Last night’s LFA 13 card took place in Burbank, California. Here’s a recap of some of the event’s main highlights.
The June 2 LFA card, attended by UFC’s own Ashlee Evans-Smith and Alan Jouban, featured a whopping 5 of 7 main card bouts being finished within the distance.
Cuban bantamweight Maikel Perez showed the tremendous power of his grip as he held on to a standing arm triangle against Trent Meaux for nearly a minute in pursuit of a trip takedown. His grappling acumen then allowed him to quickly find the rear-naked choke for a submission victory within the first, but not before showing off his alarmingly dangerous combination of strength, speed, and technical ability.
Alonzo Menifield’s persistent temerity was on display as he ground and pounded his way to a verbal submission victory over Khadzhimurat Bestaev. Diving on top of Bestaev after a trip in the very first seconds of the round ensured his prolonged dominance over the Russian, whose submission attempts from the guard were shrugged off with ease. Though the bout was formally ended by verbal submission, Menifield could well have been on his way to a KO/TKO after the continuous campaign of aggressive ground and pound.
“You gotta go out and you’ve gotta respect everybody in this sport, because everybody’s capable of hurtin’ ya.” Commentator Pat Miletich’s words before one of these fights ironically ended up predicting the biggest KO of the night.
Jordan Powell was all bravado seconds into his fight after deflecting a chasing flurry from Dominick Reyes, shaking his head and dropping his hands to show that Reyes’ striking was giving him no trouble. But no brave face could absorb the shocking force of the left head kick that promptly landed after Powell’s showboating.
Reyes would finish the fight with a highlight reel KO while Powell became fast acquainted with the doctor’s wooden stool, and later, gifs of his defeat that will likely live on in infamy.
After the main event, the team at LFA took the time out to give a very special tribute to a long time feature of the organisation who would be working his last LFA event. Michael Schiavello’s departure was marked by kind words from his broadcast team, and a touching montage from fighters and staff at LFA giving thanks to the dedication of his work throughout the years.
It was a heartfelt way to end an excellent night of fights, and the farewell was a glowing example of the way a departing on screen personality can be treated.