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LFA 41 Results: Guillotine Submissions The Norm In Minnesota

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The final three fights at Legacy Fighting Alliance 41 on Friday night all ended with the same move: the guillotine choke.

That included a victory by Thiago Moises in the main event live on AXS TV vs. Jeff Peterson.

With just 29 seconds left in the second round, Moises locked up the hold, forcing Peterson to tap.

In the co-main, Killys Mota did the same to Bobby Lee, as he earned his victory just 21 seconds into round No. 2. And it was Nate Jennerman choking out Kevin Croom 48 seconds into their battle in the first round.

Complete results from the night can be found below:

Thiago Moises def. Jeff Peterson by submission (guillotine choke) at  4:31 of Round 2

Killys Mota def. Bobby Lee by submission (guillotine choke) at :21 of Round 2

Nate Jennerman def. Kevin Croom by technical submission (guillotine choke) at :48 of Round 1

Ben Neumann def. Bobby Cooper by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28))

Jordan Griffin def. Shawn West by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:52 of Round 1

Tim Hiley def. Tyler Vogel by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Calyn Hull def. Ryan Debelak by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:59 of Round 2

Legacy Fighting Alliance 41 Heads To Minnesota Friday Night Live On AXS TV

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Fresh off hosting event No. 400, the ship continues to sail forward on AXS TV with Legacy Fighting Alliance 41 this Friday night from Prior Lake, Minnesota.

The main event features a pair of Top-5 lightweights looking to make a statement in a division without a champion, as Thiago Moises meets Jeff Peterson.

All the main card action begins at 9 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

Moises, a 23-year-old, was the second-youngest champion in Resurrection Fighting Alliance history when he secured a helicopter armbar on David Castillo. The Brazilian is 9-2 overall in his career, including a pair of title defenses – one of which was featured on the first season of Dana White’s “Lookin’ for a Fight” series.

A broken hand caused Moises to miss time, but the American Top Team-trained fighter is now fully recovered.

Peterson (9-4) carries a six-fight, three-year unbeaten streak into the meeting. He scored three “upsets” last year in LFA, including a decision vs. Mike Richman at LFA 29.

The 28-year-old who trains with Alliance MMA also holds wins over Bobby Lee and Brandon Jenkins to his resume.

Other planned bouts for the event include unbeaten Killys Mota vs. Lee, Raufeon Stots taking on the undefeated Emeka Ifekandu, Nate Jennerman vs. Kevin Croom and Ben Neumann vs. Bobby Cooper.

LFA 41 will be the seventh LFA event to take place in the state of Minnesota. RFA and Legacy FC hosted a combined nine events in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” before the merger. Six of those events took place under the RFA banner inside the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.

MMA 101 – Weight Cutting Tips

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Weight cutting is synonymous with MMA. Where there’s a discussion about MMA, there’s a discussion about cutting weight. Everyone has an opinion, right down to the people that never have, and never will, cut weight. The downfalls and outright dangers of weight cutting have been in the news often lately, but for as much discussion as the pros and cons of this pre-fight ritual has generated, for right now, it’s still a necessity for many fighters. But if cutting weight has been around for so long, why is it still so often done badly? Since the stock answer of ‘fight closer to your walking weight’ still isn’t a possibility for many fighters, here are several tips to improve your next weight cut.

Don’t eat like a jerk between fights

We all want to pig out for day (ok, a few days) following a fight. If we win, we want to eat to celebrate, if we lose, we want to drown our sorrows in beer and Cheetos. Absolutely fine, you’ve worked hard, you deserve it, win or lose. Just don’t let a few days turn into a week turn into a month, turn into oh, crap, I’ve gained 30lbs. Trust us, that next fight is coming up a lot quicker than you think. You also want to spend your fight camp training, not getting back into shape.

Be honest with your coach

If you slipped up and your weight isn’t where it should be as your fight draws close, tell your coach. Hiding it from him until you’re in a sweat-soaked panic in the sauna two hours from weigh-ins helps exactly no one. And it’s really going to piss off a lot of people, not least of all your coach, your opponent, the promoter, and likely your teammates. Respect your contract and the people invested in your fight and be honest if you’re struggling. Everyone wants you to make weight just as much as you do. Don’t lie to your coach when he asks your weight, and be proactive and up front if you need help.

Plan ahead

Listlessly pushing a cart through the aisles of Target four days before weigh ins and trying to find something you can eat is like shooting yourself in the foot. You’ll either go full crazy when your proximity to Oreos becomes too much, or you’ll end up leaving empty-handed and teary-eyed because your brain is not functioning well enough to figure out what is safe to eat (not that I’ve been there…). Do yourself a huge, huge, huge favor and plan out a few weeks in advance what you will be eating the week of weigh ins. You might have to adjust this depending on how your weight is, but have a solid idea of what you should be eating. Then buy it the weekend before, when you’re still eating and feeling good. There are few things worse than being forced to go into a store filled with food you can’t eat.

