Fight Facts: LFA 80

By Jay Pettry Jan 20, 2020

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all 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 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, opened up the year in dramatic fashion with an event that saw some controversy but still delivered on action. LFA 80 featured one of the fastest finishes in company history, a submission artist who got a lucky break and a few fighters taking longer than ever to get a win.

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO POUNDS BACK: Steve Garcia missed weight by 1.4 pounds for his featherweight headliner against Jose Mariscal. He moved up to 145 pounds after a successful bantamweight appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series was marred by his missing weight. Garcia was still unable to hit the proper mark but won by knockout again.

RETRIEVED FOR A BOUNTY: Jerome Rivera earned his ninth career victory when he submitted Kendrick Latchman with a triangle choke in the second round. Across those nine wins, “The Renegade” has forced seven opponents to tap.

THE WRIGHT STUFF: Jordan Wright in his 11th career bout battered Gabriel Checco to a second-round stoppage and has yet to taste defeat.

HE’S NO CHRIS FARLEY: Across Wright’s 10 victories, he has stopped five opponents with strikes and tapped five others. “The Beverly Hills Ninja” also has a no-contest on his ledger, the result of Anthony Hernandez testing positive for marijuana.

NO WRIGHT OF WAY: Wright’s fight marked the first time he had ever competed beyond the first round. Prior to this outing, his latest win came at 2:48 of the opening frame.

FEVER RAY: After earning his fifth victory inside the LFA cage by tapping Josh Streacker, Tyler Ray is now one victory shy of the company record (six). Austin Lingo, Brandon Royval, Damon Jackson and Victor Altamirano are all tied for the top spot.

THE PREVIOUS PLAY IS UNDER REVIEW: Sean Cerveny pushed his undefeated record to 5-0 when he landed a controversial armbar on Edwin Cooper Jr. Referee Joel Ojeda called the fight without a visible or audible tapout.

YOU GOT CERVED: All five of Cerveny’s victories have come by first-round submission.

YOU ARE ON FIGHT PASS, SHOW THE PRELIMS: In the first professional bout at LFA 80, Jallin Fuller demolished Gabe Rodriguez in 12 seconds, scoring the fourth-fastest finish in company history.

THE QUICKER PICKER UPPER: Fuller’s finish was the quickest to come during the pro card opener at an LFA events.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 80, Luiz Antonio Lobo Gavinho had never gone the distance (13 fights), Streacker had never been finished (nine fights) and Ricky Esquibel had never been submitted (six fights).
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