Jaleel Willis Wins LFA Welterweight Championship at LFA 88

By: Tyler Treese
Aug 21, 2020

The Legacy Fighting Alliance crowned a new welterweight champion at LFA 88.

The promotion pitted prospects Vinicius de Jesus and Jaleel Willis against one another for the vacant belt and it was Willis (13-2) that came out on top. The two men had a back-and-forth battle on the feet over five rounds. Ultimately, de Jesus (9-3) couldn't keep up with his foe according to the judges, who all awarded Willis the victory with scores of 49-46, 50-45, and 48-47.

The co-main event saw Aaron McKenzie win a thrilling bout against Glaucio Eliziario. McKenzie (8-2-1) was rocked early against Eliziario (9-6) after getting hit with a flying knee but managed to battle back into the bout. McKenzie would blast Eliziario and then lock in a rear-naked choke that forced his opponent to tap out 4:15 into Round 1.

In a bout between featherweight contenders, Natan Levy stayed undefeated in his professional career against Ben Lugo. The superior grappling of Levy (5-0) won him Round 1 and 3 against Lugo (5-4). However, Lugo nearly knocked out Levy in Round 2 and did enough to earn a 10-8 scorecard from one judge. In the end, Levy took a majority decision with scores of 29-28, 28-28, and 29-28.

The main card kicked off with Evan Elder taking on Kegan Gennrich at lightweight. Elder (4-0) lived up to his "Phenom" nickname and kept his perfect record intact by winning a unanimous decision over Gennrich (2-2). Superior striking helped him take three 29-28 scorecards in a competitive bout.

In preliminary action, Jeff Nielsen (2-0) won a split decision victory over Brady Minner (0-1) at middleweight. Meanwhile, Charles Alex (1-0) submitted Robiel Tesfaldet (2-4) via rear-naked choke 4:01 into Round 2 of their flyweight contest.
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