Fight Facts: LFA 75

By: Jay Pettry
Sep 10, 2019

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

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The Legacy Fighting Alliance on Friday returned to Utah for its 75th numbered show -- a card that changed significantly but ended well. LFA 75 featured a fierce body kick knockout the audience could feel, a fighter who has no interest in the second round and the introduction of a new weight class.

NO ONE TOLD THEM THE ODDS: Although betting odds are not always readily available for these events, Andrew Cruz (+285) and Mauro Chaulet (+190) closed as sizeable underdogs against opponents Jon Neal (-405) and Samson Phommabout (-270). Both sprang upsets, beating their heavily favored adversaries.

LEAVE NO DOUBT: Three different fighters at this event scored clean knockouts of their opponents, tying LFA 36 and LFA 67 for the third-most KOs at an LFA show. LFA 35 and LFA 63 each saw four knockouts take place.

HE WAS HANGING OUT WITH Ricardo Arona: Chaulet returned from over a five-year layoff to compete at this event and went on to beat Phommabout by split decision. When Brazil’s Chaulet last competed in August 2014, 14 of the other 17 fighters on the card, including his opponent, had yet to make their professional debuts.

HUNSING SEASON: In improving his undefeated record to 7-0, Miles Hunsinger tapped Nathan Kearsley with a rear-naked choke. All three of his submission wins have come by this type of choke.

JUST LIKE BASITO WOULD HAVE DONE: Jered Gwerder smashed Mike Jones with a body kick in the opening round, recording the fourth body kick stoppage in company history and the first as a clean knockout.

GWAR-DER: Gwerder has recorded three first-round knockouts in three LFA appearances to date, tying Austin Lingo and Kailin Hill for the second-most Round 1 KOs in LFA history. Only Taylor Johnson (four) has more.

LIKE THE BEANIE BABIES: In his fourth career bout, “Ty” needed 2:22 to dispatch Jones, amounting to the longest he has spent in a cage at one time in his short career.

MONSTER MITCH: Forty seconds was all it took for Mitch Ramirez to level Michael Garcia with a head kick on the untelevised prelims. This head kick knockout was the second-fastest in organizational history and only two seconds shy of Curtis Millender’s 38-second demolition of Matthew Frincu in 2017.

ATOMIC DROP: Stephanie Hernandez met Chrisoula Koukouvetakis in a new division -- atomweight -- for the LFA, as the inaugural 105-pound bout ended with Hernandez capturing a split decision.

PLEASE DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD: Standing 4-foot-11 and coming in at 105.4 pounds, Hernandez is the most diminutive fighter in promotional history. Disregarding a seven-inch height disadvantage, she pulled off the split verdict win.

SPEAK SOFTLY AND CARRY A LONG NAME: With her billed name measuring 22 characters in length, Koukouvetakis’ surname and given name are longer than any fighter to ever compete in the LFA cage.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 75, Neal had never been finished (11 fights), Chaulet had never competed outside of his native Brazil (18 fights) and Phommabout had never lost on the scorecards (six fights).

Sherdog contributing editor Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012 and working for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on twitter at @jaypettry.

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