Fight Facts: Legacy Fighting Alliance 41

By Jay Pettry Jun 2, 2018

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage oddities 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.

Heading to Prior Lake, Minnesota, for the sixth time, Legacy Fighting Alliance hosted a thrilling card on AXS TV -- featuring more guillotine chokes than any other event, a few LFA favorites fighting for the fifth time and a fighter that has as tough a battle with the scale as he does with opponents.

Total number of LFA Fights: 368
Total number of LFA Events: 42

ATTRACTIVE DESTINATION: The LFA has brought six cards to Prior Lake -- a city on the outskirts of Minneapolis -- to date, and also hosted LFA 38 in Minneapolis proper. The LFA has held more events in the greater Twin Cities area than any other location in company history.

FEAR THE GUILLOTINE: With three fighters submitting their opponent by guillotine choke, LFA 41 became the first event in company history to feature 3 submissions of that type. Previously, LFA 10 and 21 each featured two fighters that submitted their opponent with a guillotine.

FREQUENT FLIERS: Bobby Lee, Nate Jennerman and Brandon Jenkins all competed for the fifth time inside the LFA octagon, putting them each in a second-place tie with Maikel Perez for the most bouts in promotional history.

MAIN SQUEEZE: By submitting Jeff Peterson by guillotine, Thiago Moises became just the ninth fighter in LFA history to win in the main event by submission.

KILLER RECORDS: Killys Mota remained undefeated when he submitted Lee with a guillotine, upping his record to 11-0, with 9 of those wins coming by stoppage. The other two undefeated fighters to participate in LFA 41 also won their bouts, as Tim Hiley rose to 7-0 with his decision win over Tyler Vogel and Calyn Hull improved to 4-0 with his sub of Ryan Debelak.

C’MON BOBBY: Missing weight for the third time in his five-fight LFA tenure, Lee has missed weight more times than any other fighter in company history.

NASTY CHOKE: “Nasty” Nate Jennerman picked up his fourth LFA win by putting Kevin Croom to sleep with a guillotine. With the victory, Jennerman moved into a tie for the second-most wins in promotional history along with Perez and Maycee Barber, who all trail Damon Jackson’s five organizational wins.

THEY’RE JUST RESTING THEIR EYES: Jennerman became just the seventh fighter in LFA history to put his opponent to sleep with a choke. Four of those competed in the featherweight division, and four of those seven chokes have come by guillotine.

THREE’S A CROWD: Losing by technical submission to Jennerman, Croom dropped to 17-9, with three losses by knockout, three by decision and now three by submission. Two of Croom’s last four fights have ended with him getting slept by a choke.

THE BIG 100: Taking Bobby Cooper to the scorecards and winning on all three official tallies, Ben Neumann picked up the 100th unanimous decision win in LFA history. Only 37 percent of all fights in promotional history have gone to the scorecards, which gives the organization a significantly higher finish rate than the Ultimate Fighting Championship (a little under 43 percent) or WSOF-PFL (about 46 percent).

TWIST AND SHOUT: Opting to submit his opponent with a neck crank, Jordan Griffin earned just the third such submission in LFA history.

SMOTHERED: Submitting Ryan Debelak in the second round with an arm-triangle choke, Hull became the first fighter in LFA heavyweight history to submit someone with the hold. Hull was just the third big man to make his opponent tap, although Juan Adams made Dwight Gipson cry uncle to punches at LFA 32.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 41, Peterson had never been submitted (15 fights), Lee had never been finished (9 bouts), and Ben Neumann had never won by decision (12 contests).

Jay Pettry is an attorney and statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012, and writing for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many UFC result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on twitter at @jaypettry.
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