Nearly every bout at Legacy Fighting Alliance 16 on Friday ended in a choke, including the main event, as Jimmy Flick choked Johnny Bedford unconscious in a sizable upset at The Bomb Factory in Dallas.
Flick was fearless against the six-time Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, trying several times to snatch a guillotine during their bantamweight showdown. Bedford repeatedly slipped out of submissions to rain punches and elbows whenever he could. However, when “Brutal Johnny” freed himself from another guillotine midway through the third round, Flick switched his grip and trapped his counterpart in a hybrid brabo choke from his back. Bedford again tried to escape, but the underdog was wise to his efforts, rolled through the scramble, landed on top and put him to sleep. The technical submission came at 3:09 of the third round.
In the bantamweight co-feature, Miles Johns used a terrific jab and counter left hook to keep the slightly more aggressive Levi Mowles at bay for three rounds. Mowles never managed to get inside and make it a brawl. As a result, Johns remained undefeated as a professional by winning a unanimous decision via tallies of 30-27, 30-27 and 29-28.
Meanwhile, Steven Peterson looked terrific in his first appearance since losing to Leandro Higo at LFA 1 in January, as he dominated Ryan Hollis from the start. “Ocho” did what he wanted when he wanted against the Washington-based fighter, a rear-naked choke forcing the tapout at 1:43 of the second round.
Finally Geoff Neal, aka “Handz of Steel,” lived up to his nickname by starching Bilal Williams with a thudding right-left punching combination to the head. Williams fell flat on his back, prompting referee Aladin Martinez to step in and halt the mugging at 4:43 of the opening round.