Mma | Derrick Krantz Stops Ben Neumann In Second To Capture Inaugural LFA Welterweight Title

With the inaugural Legacy Fighting Alliance welterweight title up for grabs, DerrickKrantz wanted to make sure that nothing was going to stop himfrom snatching it. Standing in his way was fan-favorite Ben Neumann ,who resisted Krantz’ aggression in the first but couldn’t keep himaway in the second in the LFA12 main event on AXS TV.

Krantz pressured “The Baker” as soon as the second frame began androcked him with a sweeping overhand right to the head. Neumannbacked away, reeling, in an attempt to recover, but “D-Rock” wasall over him like locusts in an orchard. A knee to body wasblocked, but once Neumann backed into the cage, a murderous leftuppercut to the face dropped the lankier man onto his knees.

Krantz, a former Legacy Fighting Championship welterweight champ, smelled theblood gushing out Neumann’s face and dove in for the kill. Heunloaded an endless stream of punches while standing over “TheBaker” and finally forced referee Joe Fipp to pull him off. The endcame officially at 0:55 of the second, allowing Krantz win hoistthe first-ever 170-pound crown in LFA history.

ChaseWaldon had to dig deep against fellow middleweight CullyButterfield in the LFA 12 co-feature as he hung on for a splitdecision win. Both men landed their fair share of clean strikes andwhen the battle was taken to the ground, both seized controlrepeatedly and gunned for submission attempts. Waldon was slightlymore effective in all areas, however, and was given the nod viaallies of 29-28 (twice) and 28-29.

ChadCurry was too much for Kyle Kurtz to handle as he blitzed his foe early in the second. Curry tookKurtz down early in the first and pounded on him with elbows andpunches from on top. That assault never ceased as when “Blitz”caught a kick to the body, he dropped Kurtz with a monster straighthand down the pike. From there, “Hurtz” ate several punches whilston his back, prompting Fipp to intervene. The end came officiallyjust 59 ticks into the second.

After storming out of his corner like a bat out of hell to beginthe fight, Bobby Lee nearly scored a first-round knockout of San Diego’s JefferyPeterson . Lee drilled him with punches and knees to the headand body and had “The Administrator” reeling, but Peterson somehowsurvived the frame. With the end seemingly around the corner, Leewent for the gusto early in the second, but his gas tank betrayedhim. Peterson cleared his head and nailed the Minnesotan withseveral clean, effective blows and did the same in the third.Peterson closed out the fight with Lee covering up against thecage, exhausted. Peterson scored the upset and won a unanimous viatallies of 29-28 across the board.

Light heavyweight contender JulianMarquez made quick work of CameronOlson as he flattened him with one punch just 66 seconds intotheir fight. The two didn’t waste much time feeling each other outand when “Captain Crunch” ducked down in an attempt to land ahaymaker, Marquez leveled him with a perfectly-timed overhandright. The punch landed just behind the ear and Olson fell facefirst, forcing Fipp to step in, giving the Syndicate MMA fighter asensational knockout.

Featherweights NateJennerman and Damien Hill electrified the crowd with a thrilling battle to start off thetelevised portion of the card. The two traded places in landinghard blows and nearly scoring submissions, but Jennerman was theone who prevailed. The Roufusport fighter slinked himself out of adangerously-tight guillotine attempt from “The Wolverine,” and eventhough he was slammed back down onto the canvas, he kept his cool.Jennerman had missed a rear-naked choke attempt prior to beingslammed but once he was taken down, he latched on a textbookguillotine from within his guard and forced the tap with just 10seconds left in the opening round.

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