LFA 2- Richman vs. Stojadinovic
The Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) is the premier developmental organization in MMA.
Mike Richman vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
The LFA’s first visit to the popular RFA destination in the Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota was the first chapter in the story of Mike Richman’s redemption. The 13-time Bellator MMA veteran (18-6 overall) entered LFA coming off of an 18-month suspension for a failed drug test, something he openly regrets.
His opponent in Lazar Stojadinovic had many eyes on him also thanks to his 150-fight amateur boxing record and nickname “The Bronx Bomber.”
The American Top Team-trained “Bomber” uses leg kicks to crack Richman on the jaw—Richman doesn’t even flinch. “The Marine” trudges in with his hands low, looking for a trademark power shot. He stuffs a Stojadinovic single-leg and breaks free. They tie up for a few seconds. Both men are calculating their risk versus reward as Richman lands a left hand but is forced against the cage.
The first round is tough to score but appears to go Richman’s way.
Both men said the fight would be done within two rounds and the clock is their enemy in fulfilling that promise. Stojadinovic’s hands are highlighted by a pair of uppercuts and a right punch to Richman’s orbital bone. A handful of left-rights lead to a right body kick as Stojadinovic begins to take control. Richman is on the rocks as almost every striking opportunity work for Stojadinovic and left the former Spearmint Rhino security guard a bloody mess. The finish didn’t come in the second, but the round did foreshadow what would come later.
The boxer can now afford to spice things up with flair and does so by tossing a jumping front kick/spinning back fist into this violent gumbo. They jab and the back fist connects with two minutes gone. Richman’s ribs and abdomen are taking a beating as Stojadinovic continues to add on the points. The action stalls after a groin kick, but it’s too late for Richman.
He’s trying to find his “hail mary” punch but cannot.
Lazar Stojadinovic def. Mike Richman via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Chico Camus vs. Darrick Minner
3-4-1 UFC alumnus Chico Camus might be en route to competing at the top level of the sport once again. He made his LFA debut riding a two-fight winning streak after going the distance with Matt Brown and Czar Sklavos in the final months of the RFA. Standing opposite him was a tough challenge in 15-5 Darrick Minner. Minner has 12 submission victories to his credit with all of his finishes coming in the opening five minutes.
Minner opens the contest looking to kickbox as both men paw at each other. He lands an outside leg kick and brings Camus to the floor. Camus’ arm is briefly trapped before they stand. Minner forces him back down while looking for his neck in closed guard. Camus holds him down and mixes up his striking with body and head shots as well as elbows.
Minner fails on an armbar as well as a guillotine choke and they’re back up. Camus gets the better of the grappling inside the last minute but is blasted with a flurry when getting to his feet. Minner finishes the round hunting for a rear-naked choke again before the horn.
It’s all wild striking in the first thirty seconds that gets the fans excited although not much happens until a vicious right hand from Camus that Minner walks into. Minner scores with another takedown but is clearly the one in trouble. He briefly strikes in Camus’ half guard before flowing into guillotine position once more. Camus squirms out of trouble and is now in top position. The Milwaukee-based Camus fires lands elbows and close strike ahead of an arm-triangle attempt inside the last 90 seconds.
Minner surrenders to a takedown as his opponent ends the second in his half guard pressuring him.
Camus goes to work on a low single-leg with the third underway. Minner elbows him from inside his guard before ending up on bottom again. Camus controls the underhook position while slithering into half guard and continuing wearing down the torso of his fellow competitor. Up two rounds, it’s Camus who next looks for the RNC, but flattens Minner for ground ‘n’ pound with 1:20 left.
The official does not stop the fight.
“King” Camus takes his foot off the gas and Minner is on his feet for maybe a few seconds, but the bell sounds with Camus hunting for a submission. His streak is now three, his record 17-7.
Chico Camus def. Darrick Minner via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-26)
The Rest of the Card
Ben Neumann def. Damion Hill via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:31 of Round 3
Bobby Lee def. Matthew Marsh via Kimura at 3:40 of Round 1
Brandon Jenkins def. Billy Christianson via TKO at 1:41 of Round 2
Mitch White def. Lloyd McKinney via Guillotine Choke at 0:24 of Round 1
Gabby Romero def. Linsey Williams via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:15 Round of 1
Chris Mickle def. Ben Locken via Armbar at 1:36 of Round 2
Sean Strube def. Kazim Khan via Heel Hook at 1:06 of Round 1
Calyn Hull def. Philip Rowland via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:00 of Round 1
Vanyu Xiong def. Bradley Pitan via TKO at 0:20 of Round 2
Yamah Sadozai def. Ryan Schafer via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
David Gunn def. Alexander Brown via Rear-Naked Choke at 2:34 of Round 2
Joel Bauman def. Adam Valcourt via KO at 2:10 of Round 1
Ben Ross def. Jason Wong via Majority Decision (Score Unknown)
Helen Peralta def. Bri Brassaw via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Total Finish Rate: 11 finishes/16 fights (69 percent)