LFA 84 is in the books.
The first Legacy Fighting Alliance card since early March took place Friday night inside an empty Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, SD.
LFA 84 took place with no fans in attendance as a safety measure designed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19.)
Originally scheduled to be a seven-fight card at the Sanford Pentagon, LFA 84 ultimately proceeded with just four MMA fights in South Dakota on Friday night.
The lone prelim on LFA 84, Kameron Jordan (debut) vs. Christian Rodriguez (3-0) [catchweight- 140 lbs.] was cancelled after Kameron Jordan was a no-show at the event.
Two main card fights were called off as a result of COVID-19.
Maycon Mendonca (8-4) vs. Tyler Ray (6-1) [Welterweight] and Ben Lugo (5-3) vs. Natan Levy (4-0) [Lightweight] were each cancelled prior to the event.
Levy and Ray were pulled from the event because contact tracing found that they were in contact with positive coronavirus cases.
Andre Fialho (10-3) was supposed to have fought Kassius Kane (11-6) in the Welterweight co-main event.
Fialho is a teammate of No. 1 UFC Welterweight contender Gilbert Burns (19-3), who withdrew from Saturday’s UFC 251 after testing positive for COVID-19 last weekend, along with his cornermen.
In the end, Mendonca and Kane were rebooked to fight each other in the co-main event.
Three of the four LFA 84 fights ended in stoppages, including one disqualification, accounting for a 75 percent stoppage rate on Friday night.
The fights themselves:
Kamuela Kirk vs. Bruno Souza:
The lone decision on LFA 84 came during the lid-lifter between Kamuela Kirk (9-4) and Bruno Souza (7-1).
In this Featherweight encounter, Souza was the more active fighter over 15 minutes of action, and Kirk largely did not have an answer for Souza’s attacks, save for some leg kicks.
After 15 minutes, the cards came back for Souza by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28.)
Shawn West vs. Boston Salmon:
This contest took place at a contracted 150-lb. catchweight.
All you really need to know about this fight is what happened inside the second round’s opening minute.
West (16-11) landed a head kick to Salmon (7-3)—but Boston Salmon was down while the kick landed.
As the rules of MMA state, any strike to a downed opponent is an illegal blow—leading to referee Vance Swerdan disqualifying West at 53 seconds into round two.
Co-Main Event: Kassius Kayne vs. Maycon Mendonca:
Friday night’s co-main event was a Welterweight showdown.
Its seminal moment occurred in round two, when Kayne (11-7) landed a takedown on Mendonca (9-4), who reversed position and locked in a triangle choke, forcing Kayne to tap out.
Main Event: Justin Gonzales vs. Jake Childers:
Heading into the main event, the fighters combined for an 18-0 record.
Gonzales (11-0) dominated Childers (8-1) for much of the fight, and in round four of the scheduled five, the former landed a flurry of knee strikes and punches, leaving Vance Swerdan no choice but to intervene.