Fight Facts: LFA 60

By Jay Pettry Feb 18, 2019
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.

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TOTAL NUMBER OF LFA FIGHTS: 529
TOTAL NUMBER OF LFA EVENTS: 61

The Legacy Fighting Alliance on Friday traveled to the state of Iowa for the first time, bringing with a title fight and plenty of action to spread around. LFA 60 featured more technical submission than any other event, a rare light heavyweight title fight and the quickest heavyweight knockout in the promotion’s history.

SLEEP NOW: Two fighters were put to sleep by rear-naked chokes at this event, making LFA 60 the first show in promotional history with multiple technical submission stoppages.

ALL CHOKED UP: Rear-naked chokes account for about 41.4 percent of all submissions in the LFA -- the most of any submission by far. However, even after two rear-naked choke technical submissions at this event, more fighters have been rendered unconscious by guillotine chokes than by rear-naked chokes.

CALLING THE CONTENDER SERIES: The light heavyweight championship bout between Julius Anglickas and Clayton York marked the second time LFA fighters have competed for a strap in that division. The first came at LFA 32, where Ryan Spann starched Alex Nicholson to win the belt -- a belt Spann later vacated to go to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

LOW DEMAND GOLD: The two light heavyweight title fights inside the LFA cage are the fewest of any active division. While there has only been one title bout in the women’s bantamweight division, there has also only been one bout in total at women’s bantamweight in the history of the company.

STELIO ... AND LUIS: After putting Carl Wittstock to sleep with a rear-naked choke, Luis Saldana has finished his opponent in all 12 of his career wins.

TAKE WITTSTOCK OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS: In dropping his third bout inside the LFA cage, Wittstock joined six other fighters for the second-most losses inside the promotion. Only Wittstock and Katy Collins are winless after three LFA appearances; Darrick Minner is 0-4 with the company.

FLOWERS FOR YOUR GRAVE: By putting away Jonathon Thomson with knees, Darrius Flowers picked up the fourth clean knockout in LFA history via knee strike. It was only the sixth stoppage to stem from multiple knees.

STUCK IN THE BUSHES: In rendering Jordin Hinman unconscious with a rear-naked choke, Dakota Bush recorded his third submission victory in the LFA cage. The submission win tied him with Ramiz Brahimaj and Victor Altamirano for the third-most submissions in LFA history, trailing Nate Jennerman (four) and Damon Jackson (five).

IT’S PAT: When he knocked out Byron Stevens in 31 seconds, Patrick Martin scored the fastest knockout in LFA heavyweight history, beating Rashad Coulter’s 38-second record set at LFA 1.

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Coming into LFA 60, the LFA had never traveled to Iowa, York had never been defeated and Martin had never finished an opponent in the first round.

Jay Pettry is an attorney and a statistician. Writing about MMA since he started studying the “Eminem Curse” in 2012, and writing for Vice Sports and Combat Docket along the way, he put together many fight result and entrance music databases to better study the sport. You can find him on Twitter at @jaypettry.

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