By: Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)
(Prior Lake, Minnesota) Legacy Fighting Alliance 20 (LFA 20) comes to Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota August 25, 2017 for an action packed pro-MMA card. The main event looks to be an entertaining welterweight match up between Chad Curry (9 – 1) and Nick Barnes (11 – 2). Curry is a veteran of LFA and Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). Barnes has fight experience with Bellator and RFA.
The main event has all the ingredients needed for a fireworks show. however it is the co-main event that seems to have gained the attention of the loyal LFA fans.
The co-main event features Bobby ‘The Wolfman’ Moffett squaring off against ‘Nasty’ Nate Jennerman in a critical featherweight contest. Moffett and Jennerman are considered to be two of LFA’s top featherweight contenders. These two featherweight standouts will be battling for the top position in the division, with the winner most likely landing an opportunity to fight for the LFA’s featherweight title. Moffett trains at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona. He is coming off a December 2016 split decision victory over T.J. Brown at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 46 (RFA 46). ‘The Wolfman’ is hungry and hunting for his tenth win as a professional.
“We are shooting for a title fight with Aguilar,” explains Rick Guerrero of Mata Leon Management. Rick clearly understands the high risk and importance of the fight. As Moffett’s manager Guerrero assures MMA Latest News, “The Wolfman will be bringing it.”
A win over Jennerman would move Moffett closer to a shot at the current reigning LFA featherweight champion, Kevin ‘The Angel of Death’ Aguilar. Moffett hosts a (9 – 2) professional MMA record. He is a determined featherweight who brings to the cage a quality grappling game and top level jiu jitsu skills.
Nate Jennerman is on a four fight win streak. Nate trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has a pro-record of (9 – 2). He is said to be a 145 pound competitor who has proven himself to be one of the most exciting up and coming fighters in the Midwest. The Sheboygen, Wisconsin native has won six of his nine victories by way of submission. Jennerman’s last fight was a May 2017 win over Damien Hill. Jennerman finished Hill by way of submission via guillotine choke in the first round.
Legacy Fighting Alliance is an American mixed martial arts promotion that continues to expand in popularity. LFA is the outcome of a merger between Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance in 2017. Notable fighters that have fought for the promotion include UFC’s Sage Northcutt and Holly Holm.
LFA 20’s fight card is as follows:
- Main Event / Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
- Chad ‘Blitz’ Curry (9 – 1) vs Nick ‘The Phoenix’ Barnes (11 – 2)
- Co-Main Event / Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
- Bobby ‘The Wolfman’ Moffett (9 – 2) vs ‘Nasty’ Nate Jennerman (9 – 2)
- Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
- Travis Perzynski (21 – 9) vs Carl Wittstock (9 – 1)
- Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
- Kelly ‘Blood Red’ Kobold (18 – 3 – 1) vs Christine ‘Knuckles’ Stanley (5 – 3)
- Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
- Jeff Peterson (7 – 4) vs Brandon Jenkins (10 – 4)
- Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
- Mitch White (3 – 1) vs Jesse Wannemacher (3 – 1)
Exclusive: Gilbert Smith issues statement after retirement fight
On Friday, September 8th, Gilbert Smith competed for the last time in his professional mixed martial arts career. Smith ended his career by beating, his last minute opponent, Benjamin Smith by guillotine choke in the second round. The fight was Smith’s 19th professional fight and marked his 13th career win and 8th win by submission.
Gilbert had previously competed on TUF 17, the season was coached by Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen back in 2012 (although the show aired in 2013) and TUF 25. After losing to Dhiego Lima he announced on the show that he would be retiring. “Chocolate Thunder” later came back on his decision to retire. Ending his career on a high note at LFA on Friday.
Speaking with MMA Latest, Smith had this to say about the fight and his retirement:
“My retirement was, my last fight, was the perfect situation. It was the perfect fight, the perfect outcome, now I have the opportunity to go out the way I wanted to go out. With my team, my coaches, my friends, and my family around me. It was just a really beautiful moment and I’m glad that it’s done, I’m glad that I won, and now I get to move on with my life.”
The powerful wrestler ends his career having fought in some of the biggest organizations in MMA, and facing some of the biggest names in the sport. Smith’s retirement will be spent focusing on his gym and helping out some of the younger fighters.
“Just focus on my gym, be focused on building the next champion, and enjoy life a little bit without having to get punched in the face.”
The MMA world will remember Smith as a passionate, intelligent, and powerful fighter who competed twice on TUF, fought at Bellator and ended his career with a win against arch rival Benjamin Smith at LFA 22.
MMA Latest would like to thank Gilbert Smith for time, following his retirement.
