The LFA is back in action tonight, returning to the Gila RIver Arena in Chandler, Arizona for a thirteen-bout fight card.
The main event pits Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani against JaCobi Jones for the vacant Lightweight title while rising prospect An Ho looks to continue his ascent at FLyweight in the co-main opposite Edwin De Los Santos. Elsewhere, local prospects like Cedric Katambwa and Chance Ikei looks to keep their undefeated records intact.
Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani (5-1) vs. JaCobi Jones (5-1) (LW Championship)
Expect some fun grappling exchanges in our main event. Jean-Paul has a talent for wrapping up his opponent’s neck quick, whether in top or bottom position, claiming all but one win by submission. While his striking is coming along technically, he has poor defense in the pocket. Jones is the sharper striking technician, but also primarily gets it done on the mat, instead using solid control and adding damage when possible. I do think this comes down to how well JaCobi can defend takedowns and work his superior striking technique, especially as Lebosnoyani’s gas tank has not been tested past the second round. I like Jones to use defensive wrestling and his range to weather the early storm of JPL for a finish.
My Pick: JaCobi Jones via Knockout
An Ho (3-0) vs. Edwin De Los Santos (2-1) (FLW)
Hyped prospect An Ho is looking for another highlight reel finish after securing a kneeler in his last outing. Ho has technical Muay Thai but has spent time on his grappling too with various submission attack and heavy control. Bellator vet Santos is a solid step up with a high-octane striking style and defensive grappling to boot, but I expect Ho to secure another dominant win if not a finish.
My Pick: An Ho via Decision
Aupuni Pagaoa (3-1) vs. Humberto Duarte (5-2) (FLW)
Both fighters are facing the biggest step up in their career to date. “Puni” has impressed in the LFA with his aggressive striking, boxing his way into the pocket while maintaining range when necessary. Duarte is a fellow striker out of Combate with three KOs to his name but is defensively susceptible on the mat. I like Puni’s volume and threat of the takedown to get a wide decision nod.
My Pick: Aupuni Pagaoa via Decision
Cedric Katambwa (3-0) vs. Austin Wourms (5-5) (LW)
I’ll keep the write-ups on Arizona Combat Sports fighters brief, as that is my gym and I’m admittedly biased. Cedric sprawls and brawls to stay undefeated.
My Pick: Cedric Katambwa via Knockout
Eric McConico (5-2-1) vs. Kevem Felipe (6-5) (MW)
Felipe scored an upset KO in just 38 seconds last time out. He is a heavy-handed kickboxer but often struggles on the mat. McConico is well-rounded and does good work from the top position, along with trading hands in the pocket. His durability is a concern here, but I like him to secure top position and push Felipe’s gas tank for a late submission or decision nod. (Props if you got in on the big Felipe plus money before the line changed).
My Pick: Eric McConico via Decision
Ivan Tena (5-1) vs. Riley Wiseman (2-1) (FTW)
Excited for this clash of lanky Featherweights. LFA vet Wiseman is dropping down from LW and has a considerable size of 6’0 for the 145-lb. weight class. Tena has competed in Combate for most of his pro career, showing his skills on the feet and the mat. I expect a close bout with Tena finding volume on the feet and top control for the judges’ nod.
My Pick: Ivan Tena via Decision
Chance Ikei (0-0) vs. Joe Stafford (0-1) (FLW)
Chance Ikei is making his pro debut after an impressive amateur career in the LFA. He has solid wrestling with dangerous top pressure and threatens with a variety of submissions along with heavy ground and pound. He has a massive technical edge in his pro debut and should get his hand raised without too much difficulty.
My Pick: Chance Ikei via Submission
Alex Martinez (0-0) vs. Tyler Jones (0-0) (LW)
There is much I’d like to learn about both in their pro debut here. Martinez is aggressive with his ground attack and heavy from the top position, but I’d like to see more of his striking.
My Pick: Alex Martinez via Submission
Paul Marghitas (1-0 AM) vs. Kyetin Lindquist (0-0 AM) (Amateur FTW)
My Pick: Paul Marghitas via Decision
Anthony Cruz (0-0 AM) vs. Adrian Muñoz (0-0 AM) (Amateur BW)
My Pick: Adrian Muñoz via Decision
Grace DiFrancesco (1-0 AM) vs. Maia Schmidt (1-0 AM) (Amatuer SW)
ACS lets gooooo. Grace keeps the finishes coming here.
My Pick: Grace DiFrancesco via Knockout
Ezra Elliott (2-0 AM) vs. DeShawn White (3-1 AM) (Amateur BW)
My Pick: Ezra Elliott via Decision
Leon Mackey Jr. (0-0 AM) vs. Chris Putton (3-0 AM) (Amateur HW)
99% of topology picked Putton here, but 99% of Tapology doesn’t train at ACS. Leon R1 KO
My Pick: Leon Mackey Jr. via Knockout
Tune in to our home page tomorrow for the live results!
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