Legacy Fighting Alliance takes on the Lone Star State to host LFA 163: Johns vs. Garcia at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas. Tonight’s event will feature nine bouts headlined by a title fight between two rising prospects who have spent to majority of their careers in the promotion’s featherweight division.
LFA 163: Johns vs Garcia Results
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LFA’s vacant featherweight title will be contested between Elijah Johns (9-2) and Javier Garcia (10-5) in tonight’s main event. Appearing in his tenth fight for the promotion, LFA has been Johns’ home for quite some time now. Whether it was his 26 second knockout back in 2019 or his first main event against former LFA champion Bruno Souza, Johns has more than paid his dues. Along with spending his career fighting against the highest level regional fighters MMA has to offer, he trains at a strong gym in Fortis MMA. He is also the younger brother of UFC bantamweight Miles Johns and knows that a win here today could mean joining his brother in the big show.
It will be a tall task to complete against the one of the toughest fighters LFA has on their roster in Javier Garcia. A black belt in BJJ, Garcia’s ground game has already achieved some impressive feats such as submitting a fellow black belt in the final minute of the first round or even his three third round submissions he had earlier in his career. For all five rounds of this fight Garcia is liable to pull of the upset finish at any given moment. UFC’s next featherweight prospect could be decided in tonight’s championship main event.
LFA has plenty of homegrown talent being showcased throughout tonight’s event. William Starks (9-3) returns and is looking to extend his winning streak against a newcomer in Johnny Hopper (7-2). Starks has won 4 of his last 5 fights with the promotion and could be looking at a title shot in with a win here today. Kevin Fernandez (5-1) is coming off of a first round submission victory in LFA 141 and will attempt to keep that momentum going against the returning Javier Cepeda (3-0). Jota Ninomiya (1-1) has also spent a good part of his amateur career with the promotion before going pro last year. He will take on Erique Owens (3-1) in the final preliminary fight of the night.
MMA Sucka will have live coverage for LFA 163: Johns vs. Garcia as it airs live on UFC Fight Pass at 9pm E.T./6pm P.T.
LFA 163 Results
Javier Garcia def. Elijah Johns via Technical Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 4:39 of Round 2 , for the vacant LFA featherweight championship
William Starks def. Johnny Hopper via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Landry Ward def. Matheus Pereira via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Angel Alvarez def. Milko Tucto via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Kevin Fernandez def. Javier Cepeda via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 4:22 of Round 1
Alik Lorenz def. Kyler Fairchild via TKO (Punches) at 4:26 of Round 1
Erique Owens def. Jota Ninomiya via TKO (Ground and Pound) at 3:06 of Round 2
Oseyiomon Oiyemhonlan def. Zumarr Archer via KO (Head Kick) at 1:39 of Round 3
John Beckett def. Ian Engbrock via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)