Former Legacy Fights Light-Heavyweight Champion Myron Dennis looks to continue career at LFA 9
Former Legacy Fights Light-Heavyweight Champion Myron “The Future” Dennis seeks to work his way to the top of professional mixed martial arts in LFA 9 in a bout against a game competitor, Danilo Marques. The event takes place Friday, April 14, at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Dennis, with a professional record of 12-5-0, starred on season 23 of UFC tv show The Ultimate Fighter under UFC Strawweight Champion Joana Jedrzejczyk. In an interview with MMA Latest, Dennis discussed his fighting career up to this point, as well as the fight camp that has brought him to LFA 9.
Dennis began MMA in 2008, at the age of 19, seeking simply to get in shape. In searching for a gym, he found the Academy of Martial Arts out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and began training under Coach Kentrick Coleman. He began his amateur kickboxing career after only two months of training, stating, “even if you don’t make it, I encourage everyone to try it out.”
After spending the next few years fighting for a number of organizations, Dennis’ career took a turn as he stepped onto the set of TUF 23; an experience he describes as “one of the biggest moves of [his] career. Dennis trained under Joana Jedrzejczyk who he described as “an awesome coach inside and out of the gym,” stating that she brought in a number of high-level coaches, financial advisors, nutritionists and training partners who all contributed to the fighter he is today.
When asked about his biggest concern coming into LFA 9, Dennis says he was not in the best shape in his last fight at heavyweight and he wanted to focus primarily on not only getting to compete at 205lbs. but also on getting into the best possible shape. In preparing for the bout, Dennis said he incorporated a lot from what he learned from Jedrzejczyk’s nutritionists as he had just eight short weeks to cut from 248lbs. Dennis said, “I had to sacrifice a lot and I believe it has paid off.”
When asked about what his bout on LFA 9 meant for his MMA career, Dennis stated:
“I’m making my debut in the official college league of MMA. I want to grind it out in this promotion and develop as an athlete/entertainer.”
Dennis also mentioned his older brother Demoreo Dennis will also be fighting, the first time the two have been on the same card. Demoreo, referenced by Dennis as a “monster for the heavyweight division,” will face RFA: Resurrection Fighting Alliance veteran Dontale “King Kong” Mayes.
When asked about the future of his career, Dennis stated, “I’m signed up for battle my crew OKC (a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition hosted by BJJ Black Belt Omar French that serves to “Fight for Autism”). I want to get straight into a BJJ camp and extend my knowledge. I would also like to gain more kickboxing fights because I feel that’s where you’ll see me shine most.”
In closing, Dennis stated:
“My advice for any fighter is to not worry about losing or winning. Go in there knowing you’re gonna’ get hit and on your butt at some point. You never truly know what you’re gonna get until fight night. Just go in there and be proactive. Don’t wait for something to happen. Make it happen. You can’t make a highlight reel with your foot on the brake.”
LFA 9 airs on AXS-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
For more news on upcoming events, stay tuned to mmalatestnews.com.
Photography by Randy Carr.
Ray Rodriguez Wins 7th Straight In an Oddly Scored Unanimous Decision
MMA Judging suffers from constant scrutiny and criticism. At Legacy Fighting Alliance’s March 10th event, LFA 6, the need for clear guidance and adequate training for those entrusted with scoring fights has never been more evident.
Ray “The Judge” Rodriguez took on Rivaldo Junior at Cowboy’s Dance Hall in a war for territory among two San Antonio natives. The fight was very close and resulted in a split decision in favour of Rodriguez, improving his record to 12-4 overall, and adding a 7th win to his current unbeaten streak.
Out of the gate, it was abundantly clear “The Judge” was the better striker as he landed most of his attempted strikes, for which Junior had no answer. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt responded to the stand-up affair by either circling away, attempting a clinch or a takedown, initially finding success with the latter near the end of round one.
Rivaldo Junior was not able to gain much momentum with the takedown, a theme that would reoccur throughout the entire fight, nearly until the final bell. Ray continuously thwarted the Black Belt’s submission attempts and even swept Junior on more than one occasion.
Each time Ray got the fight back to the feet Junior repeated the same strategy of avoiding all exchanges. He had success with a few takedowns, but was visibly too tired to capitalize, perhaps due to the exertion of the earlier submission attempts.
The fight was exciting and well-received by the San Antonio crowd. As everyone awaited the decision, there was not one person in the arena that would have bet the change in their pocket on who would be declared winner; it was that close.
In what was probably the most bizarre split decision thus far in 2017, one judge saw the fight 30-27 for Junior, and another saw it the same….but for Ray. Finally, the last score to be read was 29-28 in favor of Rodriguez; which was how MMA Latest scored it as well, mere moments before Ray “The Judge” Rodriguez was declared the winner.
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