There are dozens of more tips and tricks on cutting weight, but start with these. They may be basic, but you’d be surprised how often they aren’t followed. Oh, and one last tip – don’t take a fight during Girl Scout cookie season. Trust us.

Dynasty Combat Sports: DCS 42 Rumble at Ralston

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Memorial Day weekend kicked off with on heck of a night from the Ralston Arena in Omaha, Nebraska, with Dynasty Combat Sports’ Rumble at Ralston. Rumble at Ralson featured many great fights in both the amateur and professional ranks. Featuring two Ultimate Fighter vets in Dakota Cochrane and Julian Lane in the main event.  Complete results below.

Dakota Cochrane defeats Julian Lane 1st rnd RNC
Demetrius Wilson defeats Kevin Gray via Unanimous Decision
Dwight Joseph Defeats Adem Mujakic via 1st rnd TKO
Duane Johnsone defeats Zach McGuire via 1st tapout due to body kick
Brandon Meyer defeats Joshua Cinocco 1st round submission due to strikes
Kameron Jordan defeats  Mason Teeters  via Unanimous Decision
Jack Freriks defeats Geovany Montenegro via Unanimous Decision
Derrick Massey defeats Justin Middleton via 1st round submission
Brady Minner defeats Drew Plugge via Unanimous Decision
Josh Schiarappa defeats Austin Gowen via Unanimous Decision
Richard Ifekandu defeats Jesse Ferebee via verbal submission in late rnd 1
Manuel Alejandro defeats Brett Minner via 1st rnd armbar
Adam Bell defeats Jon Foit via second round submission

Recovering From a Loss

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“How Do You Recover From a Loss?”

More than any other sport that I can imagine, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts requires mental toughness, equal to any other attribute a fighter must bring into the cage with them. We have seen many competitors at the highest level of this sport (UFC) not only excel but earn the title of champion simply because of their hard work and their mental toughness. I cannot think of a better example than former UFC Champion Forrest Griffin. But I’ll go more into that later and using him as an example.

Let’s get back to what this article is about, a simple question, how does a fighter recover from a loss? Let’s look at the structure of our major professional sports. For most people we’re looking at four sports, or the “Big 4”, NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL.

 

NFL: The NFL regular season is compromised of 16 games over a 17 week season.  For example over sixteen opportunities at victory the Philadelphia Eagles won thirteen match ups. Today we know them as World Champions.

MLB: The regular season for Major League Baseball teams is made up of 162 games. The Champion, the WORLD CHAMPION, lost 61 games.

NHL: The span for the National Hockey League regular season consists of 82 games. The Pittsburgh Penguins won only 50 of those games and at the end of the season they held the coveted Stanley Cup above head and popped champagne in celebration of their World title victory.

NBA: The National Basketball Association, like the NHL has their regular season consist of 82 games. Last season the World Champions were crowned as the Golden State Warriors, they lost 15 of 82 match ups over the 82 game regular season.

I am not taking anything away from these sports or the individual athletes that compete in them. However what I am trying to point out here, more than anything else is VOLUME. The volume of opportunities to excel for these athletes and their window of opportunity for having a successful career is far greater than that of a professional Mixed Martial Artist.  At most if a fighter is healthy and marketable a professional MMA fighter will get the opportunity to compete 3 times per calendar year. Thus not only limiting their earning potential but limiting their ability to advance in rankings for which the division and organization that they compete.

One loss can be career changing, so how does a fighter bounce back? Often times we will see fighters take drastic measures by switching weight divisions or changing camps. I don’t necessarily agree with this. Look, you made to the SHOW…the biggest platform that our sport has to offer to its athletes. You got here fighting at that weight, you got here fighting with that team. I’m not saying that once you get to that level that are aren’t possibly some changes you need to make in order to stay there, simply stating that I don’t believe that a loss is grounds for doing anything drastic. Let’s not reinvent the wheel here.

I believe in order to bounce back from a loss there is a certain protocol that most MMA fighters should follow. First you must take a couple weeks and decompress, relax, and unwind a bit. After you’ve had some time to collect your thoughts, sit down with your coaches and management and go over your steps towards preparation for the fight. Was there anything you could have done better? Next you and your coaching staff sit down and watch the fight a couple times to see what you didn’t do correctly or failed to execute in the fight, whether it be technical issues or execution of your game plan. Finally, accept the loss and get back in the gym. Take the advice of the coaching staff and management that you put in place, you hired them for a reason.

Bully fighters are those who do a great job of being humble and professional when they’re winning but find themselves in a state of disarray and confusion the second a speed bump winds up in the middle of their road. Champions are those who dig deeper, learn from mistakes and losses, and approach the gym and their preparation just as it is was another day in the office. A long time ago a coach told me in Martial Arts there is no losing, only learning. If you approach a loss this way and commit to the changes that you have admitted needed implemented then your chances of bouncing back are much greater.

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