Two notes before we start the review tonight:
First, Yoel Romero is out of Bellator 258 next week against Anthony Johnson in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix due to failing a pre-fight medical inspection.
Johnson will instead fight tournament alternate Jose Augusto Azevedo Barrios on the card in one week.
Secondly, Jonathan Pearce has declined his Featherweight fight against Gabriel Benitez at UFC Vegas 25 tomorrow night due to Benitez failing to make weight, trimming the 12-fight card to 11.
Onward to the review:
The last MMA event of the month of April took place on the month’s last night as Legacy Fighting Alliance held LFA 106 in Shawnee, OK at the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort.
Fight Called Off:
Initially slated to be an eight-fight card, LFA 106 dropped just a single bout prior to the show:
Genia Goodin (2-0) vs. Kathryn Paprocki (2-1) [Strawweight]- postponed before fight night for undisclosed reasons.
With the lone postponement, LFA 106 was slimmed down to a seven fight card, and of those seven, four ended in stoppages, for a 57.1 percent stoppage rate on the evening.
Since Jan. 15, the LFA has now held 81 individual fights, with 50 ending in stoppages, resulting in a 61.7 percent stoppage rate for the promotion.
Exiting Friday’s action, Sports Drink has now seen 366 individual MMA fights, with 191 ending in stoppages, making for a stoppage rate of 52.1 percent all told.
The Fights Themselves:
Prelim: Ryan Charlebois vs. Joseph Galaviz:
LFA 106 began with just a single prelim, this Welterweight contest between Ryan Charlebois (3-0) and Joseph Galaviz (2-3).
Charlebois repeatedly struck Galaviz with leg kicks, despite Galaviz dumping Charlebois during round one.
But in this opening round, Charlebois was no match for Galaviz, as he just kept teeing off with strikes down the stretch.
Galaviz returned fire in rounds two and three, countering Charlebois’ kicks with body shots and punches, with Charlebois dumping him early in the third round.
Although Galaviz needed a finish in round three, he wouldn’t get it tonight.
After 15 minutes, this fight would go to the scorecards, with Charlebois getting the unanimous decision.
Mando Gutierrez vs. William Elliott:
At just past 9 p.m. ET, the main card began with this Bantamweight encounter between Mando Gutierrez (5-1) and William Elliott (4-2).
This was all Elliott early on, with him nearly finishing the fight (rear-naked choke), but Gutierrez flipped the script, locking in a submission to force Elliott to tap out inside the first round.
Trevor Wallace vs. Bubba Grant:
Heavyweight action served as the focus for the third fight of the show as Trevor Wallace (4-1) battled Bubba Grant (8-6) at 265 lbs.
Folks, this was a copy-and-paste of the Gutierrez vs. Elliott fight from earlier.
Here, it was Wallace who was the aggressor early, but Grant poured it on with relentless and heavy ground and pound shots from the back mount—forcing the referee to intervene for the second stoppage of the show.
Cheyden Leialoha vs. Edwin Chavez:
Your fourth fight saw a Featherweight bout matching Cheyden Leialoha (8-2) and Edwin Chavez (4-1).
Edwin Chavez came in more than 2 lbs. over the nontitle maximum of 146 lbs., forfeiting some of his purse to Leialoha in the process.
Leialoha exhibited great grappling in round one, nearly finishing Chavez with a submission.
This dominance continued through the second round of the scheduled three, with an earlier point deduction for Leialoha reversed after the downed fighter rule was applied in error by referee Kevin Nix—a single hand on the ground does not constitute a downed fighter—with the call overturned after further review on replay.
Leialoha dumped Chavez with a takedown late in the third round and scored with ground and pound shots on Chavez, following more grappling from Leialoha.
After 15 minutes of action, Leialoha took this fight by unanimous decision.
Kyle Estrada vs. Tyler Wilson:
A contracted catchweight at 140 lbs. served as the focus for the last fight before the co-main event on Friday night as Kyle Estrada (11-6) fought Tyler Wilson (6-3).
Estrada repeatedly attacked Wilson with relentless calf kicks in the first two rounds, limping during a pause in the action during round two (eye poke.)
Wilson’s only saving grace during that second round was a takedown scored against Estrada late in the period.
In a reversal of the script, Wilson scored with leg kicks in round three against a now-tired Estrada in the clinch—but it was way too little, way too late, as Estrada won by unanimous decision.
LFA 107 and LFA 108 held in May:
After a week’s hiatus next Friday, the LFA will return on May 14 and 21 for LFA 107 and LFA 108, respectively—with the latter being the first LFA card in more than a year with a paying audience.
Tickets for the May 21 LFA 108 from Sioux Falls, SD’s Sanford Pentagon (which is also where LFA 107 will take place behind closed doors) will go on sale Monday morning through Ticketmaster.
If you’re in Sioux Falls and want to go to LFA 108 in three weeks, act quickly because I don’t think those tickets are going to be available for very long, folks.
Co-Main Event: Toninho Calvillo vs. Terrance McKinney:
Your co-headliner on Friday saw a Bantamweight fight between Toninho Calvillo (10-5) and Terrance McKinney (9-3).
This was a fight that ended so soon, it had people hitting the rewind function on Fight Pass, as McKinney connected on a vicious head kick to Calvillo, peppered with hammerfists from ground and pound, to score the knockout in just 17 seconds—the third stoppage of the night.
Main Event: Joshua Silveira vs. Rafael Viana:
Light Heavyweights Joshua Silveira (5-0) and Rafael Viana (6-2) were the last men to walk to the cage on Friday night just prior to the main event of LFA 106.
This was the latter’s first fight in five years, having initially retired from MMA in 2016—but it was also another entry in the “blink and you’ll miss it” file, as Silveira only needed 41 seconds to lock in a rear-naked choke for the fourth and final stoppage of LFA 106.