Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) returned to Costa Mesa, CA for another night of incredible Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) actions with LFA 54. As Carol Yariwaki faces off against undefeated current champion, Sabina Mazo. Unfortunately, Yariwaki missed weight by two pounds, which the California State Athletic Commission has deemed a title defense for Mazo but Yariwaki cannot win the title tonight. This will still be considered Mazo’s first title defense.
Here are tonight’s results as follow:
Middleweight (185 lbs) Kailan Hill (3-0) vs. Andre Walker (4-1)
Round One – Hill looked a little eager before the bell run, took his time, faked an elbow and landed a spinning back first and this one is all over!
Your winner at 11 SECONDS of the very first round, Kailan Hill!
Heavyweight (265 lbs) Mitchell Sipe (4-1) vs. Irvins Ayala (1-0)
Round One – They touch gloves and Sipe leads with a low kick before pressing Ayala against the cage, but is having trouble getting the takedown. He throws a punch but Ayala rocks him across the cage before Sipe has to tie him up, relying on his wrestling. Sipe has a giant gash at his hair line and is bleeding all over the place, allowing referee to call time and bring in the doctor.
The doctor waves this one off and it is all over. Your winner due to doctor’s stoppage, Irvins Ayala!
Lightweight (155 lbs) Jacob Rosales (9-4) vs. Ricardo Seixas (7-1)
Round One – The feeling out lasted 10 seconds as Rosales leads with a few jabs and finally connects, flooring Seixas, who after eating a barrage of strikes is finally getting his footing until he throws a single low kick and eats a right straight flooring him again. Seixas wants Rosales to follow him to the ground, but he’s not going to do something that dumb as the referee waves this one in the first round as Seixas face looks like a bruised tomato.
Your winner do to referee stoppage, Jacob Rosales!
Bantamweight (135 lbs) Vince Cachero (5-0) vs. Joe Murphy (8-4)
Round One – These guys are feeling each other out as Murphy connects with a single leg kick that is eventually answered by Cachero. This looks more like Savat than MMA at this point with all the kicking, but no complaining as the crowd loves the striking. Cachero tries to tie up, but Murphy slips out. Murphy attempts a jumping knee but is knocked to the ground. This has been the longest fight thus far as a the crowd is mostly silent watching intensely. Neither one wants to make as mistake as this could end at any second with the way the night as been going.
Round Two – This is the first fight that has made it out of the first round so far and the crowd is excited that it is not going to be a quick night. The continue to throw kicks as Murphy slips on one of this kicks that is checked by Carchero. Murphy finally shoots, but is shucked off. Cachero is being the aggressor now as the he stalks Murphy at the end of the second.
Round Three – Cachero is still the aggressor as Murphy’s left eye is now swollen. Cachero doesn’t have a clear advantage but he does appear to be up on the score cards. Murphy took the offense and the crowd finally came alive this fight as they bang it out a little in the center of the cage. The fans begin chanting, “Let’s go, Joe!” repeatedly in the final minute of this fight. The fight goes to the judges as they hug it out at the sound of the bell.
Your winner by unanimous decision, Vince Cachero!
Middleweight (185 lbs) Sidiah Parker (19-7) vs. Moses Murrietta (7-1)
Round One – This is a very slow round as after two and a half minutes a kick was finally thrown. The punches have just been setting up their hands as nothing big has come yet from either combatant.
Round Two – Looks same as the first, just a slower pace with a few single jabs and kicks that haven’t lead to anything bigger just yet from either fighter. Finally, the two are starting to unload on each other as sweat flies all over the cage, but as quickly as the pace picks up, it slows down. Murrietta is finding his groove but it is too late for this round? The crowd is behind Murrietta as if they had a personal interest in his victory. Parker’s nose is bloodied and with a right cross, this one is all over!
Your winner by knock out at 4:33 of the second round, Moses Murrietta!
Flyweight Championship (125 lbs) Carol Yariwaki (7-2) vs. Sabina Mazo [Champion (5-0)]
Round One – Mazo refused to touch gloves because Yariwaki didn’t make wake and takes it as a great sign of disrespect. Mazo is picking her shots as she leads with her jab. All eyes are on Mazo as this was supposed to be her first title defense. Mazo is looking for an opening as Yariwaki is fighting defensively. Mazo is letting her hands fly, taking cage control and landing a head kick against her opponent. Mazo’s face is red but she’s still in full control of this fight as Yariwaki looks worse.
Round Two – Mazo comes out stalking Yariwaki who appears timid this entire fight. Yariwaki takes cage control by driving Mazo back but gets reversed. Mazo fights off Yariwaki’s single leg attempt and continues to set up her strikes with a jab. Yariwaki is swinging wildly, but nothing seems to be working for her at this point.
Round Three – Mazo continues to dominate this fight but Yariwaki is showing still still has something in the gas tank. Mazo is picking her shots and now she’s having her way with Yariwaki.
Round Four – These should be the championship rounds, but as we already know, Yariwaki didn’t make weight. This is really just a fight for pride at this point. This is the going the way of the previous three rounds, Mazo continues to pick her shots as Yariwaki is on the defense. I don’t know if Mazo is looking for a finish or just to punish Yariwaki.
Round Five – The finally round is upon us and Mazo continues to do more of the same. I am now convinced she is playing with Yariwaki in teaching her a lesson to make weight next time. Although, you can’t fully blame Yariwaki for the bad weight cut as nature called and bloating is a part of that happening. Mazo is letting her hands and feet fly as this one goes to the judges.
Your winner by unanimous decision and still LFA Flyweight Champion, Sabina Mazo!