera

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Marlon Moraes made a name for himself prior to signing with the UFC.

On Friday night, Moraes made a name for himself as a contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division.

The former World Series of Fighting champion landed a stiff head kick that floored Jimmie Rivera in their main event fight at UFC Fight Night 131, following up with several strikes on the ground to earn the finish.

Moraes is now on a very short list of contenders to the 135-pound title, a belt he held for years in the now-defunct WSOF.

The card also featured slick submission wins by Gregor Gillespie and Julio Arce, TKOs from Walt Harris and Ben Saunders, and a decision by Sam Alvey on the FOX Sports 1 main card from Utica, New York.

Complete results are below:

Marlon Moraes def. Jimmie Rivera via KO (head-kick) at :33 of Round 1

Gregor Gillespie def. Vinc Pichel via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:06 of Round 2

Walt Harris def. Daniel Spitz via TKO (strikes) at 4:59 of Round 2

Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger via TKO (strikes) at 1:56 of Round 1

Julio Arce def. Daniel Teymur via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:55 of Round 3

Sam Alvey def. Gian Villante via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sijara Eubanks def. Lauren Murphy via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

David Teymur def. Nik Lentz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Belal Muhammad def. Chance Rencountre via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Desmond Green def. Gleison Tibau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Nathaniel Wood def. Johnny Eduardo via submission (D’arce choke) at 2:18 of Round 2

Jose Torres def. Jarred Brooks via TKO (strikes) at 2:55 of Round 2

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