Daniel Madrid Records Sub-Minute Submission in Legacy Fighting Alliance 72 Headliner

By: Brian Knapp
Jul 26, 2019
Daniel Madrid has his eyes on two prizes: a shot at the vacant Legacy Fighting Alliance middleweight championship or a ticket to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The former King of the Cage titleholder submitted Chris Harris with a rear-naked choke in the first round of their LFA 72 headliner on Friday at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Madrid (16-6, 2-1 LFA) closed the deal 51 seconds into Round 1, as he posted his ninth victory in 11 outings and extended his current winning streak to three fights.

Harris (10-4) never stood a chance. Madrid blasted him with a short uppercut that dazed the Janjira Muay Thai standout and resulted in significant damage to his right eye. He retreated and then conceded a takedown, his situation growing more hopeless by the second. Madrid applied his ground-and-pound, advanced to the back and cinched the choke.

In the bantamweight co-main event, UFC veteran Anthony Birchak submitted Raphael Montini de Lima with a first-round rear-naked choke. Lima (4-3) conceded defeat 94 seconds into Round 1, his modest two-fight winning streak at an end.

Birchak (15-6) struck for a takedown inside the first minute, advanced immediately to mount and shifted to the back when the Brazilian moved to a standing position. He then wrapped Lima in the choke, tightened his squeeze across the chin and forced the Fight Ready export’s surrender.

The 33-year-old Birchak has posted consecutive victories for the first time in nearly six years.

Meanwhile, Arizona Combat Sports representative Jacob McClintock submitted fellow Bellator MMA alum Raymond Pina with an armbar in the second round of their welterweight feature. Pina (7-4, 0-1 LFA) bowed out 2:13 into Round 2, as he suffered his second straight defeat.

A frenetic, back-and-forth first round gave way to the decisive second. There, Pina executed a takedown, briefly wheeled to the back and then wandered into his opponent’s venomous guard. McClintock (10-3, 1-0 LLFA) transitioned from a triangle choke to the armbar and prompted the tapout.

The 31-year-old McClintock has rattled off four wins in five appearances.

In other action, Mario Israel (11-4) eked out a split decision -- 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 -- over Roman Salazar (12-9) in a three-round catchweight tilt at 140 pounds; Paris Stanford (5-1) submitted Jake Heffernan (7-2) with a triangle choke 4:17 into the third round of their featherweight scrap; Bruno Assis de Souza Filho (6-1) was awarded a disqualification over Michael Hamel (6-3) 3:12 into the third round of their featherweight confrontation after being struck repeatedly in the back of the head; and Alejandro Sanchez (6-0) put away Vincent Arredondo (0-2) with punches 2:00 into the third round of their lightweight pairing.

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