LFA 5—Townsend Surprises w/ TKO of Edwards
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Marcus Edwards vs. Adam Townsend
Marcus “Bad Intentions” Edwards and Adam “Prime Time” Townsend were both bouncing on the balls of their feet non-stop throughout their fight introductions and wasted no time getting started in LFA’s main event.
Edwards fires off three attempts at hooks in a matter of seconds while Townsend went for a high front kick. An inside leg kick leads to a high kick for Edwards. Townsend gets caught with a head kick and tumbles. Edwards returns to those rapid-fire hooks, mixing in knees, and landing at will and ending the combination with a high knee.
Townsend is recovering, but Edwards forces a clinch. There’s a cut under his eye as Edwards bounces around from the ribs, to the liver, to kidney strikes before he wrestles his prey to the canvas. Edwards has a shot at a triangle/armbar but chooses to go for a guillotine choke following elbows from the bottom. Townsend wriggles his way into position for an RNC but can’t get the choke as Edwards turns his body.
They trade top position as they roll, each going for their own guillotine. When they stand up for a second Edwards lands clinch elbows to the body. He’s pulled into Townsend’s full-mount and later forced back onto his stomach. Townsend tries once more for the rear-naked choke but settles for ground n’ pound as the round ends.
Both fighters mirror each other with roundhouse kicks early. Then it’s back to the jiu-jitsu game as Townsend is again on Edwards’ back. Townsend strikes as Edwards hand fights. “Prime Time” gets the seatbelt grip and the hometown-area crowd is not happy. There’s a transition from the back to a guillotine to elbows from side control— all with Townsend applying the pressure—then he returns to the back of Edwards.
Edwards looks for a leg lock. Townsend goes up takes the round with more ground n’ pound.
The marquee combatants trade for a moment, but Townsend nails the double-leg takedown roughly 30 seconds in. The Tennessee native is now in the half guard of Edwards with an underhook. He moves from arm-triangle to rear-naked choke position back to half guard before the choke appears once more.
Edwards is laying flat and does his best to defend. He tries to roll from his stomach to his back, but either way is losing this fight. Townsend is throwing heavy leather now and gives the choke one more shot but gets the fight stopped with striking.
Adam Townsend def. Marcus Edwards via KO/TKO at 4:53 of Round 3
Sandhagen vs. Emmers
The man called “Prettyboy,” Jamall Emmers beat the odds and ended the 5-0 streak of Cory Sandhagen.
Sandhagen connects with a handful of leg kicks a shot to the abdomen but Emmers forces him to the ground. He has top position briefly. He can’t work with the position as Sandhagen works his way to his feet and they clinch. Emmers then picks him up for a slam and put him down wherever he wishes. Emmers is now on Sandhagen like a backpack and lands knees to the torso.
Sandhagen unloads a few shots to the side of the head of Emmers before nearly being slammed again. He stays on his feet but takes an overhand elbow strike from Emmers as they put some distance between each other. He scores the next time Emmers goes for the double-leg and puts his right knee in Emmers’ face. Emmers later offers him a roundhouse kick to the left side of his ribs.
Inside the first’s last minute, Sandhagen rips off a number of punches, but maybe one or two land as Emmers dodges him. Sandhagen turns another stuff double-leg attempt into a clinch yet again and forces his knee into “Prettyboy’s” mug. He’s countered with a light elbow and stumbles when Emmers checks a kick. The flurry during the remaining seconds, but Emmers gets the last word with a side kick.
As both men look for their moment, Sandhagen catches a leg kick and throws back a right hook that just misses. He catches another and mimics the kick. Emmers suffers his first takedown of the fight but is up within seconds as both men are wrapped around the other’s midsection. Emmers lands a left-right straight combination.
Emmers pops his man with a pair of rights in the middle of the round. He looks for a spinning back fist and has no luck. The more experience Emmers is now volume striking. The crowd is getting restless as Sanhagen slows down while Emmers leads but is being tactical. The horn sounds and the round clearly went to Emmers.
Emmers fires himself up coming out of the round break and rushes Sandhagen. A left strike is followed up with a body kick across the abs as Sandhagen backs up. Sandhagen then forces Emmers to do the same as they tie up against the fence. Sandhagen throws a left hand when Emmers spins out of the position.
A high spin kick from Emmers narrowly misses Sandhagen’s chin about halfway through the round. Emmers continues to score with close knees and some foot stomps. Sandhagen eventually gives up his back and Emmers pounces, looking for a rear-naked choke. He’s too high and his opponent slips out the back door before another right knee.
Both fighters are tiring out, but Sanhagen is the one who is reacting, defending, and failing to get his hands up quickly enough. He connects on a partial takedown of sorts and pulls Emmers into his guard going into the final minute. Elbows from the top put him further down. From there, the fight ends with Emmers hitting clinch knees.
Jamall Emmers def. Cory Sandhagen via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The Rest of the Card
Matthew Frincu def. Kris Hocum via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Matt Johnson def. Le’Ville Simpson via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30)
Brandon Royval def. Rakan Adwan via Armbar at 1:54 of Round 1
Slobodan Maksimović def. Eric Grant via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Arut Pogosjan def. Nicholi Navarro via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-27).
Enrique Gonzalez def. Maurice Salazar via KO/TKO at 4:55 of Round 1
Cody Yohn def. Josh Watson via Rear-Naked Choke at 3:39 of Round 1
John Decrescenzo def. Oscar Herrera via Unanimous Decision (Score Unavailable)
Total Finish Rate: 4 Finishes/ 10 Fights (40 Percent)