Fight Facts: LFA 54

By Jay Pettry Nov 17, 2018

Fight Facts is a breakdown of all of the interesting information and cage curiosities on every card, with some puns, references and portmanteaus to keep things fun. These deep stat dives delve into the numbers, providing historical context and telling the stories behind those numbers.

* * * TOTAL NUMBER OF LFA FIGHTS: 479
TOTAL NUMBER OF LFA EVENTS: 55

Returning to Costa Mesa, California, for the second time, the Legacy Fighting Alliance on Friday brought with it an explosive card with plenty of action. LFA 54 featured the promotion’s first female main event, the first spinning backfist knockout in company history and a middleweight destroyer who has scored three first-round knockouts in three minutes combined this year.

FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION: All five fighters on the card with undefeated records prevailed at LFA 54: Sabina Mazo, Vince Cachero, Irvins Ayala, Kailan Hill and Jean-Paul Lebosnoyani.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!: A women’s bout headlined an LFA event for the first time in LFA history, as Mazo faced off against Caroline Yariwake da Cruz for the women’s flyweight crown.

BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD: Picking up her fourth win in as many LFA appearances, Mazo tied current Ultimate Fighting Championship strawweight Maycee Barber for the most wins by a female fighter in LFA history. She also tied eight other fighters for the second-most wins in promotional history, all of whom trail Damon Jackson with six.

ODE TO THE TOES: After capturing a decision victory over Yariwake, Mazo has won all of her career bouts either by first-round head kick knockout or by decision.

THROWING IT ALL AWAY: Yariwake missed weight by 2.4 pounds before her flyweight title fight against Mazo, becoming the first fighter in LFA history to ever miss weight before challenging for a belt. Because she missed weight, she was ineligible to win the title if she prevailed. Mazo’s victory was still credited as an official title defense, but if she had lost, she would have retained the title.

YES CAN DEFENSE: In what was officially her first defense of her flyweight belt, Mazo became only the second female fighter in LFA history to successfully defend her title, joining Andrea Lee.

SHE’S GOING FOR SPEED: Reaching the scorecards with Yariwake, Mazo became the fifth LFA fighter to go the distance in multiple championship bouts -- a feat accomplished also by Brendan Allen, Robert Watley, Jeff Hughes and James Nakashima.

FOUR ON THE FLOOR: Along with Mazo, Cachero remained a perfect 4-0 with the promotion with his decision win over Joe Murphy. Both he and Mazo joined Barber and Casey Kenney as the only fighters in organizational history to go undefeated after at least four LFA fights.

BAD MEDICINE: When referee Frank Trigg waved off the bout between Ayala and Mitchell Sipe because of a cut, the former earned just the second doctor stoppage TKO in LFA history. Previously, the cageside physician intervened to call a stop to the bout between Mario Bautista and Raphael Montini de Lima at LFA 31 earlier this year.

YOU SPIN ME ROUND: Hill knocked out Andre Walker with a spinning backfist in the first round and in doing so recorded the first spinning backfist finish in promotional history. It was also the fourth spinning backfist knockout when combining Legacy Fighting Championship, Resurrection Fighting Alliance and LFA history.

TERRIFYING PRESENCE: By smashing Walker in 11 seconds, Hill picked up the third-fastest stoppage in LFA history.

GOT SOMEWHERE ELSE TO BE?: Since making his LFA debut in July 2018, Hill has racked up three clean first-round knockouts totaling exactly three minutes of cage time. He has tied Taylor Johnson for the most knockout victories in LFA history.

MATH IS FUN: In forcing Eugene Cacho to tap to a second-round triangle choke on an untelevised postlim, Lebosnoyani scored just the eighth triangle choke finish in LFA history.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 54, no LFA event had ever begun with three consecutive first-round knockouts, Yariwake had never competed outside of Brazil (nine fights) and Walker had never been stopped (five fights).

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