Fight Facts: LFA 73

By Jay Pettry Aug 5, 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 took a trip back to Dallas with a card plagued by failed weight cuts. LFA 73 featured two fighters tying the record for the most wins in the promotion’s history, a featherweight who hits like a heavyweight and a rising fight team that could not be stopped.

WHEN YOU MISS, YOU PAY FOR IT: Five fighters missed weight leading up to this event. While Levi Mowles came in heavy and his fight was cancelled, the remaining four heavy fighters still competed. All four fighters -- Joao Antonio Camilo Neto, Cody Freeman, Edmilson Freitas and Marquis Smith -- who missed weight and competed lost.

IT MUST BE DALLAS: The last time the Legacy Fighting Alliance came to Dallas was at LFA 62, and five fighters also came in over their respective weight limits at that event. Before that card, only LFA 17 in 2017 had five fighters miss weight coming into their bouts.

HISTORY REPEATING: At LFA 62 in March, Freeman, Smith and Mowles all missed weight, as well. As Mowles did not compete at LFA 73, seven different fighters throughout the promotion’s history have now missed weight and fought more than once.

AT LEAST IT WASN’T SEVENTEEN: The five fighters who officially missed weight combined to weigh 16.6 pounds over their respective weight classes.

THE FUTURE IS FORTIS: Three fighters representing Fortis MMA competed on this card -- Austin Lingo, Elijah Johns and Fernando Garcia -- and all three won.

SIX FOR SIX: Lingo and Victor Altamirano tied Damon Jackson as the winningest fighters in company history. Each man has won six times in the LFA cage, with Lingo and Altamirano scoring wins at LFA 73. They are the only two fighters to ever compete with the LFA more than five times and never lose.

THROWING BOMBS AT THE BOMB FACTORY: After picking up a stoppage win against Chris Hatley, Lingo has finished four fighters under the LFA lights. He ties five other fighters for the second-most stoppage victories inside the promotion, and they all trail Jackson with six.

HEAVYWEIGHT POWER IN A FEATHERWEIGHT FRAME: With his third knockout under the LFA banner, Lingo tied Alton Cunningham and Kailan Hill for the second-most knockouts in company history. Only Taylor Johnson (four) has more. However, Johnson, Cunningham and Hill all compete at middleweight or above, while Lingo fights below 155 pounds.

MINUTE TO WIN IT: In demolishing Hatley in 25 seconds, Lingo earned his third finish inside the LFA cage in one minute or less. He is the first to reach three such finishes, as Johnson, Darrius Flowers, Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho and Ramiz Brahimaj are the only other fighters with more than one LFA finish within the first minute.

LIGHTNING LINGO: While already the owner of two of the fastest finishes in LFA featherweight history, including his 13-second drubbing of fellow LFA 73 competitor Aaron Webb, Lingo tied his own record for the fourth-fastest stoppage in divisional history. Previously, Lingo put Angel Cruz to sleep with a guillotine choke at LFA 62 in only 25 seconds.

THRICE IS NICE: Sporting two 25-second stoppage wins and a 13-second knockout, Lingo is still the only LFA fighter to finish multiple opponents in under 30 seconds. He has now done so on three separate occasions.

BUT, UH, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?: In his last three wins, Lingo has combined for a total of 63 seconds of cage time between them. He joins six other fighters with three consecutive first-round stoppages in the LFA cage, but his stretch is far quicker than any of the other six. Of note, Hill needed exactly three minutes to dispatch Alex Thompson, Adam Fujitt and Andre Walker in 2018.

AND WHERE ARE BARBER AND MAZO NOW?: By taking a unanimous decision over Jessica Middleton, Hailey Cowan tied Maycee Barber and Sabina Mazo for the most wins by a female fighter in organizational history with four.

GROWING UP WITH THE LFA: With all five of her career fights taking place at LFA events in Texas, Cowan joins Itzel Esquivel for the most bouts of any female fighter with the company.

VICTOR IS SHORT FOR VICTORY: Altamirano remained unbeaten as a professional with his sixth win in six trips out to the LFA cage, as he beat Neto on the scorecards.

READY FOR PRIMETIME: Altamirano’s first five LFA fights came on the prelims, making him the first fighter to fight at least five times in unaired bouts before appearing on the main card. Despite the card placement, he has won all six bouts.

THAT JUDGE WAS PLAYING GALAGA: With one judge scoring the fight a draw and two other judges casting dissenting 30-26 scores, Kyle Estrada won a majority decision over Cody Freeman. Only the sixth verdict of its kind in the LFA, it is the first to come at bantamweight.

CAUGHT IN A WEBB: As he previously lost in 13 seconds to Lingo in 2018, Webb’s 26-second stoppage loss to Johns made him the first fighter in promotional history to ever lose twice in under one minute.

THERE GOES THE REMATCH: Mowles was set to face Adrian Yanez in a rematch of their 2013 meeting in the Legacy Fighting Championship, but Mowles came in 5.6 pounds above the bantamweight limit. Yanez would not accept a catchweight fight of that magnitude, so the fight was scrapped the day before the event.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 73, no LFA main event had ever ended in under 38 seconds (LFA 24), Hatley had never been knocked out (seven fights) and Cowan had never competed beyond the second round (four 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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