Lazar Stojadinovic made certain Mike Richman would not soon forget their encounter.
The American Top Team export leaned on body-head combinations, a steady diet of leg kicks and the occasional spinning attack, as he captured a unanimous verdict from Richman in the Legacy Fighting Alliance 2 headliner on Friday at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Stojadinovic swept the scorecards with 30-27 nods from the judges.
In his first appearance in nearly two years, Richman tried to keep up but lacked the requisite hand speed and power. Stojadinovic had the Minnesotan reeling with a series of close-quarters uppercuts and a stinging left hand in the second round and had him ducking for cover again in the third. Only Richman’s resolve and stout chin kept him upright.
Stojadinovic, 27, has won eight fights in a row.
In the bantamweight co-main event, Roufusport’s Chico Camus utilized takedowns, superior topside grappling and damaging ground-and-pound in claiming a unanimous decision over Darrick Minner. All three cageside judges scored it for Camus: 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
Minner spent the majority of the fight spinning his wheels. Camus executed takedowns in all three rounds, floored his opponent with a counter right hand in the second and nearly finished it in the third, where he advance to the back, flattened out the exhausted Nebraskan and put together a sustained burst of ground-and-pound. Minner, to his credit, refused to go away quietly, but the decision had nevertheless been lost.
Camus has rattled off three straight wins since being released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship following back-to-back losses to Henry Cejudo and Kyoji Horiguchi in 2015.
Meanwhile, Ben Neumann submitted Damien Hill with a third-round rear-naked choke in their welterweight showcase. Neumann conceded defeat 2:31 into Round 3.
In other action, Bobby Lee submitted Matthew Marsh with a kimura 3:40 into the first round of their lightweight pairing; Brandon Jenkins put away Billy Christianson with a knee strike and follow-up punches 1:41 into the second round of their lightweight affair; Mitch White tapped Lloyd McKinney with a guillotine choke 24 seconds into the first round of their pairing at 135 pounds; and Gabby Romero submitted Linsey Williams with a rear-naked choke 3:15 into the first round of their women’s strawweight clash.